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"I loved it straightaway. We always talk about those internal conflicts within characters; in this story it's literally true, the fact that there are two spirits in one body."On casting Saoirse Ronan:
"I find her a very truthful, empathetic actor. Because she's playing an alien being, she had to be very likable, and Saoirse is impossible not to like."Working with Stephenie Meyer:
"What I love about her is after doing all the Twilight movies, she understands the process. She cares about the book, but she's not precious and knows they're different animals."On making changes from page to screen:
"When Meyer did nix a change, it often had to do with the two as-yet-unwritten sequels to The Host. Niccol decided that Jake should strum a guitar and sing, even hiring a composer to write the tune. 'I brought it to Stephenie and she said, 'No, music plays an important part in the next book, you have to take it out.' I had to take the guitar away from Jake..."Will Niccol return for possible sequels?:
"Niccol will likely make more movies between now and the sequel to The Host, and it's unclear if he'll be involved, though he expresses interest. 'They're great characters to keep exploring. The story is very rich and it's a grander theme than her previous work. With Stephenie, it's always going to be a love story, but here it's a greater love: It's about whether we can coexist with each other, even with an alien being. I thought it was a beautiful theme to explore.'"Read the article in its entirety here.
"Really pleasantly terrifying. Diane just can do this icy thing, but at the same time cover it up with, like, that warm, 'Oh, how are you?'"Diane Kruger on the Seeker's "emotional turbulance":
"She's so complex. She has that Stepford Wife-y kind of niceness yet there is so much more underlying there: rage and anger."Check out the entire article and photos from the magazine here.
"I wasn't scared of the fight scenes but I was terrified of crashing and hurting Saoirse (Ronan, his co-star). I'd never actually driven before. I was put in a World War II jeep and told to drive across this range in the desert as fast as I could. I did it, which was pretty bad, and when I got back, they put Saoirse in the car next to me and said: 'Now do it again.' I could see her dad eyeballing me in my peripheral vision. All I could think about was what they hell would happen if I crashed and something happened to her.Reaching Twilight level fame
"The Host is very much in the same vein as Twilight, and there's clearly a huge fan base out there. But I can't imagine myself being as huge as Robert Pattinson. I'm not sure I could handle that level of fame.Kevin Spacey and the terrifying inflatable lobster
"As a kid I don't remember being surrounded by celebrities. My parents aren't like that. They have a few friends in the business, but I never thought of them as famous people. Kevin Spacey was a great friend of my mum's and he came to stay after he'd been working on a movie, and he brought me back a giant inflatable lobster. When I saw it I was so terrified I burst into tears. I never associated him with being famous; I only ever associated him with that terrible lobster.Check out the entire article here.