In recent years, Disney have had a lot of financial success with the live-action remakes of classic animated films such as The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast. They hope that this success will continue with the upcoming live-action remakes of The Lion King and Dumbo. One of the stars of Dumbo is Colin Farrell and, in an interview with journalists at a set visit, he had the chance to discuss Dumbo.
Here is what Colin Farrell had to say on the reaction he had when he was approached to star in Dumbo which will be directed by Tim Burton:
“Honestly, ‘Please, can I do it?’ Genuinely. Because I’ve just been such a fan of Tim’s work for the longest time. I think Edward Scissorhands is probably the first thing of his I saw. It’s still one of my favorite films of all time, probably.”
“So yeah, just the idea of something as sweet and fantastical and almost otherworldly while being grounded in some recognizable world that we can relate to under the directorship of him is kind of a dream.”
“There’s things I’ve read through the years that are somewhat fantastical or supernatural and have kind of a fairy tale element to them, and then some things that I read that never got made—one script in particular that never got made, but it was beautiful and had elements of Beauty and the Beast to it, I’ve always been looking for something of that ilk.”
“This was…I genuinely, when I heard he was doing it, I was like ‘Oh my God, what a dream gig to do.’ That was before reading the script. Then I read the script and it’s so sweet.”
“Tim is really good at figuring out the balancing act between honoring the sweetness of the original story or the intent or the allegorical element of what a baby flying elephant represents with real-world emotional concerns of families and friendships and damages of war without getting into it too much.”