Will Poulter Interview: School Of Comedy, Narnia and More!

November 4, 2009 by  
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Back in the days of Corey Feldman, being a child star was all whiskey and cigarettes. These days the next-generation of Hello! fodder aren’t quite so vicarious.

Will Poulter for instance seems to have found a happy balance between film and television – and he he’s only just finished his GCSEs.

So we talked to the young star of the Channel 4 show School of Comedy – which has its series finale on E4 this Thursday – about Voyage of the Dawn Treader (his new film), Son of Rambow (his old film) and whether or not Eustace Scrubb deserved it.

The School of comedy DVD is scheduled for UK release next month, did you enjoy making it?

It was so much fun, we all had the best time. We felt so lucky to get an opportunity to be in a TV series. It was just such an amazing experience and most of us had been a group of really close friends for years which made it even more fun.

As one of the more famous people on the new show, was there much rivalry on set?

I don’t think I’m famous at all. School of comedy is the only reason I was ever able to act and I am so gratetful for that. We have been a group for 6 years and we’re all the same.

This is the second comedy show you’ve been involved in – you’ve obviously developed a taste for making people laugh. Are there any comedians/comedy actors you admire?

There are so many comedians I love, particularly Russell Howard and Tim Minchin. They’re two performers I really look up to, they’re incredible comedians and are such intelligent observationalists. We got a chance to see both of them when we all went to Edinburgh.

The Comedy Lab has famously been the starting point for many successful comedy shows. Have you got any ideas for your own show?

No not really, I have just been so lucky to be part of School of Comedy and that Laura (Creator and Series Producer) gave us all this opportunity when we were so young I have so much to thank her for.

You’re filming The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader in Australia at the moment, how’s that going?

Its really good fun thank you, I’m really enjoying myself but I am missing home quite a bit, especially my family and friends. Although I will be sad to leave I will be really pleased to be home for Christmas.

Your character, Eustace Scrubb, isn’t very well behaved and of course you played the ‘most badly behaved kid in school’ in Son of Rambow. How do you keep getting these type of roles?

I know, I would really like to play a nice character for once! I feel quite bad about having to play those characters and I hope there is no one like Eustace Scrubb!

The famous introduction in the book by CS Lewis is: “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” Would you say that’s a fair evaluation of your character?

Absolutely. He is a complete brat, he’s obnoxious, rude, selfish and cowardly and has no respect for anyone other than himself. However he does become a much better adjusted person at the end of the book.

As a 16-year-old we’re sure that you haven’t seen all of the Rambo films - but which one have you heard is the best?

I watched First Blood because that was the inspiration for Lee Carter and will Proudfoot’s film (in Son of Rambow). It was brilliant and it was clear to see how it could inspire a couple of young kids.

Sean Marland

Katrelya Angus says:

While I know he is very busy, I am strongly encouraging Will Poulter – and for that matter everyone – to read all of the Narnia books. There, everybody will discover that Eustace is not so bad after all! At the beginning of The Silver Chair, he gets to rescue a damsel in distress, and in The Last Battle, he proves to be very mighty with his strong sense of logic as well as with his sword! And, perhaps best of all, Eustace is a mighty fine name for a pet dragon, particularly a bearded- or Chinese water dragon who may be found at a local animal shelter!
Let’s hear it for Eustace!

Chris says:

He’s filming it in Australia at the moment!!! No part of Dawn Treader has been filmed in New Zealand! It is entirely Queensland based :-)