12.12.18

Andy Serkis & Rohan Chand Talk Netflix's "Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle"

Acclaimed actor and director Andy Serkis reinvents Rudyard Kipling’s beloved masterpiece, in which a boy torn between two worlds accepts his destiny and becomes a legend. Mowgli (Rohan Chand) has never truly belonged in either the wilds of the jungle or the civilized world of man. Now he must navigate the inherent dangers of each on a journey to discover where he truly belongs. Netflix's "Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle" is a visually spectacular and emotionally moving adventure.

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>>> HI, EVERYONE. WELCOME TO BUILD SERIES NYC. I'M ETHAN ALTER, SENIOR WRITER WITH
YAHOO! ENTERTAINMENT WE'RE HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE MOWGLI LEGEND OF THE JUNGLE. YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT RENDERED QUITE LIKE IT IS IN MOWGLI: LEGEND OF THE JUNGLE, IN THEATERS AND ON NETFLIX. REAL JUNGLE SETTINGS TO CREATE A DARKER, MORE EARTHLY TELLING OF THE STORY OF MAN-CUB, MOWGLI, HIS ALLIES AND ONE VERY HUNGRY TIGER. ROHAN CHAND IS HERE TO TALK ABOUT IT, THE STAR AND THE MOVIE'S DIRECTOR, ANDY SERKIS. LET'S WATCH THE TRAILER.

>> I'VE NEVER SEEN A MAN-CUB BEFORE. IT'S SO SMALL.

>> BAGHEERA, WHY AM I DIFFERENT?

>> YOU ARE SPECIAL, LITTLE BROTHER.

>> YOU'VE GOT HANDS, SO LET'S USE THEM. \M\M

>> OUT OF MY WAY.

>> WHY DO YOU LET THEM PICK ON YOU LIKE THAT? WOLVES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE WITH OTHER WOLVES.

>> YOU'RE NOT A WOULD HAVE.

>> MOWGLI, YOU ARE ONE OF THEM.

>> ALL I EVER WANTED WAS TO BELONG.

>> YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MY SON, MOWGLI. NOTHING CAN EVER CHANGE THAT.

>> THE JUNGLE IS CHANGING.

>> THE BOY, HE'S OUR ONLY HOPE OF SURVIVAL.

>> WE'RE AFRAID OF WHAT MAN MIGHT DO TO US. THE PACK NEEDS YOU, MOWGLI.

>> MY, MY, HOW YOU'VE GROWN.

>> I AM NOT A MAN, BUT NEITHER AM I A WOLF. WHICH OF YOU WILL FOLLOW ME?

>> MAN CUB, THE WHOLE JUNGLE HAS BEEN WATCHING YOU.

>> I WON'T FAIL!

>> AWESOME. SO, WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? LET'S GO TO NETFLIX AND WATCH IT RIGHT NOW. RIGHT? RIGHT? THAT'S A GREAT TRAILER FOR THE FILM AND, I MEAN, ANDY, I KNOW THIS FILM HAS BEEN A PASSION PROJECT FOR YOU FOR A LONG TIME.

>> FOR SURE.

>> IT WOULD HAVE TO BE A PASSION PROJECT TO LIVE WITH IT FOR AS LONG AS YOU HAD. WHAT IS IT? WHAT MADE YOU FEEL SO PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS?

>> I REALLY WANTED TO TELL A STORY THAT WAS CLOSER TO THE TONE OF THE BOOK AND RE-ENGAGE WITH MOWGLI. IN THE ADAPTATIONS A LOT OF TIMES IT'S SUCH AN EMOTIONAL JOURNEY, IT'S A MASSIVE JOURNEY OF SELF DISCOVERY FOR THE CENTRAL CHARACTER AND OFTEN IT GETS OVERLOOKED IN SORT OF THE ENJOYMENT AND THE PERFORMANCE OF THE ANTICS OF ALL OF THE ANIMALS. IT'S LIKE THE CENTRIC CHARACTER OFTEN DIDN'T GET A FAIR SHARE, I THINK. IT'S A FAMILY FILM BUT IT'S A FAMILY FILM THAT HAS REAL CONSEQUENCE, REAL DARKNESS, REAL EDGE AND, YOU KNOW, AS SOON AS I READ THE SCRIPT I THOUGHT THIS HAS TO BE TOLD. THIS VERSION HAS TO BE TOLD.

>> I WAS SAYING TO YOU, I SHOWED IT TO MY KIDS WHO ARE 11 AND 7 AND THEY REALLY ENJOYED IT EVEN WITHOUT THE LACK OF SONGS. THEY FOUND THE ACTION AND THE STORY CONVINCING ENOUGH AND BEAUTIFUL ENOUGH TO FOLLOW ALL THE WAY THROUGH.

>> SURE. THAT'S GREAT BECAUSE WE REALLY WANTED TO NOT ALIENATE ANYBODY. WE DIDN'T WANT IT TO BE TOO DARK BUT WE WANTED IT TO FEEL REAL AND ENGAGING SO YOU REALLY FEEL FOR THE JOURNEY OF MOWGLI AND HIS VERY COMPLICATED PSYCHOLOGICAL. IT'S COMPLICATED IN BOTH SETS OF FAMILIES THAT HE HAS.

