“1917” Stars Explain How Film’s Long Takes Worked | E! Red Carpet & Award Shows


-Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay joining me now from
the film nominated for best picture, “1917.” Hi, gentlemen.
-Hi, there. How you doing? -Very nice to see you. Welcome to E! -Yeah, thanks. Thanks for having us. -And welcome to the Oscars. -Yeah, cheers. We’re excited. This is our first one. -Very first one. How is it so far? -It’s amazing. It’s huge. Yeah, it’s kind of unbelievable, but it’s lovely to be here. -“1917” has 10 nominations this evening. Tell me the highlight for you being part of this incredible
project. -Oh, my God. -I’m sure there are a lot. I know. -You couldn’t just pick one. I think the experience of making it, first off, and then also the people that we made it with are just so
special to me. And we are such a close family. And to see everybody nominated and stuff like that makes me
so proud. -Yeah, I completely agree with what Dean said. I think that it was a proper team effort. There was such a mutual experience, all of it, and that as a
whole is what’s most special about it and what I loved most from it. -And you spent six months rehearsing.
You’ve talked about this. Tell me — what was the biggest challenge for you once it
was time to actually shoot? -I guess each one was — we took it just very step by step. There was no sort of scene that was bigger than the other. I guess the biggest challenge was the constant nature of it. It’s because we’re doing these 5-, 8-minute takes that will
be 8 minutes of the final film. So, there is no — if one second of it is off, you can’t use
it. So, you just have to go again and again and again and bring
that energy. And you’d enter into it thinking, “Well, if the first take’s
good, it will be in the film, or we could be 50 takes in, and we still don’t know when
we’re gonna stop.” So, just keeping that energy was the hard — -And you’ve even said — I’ve seen you say that. Like, you’d be so far in, the scene is almost done, and
suddenly one thing would go wrong, right? -Yes, and that would happen. I remember there was scene in particular. It was about 5 minutes. It was a lot of movement. George was doing some beautiful acting, and I have to walk
out towards the end, like the last 10 seconds of the take, with this map, and it’s bigger than your house. And I’m walking and talking, and there’s a big breeze that
comes and knocks me over with the map, and I’m trying to wrestle with it. And I’ve just ruined the take. But things like that would happen because we’re only humans,
but we just have to give it a go again. -Well, you guys were brilliant.
Thank you so much for coming tonight. Enjoy your first Oscars.
Nice to meet you. -Thank you very much.
-Have a wonderful evening.

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  1. George is so well-spoken, empathetic, intelligent and polite. Utterly handsome and such a talent. Glad to see him getting some buzz.

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