Chris Pine & Thandiwe Newton on All the Old Knives & Why They Loved Script

with manager Janus Metz‘s all the old knives now playing in select theaters and streaming on Prime Video, I recently spoke with chris pine Y newton about doing the spy thriller. Written by I am SteinhauerAdapting the story of his own best-selling book, the film centers on a CIA agent (Pine) who is tasked with finding out who leaked classified information that cost the lives of more than 100 people. His investigation takes him all over the world and at his stop in California he is reunited with his former colleague and former lover (Newton). Also starring Laurence Fishburne Y jonathan price, all the old knives will keep you guessing until the end.


During the interview, Pine and Newton talked about why they each wanted to be a part of the film, what they loved about the story and the script, how they each prepare for a big scene, and how it has changed over the years. years, and Pine talks about his part in the next Dungeons and Dragons movie. Plus, they each revealed what someone should watch if you’ve never seen their work, and their answers will make you laugh.

See what they had to say in the player above, or you can read exactly what they had to say below.

COLLIDER: If someone has never seen anything you’ve done before, what’s the first thing you want them to see and why?

CHRIS PINE: Oh wow. I would say princess diaries 2 just to see how much hair i can have. I’ve never had much luck with hair in movies, but…

THANDIE NEWTON: What do you mean?

PINE: It just means I have hair. I mean, my hair in that damn movie.

NEWTON: I have to go see that.

PINE: Check it out.


PINE: It’s something.

NEWTON: Oh wow.

PINE: And I had to work with Garry Marshall and Anne Hathaway, and a lot of things, but mostly hair.

NEWTON: Mainly for the hair. Hit the exact subject. What would I like them to see? Oh, norbit of course. The thing is, that’s the only one that everyone has seen, so let’s get on with it. norbit.

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I’ll be honest with all the answers I expected from you two, none of those were the ones. And I say, spectacular. I love it.

NEWTON: You’re welcome. Our goal is to please

And you did it 100%. I know you both read a lot of scripts. What was it about this script that said, “Oh, I definitely want to do this”?

PINE: It was just one of the best scripts I’ve ever read. It is one of the best scripts I have read from start to finish, without a doubt. I’ve read it over and over, which is sometimes hard to do with things you read. I was constantly surprised. It has incredible romance at the center and heart of it. It has a great thread, a great puzzle. It’s a spy and espionage thriller, so it’s got the cobblestones of the European streets and the streetlights and the great lighting and all of that. Basically, it’s straight from the center to the heart of my movie lover’s body. So this is the kind of movie I want to go see on a Friday night, it’s the kind of movie I want to sit down and make a bunch of popcorn and listen to the rain falling on the roof while I watch it. It’s my kind of movie. So I loved every part of it.

NEWTON: Chris just introduced it, but for me personally, it was an unexpected and absolutely fantastic opportunity in every way. We were locked in a pandemic and yet we were going to try to complete this ambitious project. The script was fantastic. So obviously you can have all of that and maybe not fit in with the people you’re working with, but I really enjoyed Janus’ ideas about the movie and I really loved it. Borg vs. McEnroe and the work he has done; loved Armadillo, his documentary. Absolutely amazing, man. And then Chris wants to do this movie and he’s producing it. It was just bang, bang, bang, all the pieces. Sometimes you get that. They fall into place. I mean, Chris had been doing it for years, but to me it was like this wrapped present, right there. Silver platter, go get yourself, put on your heels, have a good time. In fact. It was wonderful

Pretty much the entire movie is based on that scene in the restaurant. I’m curious as actors, when you know that this is such a big part of the movie, could you talk a little bit about how you like to prepare for the big scenes that you might be shooting? Is there a way you like to prepare that maybe changed along the way? Or do you have a similar routine?

PINE: I would say when I started I was very results oriented and I look at artists who do this as well which intrigues me although it’s not the process I go through but to protect a performance you kind of keep the performance between boundaries which are quite narrow. And what I see in those artists is that they know what they want to do. They probably don’t trust the director or the editor to take care of it. So they want to give a performance that big, so they can basically guarantee that their performance will look a certain way. I used to approach things that way and as I’ve gotten older and more into the experience and the journey of it, I’ve had a lot of time shedding the responsibility of figuring out what it’s going to look like. and really only playing in the day. I can have an idea of ​​what I want to do and I’ve thought a lot about it and how my own self resonates with that. But mostly I just want to party. I mean, “What are you doing? What do you bring to the table?” You know, let’s play, let’s find out. And it could change completely.

NEWTON: You need to have that spontaneity, don’t you? Really?

PINE: But some people, I think that depends a lot on the actor.

NEWTON: Absolutely.

PINE: It’s very, very, very dependent on the actor.

NEWTON: And project dependent as well.

PINE: Yes.

NEWTON: I think for the scene that you were talking about, the restaurant scene, one of the things that was quite complex, which is one of the reasons why I’m so glad I worked in theater, it’s actually because he really approached it as a kind of theater piece because we’re talking pages and pages and pages, and it wasn’t all on camera. A lot of that would go into flashbacks, but to give Janus total freedom in case he wanted to play something in, not flashback, we basically shot the whole thing as a conversation, even though in the script, a lot of it was in flashback. Do you understand? Like there was our voiceover, but you’d be watching scenes, but we had to do everything just in case. I approached it like a play, where it’s not just about learning one scene, it’s about learning 10 pages of work and you don’t usually do that in a movie. You do? You just do the scene you’re going to do that day, or all three scenes depending on the budget of the movie, but this was so much more. And I’m glad I had that theater experience before I tackled those scenes, honestly.

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My last question Chris, I have to ask you, I’m a big fan of your directors in Dungeons and DragonsAnd that’s why I’m really looking forward to the movie, the filmmakers, and obviously your performance.

NEWTON: He snuck in there.

What can you joke with people about the movie? Because it’s been a bit quiet and I’m looking forward to it.

PINE: Oh man. Well, what I will say is that we had a lot of fun doing it. There were many laughs. The way I’ve been describing it, it’s like game of Thrones mixed with a little princess bridejust a pinch of Holy Grail…is somewhere in that ballpark. It is fun. It has many emotions. It’s poppy, it’s sincere eighties, there’s a bit of goonies there. My character, he is the best party planner. I think he will be very good. I mean, who knows, but I think we have a good shot and John and John are killer guys. They know comedy and they know heart and we had a great cast and we had a good time doing it. And that’s all you can ask for.

all the old knives It’s in theaters now and streaming on Prime Video.


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