Emma Thompson takes on the role of a tough-as-nails author in Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks."
In the film, in select theaters on Dec. 13 (with a wider release on Dec. 20), Thompson portrays Pamela Travers, the author of the story behind the 1964 Disney classic film "Mary Poppins," who teams up with Walt Disney, played by Tom Hanks, in order to bring her story to life on the big screen.
"Saving Mr. Banks" also stars Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Bradley Whitford, Colin Farrell and Rachel Griffiths.
OTRC.com recently sat down with Thompson to discuss her role as Pamela Travers in "Saving Mr, Banks, where she spoke about her character's blunt characteristics and vulnerability, as well as how she is protective of her own craft, and children, in real life.
Check out Thompson's full interview, as well as a trailer and clips from the movie, and see three highlights from Thompson's interview below.
1. Thompson says her character is tough, but can also show signs of vulnerability as well.
"She's funny. I think they all wanted to like her but she just made it very, very difficult. But I think the screenwriter Kelly Marcel has done such an extraordinary job because she does give you vulnerability as well as the toughness, and she also gives you the wounded child, you're watching that child all the way through the movie and you know that child is alive and well and awake inside that crusty curmudgeon adult."
2. The actress enjoys being honest and blunt, just like her character.
"Blunt is great. Blunt is very releasing and it's also a great relief for the people around you. Why be inauthentic just in order to keep people happy? It doesn't actually keep them happy because they sort of know you don't mean what you say. So whereas honesty can sometimes be a big mistake, at least you know where you are. I mean I love bluntness, I much prefer it."
3. On being protective of her kids and work (which spurred a questionable nickname) ...
"Well, my kids, but that's obviously the first protocol you when anyone does anything, I mean that's just, suddenly, I turn into Wolverine, basically. 'What? What did you say?' Come near my child, I'll cut you to shreds.'"
"But in terms of abstract things, I'm quite protective. If I've written a screenplay and spent many years writing it and the sentences I've written I know are sayable because I'm an actor, and people don't say them right, I can be quite, what did Hugh Grant call me? He said I was like a Nazi commandant, but that's Hugh of course."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).