>> SPEAKING OF MOWGLI, ROHAN, LET'S TALK ABOUT YOUR PERFORMANCE AND THE WAY YOU APPROACH THE ROLE. WHAT WAS IT LIKE, MEETING ANDY FOR THE FIRST TIME DISCUSSING IT.

>> I REMEMBER ANDY AND I MET OVER SKYPE FOR THE AUDITION OF THIS AND WHEN HE DESCRIBED HIS VISION TO ME FOR THIS, I THINK HE WAS JUST REALLY AMAZING. AS HE SAID, HE DID WANT TO MAKE A MOVIE THAT WAS CLOSE IN TONE TO KIPLING'S VERSION. JUST THROUGH HIM EXPLAINING IT, I THINK IT WAS AMAZING TO GET HIM TO SEE THAT, DO THAT -- TO GET TO SEE HIM DO THAT, I THINK, IS REALLY AMAZING.

>> WAS THERE ONE THING SPECIFICALLY ABOUT MOWGLI THAT REALLY RESONATED WITH YOU IN THAT FIRST MEETING THAT YOU TOOK TO HEART?

>> YEAH. SO I THINK ONE OF THE KEY THINGS FOR THIS IS THAT IT IS A VERY MOWGLI CENTRIC STORY. FOR ME, I THINK THE THING THAT I TOOK AWAY FROM MOWGLI WAS HIS PERSEVERANCE. HE FINDS A WAY TO PUSH THROUGH ALL THE OBSTACLES THAT HAVE BEEN THROWN AT HIM. AND I THINK THAT'S, YOU KNOW, A REALLY AMAZING THING FOR KIDS OF MY AGE AS WELL BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THEY KIND OF FIGURE OUT THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO BELONG AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO FIT IN WITH SOCIAL MEDIA AND EVERYTHING BECAUSE KIDS REALLY KIND OF BEING PRESSURED, ESPECIALLY WITH SOCIAL MEDIA AND EVERYTHING TO LOOK A CERTAIN WAY OR DO A CERTAIN THING AND I THINK THIS FILM TEACHES THEM THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT AND THEY CAN PICK THEIR OWN UNIQUE PATH.

>> ANDY, WHAT WAS IT THAT YOU SAW IN ROHAN WHEN YOU FIRST MET ON SKYPE AND THEN IN PERSON?

>> ROHAN WAS THE THIRD PERSON WE SAW. WE WERE FULLY EXPECTING TO DO A WORLDWIDE SEARCH FOR MOWGLI. THE WHOLE FILM IS CARRIED ON HIS SHOULDERS AND IT WAS JUST LITERALLY APPARENT. I SAW HIM IN LONE SURVIVOR, MARK WAHLBERG'S FILM. HE HAD A SLOW CAMEO PART IN THAT AND REALLY STOOD OUT. WHEN WE MET AND TALKED -- ROHAN WAS 10 AT THE TIME BUT HE HAS THIS KIND OF WISDOM AND KIND OF -- I DON'T KNOW. A BIT OF SENSE OF WORLDLINESS ABOUT HIM, OR DID AT THAT TIME. AND I TOLD HIM, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE'RE GOING TO GO ON IS A VERY, VERY LENGTHY, COMPLICATED, PHYSICAL JOURNEY, EMOTIONAL JOURNEY AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET DOWN AND DIRTY. AND HE REALLY TOOK IT TO HEART. HE REALLY OWNED THAT CHARACTER, WENT THROUGH -- YOU KNOW, WE WERE SHOOTING IT FOR FOUR YEARS ON AND OFF, AS A PRINCIPLE PHOTOGRAPHY PERIOD BUT COMING BACK AND RESHOOTING PICKUPS. WHEN WE FIRST STARTED OFF, IT WAS LIKE, IT'S GOING TO BE A TOUGH RIDE. AND HE JUST EMBRACED IT. HE WENT AND STUDIED WOLVES. HE SLEPT WITH WOLVES, DIDN'T YOU, IN NEW YORK?

>> YEAH. SORRY. SO IN UPSTATE NEW YORK I GOT TO CAMP OUT WITH THE WOLVES AND, YOU KNOW, IT WAS JUST AMAZING. YOU GOT TO SEE THE WAY THAT THEY INTERACTED WITH EACH OTHER WITHOUT A HUMAN INTERFERENCE. AND I ALSO REALLY HAD TO DO A LOT OF PHYSICAL TRAINING AND AGILITY TRAINING FOR THIS AS WELL. AS ANDY SAID, I HAD TO STUDY WOLVES AND EVERYTHING. I STARTED RUNNING ON ALL FOURS AND EVERYTHING, AND JUST LIKE NORMAL GUYS IN NEW YORK, RUNNING ON ALL FOURS. IT WAS AN EXCITING PROCESS AND I THINK IT'S TURNED OUT REALLY WELL.

>> RIGHT. OBVIOUSLY, MOWGLI HAS BEEN PLAYED ON SCREEN BY OTHER ACTORS IN THE PAST. WHEN IT CAME TIME TO DO YOUR PERFORMANCE, WAS THERE ONE THING ABOUT HIM THAT YOU EMBEDDED IN YOUR PORTRAYAL THAT YOU DON'T THINK OTHER PEOPLE HAVE DONE BEFORE, THAT YOU WANTED TO BRING TO YOUR VERSION?

>> I THINK ONE OF THE KEY THINGS IS THAT MOWGLI -- HE ISN'T A CLASSIC HERO. HE IS FLAWED AND HAS A LOT OF FLAWS. HE'S TRYING TO FIT IN, TRYING TO BELONG. BUT I THINK HE REALLY FIGURES OUT THAT HE DOESN'T HAVE TO BELONG ALMOST, AND, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT'S REALLY AMAZING. BETWEEN HIS FLAWS AND EVERYTHING, HE STILL FINDS THE WAY TO GET THROUGH LIFE AND MAKE THE BEST OF THE SITUATION HE'S THRUST INTO.

>> THE DISNEY VERSION IS WELL KNOWN, OBVIOUSLY, BOTH THE ANIMATED AND THE ORIGINAL REMAKE. ONE VERSION I ALWAYS GREW UP WATCHING WAS THE 1942 ONE.

>> YEAH.

>> ONE OF THE THINGS I LIKE ABOUT THAT ONCE AGAIN, THERE'S ALSO A SORT OF DANGER THAT COMES FROM THE USE OF LIVE ANIMALS. YOUR DANGER IS THAT YOU COME FROM THE LIVE SETTINGS, YOU USE REAL JUNGLE SETTINGS. WAS THAT SOMETHING IN THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD, WANTING TO USE THE REAL WORLD?

>> FOR SURE. I NEVER WANTED IT TO FEEL LIKE IT WAS A SAFE, IDYLLIC BEAUTIFUL JUNGLE. WE WENT OUT OF OUR WAY TO MAKE IT FEEL -- WE HAD FOLIAGE, BEAUTIFUL JUNGLE PLANTS. LOTS OF DEAD LEAVES AND WE WENT TO SOUTH AFRICA TO STUDY THE ENVIRONMENT, WHERE WE WERE GOING TO SHOOT THE VILLAGE, WE BROUGHT BACK A LOT OF THE SAME COLORED ROCK, TO CREATE A REAL WORLD FOR OUR ANIMALS. OTHER ADAPTATIONS, OTHER VERSIONS WHERE THERE'S NOTHING DISCOLORED OR SCARRED. OURS IS KIND OF COVERED IN BRUISES. TOUGH EXTERIORS. THE DESIGN OF THE ANIMALS FOR THIS, TO FIT IN WITH THIS REAL WORLD WAS REALLY IMPORTANT. AND WE LOOKED AT EARLIER -- I WAS REALLY -- RATHER THAN HAVING A SORT OF DISCOVERY CHANNEL SORT OF REAL-LOOKING, PHOTO REALISTIC DOCUMENTARY TIGER, IT WAS REALLY INFORMED BY THE EARLIER ILLUSTRATIONS THAT WENT ALONG WITH THE BOOKS AND ALSO THE FACT THAT THESE ANIMALS WERE GOING TO HAVE TO TALK. TO LICENSE THEM TO TALK AND REALLY FEEL LIKE THEY'RE EMOTIONALLY COMMUNICATING WITH MOWGLI WE DESIGNED THEM IN A WAY SO YOU COULD SEE THE EXPRESSIONS OF THE ACTORS COME THROUGH THE BEASTS.

>> RIGHT. CAN YOU SEE CHRISTIAN BALE MAKING THE FACES THAT YOU THEN SEE ON SCREEN.

>> SURE.

>> YOU'VE BEEN WITH THIS TECHNOLOGY A LONG TIME. WHAT'S IT LIKE TO SEE HOW IT'S EVOLVED AND DO YOU THINK YOU COULD HAVE MADE THIS MOVIE WHEN IT FIRST STARTED BEING USED IN 2001?

>> NO, NO. IT'S REALLY GONE ON A HUGE JOURNEY, YOU KNOW, ENABLING AN ACTOR TO PLAY ANYTHING. AND IT STARTED OFF WITH MORE HUMANOID CHARACTER. YOU CAN SEE THE FACIAL EXPRESSIONS OF MYSELF OR MY ACTOR TRANSLATE ON A HUMANOID FACE LIKE GOLLAM. WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO HAVE TO TAKE A HUMAN'S FACE AND TO INTERPOSE THAT ON TO THE FACE OF AN ANIMAL THAT HAS A LONG MUZZLE LIKE A SNOUT OR SNAKE, TIGER OR BEAR, IT'S A REALLY -- HUGELY EVOLVED JOURNEY TO TAKE TO REDO THIS PROPERLY.

>> LET'S WATCH A CLIP FROM THE MOVIE THAT ILLUSTRATES THE CLOSE-UP NATURE OF WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE. IT'S A SCENE WHERE MOWGLI HAS JUST RACED FROM THE WOLVES, THE PANTHER GETS IN THE WAY AND THEY HAVE A CONFRONTATION. LET'S WATCH THAT.

>> LET HIM GO, BAGHEERA.

>> YOU LET YOUR GUARD DOWN. I TOLD YOU NEVER LET YOUR GUARD DOWN.

>> HE'S ONLY CHASING ME. HE TARGETED ME. HE KNOWS I'M THE WEAKEST. ALL OF YOUR LESSONS, THEY MEAN NOTHING!

>> REALLY GREAT SCENE. LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT'S THAT PERFORMANCE LIKE AND WHAT ARE YOUR MEMORIES OF SHOOTING THAT SCENE?

>> I REMEMBER WE KIND OF SHOT THIS ALMOST TWICE, IN A WAY. SO I GOT INVOLVED IN THIS BACK IN 2014, WHEN I WAS JUST 10 YEARS OLD AND I GOT TO SHOOT RIGHT ACROSS FROM THESE -- THIS PRIMARY CAT, FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN AND EVERYTHING. BUT I WOULD COME BACK A COUPLE OF MONTHS LATER AND DO -- JUST TO CAPTURE MY PERFORMANCE, THE HAIR, MAKEUP, THE DIRT YOU SEE ON ME. BUT ACTORS THERE MORE FOR MY REFERENCE AND THE MOVEMENTS OF SOME OF THE ANIMALS. IT WAS A BIT OF A CHALLENGE, REMEMBERING HOW CHRISTIAN OR WHOEVER PLAYED IT, WHILE ACTING ACROSS FROM SOMEONE WHO OBVIOUSLY PLAYS IT DIFFERENTLY AND KEEPING MY PERFORMANCE ORGANIC. SO, THAT WAS CHALLENGING. I REMEMBER FOR THAT SCENE SPECIFICALLY, CHRISTIAN ACTUALLY POUNCED ON ME. AND I REMEMBER IT WAS A REALLY INTENSE SCENE, HE'S GROWLING OVER ME AND I REMEMBER A LITTLE BIT OF SPIT KIND OF DROPPED OUT OF HIS MOUTH AND LANDED ON MY SHOULDER AND WE BOTH LOOKED AT EACH OTHER AND JUST BURST OUT LAUGHING. SO, I MEAN -- YEAH.

>> SO YOU DIDN'T USE THE END OF THAT TAKE?

>> YEAH, YEAH.

>> WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR YOU TO SORT OF OBSERVE, TO SEE THE FINISHED CLIP NOW, DO YOU RECOGNIZE CHRISTIAN BALE IN BAGHEERA THERE?

>> YEAH. THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT PERFORMANCE CAPTURE, YOU GET TO SEE THEIR PERFORMANCES AND THAT'S REALLY AMAZING BUT IT DOES ACTUALLY TAKE ME BACK TO WHEN I FILMED IT AND I REMEMBER ACTING ACROSS FROM CHRISTIAN AND EVERYTHING. BUT THIS IS ALSO A VERY MOWGLI-CENTERED STORY AND WE REALLY SEE THE STORY THROUGH MOWGLI'S EYES AND RUDYARD KIPLING DID WRITE THESE ANIMALS WITH HUMAN EMOTION. YOU GET TO SEE THE PERFORMANCES AND THE HUMAN SIDE OF THE ANIMALS.

>> THERE EXISTS A CUT OF THIS MOVIE WHERE IT IS JUST THE ACTORS AND I WISH I COULD SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE. IT IS EXTRAORDINARY. IT WAS THE FIRST THING THAT WE SHOT ALL THOSE YEARS AGO AND LITERALLY THE ENTIRE STORY IS TOLD WITH CHRISTIAN THERE, WITH ROHAN THERE, WITH EVERYONE JUST DELIVERING THESE PERFORMANCES. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE RENDERING AND VISUAL EFFECTS AND ANIMATION AND THE RESULT OF THE END OF IT, IT'S JUST NO DIFFERENT, THE INTENTION OF THE ORIGINAL PERFORMANCES. IT'S FANTASTIC HOW THEY MANAGED TO TRANSLATE IT REALLY.

>> WELL, IN ADDITION TO THE INTERESTING CONNECTION BETWEEN THIS AND THE 1942 VERSION, I THOUGHT, IS HOW ULTIMATELY MAN IS AS DANGEROUS AND HIS GREED IS AS DANGEROUS. WAS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU FOUND IN THE BOOK THAT YOU WANTED TO TRANSLATE TO THE SCREEN?

>> ABSOLUTELY. FIRST OF ALL WE SEE IN THE THIRD ACT, UNLIKE MOST VERSION OF 1942, YOU DO GET TO SEE THAT IT'S SET IN INDIA, THAT IT'S ACTUALLY ABOUT INDIA. THAT'S CRUCIAL. YOU CAN'T TELL THIS STORY IN 2018 WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGING THAT. IT REFLECTS RUDYARD KIPLING AS AN INDIVIDUAL. HE GREW UP IN INDIA, THEN WAS SENT TO ENGLAND TO GROW UP IN A BOARDING HOUSE WHERE HE HAD AN UNHAPPY CHILDHOOD AND YEARNED FOR THAT SENSE OF HOME. HE WAS A WRITER WHO WAS THE MOST BELOVED AUTHOR OF HIS GENERATION BUT ALSO AT A TIME WHERE THE BRITISH EMPIRE RULED INDIA. WE WANTED TO BRING THOSE ASPECTS INTO THE MOVIE. IT HAS A FEELING OF -- THE HUNTER CHARACTER IN THE MOVIE REALLY DOES REPRESENT, ON A SMALL LEVEL BUT IT REPRESENTS THE BRITISH COLONIZATION OF INDIA AND REPRESENTATION OF MAN IN THE JUNGLE. ALL THESE LAYERS ARE SORT OF EMBEDDED IN THERE TO GIVE IT A TEXTURE, REALITY AND EMOTIONAL TRUTH, I SUPPOSE.

>> IT'S INTERESTING TO ME THAT THE TWO FILMS YOU DIRECTED, THIS AND BREATHE WHICH CAME OUT, YOU SORT OF DIRECTED AS THIS WAS ALSO GOING ON. THEY'RE PERIOD PIECES AND ALSO CLASSICAL IN THEIR STORY TELLING, EVEN WITH TECHNOLOGY LIKE THIS. DOES THAT REFLECT WHO YOU ARE? ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THIS PERIOD, IN THIS CLASSICAL FORM OF STORY TELLING?

>> IT'S INTERESTING, PARTICULARLY WITH THIS. I THINK PEOPLE WILL NOTICE WHEN THEY WATCH IT, A LOT OF THIS TAKES PLACE IN CLOSE-UP ACTUALLY. THIS WAS ALWAYS A DRAMA THAT ACTUALLY HAD ANIMALS AS ACTORS. I WANTED TO SPEND MOST OF OUR TIME APART FROM LOOKING, LIKE ROHAN SAYS, IT'S AN MOWGLI-CENTERED STORY, BUT FOCUSING ON THE ANIMALS. A HUGE PERCENTAGE IS BEING RIGHT UP IN THEIR FACE. I DIDN'T WANT TO OVER COMPLICATE THE FILMING. I WANTED TO MAKE IT FEEL REAL. I WANTED TO GROUND EVERYTHING. YOU CAN WHIZ THE CAMERA BACK ANYWHERE THESE DAYS, WITH TECHNOLOGY AND CG. IT DIDN'T SERVE THE STORY AND KIND OF THE AUTHENTICITY I SUPPOSE OF THE WORLD WE'RE TRYING TO CREATE BY BEING OVERFUSSY WITH IT. IT IS CLASSIC. I LOVE CLASSIC FILMMAKERS. BUT CERTAINLY THERE WERE INSPIRATIONS.

>> RIGHT. ROHAN, TELL US ABOUT ANDY AS A DIRECTOR. WHAT WAS THE COLLABORATION LIKE ON SET?

>> YEAH. OBVIOUSLY, WORKING WITH THE KING OF PERFORMANCE CAPTURING. HE IS VERY PURE IN THE WAY HE ACTS AND EVERYTHING. IT IS REALLY AMAZING GETTING TO WORK WITH HIM. HE IS VERY MUCH A COLLABORATOR AND REALLY BRINGS EVERYONE TOGETHER AND HELPS EVERYONE WORK TOGETHER AND REALLY BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN EVERYONE, I THINK. I REMEMBER THE FIRST THING HE TOLD ME, ACTUALLY, WAS ROHAN, I'LL BE THERE TO GUIDE YOU. ULTIMATELY THE AUTHORSHIP OF THE ROLE IS WITH THE ACTOR. I THOUGHT THAT WAS AMAZING. HE WAS GIVING ME FREEDOM BY STILL TRYING TO PUSH ME DOWN THE PATH. THAT WAS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT HIM.

>> DID YOU NOTICE A DIFFERENCE FROM WHEN HE WENT TO BEING A DIRECTOR TO A CO-SCENE PARTNER WITH YOU?

>> YES. WHEN ANDY DIRECTED ME, HE'S SUCH A GREAT DIRECTOR. WHEN HE DROPS INTO CHARACTER, HE LOWERS HIS WEIGHT FOR BALOU, WHO HAD A SLACK JAW, SNAGGLETOOTH. HE REALLY JUST DROPS DOWN AND GOES, YOU GOT HANDS. FINGERS TO USE. LET'S USE THEM. HE'S ABLE TO DROP DOWN AND EMBODY THOSE CHARACTERS, SO YEAH. BUT, I MEAN, JUST GETTING TO WORK ACROSS FROM HIM AS WELL IS AMAZING.

>> I THINK YOU'RE PLAYING TO THE -- THAT WAS A GOOD IMPRESSION.

>> THANK YOU.

>> YOU'VE TRAINED HIM WELL ALREADY. SO, OBVIOUSLY, THERE WAS SOME DRAMA BEHIND THE SCENES. THE MOVIE WAS ORIGINALLY SUPPOSED TO BE RELEASED BY WARNER BROTHERS. IT'S ON NETFLIX NOW. ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THE STORY THAT'S TAKEN A LONG TIME TO GET THERE. WAS THAT DIFFICULT, SORT OF LIVING THROUGH THAT PERIOD WHERE YOU WEREN'T SURE IF IT WAS GOING TO SHOW UP FOR A LITTLE BIT?

>> NO, IT MAKES AND HAS MADE PERFECT SENSE AND IS SUCH A HAPPY ENDING FOR THE MOVIE BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, JOHN'S VERSION CAME OUT AND WAS A HUGE SUCCESS AT THE BOX OFFICE. SO WE HAD -- AT ONE POINT, WE WERE RACING TO SEE WHO WAS GOING TO GET THERE FIRST AND THEN IT SEEMED UTTERLY POINTLESS TO RACE BECAUSE WE WANTED TO TAKE TIME TO MAKE SURE OUR PERFORMANCE CAPTURE WAS GOING TO SING THROUGH THE PERFORMANCE OF THE ANIMALS AND SO WE TOOK OUR TIME AND TOOK OUR FOOT OFF THE THROTTLE, THE ACCELERATOR. AND THEN WE TOOK OUR TIME IN POSTPRODUCTION. AND FINALLY, IT WAS -- TOBY EMERICK WHO TOOK OVER, TOOK CONTROL OF WARNER BROTHERS, ON THE LAST DAY OF ME MIXING ONE OF THE FINAL MIXES FOR THE MOVIE, WE HAD ALREADY STARTED PROMOTING IT WARNER BROTHERS SAID TO ME, ANDY, WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE RELEASE OF THE MOVIE. WE'VE SHOWN IT TO NETFLIX. THEY LOVE THE MOVIE AND WANT TO ACQUIRE IT AND WE THINK IT'S A WIN/WIN SITUATION, AND IT HAS BEEN. REALLY FROM THE OUTSET, THIS WAS ALWAYS GOING TO BE A SLIGHTLY DARKER INTERPRETATION AND NEVER TRULY FIT INTO A BLOCKBUSTER POPCORN MOVIE. IT WAS ALWAYS A LITTLE DARKER. AS I SAY IT'S A FAMILY FILM BUT INTERNATIONALLY, IT WOULD HAVE GREAT GLOBAL REACH BECAUSE IT'S THAT KIND OF STORY. SO, WHEN NETFLIX TOOK IT ON, THAT'S HOW THEY OPERATE. THIS FIT PERFECTLY INTO THEIR MODEL. THE VERY FACT THAT WE WERE ABLE TO OPEN THIS FILM IN MUMBAI AND TAKE THE FILM, THE STORY BACK TO WHERE IT ORIGINATED FROM WAS FANTASTIC. AND THE RECEPTION THAT IT HAS HAD GLOBALLY, EVEN IN THE FIRST FEW DAYS WE'VE BEEN OPEN WITH THE MOVIE HAS BEEN PHENOMENAL. FOR ME IT'S A GREAT, HAPPY ENDING TO A LONG JOURNEY.

>> RIGHT. WOULD YOU AGREE, ROHAN? NETFLIX AND CALL IT UP ANY MOMENT TO WATCH IT?

>> YEAH. SO, ACTUALLY, NETFLIX IS THE WAY THAT ME AND MY GENERATION REALLY CONSUME MEDIA AND CONTENT. I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE GREATEST THINGS BECAUSE NETFLIX DOES, AS ANDY SAID, HAS THIS GLOBAL REACH. YOU NEVER COULD GET THAT WITH JUST A THEATRICAL RELEASE. THAT BEING SAID, THIS MOVIE WAS MADE, OBVIOUSLY, FOR THE BIG SCREEN. I THINK IT'S AMAZING THAT NETFLIX IS LEADING WITH THE LIMITED THEATRICAL RELEASE AND STILL PUTTING IT ON NETFLIX. I THINK THAT'S A REALLY GREAT THING.

>> WE'RE GOING TO ASK AUDIENCE QUESTIONS IN A MOMENT. BEFORE WE DO, I WANT TO SAY WE'RE A YEAR REMOVED FROM THE YEAR RELEASE OF THE LAST JEDI. IT'S AMAZING HOW THAT MOVIE IS STILL HOTLY DEBATED AND SNOKE'S UNTIMELY DEMISE.

>> HAS HE DIED?

>> YOU MUST NOT HAVE BEEN THERE.

>> YOU DON'T KNOW I'M COMING BACK? SORRY. JUST STIRRING IT UP. JUST STIRRING IT UP.

>> J.J. ABRAMS IS GOING TO CALL RIGHT NOW. WERE YOU SURPRISED BY THE FAN REACTION TO HIS DEATH AND HOW ANGRY THEY WERE, ALMOST, THAT HE WAS GONE?

>> I WAS NOT SURPRISED. I MEAN, I WAS SURPRISED. YOU KNOW, NO, IT WAS -- LOOK, IT WAS A GREAT CHARACTER AND I THINK, LOOK, IT'S A STAR WARS MOVIE. WHO KNOWS WHAT WILL HAPPEN? IT WAS FANTASTIC TO BE PART OF. OBVIOUSLY WHEN I FIRST READ THE SCRIPT I WAS LIKE, THIS IS GREAT. THIS IS GOING REALLY WELL. WHAT? YOU KNOW. BUT IT'S ALMOST PERFECT THAT IT ENDED LIKE THAT.

>> SORRY. I REMEMBER ANDY ON SET, I WOULD ALWAYS BUG HIM AND ASK ABOUT WELL, WHO IS SUPREME LEADER SNOKE? BUT HE DEALT WITH ME AND SAID THE STORM TROOPERS WOULD COME TO GET HIM IF HE TOLD ME. UNFORTUNATELY, I DON'T HAVE ANY SECRETS.

>> WE'LL PROBABLY GET THE STORY ABOUT HIM ONE DAY. I DO WONDER, WAS THERE A PART OF HIS BACKSTORY THAT YOU DECIDED FOR YOURSELF THAT WASN'T GOING TO -- THAT YOU EMBEDDED IN YOUR PERFORMANCE? THAT YOU MADE YOUR DECISION?

>> YEAH. WE TALKED TO JJ. WHEN HE WAS BEING IMAGINED, WHEN HE WAS COMING TO BEING, THERE WAS DISCUSSIONS ABOUT WHAT HIS PAST WAS, WHAT HE IS AND WHAT HE REPRESENTS, NONE OF WHICH I'M GOING TO TELL YOU.

>> WHAT ABOUT HIS FAVORITE ICE CREAM?

>> COOKIES AND CREAM, BEN & JERRY'S.

>> GREAT. LET'S TURN IT OVER TO THE AUDIENCE. WE'VE GOT SOME QUESTIONS.

>> FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE, I WANT TO KNOW WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING THING ON THE SET THAT YOU GUYS EXPERIENCED?

>> THE MOST CHALLENGING THING ON SET, PROBABLY WAS -- THERE WAS ONE SCENE IN PARTICULAR, WHICH WAS THE SCENE WHERE MOWGLI IS RUNNING HOME FOR THE FIRST TIME, GETTING INTRODUCED TO THE WOLF PACK THROUGH HIS FAMILY AND THERE WAS SO MUCH INTERACTION BETWEEN MOWGLI AND THE WOLVES. HE WAS RUNNING IN, INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD WE CALL IT. HIS MOTHER IS LICKING ANOTHER WOLF. HIS BROTHER WOLF HAS BEEN RACING WITH HIM, SAYS HOW WELL HE'S DOING. THERE WAS A WHOLE LOT OF INTERACTION. IT WAS THE FIRST SCENE WE SHOT IN 2014 AND THE LAST SCENE TO BE FINISHED IN 2018. IT WAS SO COMPLICATED THAT, YEAH, THAT WAS DEFINITELY FROM MY POINT OF VIEW ONE OF THE MOST TRICKY SCENES.

>> FOR ME, I THINK IT WOULD -- I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S ONE OF THE MOST TRICKY SCENES BUT THE PHYSICAL SIDE OF THE CHARACTER IS CHALLENGING. OBVIOUSLY ALL CHARACTERS HAVE AN EMOTIONAL SIDE, PSYCHOLOGICAL SIDE AND ALSO A PHYSICAL SIDE. FOR MOST CHARACTERS I WOULD START WITH THE EMOTIONAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL SIDES BUT FOR MOWGLI, WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS STARTING WITH THE PHYSICAL SIDE AND ALSO HOW THE PHYSICAL SIDE AFFECTS HIS PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EMOTIONAL SIDES BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN BROUGHT UP BY THESE WOLVES AND REALLY JUST WANTS TO BE A WOLF. BUT -- AND OBVIOUSLY HE STARTS MOVING LIKE A WOLF AND EVERYTHING BECAUSE HE JUST WANTS TO FIT IN. THAT'S GOING THROUGH HIS HEAD, DO I FIT IN? IF I FIT IN, WHERE DO I FIT IN? I THINK THOSE ARE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS AND ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING PARTS.

>> AS ARTISTS, HOW YOU GUYS SORT OF BALANCE BETWEEN PRESENTING CHARACTERS THAT PEOPLE LOVE AND FULFILLING THEIR EXPECTATIONS WHILE EXPRESSING YOURSELF AND INTERPRETATIONS OF THOSE CHARACTERS IN THE STORIES?

>> THEY'VE HAD THEIR MASSIVE PRECONCEPTIONS AND A LOT OF IT COMES FROM BRILLIANT ANIMATION OF 1967 AND EVERYONE GREW UP WITH IT. IT'S OUR FIRST END POINT TO JUNGLE BOOK STORIES AND SORT OF GETTING THAT STORY ACROSS THAT IT IS ACTUALLY A BOOK WRITTEN 100 YEARS AGO, HAS A DARK TONE WITHOUT DISAPPOINTING PEOPLE AND ACTUALLY THAT THERE IS THE EMOTIONAL JOURNEY IS SOMETHING THAT REALLY PEOPLE HAVEN'T SEEN BEFORE, I THINK. SO YOU DO WANT PEOPLE TO -- THE STORY IS SIMILAR WITH CLASSIC LITERATURE, OF COURSE, YOU CAN TELL IT A MILLION DIFFERENT WAYS. I THINK THAT WAS ONE OF THE JOYS AND CHALLENGES AT THE SAME TIME.

