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  M.   January 24, 2013

BY CINDY PEARLMAN

Life as a former Bond girl means you’re always shaken and stirred. Four years after “Quantum of Solace,” Gemma Arterton is being hounded by paparazzi as she steps out of a cab in New York City.

She tells this reporter to hold on: “I’m sorry, but I have to deal with a situation right now.”

The self-deprecating Brit doesn’t have Bond around to kick butt, but she has her own way of defusing a situation. “I just had an issue with the photographers, which sounds so pretentious.”

That’s life when you have a movie on the horizon. She stars as Gretel in “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” (opening Friday) opposite Jeremy Renner as Hansel.

“I always loved Hansel and Gretel as a child. It’s a poignant one for me. Who could forget the candy house?” she says. “Now as an adult, I say, ‘How could those kids have possibly eaten her nice house … tile and all?’ ”

Q. How is this “Hansel and Gretel” different from the family classic?

A. It’s 15 years from the end of the original fairy tale, and Hansel and Gretel have grown up. The film has a lot of action, humor and comedy, but it’s also very violent. It’s R-rated because we wanted to be very daring and quite controversial. In one scene, I garrote somebody, and it was a little bit brutal. But it’s fine because we’re fighting witches in a fantasy world, so you can have a bit of tough fun. There are no rules. Read More

  Nicole   January 24, 2013

So far in her Hollywood career, Gemma Arterton has played a Bond girl, a Persian princess and a Greek goddess cursed with immortality, roles that helped her make a name for herself but left her in the shadow of her male costars. Her starring turn in Paramount’s new fractured fairy tale, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” sees the ethereal English beauty finally on equal footing as a wisecracking, weapon-wielding heroine.

“She’s not the damsel in distress, not the girlfriend,” Arterton said last week, speaking by phone from New York where she was promoting the film ahead of its opening Friday. “She’s a stand-alone character in her own right, very strong, very independent. That kind of role doesn’t come up very often, not having to be kissing anybody. It’s liberating.”

“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” picks up 15 years after the events in the Grimms’ famous fable. Having escaped their childhood captivity in the confectionery cottage, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Arterton) have turned pro, coping with the trauma of their youth by slaying spellcasters for hire. The seemingly unstoppable bounty hunters appear to meet their match in the devious machinations of Famke Janssen’s Muriel, a powerful witch who’s hatching a plot that involves the snatching of small-town youngsters for a diabolical end.

It might be the latest in a string of Hollywood reinventions of beloved fairy tales, but “Hansel & Gretel” is not for kids. The brash 3-D outing embraces its R rating with copious amounts of screen violence and gore and a heavy-metal-inflected soundtrack that pairs well with the movie’s offbeat, occasionally profane sense of humor.

The oddball concoction is the brainchild of Norway’s Tommy Wirkola, the writer-director who won a following for the 2009 horror comedy “Dead Snow,” about a group of students who unleash a battalion of frozen Nazi zombies.

Wirkola said he cast Arterton as Gretel not based on her earlier turns in such spectacle movies as “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” or “Clash of the Titans,” but rather her performance in 2009’s “The Disappearance of Alice Creed.” In the small indie, she delivered a raw, emotional performance as a woman who is kidnapped and held for ransom.

“I think all great female action heroes we have, the truly great ones, are the ones that are not perfect, they are not super strong,” Wirkola said. “Gemma, in that film she was so strong at times, but she had this vulnerability that shows through. I thought that was important for Gretel.”

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  Nicole   January 24, 2013

You won’t see too much sibling rivalry in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, out Friday.

Think brother and sister bonding — a la Dexter without all the plastic wrap.

Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton play the grown-up versions from the famed Brothers Grimm fairy tale. The orphaned duo are bounty hunters who track nasty witches who have been snatching up children to munch.

Arterton, who has a sister and three stepsisters, felt drawn to the role because of the special relationship between her and Renner’s character.

“That was a big selling point for me,” she said from The W South Beach Hotel. “They can have, like, this banter but also have a bond that’s stronger than a romantic bond.”

To aid in their battle against evil forces, the pair carry enormously powerful, magical weapons.

“They were cumbersome, for sure,” Renner said. “But I thought they made them look very creative.”

“Yes, very heavy, especially my cross bow,” agreed Arterton, who has done her share of action films ( Prince of Persia, Clash of the Titans, Quantum of Solace). “I can’t remember how many times I smacked myself in the head with one of them.”

“Yeah, I got banged up a lot,” chimed in Renner, who looked pretty exhausted from his previous evening attending the Golden Globes in Los Angeles. “I’m being held up with duct tape right now.”

Since starring as a real-life serial killer in 2002’s Dahmer, the 42-year-old Oscar nominee ( The Hurt Locker) has jumped into the action genre as well with roles The Avengers, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol and The Bourne Legacy.

“I was just excited to do this,” Renner said of H&G, his first time working with 3-D cameras. “The concept was very cool to me.”

Though the film is based on a fairly innocent bedtime story, the 2013 redux carries an R rating.

“It’s pretty gory,”
explained Arterton, referencing one scene in which she gets pummeled by a cursed costar’s exploding insides.

“It took about four takes, and each time I had to get cleaned up,” said the Brit, 27. “It was quite hard to keep a straight face. The laughter was right there.”

Famke Janssen plays the head witch, and her face gets worked over in the CGI department. Despite the long nose, hideous teeth, etc., the actress had a hard time looking ugly.

“She’s gorgeous, are you kidding me? She’s a Bond girl! ” Renner said. “But you didn’t smell her.”

