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Jack Black, Emily Blunt and Billy Connolly laugh about their experiences making Gulliver’s Travels

09 December 2010

The Fan Carpet were lucky enough yesterday to be at the hilarious press conference of the new 3D extravaganza Gulliver's Travels, starring Jack Black, Billy Connolly, James Corden and Emily Blunt. With this many comedy masters in one room, it was sure to be a fun evening, and it didn't disappoint. Jack joked about his appearance in the film in a girls night dress, and Billy Connolly joked about how he only wanted to work with Catherine Tate and no one else.

Gulliver's Travels charts the giant adventure of Gulliver, a lowly post room worker who tricks his way onto a travel assignment for the Newspaper where he works, and discovers a mysterious Island of teeny tiny people, who at first fear him and soon learn to love him.



Classics like Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels make great source material for films, what was the particular appeal of this part of the masterpiece?

Rob Letterman: The appeal for me was that Jack was already involved in the first place and it was a great opportunity to work with him, and I read the book as a kid and I loved it and I remembered the images, and the animated adaptations of it, but in retrospect having read it in later life, it really was meant to be a comedy and a satirical comment on the cultural references at the time for Swift and a parody of action adventure travels, probably a parody of Robinson Crusoe, and it felt like a great opportunity to do a comedy take on it which hadn't been done, so the take that Jack and the other producers had was to start off in modern day and bring in contemporary references so we could do our own satire.

James Corden: For me it had very little do with Jonathan Swift's book as I haven't read it, for me it was getting the opportunity to work with Billy and Emily and Jack, it was such a wonderful cast that it was a no brainer for me to be involved in any capacity. I thought it was a great script and a great director and great cast and that was what was important to me.

Billy Connolly: I'm seldom far from the book and Catherine Tate gave it to me as a present after the film finished. She was the reason I did the movie, the rest of the actors I couldn't give a shit about. (laughs)

Emily Blunt: I did the movie for every reason other than Billy Connolly, (laughs) Well I heard Jack was in it and I found the script really witty and charming, which is quite hard to find with comedies, which often veer into being quite crass, plus I had never been in a family movie and I just loved the dialogue and the heightened way that Liliput people spoke was really funny, I was charmed.

Jack Black: I was drawn to the project because I love the fantasy adventure elements, which are my favourite genre, and the comedy had lots of rich potential and I liked the challenge of updating a classic, there is a lot of pressure as well as a lot of fun opportunities to be part of the great history of a three hundred year old enduring piece of literature, me and Jonathon Swift will go down in history together. (laughs)


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