Almost as famous as Snow White herself, Snow White and the Huntsman‘s Prince Charming (called Prince William in this iteration) played by Sam Claflin turned out to be one of the key players in the twist on the fairy tale classic.

In this exclusive interview with Hypable, Sam Claflin talks about how he reacted when he found out that he would be playing the type of character he’s always dreamed of playing, the motives behind his Prince, and his badass entrance into the film.

Hypable.com’s James Bean: So how did you feel about Snow White and the Huntsman? You’ve seen it, obviously.

Sam Claflin: Yeah.

JB: And you loved the filming of it-

SC: Well yeah, it’s really every boy’s dream come true, wielding a sword, shooting a bow and arrow; it took me back to my primary school days running around the playground pretending I was Robin Hood. As an end result, it’s something I’m really proud of.

JB: Talk about an entrance to a film, a shocking flaming arrow.

SC: Really, there should be an award for best entrance into a film.

JB: People have been so obsessed with archery lately-

SC: I know! I don’t know what that is. There’s been four or five films with an archer in it now.

JB: How did you even go about landing this? Did someone notice you in Pirates?

SC: When this project came up, my agent sent me the script, I was in Los Angeles in January of last year, and very soon after that I had a meeting with the director. We sat down, had a chit-chat, and he sorta talked me through his ideas and the visual world that he had created and I was sold. I wanted to be a part of it. Four months later after meeting the producers and having general meetings, I got a phone call from Rupert in London congratulating me. It was pretty insane.

JB: What was it like talking to him about his ideas? It’s such a dark and twisted world-

SC: He had a very specific idea of where he wanted to go with it. It was something I had never seen before personally. He showed me a lot of the concept art and the design he had come up with – the buildings, the castles, the costumes. Everything that he already had pre-planned was overwhelming, incredibly done and-

JB: Gorgeous.

SC: Right! And he was so exact. He literally knew everything from the details on the fairies to the dark forest to the sanctuary. Everything he had pre-planned, and to be able to share that with him, the experience was amazing.

JB: Now tell me a little bit about your role in this, because it gets pretty tricky. This is getting into spoiler territory, but you join the bad guys at one point. It’s all on your journey to get to Snow White, so how did you justify falling in with the bad people in order to meet your goal?

SC: He will do anything to get to her, and really he doesn’t really know who’s the baddies and who’s the goodies. He just needs to find someone who knows their way around the dark forest to get to her. That’s where he knows she is and he just joins up with guys who seem to be good trackers. Kinda lucked out I suppose! It was incredible going on that journey with the character and exploring this badass territory. It was a dream come true, getting to play the darker side of a character that people already know.

JB: How much of a say did you get in terms of his darker side? You don’t see too many protagonists dodge an arrow and then immediately kill someone.

SC: It was something that was very important to me and Rupert from very early on. In the first initial script, the character was very similar to the Prince Charming that we all know and love. The guy’s a little straight-laced, and doesn’t like to get involved – he’s just a good guy. Where we were going with the script was that The Huntsman was going to be younger and there was going to be more of a dynamic relationship between him and her. A kinda chemistry and I needed to be able to compete with him. The guy that needed to be the love of her life needed to be able to compete. It can’t just be a white-wash “I’d choose him over him,” I needed to be able to step up my game, and that led to the darker elements of the character.

JB: So how did it feel landing the role of Prince William, and then reading the script and finding out about the kiss?

SC: I thought it was a dream! For me the kiss was fantastic. Getting the phone call saying that I’d been offered the part, my lawyer and my agent, there were about four people on the phone and I just remember hearing the words “You’ve got offered -” and I just went [sound of immense excitement]! I didn’t know what I’d been offered but I just went, “No way!” I was so happy, sort of screeching loudly, swearing loudly, in the middle of London, which you can imagine got a fair few weird looks. I was not expecting that. I knew of a few other people that were auditioning, people I’m friends with even, and I just never thought it would happen.

JB: Wow, so it was a wide casting call then?

SC: Well I don’t know how many people exactly, but one of my very good friends was up for it, so I’m lucky. Very, very lucky. I don’t know if it was as wide a margin of a casting call as it was for Pirates, but they saw a fair few people. So I beat off everyone with a stick.

JB: You’re definitely the most charming. How about your next projects? I just happened to go through the synopsis of the next one about a professor that tries to create a poltergeist. Anything you can tell me about that?

Come back Wednesday for the rest of the interview! What did you think of Sam Claflin’s performance in Snow White and the Huntsman? Warning, the second half of this interview comes with spoilers, so be sure to see the film before you read it!

Check out our reviews of Snow White and the Huntsman by Jessie Cadle and James Bean! If you’ve seen it, don’t forget to sound off about it in our What Did You Think feature!

Newt’s brother was assigned to search for Grindelwald, new ‘Fantastic Beasts’ prop letter reveals

This likely has major implications for future Fantastic Beasts movies.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them included a mention of Newt Scamander’s “war hero” brother Theseus, and now it looks like the reference was something to think twice about.

