Thanks to the success of the “Divergent” film franchise, actor Theo James, who portrays Tobias “Four” Eaton, alongside Shailene Woodley’s Beatrice “Tris” prior, has become a household name. However, the actor manages to juggle performing in a big budget movie such as the “Divergent” film franchise, with more dramatic fare, such as his latest project alongside iconic actor Richard Gere, and the equally iconic Dakota Fanning, in the film “Franny.” Recently, the promising actor spilled the beans on the work he puts into creating his roles, the differences between the two genres, and even dropped some interesting tidbits regarding “Divergent: Allegient”. Read on to learn more about this story.
Actor Theo James, who has become a household name ever since his appearance at the “Divergent” film franchise, is definitely a busy man. The 30-year-old actor currently has his hands full with the two-part finale in “Allegiant,” along with other movie projects that he is currently working on.
A film that he worked on right after “Divergent” is a movie called “Franny,” which stars iconic actor Richard Gere and “The Twilight Saga” actress Dakota Fanning.
According the The Wrap, “Franny” tells the story of a “hedonistic philanthropist” of the same name, who forces himself in the life of Olivia (Dakota Fanning) and her husband, Luke (Theo James).
“Franny” was released in April 2015 and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City where Collider managed to get an exclusive interview with Theo James regarding his work as an actor, specifically with his work in “Franny” and in the “Divergent” film franchise.
James admitted that felt intimidated at first by the iconic Richard Gere, and mentioned that working with Dakota Fanning, an actress that most people have seen grow up in various projects she has done throughout her young life, was surreal. However, the “Insurgent” actor revealed that Gere was very supportive of him while they filmed the movie, which was shot in an almost perfect sequential order.
He then admitted that filming “Franny” was very different compared to filming the “Divergent” movie franchise, as the latter is heavier on the production side with many CGIs. In contrast, “Franny” is driven by its characters, which allowed James to be more grounded in the reality of his character, Luke.
James then mentioned that the two part finale of the “Divergent” film franchise, “Divergent: Allegiant” Part One and Two weren’t shot back-to-back, which is giving him time in-between to work on other smaller projects.
The “Allegiant” actor also mentiond that the changes and differences between the books and the films, which became apparent in the sequel, “Divergent: Insurgent”, will not greatly affect the two part finale. At best, he believes that since they have more time to tell the closing chapter of Four and Tris’ story, they will be able to put more material into the films.
James then mentioned that “Allegient” will center more around “genetic superiority” and how this changes things for Tris, who now finds herself to be one of those who are genetically superior, as compared to before, where she and the other Divergents were greatly feared.
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