The cast of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies took portraits at Comic-Con for IGN. You can check the portrait of Douglas below!
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies might not be your typical story of the undead, but you still dispatch the walkers in the same old-fashioned way.
The cast of the upcoming film based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s book — including Lily James, Matt Smith, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston, Sam Riley, and Bella Heathcote — stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Lounge at Comic-Con to talk about killing zombies in old-timey clothes.
“You have to kill them twice. You have to get them in the brain. Then they’re screwed and never coming back,” James says. “[The film’s costume designer Julian Day] added leather and an Eastern influence on the costumes. At times, I had a leather corset and tight pants and other times, a big skirt that I could lift up and kick them in the head.”
For more from James and the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies cast, check out the full video above.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ( is featured in the July 10/17 issue of Entertainment Weekly. I have added digital scans to the gallery!
Douglas Booth is trying to dissuade a dog from having sex with his leg. “No humping, Barry – I knew you when you were a puppy!” Booth has evidence, too: video footage of the young actor in a vest, cradling the photographer’s whippet on a previous shoot, found its way on to the internet two years ago, its Athena poster cuteness delighting teenage girls around the world. It’s probably for the best that this sequel isn’t being filmed.
Booth is used to inappropriate attention, however. Most film actors have attractive qualities, but Booth’s beauty, particularly on camera, borders on the superfluous: those intelligent, almond eyes, fierce cheekbones, the squarest, most masculine jaw, hair that… He wouldn’t want me to go on, being in that category of performers who wants to get away from their looks – and perhaps with reason. Some judged him too handsome for the BBC’s 2011 adaptation of Great Expectations, griping that it made no sense for Pip to outshine Estella. “Articles always end up being about my appearance,” Booth grumbles. “I had a conversation with Jude Law: he told me people’s obsession with looks goes away after a while.”
Booth’s favourite performers are actors’ actors, people such as Sam Rockwell and Joaquin Phoenix. “You don’t know what they’ll do next,” he says. “I’m interested in surprise. The ‘boy next door’ parts I get offered, I don’t find interesting.” To get around this, he will play with a character’s physicality. “With Pip, a lot came from the costume. He starts as a country boy but, as money changes him, the collars get higher, his neck more constricted.” Booth was startlingly good as Boy George in the 2010 BBC drama Worried About The Boy, filmed “when I was 17 and looked like a girl”. He captured the brittle posturing of the 80s icon, from defiantly androgynous teen to vulnerable, drug-addicted adult. He shaved his eyebrows for the role, and spent five hours a day in makeup.
Last year, he lost weight to play Titus, spoilt scion of a near-immortal alien dynasty in Jupiter Ascending, by the Wachowskis, makers of The Matrix trilogy. “I wanted to look sculptural, genetically assembled,” he explains. It’s not a great film, but Booth says it was a calculated choice: “I only want to work with interesting film-makers.” For the same reason, he played Shem, son of Russell Crowe’s Noah, in Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic, and jumped at the chance to work with Danish director Lone Scherfig (a member of the Dogme 95 movement) in The Riot Club. “I turned down one of the big young adult franchises. I know the guy who took the part is buying his Hollywood mansion in the hills now, that he has secure work for three years. But you have to work yourself into a place where you’re respected.”
Booth has a serious, old-fashioned side; before acting, he yearned to be a jazz musician (Louis Armstrong is a hero). Even his name makes him sound like an early 20th-century British prime minister. It’s hard to believe he is only 22, an age when many actors are still in drama school. Does he feel young? “Emma Watson said I was a 90-year-old trapped in a young body. I’ve always felt like an old soul.” He and Watson, his Noah co-star, have become friends since meeting on Booth’s first modelling job, for Burberry.
First off, I wanted to introduce myself. I’m Emily and I use to own Douglas Booth Web/Douglas-Booth.org! I will be helping out DeAdele over here now! I have updated the gallery with over 20 photoshoots Douglas has done this year and in the past year. I have also added a few magazine scans to the gallery! I hope you enjoy them! I’ll be working on getting missing screencaptures added in the next few weeks.
