ON TOMB RAIDER MOVIE
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[ August 25th 2000 ]
Daniel Craig has spoken out about why he decided
to sign for the highly anticipated - but as yet
untested - computer game adaptation Tomb Raider,
along with its two contractual sequels. Craig,
who features in two British movies over the next
month - Some Voices and Hotel Splendide, said:
"What do you do? Do you get a job offer like that
and go 'Oh, I can't commit.' I'd hate to think
I was nailing my colours to the mast with something
that I didn't believe in. I have to do it because
it is an experience. I've never done something
on this scale before. It will be nice to think
if I do this film, I will have more of a choice
as to what I do."
his character, Craig called him "an old flame"
of computer game iconLara Croft, played by Angelina
Jolie. "And he's a Tomb Raider. We go on adventures
together. Use your imagination. I'm going to be
shooting guns...It's not the game. It's an action
film, on a theme. I hope it's asexciting as it
reads." While not enduring as much of the intense
physical training that co-star Jolie has undergone
for her role, Craig admits he decided to shape
up to improve his chances of winning the role.
just finished Sword of Honour for Channel 4, and
while I was doing that I knew that Tomb Raider
was going to happen, so I thought 'OK, time to
get fit.' Why not? It's good to be in shape. I
don't want to get into that narcissistic thing
of body-beautiful; I'm never going to be body-beautiful,
neither am I going to be beautiful." In Edinburgh
to attend the premieres of both his current British
movies, Craig has taken time out while special
effects work was undertaken at Pinewood studios
for Tomb Raider, which began shooting this month.
"I've done three days so far," he says. "It was
a nightmare. But it always is. It was just magnified.
Three cameras, 250 extras. It's quite scary."