Emily Watson has been chatting about the experience of shooting ‘War Horse’ with director Steven Spielberg, who she says she’d have done anything to work with. Speaking to On the Red Carpet, the 44-year-old British actress simply stated: “It’s Steven Spielberg,” and admitted she would have played a “meek mouse” if asked.
‘War Horse’ is a new probable tearjerker from Spielberg, and tells the tale of a young boy separated from his horse, after the beast (that is, the horse) is sent off to fight in the First World War. Watson says the boy and the horse are almost like lovers:
“I think it’s such a potent combination of an animal, an innocent animal and a savage, savage war. A savage and pointless war and putting this animal into the middle of it. And an animal we’ve learned to love, because we’ve learned to love him through the eyes of a boy. They’re like star-crossed lovers in a way, and we desperately want them to be together.”
Jeremy Irvine plays the heartbroken young lad in the film, and prefers a ‘brother’ analogy to Watson’s ‘lover’ idea. But basically, he agrees:
“I think when this horse comes into his life, it fills the place of a brother. The stakes need to be that high for him to then go off to the First World War to try and get him back. So I imagined when he’s being taken away from me, I kind of imagined what it would be like to have one of my younger brothers being taken away like that.”
The movie is out in the States now, having been nominated for two Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Score). I’ve not seen it myself, but would happily bet my mortgage something potentially devastating happens to that horse at some point.
Here’s Watson yapping about the film, and below that, the official ‘War Horse’ trailer: