Here are some videos from two press conferences with Tim Burton and the cast of Alice in Wonderland, courtesy of YouTube user laudepp126x. Also, after the videos, scroll down to read some other comments from Burton and the cast at the London press conference, courtesy of FilmShaft.
Here are some videos from the recent London press conference:
Video 1 -- Mia Wasikowska, Tim Burton, Anne Hathaway, Johnny Depp:
Video 2 -- Tim Burton, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter:
And here are some videos from another press conference:
Video 1 -- Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter:
Video 2 -- Michael Sheen, Matt Lucas, Helena Bonham Carter:
Video 3 -- Johnny Depp, Tim Burton: on fuderwacking and their kids' favorite films:
Hungarian Journalist: I have a question for Miss Anne Hathaway: You were cast as a princess and now you’re a queen. There are so many Disney princesses who couldn’t make it. They are desperate and wanted to get the role of Alice. I wanted to ask you, what do you suggest for those who studied like you…there are so many out there. What would you say about why you made it and they didn’t?
Anne Hathaway: (laughs) I don’t know I can necessarily answer that. I owe so much of my career to luck. My mother always told me that luck is preparation meets opportunity and, um, I’ve been given extraordinary opportunities to work with filmmakers long before I was talented enough and deserved to work with them. I’ve learned a lot from them. I just keep getting hired. I consider myself lucky and I don’t know who is responsible for it.
HJ: You wouldn’t suggest anything for them that they shouldn’t do?
AH: Why don’t you tell me what you suggest?
HJ: You’re interested in my opinion?
AH: (mockingly) We all are!
HJ: I never see you not wearing panties.
AH: I’m not sorry to say I’m happy to hear that.
Mia Wasikowska on the pressure of playing Alice:
“There’s a certain amount of pressure when you’re playing such an iconic character and very well known and loved by some many people. We discussed that from the beginning and one of the things we wanted to do was take away that baggage that comes with being Alice and get behind the teenager behind the iconic image.”
Johnny Depp on playing the Mad Hatter with a Scottish accent:
“The Scottish accent was something I did mess around with on Finding Neverland. That was a bit more Aberdeen, and Tim and I talked about the Hatter being made up of different people and going to extremes…go dark and dangerous with the Scottish accent. I hope I arrived there.”
Tim Burton on the Disney versus UK cinema chains boycott:
“I’m happy it’s resolved. I’m just happy.”
Crispin Glover and Anne Hathaway are asked would they consider living in Wonderland, if they could:
Glover: “I’d definitely consider it.”
Hathaway: “I’d be happy to live in a world with no rules!”
Johnny Depp on how Helena Bonham Carter affects the Burton-Depp dynamic and why he will always work with Burton:
“We only started quarrelling when Helena showed up.”
“He’s one of the true artists working in cinema.”
Tim Burton on what attracted him to making the film:
“What really intrigued me was the opportunity to make a 3D Alice in Wonderland. It seemed like a proper mix of the medium and the material. A few years ago, I don’t know if I’d have been intrigued by it, but it just seemed like the trippy-ness of the world and the tool of 3D seemed like a good mix. And also, going back, there’s about twenty different versions and I’d never really connected with them. The characters and imagery and the icon way it has infiltrated culture was just so strong.”
How the actors felt reading the books as children:
Helena Bonham Carter: “You know what? I can’t remember. Okay, so my made up answer is…I can’t remember.”
Mia Wasikowska: “My most vivid memories of Alice as a kid were when my mum used to put myself and my siblings in front of the stop-motion Czech Alice. I remember watching it and feeling incredibly disturbed.”
Anne Hathaway: “When I was a young kid I had a wonderful teacher in the fifth grade who had us memorise the poem, The Jabberwocky, and we all had to get up and recite it to everyone.
Johnny Depp: “I can remember reading the book as a kid…the condensed version and then obviously the Disney cartoon. The story is so episodic and all over the place, but I remember more than anything was just the characters. Even people who haven’t read the book know the characters.”
Tim Burton responding to a question about the different between Underland and Wonderland:
“It’s spelled different and that’s about it.”