Armie Hammer was nothing but gracious when he answered questions from a panel of bloggers who were anxious to ask him about his role as Prince Alcott in Mirror Mirror and other important issues such as: Does he believe in love at first sight? Hammer was on a break from filming The Lone Ranger, in which he plays the title character.
Q: Did the role [of Prince Alcott] fulfill any childhood fantasies for you? I know little girls have princess fantasies and little boys have superhero fantasies,. What was your favorite thing about this role?
A: “I wish I could tell you that I dreamed of playing Prince Charming as a kid, but the truth is it couldn’t have been farther from it. This was just something that I heard Tarsem [Singh] was directing, and that was sort of how I got involved with this in the very beginning. I think that if he would have been directing a movie about a pack of gum, I would have been just as interested in it.”
This is a perfect example of how gracious Armie Hammer is, paying the director a sincere and huge compliment!
Q: We’ve talked a lot about the positive message for young women and girls that we’ve discussed in Mirror Mirror. What do you think that boys and young men could learn from the message of the movie?
A: I think that for little boys, if you want to look at the Prince Alcott role, this guy was living in a kingdom. He had it all made. He had it all easy for him if he just went down this certain path.
But, instead of doing that, he chose a different route. He chose to question everything. He wanted to get out there and see the world. He wanted to have his own adventure. He didn’t want to placate himself by falling into the success of whatever was easiest. So, he really set off on his own adventure. And I think that’s a great thing. That’s your rite of passage. That’s where you find yourself. I think that’s where you find what you’re worth. And you become, in the end, more than people ever expected of you.
Can I just tell you that Mr. Hammer delivers this lovely speech in the deepest, sexiest voice I think I’ve ever heard?
Q: What was it like to transition from filming Mirror Mirror to The Lone Ranger. Was it a fun transition? Was it hard to get into such a different character?
A: No, no, no. It’s fun! This is very much like the perk of the job. I got to go run around in fairytale land and sprinkle fairy dust on everything. And then, as soon as I was done with that, I took a shower and then I put on a pair of cowboy boots and I went and I rolled around in the mud for a while. And it’s been great. It’s like you get to do a little bit of everything. Getting a chance to kind of hang up the purple costumes and put on the spurs has been really nice. I feel like it’s a good way to balance everything out.
As an aside: Have you seen the photos of Armie as the Lone Ranger? Can you say dreamy?
Q: You’ve mentioned before that when your character sees Snow [White], it’s love at first sight, kindred spirits kind of thing. Do you believe in that personally? And what kind of advice would you offer young people who believe they’ve met the one?
Mr. Armie Hammer: I do believe in love at first sight, but I wouldn’t if I didn’t experience it. When I first met my wife, I remember everything she was wearing the first time I saw her. And that was almost six years ago at this point.
So, I do believe in love at first sight, and I think that’s something that I recognized in the script. And so, it’s like, “I feel like I can bring some truth to that. I have actually been through that. Lucky me.”
I would say for young people who think they’ve found the one, it’s a commitment. If you think you’ve found the one and you’re willing to really knuckle down and say, “You know what? I’m not sure what’s going to be happening in 20 years, but I’m willing to work on this for that long of a period.” 30 years, 50 years, 60 years, 70 years, whatever it is, it’s a serious commitment. And if you think you’re ready to make it, I say don’t take it lightly but do it. It’s the greatest thing that ever happened to me.
Spoken like a true prince!
Mirror Mirror opens Nationwide on March 30, 2012.
Here’s a sneak peak:
(Photo and video: Relativity Media)