Gemma Arterton has been busy with promotion for her upcoming movie 'Byzantium' and in one recent interview, she discusses the difference between working on an independent production like Byzantium versus big-budget films like Prince of Persia and Clash of the Titans.
Gemma first explains the difficulties in getting Byzantium made, saying, "It’s hard to make movies about women, especially when they’re strong. It was really hard to make this. There was a big actor lined up for the Darvel part, which Sam Riley played. He dropped out at the last minute, and all the financing fell through — even though the part wasn’t that big. We all agreed to do it for half the fee. It was hard, but we did it. We had to get creative and work out how to do that. I like that, as stressful as it is for the production. Having worked on big budget films where there’s an abundance of money, sometimes you can get a bit slow… When you have no money it gives it an edge.”
Gemma also discusses her own experiences with big-budget films, adding that it's hard to put your own 'personality' the film. She explains, "You get the first script and you think, ‘This is cool.’ Then they bring in 12 other writers, and then they change it. And then in the edit, they change it totally. I find that really frustrating… I made a decision not to do that type of film.”
Even without those big-budget films [which also includes the recently released Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters], Gemma has been incredibly busy. She will next be seen in 'Runner, Runner' later this year, and then has six films in pre-production or development for the next two years.