Toby Jones is highly regarded as one of the best on-screen actors today with appearances over a hundred roles from thrillers with Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy to comic movies with Captain America to horror with The Mist and even to voice Dobby for Harry Potter movies.
With so many notable film franchises under his belt, Jones will be appearing in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom as an arms dealer auctioneer, Gunnar Eversol. Eversol is a greedy arms dealer, who wants to market dinosaurs as military weapons.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda. It’s the follow-up sequel to rebooted franchise with 2015’s Jurassic World. In this film, the volcano in the island amusement part had erupted and everyone has plans to save the dinosaurs from their certain evolutionary demise.
LRM Online had an exclusive phone interview with Toby Jones earlier this month. We talked about the roles he plays, JA Bayona, CGI special effects and his fond memories of Jurassic Park.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will be playing in theaters nationwide this Friday.
Read our interview transcript below.
LRM: I am so pleased to actually have a chance to speak with you. You’re one of my favorite actors.
Toby Jones: That’s a lovely thing to say. We’re obviously going to get along very well, Gig.
LRM: [Laughs] That’ll be great. How did they approach you with this role of Mr. Eversol for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom? Was it made for you?
Toby Jones: It was a very standard procedure. They’ve come up with this part and asked me to look at it and see what you think. Often the case, you look at the part and go, “Well, I really liked JA Bayona and I would love to work with him.” I also remembered Jurassic Park. Let me have a chat to JA about this part. We worked on the part together. It was great actually work with him. That was as much a big deal for me is working on Jurassic World.
LRM: Let’s talk about your character of Gunner Eversol here. Why are you attracted too this character? This villain?
Toby Jones: I think it’s fun to play. Well, I suppose any part I’m playing I’m trying to make it as different from anything else I’ve done. I’ve never played this kind of immoral, global, arms dealing auctioneer before. [Laughs] That has never been propped up. I think I was interested in that. When we talked to JA, we thought we can have some fun with referencing people in the real world and within the fictional world. At the time, that was fun today.
LRM: You did look like you had a lot of fun with your character. How much fun did you had, especially with the auction scene in the movie?
Toby Jones: Those scenes, it’s always extraordinary how long things take to shoot, because of the CGI. They take an awful long time. It has to be shot from every single angle. It’s an enormous studio. It’s the size of the indoraptor. They take a long time and there is a lot of fun to be had when the camera’s on you. [Laughs] It’s all the acting you’re dealing with. There’s a lot of master shots in there and that can be very tiring.
LRM: Now this was filmed in your home country of England. Am I correct?
Toby Jones: Correct. Yeah.
LRM: Could you describe the setting, the production that they actually have? What exactly were you staring at? Was it a tennis ball in the air?
Toby Jones: No, no. One of the most intriguing things now I think with film, we such developed CGI in such extraordinary special effects through computer generation. At the same time, you’re often dealing with very skilled puppeteers. You have this state of the art technology alongside ancient theatrical techniques. I kind of liked that the fact that they compliment each other. to me Often, we were looking at scale models of what would eventually be computer generated.
LRM: You’ve done so many of these types of movies before, basically with CGI. Does it get easier each time you do it?
Toby Jones: Yeah, I suppose. It feels less and less strange. There is a fundamental strangeness to it for an actor, because you’re so used to [regular acting] Certainly with British actors usually evolve out of theater where everything is concrete, real, human and around you. It becomes more familiar to you, but there’s something basically strange about it. You have to work hard for it not to feel remote and one removed from what you’re doing.
LRM: Do you prefer a acting with real humans or CGI characters yourself?
Toby Jones: Obviously human. Most humans.
LRM: Excellent answer. Eversol is such an interesting villain. Do you enjoy playing villains? Or do you enjoy playing good guys yourself?
Toby Jones: I don’t really see people in those terms of villains and good guys. I know that the film depicted him as a villain. I suppose the interesting thing for me always with any characters to try to see them as people rather than endow them with moral qualities. Above and beyond that, I’m always trying to do something different on things that I’ve never done before.
LRM: How do you pick or choose your roles? You must have played over 100 different characters in your lifetime already.
Toby Jones: It’s really that. I’ve been trying to keep things contrasting. It’s always on the basis of a script. So there’ll be something about a project that’ll be interesting.
LRM: Since Jurassic World is part of a long franchise. What was your fondest memory about this franchise yourself?
Toby Jones: Oh! That’s a good question. I remembered the first film I had a profound effect on everyone on so many levels. It was such a revolution in computer generated technology. It was staggering on what Spielberg and his team managed to do. In that sense, I can’t believe it’s 25 years ago. It’s so amazing about the skills with which those effects were. We’re so used to it now. We’re used to seeing dinosaurs, the fully fledged, convincing dinosaurs. We don’t even think about it. At the time, it was so utterly extraordinary. You felt like the characters in the film.
LRM: Can you talk about some of your upcoming projects? I’m actually very interested in hearing you voice Owl in the upcoming Christopher Robin, the Winnie the Pooh movie.
Toby Jones: For me, the Winnie the Pooh films, that’s one I would do it without even thinking about it. I loved those books growing up with my children. Love those books. I’ve worked with Marc Forster on Finding Neverland before. He’s a charming guy. That one, I just do for those reasons alone.
I’ve done a film in New Orleans with Carol Morley [for Out of Blue]. She’s a very exciting British independent filmmaker. So there’s that one to coming. I’m about to start shooting a TV show that I’ve written in the UK.
LRM: Thank you. You made my day today
Toby Jones: Thank you. Thank you.
Source: LRM Exclusive