- Title: USA: Jack Black and Emily Blunt pitch "Gulliver's Travels" at premiere
- Date: 20th December 2010
- Summary: JACK BLACK SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS AND POSING FOR PHOTOS WITH CHILDREN
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- Location: Usa, Usa
- Country: USA
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- Story Text: Jack Black and Emily Blunt hit the red carpet on Saturday (December 18, 2010) for the Hollywood premiere of their new film "Gulliver's Travels."
The 3D feature puts a contemporary and comedic twist on the classic 18th-century tale written by Irish author Jonathan Swift.
In the movie, Black plays the lead role. But his modern portrayal of Lemuel Gulliver is quite different than the seafaring ship captain upon which the legendary character is based.
"Well, this is how it goes down. I'm working at a newspaper in New York City, and I'm working in the mailroom. And I really want to be a big shot writer. And, I'm too shy and kind of insecure to ask for the promotion. So, for like 10 years, I'm working in the mailroom. And then finally I an opportunity to impress the girl of my dreams, and become a writer, and go to the Bermuda Triangle and write a story about it. So, I ignore the dangers. I ignore the fact that I don't know how to drive a boat. I get out there, and unfortunately, I got sucked into--you guessed it--an inter-dimensional time warp. And I wake-up on an island of tiny people."
The 41-year-old actor also talked about why the much-loved story has been changed for the new film adaptation.
"Although the book is awesome, and remains this incredible classic, for kids today, we wanted to--we didn't want to do a period piece where, you know, I was speaking in 18th century English accents, and costumes. We wanted to bring it to now. Just to make it more fresh and exciting for now."
Blunt said she thought playing the part of a Lilliputian princess would be something fun to do.
"I don't know. I always thought it was just going to be fun, and people can take from it what they will," shared Blunt, 27. "You know, I'm sure that there's diehard Jonathan Swift fans who will be like 'Well, that's just silly.' But, you know, who cares."
The London-born Blunt also talked about why she believes children will enjoy the film.
"Jack told me his tummy looked really impressive in 3D. There's some really fun stuff in it. There's a certain episode with peeing on Lilliput. The kids will enjoy that. Yeah."
The 6-foot-4 Jason Segel was cast as Horatio, Gulliver's 6-inch sidekick. Segel, 30, said he has been waiting a decade to work with Black on-screen.
"It's a modern spin on a classic story, obviously. But, you know, Jack gave me my first writing job when I was 19 years old. So we've been trying to work together for 10 years. This is just a dream come true for me."
"Gulliver's Travels" also stars TJ Miller and Romany Malco. It was directed by Rob Letterman.
The film will open across North America on Christmas Day (December 25, 2010).
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