Ha-ha. Seriously: What is it about witches that most people find so frightening?

“They are the ultimate female villains, aren’t they?” Arterton said. “And they eat children. That’s the lowest of the low.”

“They’re animal like,” Renner added . “Dirty, dirty creatures!”

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  M.   January 23, 2013

By Michael Gingold

British actress Gemma Arterton’s career has seen her literally running the gamut, from big-ticket actioners like the 007 film QUANTUM OF SOLACE, CLASH OF THE TITANS and PRINCE OF PERSIA to the intense, confined thrills of THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED. Now she’s kicking butt again as one-half of the heavily armed sibling team in HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS (opening Friday from Paramount). Arterton spoke to Fango about her most adventurous role yet, as well as her upcoming vampire drama BYZANTIUM and a reunion with her DISAPPEARANCE director.

In HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, directed and co-written by Tommy Wirkola (who broke out with the Nazi-zombie film DEAD SNOW), Arterton and THE AVENGERS’ Jeremy Renner play the sister and brother who defeated a predatory sorceress in childhood, and have since devoted their lives to exterminating her kind. Their chief nemesis is evil witch Muriel (Famke Janssen), who has been stealing the children of a small village in preparation for a sacrifical rite during the impending Blood Moon. Mixing period and fairy-tale tropes with updated weaponry, HANSEL & GRETEL is a true genre-blender, as Arterton explains…

FANGORIA: Were you familiar with DEAD SNOW before you did HANSEL & GRETEL?

GEMMA ARTERTON: Yeah! When I heard about the project, I did watch it. I’m not usually one for gore [laughs], so I watched it with hands over my eyes, but it was a really clever film, tonally. Tommy has a great sense of humor and knowledge of film, so I was excited to work with him. Read More

  Nicole   January 22, 2013

Gemma Arterton is poised for a career milestone: a top-of-the-marquee role as one-half of the titular storybook siblings in the big budget 3D action flick “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” opening Friday.

The high-concept movie picks up where the famous Brothers Grimm fairy tale left off, with Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Arterton) having turned their childhood victory over the witch who tried to eat them into a full time vocation.

Fifteen years later, they’re bounty hunters specializing in eradicating child-abducting sorceresses. Their winning streak, though, is jeopardized when they go up against the most evil and powerful witch of all.

Getting the chance to do some butt-kicking has been a fairy tale come true, so to speak, for Arterton, whose action resume to date has been a murdered Bond Girl in 2008’s “Quantum of Solace,” a brooding princess in 2010’s “Prince of Persia” and divine eye candy in the 2010 remake of “Clash of the Titans.”

“Usually you are the girlfriend or the love interest or the damsel in distress or whatever, which is fine,” says Arterton. “But being part of a bother-sister dynamic (in “Hansel and Gretel”) meant we were both the heroes, and I didn’t have to do any of that shmooshy stuff, like crying or going, ‘Help me, help me!’”

Though Arterton didn’t have an action-packed pedigree that Renner boasts, director Tommy Wirkola says he knew exactly whom he wanted to play Gretel when he watched her in the 2009 thriller “The Disappearance of Alice Creed.”

“I knew straight away that she was the one,” Wirkola states. “Gemma shares what some might call my sick sense of humor, so we got along great. She gave Gretel the edge and the toughness that the character needed.”

But the English actress nearly missed her chance to break into the business.

On the most important day of her first 17 years — her third and final audition for London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art — Arterton came down with food poisoning.

For the daughter of a welder and a housecleaner from the unglamorous British town of Gravesend, acting already seemed like a longshot. Arterton had worked hard on practicing for her audition piece, a soliloquy as Hermione from Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale.”

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  Nicole   January 20, 2013

The British actress loved working on her latest movie ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ – which also stars Jeremy Renner and Famke Janssen – because she struck up a close bond with the other female cast members.

She said: ”One of the best things about the film was hanging out with the girls. The film was a lot of fun to make because most of the other characters were witches. Usually, there are more men than women on film sets, but in this one there are only three male characters. Now, I’m a real girls’ girl. We spent four months shooting in Berlin, which is a long way from home, so I’d have all the girls over for girlie nights and we all became really good friends.”

It wasn’t only her female castmates that Gemma bonded with, as she developed a ”brother-and-sister” relationship with Jeremy.

She told HELLO! magazine: ”Jeremy is great and we did get to be very good pals. He became very protective of me, but we’d also punch each other and stuff, so it was a real brother-and-sister relationship.”

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  Nicole   January 20, 2013

“Oh, this is lovely,” Gemma Arterton says in her dainty British lilt between sips of chamomile tea. “It’s got a, like, oaky quality, a woodiness to it.” The actress is curled up in an olive armchair seated by the crackling fireplace of the Greenwich Hotel’s drawing room, sequestered from a January New York drizzle outside. “It’s so nice to be inside and cozy on days like this.”

Arterton’s in town to promote her latest action-adventure flick, a film genre she’s quite fond of. It’s difficult to digest the amount of utter ass-kicking the soft-spoken ingénue has partaken in over the course of her career. As a feisty princess, Arterton battled the dark forces with Jake Gyllenhaal in “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”; she trained Sam Worthington for combat in “Clash of the Titans”; she even attained Bond Girl status playing special agent Strawberry Fields in “Quantum of Solace.” Looking at her in the quiet side room of a boutique hotel in TriBeCa, one would think she’d never thrown a punch before. She’s just come back from doing a segment on the “Today” show plugging her latest project, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” which hits theaters next week.

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