Cox was born in London on 15 December 1982 and was educated
and received his training in drama at Sherborne School in
Dorset where he appeared in a number of productions. He also
appeared in the BBC production of Judge John Deed as the Young
Vicar. Sci-fi fanatics may remember his portrayal of Dennis
Bridger in A for Andromeda. Sci-Fi Online caught up
with Cox as his latest movie, Stardust,
was due to be released in UK cinemas...
is a hard movie to define, Fairytale, Romance, Adventure.
What's your take on the film?
take on the film is exactly that. It's got a bit of everything
in it, for everyone. It's an action adventure film but at
the same time it's a romantic comedy. It's certainly a children's
film as well as being made for adults. It's kind of hard to
Your character Tristan goes on quite a journey throughout
the film. Is this something you can relate to?
It is yeah, it certainly is. He goes on quite a journey externally,
but inside of him is kind of the biggest journey, he goes
from boy to man and any young guy can relate to that.
This is your first big Hollywood blockbuster how did you get
involved with the movie?
I just auditioned. I was just one of the guys lucky enough
to get an audition. From that point on I went for a recall
and went back again. It was a long process but eventually
I got there.
You were first to be cast. Was
that quite an honour?
Yeah it was. I think Matthew wanted to find the couple, the
two main characters before he cast the others. Never for a
minute did I think they'd cast the likes of Robert De Niro
and Michelle Pfeiffer, that was a real shock. It
was pretty spectacular not an opportunity you get everyday.
It was hugely beneficial to me so early in my career.
Stardust is based on Neil Gaiman's novel, had you read
this before you read the script?
No I hadn't. I read it after I read the script. I hadn't heard
of Neil. He's much better known in the States than he is here.
I have since become a fan of his.
And do you think fans of the book will be pleased with the
That's very hard to say because with all books that are made
into movies there are people that kind of don't agree with
the transformation. A movie is one persons interpretation
of the book, it's not everybody's interpretation so there
are going to be people who I am sure don't' see it the same
way. The hope is people will understand its one person's idea.
It's more a testament to the book than an exact copy.
What was it like working romantically with both Sienna Miller
and Claire Danes?
was pretty cool! Can't ask for much more than that in your
job can you.
There are a few British comic figures in the film, including
Ricky Gervais and David Walliams. What was it like with them
Comic, very amusing, it was hard to focus. There's one scene
with Ricky Gervais and Robert De Niro. In the background behind
Robert De Niro are all his pirates, looking very menacing.
But if you watch them very carefully there are times when
they are smirking and they had to keep on retaking it because
they were cracking up and couldn't stop laughing and had to
look away from camera. It became very funny.
The film features a lot of special effects was that challenging
Not really! There are different types. I'm sure it was very
challenging for the guys in charge of the CGI but to film
it from my point of view it wasn't very difficult you just
had to pretend, which is what we're doing anyway.
The locations in the film are beautiful, where was the film
A lot of it was Scotland some of it was Iceland and in and
around the old towns of England.
What was your favourite scene to film?
My favourite scenes to film were the early ones with Claire
where we're bickering and fighting. We had a lot of fun doing
it and were just laughing a lot and being stupid on set. There's
just more in them getting annoyed with each other is kind
of fun and we were such good friends by then.
What are you planning to do now? Will you be leaving England
No I'm not no! I live in London and I love it here so I'm
not going to be moving abroad. You know I've had to spend
a bit more time there and it's great it's sunny!
I plan to do as much work in the UK as I possibly can. I'm
still young you know I don't feel the pressure to become the
next James Bond.
Thank you for your time.
thanks to Kate Linfoot at Way to Blue
is released in UK cinemas through Paramount
Pictures from 19 October 2007.