Dvd Q&a; Rising Brit Actor Sam Claflin, 31, on Movie My Cousin Rachel, Based on Daphne Du Maurier's Classic Novel All about Revenge and Love

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Dvd Q&a; Rising Brit Actor Sam Claflin, 31, on Movie My Cousin Rachel, Based on Daphne Du Maurier's Classic Novel All about Revenge and Love


Did you know the book? I knew of the book but I hadn't read it and the director Roger Michell veered me away from it. So it was the first time doing a film based on a book where I hadn't read the book first. I was reading as we were going along as part of my preparation. You've worked on several literary adaptations from William Boyd's Any Human Heart to the Hunger Games novels and, more recently, Me Before You. Do you like reading? I'm not a great reader, I didn't grow up reading many books. My Cousin Rachel feels very different than the others, almost a more adult story than I'm used to. And I enjoyed the mysterious aspect and thriller element.

What was working with Rachel Weisz like? My character is swept away and is in awe of her and so I didn't feel like I was acting much. She is incredible and you only have to watch the film to know what I'm talking about. I was constantly on edge in a really exciting way. She was a joy to work with. What was filming like? Despite growing up near the city centre in Norwich and now living in London, I feel a massive draw to the countryside, the open air and the rolling hills and the ocean - that's where I find peace. We shot much of the interiors in the house in Guildford but we also filmed in Devon and it was just so stunningly beautiful. It wasn't difficult to understand why my character wanted to live that life. I loved every aspect of the filming, especially getting to grips with the horse riding and learning about farming. Before we started filming I spent a day on a farm learning about it all. It was a lot of hard work but kind of gave me a little taste of what it would have been like back then. …

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