Douglas Booth says he wants to make his West End debut – but confesses that the prospect of treading the boards is making him nervous.
The London-born actor, 22, has starred in The Riot Club and sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending and is set to appear in new movie Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, alongside Lily James, Matt Smith, Sam Riley, Jack Huston and Suki Waterhouse.
Now he is considering a number of stage roles. He said: “I’m looking forward to doing it – I have so many friends who work on stage and they definitely say it’s one of the most fulfilling ways to work. It’s on the horizon.
“But the longer you leave it the more nerve-racking the idea of making your professional stage debut would be. I’m looking at a couple of plays now. It’s about fitting them in with shooting schedules.”
His new movie – a “period zombie” piece – places Austen’s novel in Regency countryside plagued by the undead. He plays the book’s rich and eligible bachelor Mr Bingley.
Speaking in Shoreditch, at the launch of urban art gallery Beautiful Crime, the actor said zombie films “aren’t exactly my idea of fun” but this one was different. “It’s not like one trying to save his family. It’s more interesting than that. It’s looking at the upper classes and seeing how they would continue to operate the way they did in the most bizarre circumstances.
“You could take out the zombies and it would work as a proper BBC retelling of the movie. It’s an original mash-up, something people would never have seen before.
“The source material is so sacred people shy away from it. I think that as soon as people understand the tone, they will get it.”
The film is out later this year.
We caught up with Jupiter Ascending star Douglas Booth to talk all things space travel, action shots and yes, Snog, Marry, Avoid (don’t worry Mila, you’re his top pick)…
Douglas did an interview with Men’s Journal earlier this month on his latest projects, including Jupiter Ascending and The Riot Club. It’s one of those interviews where the interviewer got all the questions right so it makes for a good read.
MENSJOURNAL.COM – It’s hard to think of British actor Douglas Booth as a newcomer, but having landed on the scene just five years ago with From Time to Time, where he cut his teeth with Timothy Spall and Downton Abbey‘s Maggie Smith, the title is still appropriate. Since then, this Brit has infiltrated the States and worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, like Demi Moore in LOL and as the eldest son of Russell Crowe in Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah, which has recently released on DVD. His upcoming projects are just as anticipated, including the Wachowski siblings’ sci-fi thriller Jupiter Ascending and The Riot Club which will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival with Natalie Dormer and Sam Clafin. With dashing looks and charming smile, it’s no surprise that rumors of romances with his young co-stars are a frequent. But Booth lives a relatively quiet life in London where he still resides with his two whippets, Niles and Daphne. (Yes, they are named after the characters on Frasier.) We chatted with Douglas about his leading ladies, his connection with Winston Churchill, and how he pilots a spaceship in Jupiter Ascending.
What made you want to be an actor?
I was dyslexic so I struggled to read and write when I was in school. It was really difficult so I knew I wasn’t going to be great behind a desk, I struggled with exams. Things like being a doctor weren’t in my future. I loved Louis Armstrong so I decided I wanted to become a jazz musician. I played for a while. When I turned thirteen everyone was playing guitar, joining rock bands and it didn’t appear that it was cool to play the trumpet. So I quit. I started taking up acting just because it was another option and fell in love with it.
What was your first role ever?
It was in primary school. It was the story of King Agamemnon and it was a musical.
I’m going to guess you played the lead role.
[Laughs] Yes. I played Agamemnon.
Young male actors like you seem pretty susceptible to falling into the typecasting as the handsome leading actor.
I’ve always fought that. The first lead that I ever played was a young Boy George when I was seventeen. I shaved my eyebrows off. That’s as far from leading man looks as you can get. I’ve never been scared to push myself. That’s actually when I’m most happy, when I’m doing things that are challenging me or pushing me.
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Douglas as Romeo Montague
On DVD February 14, 2012
Douglas as Shem
In cinemas March 28 2014
Douglas as Titus
In cinemas 18 July 2014
Douglas as Harry Villiers
In cinemas 19 September 2014
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