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.
Crispin Glover is no stranger to effects-heavy movies — he was Grendel in Robert Zemeckis’ performance-capture “Beowulf,” after all. But Tim Burton’s “Alice 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