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Jeremy Irvine says filmmaking legend Steven Spielberg presented unique challenge to War Horse cast


30 December 2011

Steven Spielberg's World War I epic War Horse comes to UK screens in a couple of weeks, and rising star Jeremy Irvine has revealed that the legendary filmmaker kept the cast on their toes.

Irvine explains to The Huffington Post that Spielberg insisted on not having rehearsals for War Horse which proved to be a unique challenge for the cast.

"It was a more difficult way of working than I was used to, especially in theatre shows, you're used to coming to rehearsal before you actually get on stage, but it's a different way of working.
What I learned very quickly is that you have to be very present and very in the moment and most of it is just reacting.

What you see on film might be the first time that ever happened, and I don't know what the other actor's going to do because we didn't really talk things through or anything. You just have to be very present in the moment, and if you're not very present in the moment, you fall down very quickly.

You have to be very on the ball and in a way it raises your game somewhat because there's no time for mistakes, there's not that rehearsal time where you can make those mistakes, you have to turn up that day and it has to be good because you know full well that whatever you shoot that day will probably be in the movie, and the DVD for years to come."

War Horse comes to cinemas on January 13 and features a stellar cast of Benedict Cumberbatch, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Toby Kebbell, Eddie Marsan, Peter Mullan, David Kross, Patrick Kennedy and The Avengers villain Tom Hiddleston.

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WAR HORSE IS OUT JANUARY 13