>> WITH THE '67 VERSION, I DID LOVE THE '67 VERSION. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE SEE MOWGLI AS THIS HAPPY-GO-LUCKY GUY. I LOVE THAT SIDE OF HIM. I THINK FOR THIS, IT WAS REALLY BOY MEETS JUNGLE AND A BOY STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE IN A JUNGLE. RUDYARD KIPLING DID WRITE HIM WITH THESE FLAWS AND THAT'S KIND OF HOW I CONNECTED TO HIM. OBVIOUSLY, HUMANS HAVE MANY FLAWS AND SOMETIMES MOWGLI TAKES THINGS OUT ON PEOPLE THAT HE REALLY SHOULDN'T HAVE. I THINK HE FEELS THAT REGRET AND I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ACTUALLY JUST KIND OF CONNECT WITH THAT.

>> ALONG WITH THAT, YOU HAD TO SHOW SUCH A RANGE OF EMOTIONS AND YOU'RE A WONDERFUL ACTOR. WE THOUGHT THE MOVIE WAS GREAT.

>> THANK YOU.

>> WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DID YOU HAVE? HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH ALL THOSE EMOTIONS?

>> YEAH. SO AS I MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY, I WAS 10 WHEN I GOT INVOLVED WITH THIS. I WAS 11 WHEN I STARTED MY PRINCIPLE PHOTOGRAPHY. SO BASED ON THE STORY LINE NEAR THE THIRD ACT I DECIDED TO PLAY MOWGLI MORE LIKE A 14 OR 15-YEAR-OLD. AS AN 11-YEAR-OLD, THAT IS PRETTY CHALLENGING BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE PAST EXPERIENCES TO DRAW ON. THAT WAS ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING THINGS AS WELL. I THINK ANDY HOPED TO GIVE ME THAT FREEDOM AS WELL AS BEING ABLE TO GUIDE ME THROUGH THE HEAD SPACE OF MOWGLI. THE SAME QUESTIONS THAT A 14-YEAR-OLD WOULD ASK.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYONE, FOR JOINING US TODAY. IT'S A PLEASURE TO HAVE THIS MOVIE OUT IN THE WORLD FINALLY. IT MUST FEEL SO GOOD AFTER ALL THIS TIME. IT'S TAKEN MANY HOURS, THE WAITING. IS THERE ONE MEMORY YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS EXPERIENCE, THAT YOU'LL TREASURE OR SUM UP THE WHOLE FIVE-YEAR JOURNEY?

>> ONE OF THE MOST EXTRAORDINARILY HAPPY TIMES IS WHEN WE WERE SHOOTING IN SOUTH AFRICA, WHEN WE SHOT ALL THE VILLAGE SEQUENCES. WE SHOT SOUTH OF DURBIN WITH THE LARGEST INDIAN POPULATION. WE HAD A LOT OF INDIAN ACTORS ON SET. THE SET THAT'S BEING BUILT FOR THAT VILLAGE HAS TAKEN MONTHS TO BUILD. RICE WAS GROWING. IT JUST SEEMED TO BE THAT SORT OF MONTH WHERE WE WERE SHOOTING THERE. GOING OUT EVERY MORNING AND MONKEYS STEALING THINGS OFF THE SET AND GETTING RID OF SNAKES SO WE DIDN'T RUN AROUND IN BARE FEET. IT WAS A REALLY BRILLIANT, FANTASTIC TIME.

>> YEAH. FOR ME, I THINK IT WAS BEING ABLE TO WORK WITH THAT CAST. THEY ARE A-LISTERS AND IT WAS AMAZING TO BE ABLE TO LEARN FROM THEM AND SEE HOW ANDY DROPS INTO CHARACTER AND HOW ALL OF THEM ASK SO MANY QUESTIONS AND ABOUT LITERALLY EVERY ASPECT OF THE CHARACTER. I REMEMBER BENEDICT, HE WOULD ASK SO MANY QUESTIONS, LIKE HOW HE WOULD MOVE WITH HIS LAME PAW AND KATE DOES A LOT OF RESEARCH AS WELL. IT WAS REALLY JUST AMAZING BECAUSE SHE SOMETIMES WOULD USE HER HAND GOING UP THE RAMP AND SHE WOULD WALK UP THE RAMP AND EVERYTHING AND OTHER TIMES TO GET THE EMOTIONS, SHE WOULD SWITCH HER EYE LINE TO HER HEAD. SHE WOULD BE LOOKING AT ME AND I WOULD JUST SWITCH IT. I THINK THAT JUST BEING ABLE TO SEE THEM REALLY EMBODY THE CHARACTERS AND BRING THEM TO LIFE, I THINK, WAS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU COULD POSSIBLY EXPERIENCE.

>> SOUNDS GREAT. THE MOVIE IS ON NETFLIX NOW. CHECK IT OUT, MOWGLI, LEGEND OF THE JUNGLE. THANK YOU TO ANDY SERKIS AND ROHAN CHAND.

>> THANK YOU.

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