In the interview Alex talks about how he almost gave up the role, his character and the potential for a "next movie". Here are some excerpts.
How did you get involved in the project?
PETTYFER: I came over to do ADR for 3 days for “Beastly” and I said, “Why do I really want to go back to England? Might as well stay out and have a mini-holiday.” I got this audition for “Number 4”, I sat down, they role the tape, I’m about to say my first word, and I go, “I’m sorry, I can’t do this.” The director’s like, “What?” I said, “I can’t do this, sorry.” I got up and walked out the door of the audition. I think maybe it was nerves, or the people who were attached. I came back and I screen-tested for it.
This and “Beastly” are both very fantastical. How do you differentiate between characters in movies?
PETTYFER: I’m not an American little shit, which I am in “Beastly”. Johnny’s like this James Dean, “Rebel Without a Cause”, doesn’t really know his identity. It’s a really amazing movie ‘cause you’ve got all this action-packed stuff that kids are gonna love. I think every kid at 14, 15, 16, 17, maybe even now are always trying to find an identity and who we are as people. That’s what this movie’s about. John goes through this weird stage in his life where he doesn’t know who he is. He fits in in Florida, at the beginning of the movie, then in Paradise, Ohio, falls in love with a girl, then finally figures out who he’s meant to be, that’s a warrior. That’s just so cool, to have so many different dynamics to the same character is amazing to play around with. All I can say is it’s James Dean meets Jackie Chan in “Rush Hour”!
Do you get a sense that if this does really well it’ll be more action-oriented in the next movie?You can read the rest of this great interview here.
PETTYFER: I never think about the next movie. I always think about the situation I’m in now, but you do think about an arc someone can go. I love Johnny Depp, I love “Pirates of the Caribbean”, but I never wanted to play the same character over and over again. You know what’s gonna be great is if we do 2, 3, 4, 5 or whatever many movies if this is successful is I want to do it like “The Matrix”. I love the first “Matrix” because you have this guy who’s uncertain about who he is, and goes in and kinda figures himself out, and by the end you see him fly off and he’s this warrior. Then in the second one it’s action-packed. I was always disappointed by the fact that there was never any transitional level. What’s gonna be great about if they did ever do a second movie is I have a place to go and build upon, not just with the second one but with the third one.