‘Alice in Wonderland’ took Crispin Glover to new heights

March 10, 2010 | 11:13 p.m.

SCENE STEALER

Patrick Kevin Day talked to actor Crispin Glover about the whimsical 3-D adventure movie, “Alice in Wonderland,” and acting on stilts as the Knave of Hearts. You can read his previous Scene Stealer interviews and Liesl Bradner’s Wizards of Hollywood series right here.

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Crispin Glover is no stranger to effects-heavy movies — he was Grendel in Robert Zemeckis’ performance-capture “Beowulf,” after all. But Tim Burton’sAlice in Wonderland,” a hybrid of live-action, motion-capture and animation, was even more of a challenge, at least partly because Glover stood on painters stilts for most of his scenes as the Knave of Hearts.

“I was quite surprised at how stable they were,” the actor said. “One can be very athletically involved in them, including sword work.” That doesn’t mean they weren’t without their dangers.

“I finished a take with Johnny [Depp], and I went to turn around. My stilt was stuck in a crevice, but I didn’t sense it. I twisted my knee pretty bad.” What was even harder to deal with was the complete lack of sets and few props.

“If I took off my glove, I had a glove prop. I had a sword prop. But that was it. It really is the most amount of green screen I’ve ever worked with in my life,” he said.

– Patrick Kevin Day

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Photo: Crispin Glover in “Alice in Wonderland.” Credit: Disney

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4 Responses to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ took Crispin Glover to new heights

  1. John from the Westsi says:

    MY GOD!!!! HOW MUCH ARE THEY PAYING YOU?!?!?! THIS IS THE UMPTEENTH ARTICLE ABOUT ALICE IN WONDERLAND!!!!
    I'M A FAN OF TIM BURTON, BUT I'M A BIGGER FAN OF AN INDEPENDENT PRESS AND I CANNOT BELIEVE THE RIDICULOUS EXTENT YOU HAVE GONE TO ON THIS FILM.
    IF YOUR PAPER HAD AN OMBUDSMAN, I'D WRITE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT YOUR LACK OF JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY!!!
    AND YES, I KNOW CAPS ARE THE SAME AS SCREAMING. CONSIDER YOURSELF SCREAMED AT.

  2. Geoff Boucher says:

    John thanks for the comment (even if it was, uh, LOUD)…this is a blog and we did a countdown to the film so yes there was QUITE a lot of coverage. That's sort of the point of a countdown. This blog is geared for passionate, indepth fans of fantasy and scifi and they like that sort of coverage. All those stories did NOT appear in the print edition of paper — perhaps 5-7 did and that is not outlandish considering the consumer interest in the film (as proven by its box office). It's interesting to note that the Los Angeles Times film critic Kenny Turan savaged the film in his reviews — a review that we ran on the blog as the climax of the countdown. If we were in the pocket of the studio, either Kenny would have liked the film OR we would have conveniently ignored his review on the blog. Neither happened, did it? Also, my wife would love if someone handed me bags of cash but so far it's just not happening.
    And we do have an ombudsman who I encourage you or any reader to contact at any time: readersrep@latimes.com

  3. Sophie says:

    John from the Westside, thank you. I have often thought the same. :) The higher the budgeted film, the higher the "free" publicity in the LA Times. It was the same for Avatar.

  4. SG says:

    Ouch John. You just got told. He's right, this is a blog. Duh!

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