Earlier this week Warner Brothers’ Los Angeles Studio Tour refreshed their Harry Potter exhibit with new props from Fantastic Beasts, and in one display is a letter from Theseus to Newt. Take a look at the photos thanks to Snitch Seeker:

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them included a mention of Newt Scamander’s “war hero” brother Theseus, and now it looks like the reference was something to think twice about.

Earlier this week Warner Brothers’ Los Angeles Studio Tour refreshed their Harry Potter exhibit with new props from Fantastic Beasts, and in one display is a letter from Theseus to Newt. Take a look at the photos thanks to Snitch Seeker:

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The letter reveals that Theseus was tasked with searching for Grindelwald himself — a very interesting development for this film series. Though some words on the letter can’t be seen due to another prop covering them up, the note to Newt appears to suggest that Theseus was honored to be assigned the role. Here’s what it says, again courtesy Snitch Seeker:

Well, little brother,

I don’t know how much you have heard wherever you are about what’s going on in jolly old Europe but this chap Grindelwald has been making a lot of noise since you have been away.

Charismatic blighter, but the Ministry doesn’t like him and nor does the International Confederation.

He has upset a few of the big wheels and he’s gone underground. I have been chosen to go away and ferret him out. _______ at the chance to be picked, actually, because the whole _______ want to be on this case and it’s taken some _______ hard work to reach this status.

_______ wishing you well – wherever you are. _______ whatever beastly quests you are undertaking!

Best regards,

Theseus

The fact that this letter was made for the movie is very interesting. It suggests that Theseus at one point may’ve had a larger role in the movie — or at least, he could’ve been referenced more than once.

Further, this letter could mean that Theseus’ll have an on-screen role in future movies. In fact, Theseus’ role as Grindelwald Hunter could be J.K. Rowling’s ticket to getting Newt deeply involved with the search for Grindelwald.

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Theseus will surely be pleased to hear that his brother helped capture Grindelwald. Theory time: What if Theseus dies in a future Fantastic Beasts movie as the fight against Grindelwald (inevitably) continues? What if this leads Newt to avenge his brother’s death?

What else do we know about the character? Not much, but Snitch Seeker says that during an interview with Colin Farrell the actor revealed Theseus “was a British Auror with whom his character, Percival Graves, corresponded.”

How do you think Theseus will play into future ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movies?

Daily Show host Trevor Noah takes his experiences growing up in South Africa and puts them together in Born a Crime for our entertainment and enlightenment.

‘Born a Crime’ by Trevor Noah

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

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Daily Show host Trevor Noah takes his experiences growing up in South Africa and puts them together in Born a Crime for our entertainment and enlightenment.

‘Born a Crime’ by Trevor Noah

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother — his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

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Trevor Noah is best known for his current hosting gig on The Daily Show where he had huge shoes to fill following Jon Stewart’s departure — shoes that he has, by the way, filled with grace, humor, and a sharp wit.

Noah has been candid about growing up in South Africa under Apartheid and the troubling parallels he sees developing in the United States, especially since Donald Trump’s rise to power, but Born a Crime puts a spotlight on his childhood adventures in a way that his segments on The Daily Show cannot.

Born a Crime is an interesting mix of heartbreak and humor. There is no denying that Noah’s childhood was not easy. He talks extensively about trying to find a place for himself at school and in life. He was too White for the Black kids and too Black for the White kids. As a child, what do you do when you have nowhere to belong?

You adapt.

Unless it wasn’t abundantly clear already, Trevor Noah is an intelligent man. Born a Crime documents the way he viewed the world and used his situation to his advantage while living in South Africa. He learned dozens of languages, either in part or in full, in order to survive the endless dangers of his hometown. He found a way to make money and build himself a tiny empire using only a computer and his wits. He took what was given to him, which was, honestly, next to nothing, and found a way to make his life fulfilling.

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Noah’s mother has a huge impact on the stories presented in this memoir because she had a huge impact on her son. Strong, independent, stubborn, reliable, hardworking, clever, pious, strict, and loving, Trevor makes it explicitly clear that his mother is the reason he turned out the way he did. We should all give thanks to her.

Her story is tragic, as is growing up under Apartheid, but despite their circumstances, both led vibrant lives in which they became partners in an us-against-the-world kind of way. Hearing Noah speak about his mother infuses you with a warmth and respect for a woman you have never met, and yet that feeling is as genuine as they come.

For his part, Noah was a handful as a child and a teenager, though it’s that spunk and comedy that we so look forward to seeing now. He got into trouble — he even broke the law — but he experienced life and all the ups and downs that comes with it. He is a wealth of knowledge because he has gone far and wide to gather that knowledge himself.

Born a Crime will certainly make you laugh far more than it’ll make you cry, but don’t be so bold as to put the tissues away before the final chapter of the book. This memoir is a lesson in humility, love, faith, and perseverance. Hopefully it will affect you as strongly as it has affected me, especially if you are so lucky as to be able to listen to Noah narrate the book himself on Audible.

Add ‘Born a Crime’ to your Goodreads list or purchase it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound

The first full Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight and we once again got a great look at Tom Holland as Peter Parker.

The first Spider-Man Homecoming trailer is here, and it doesn’t disappoint! In what totally feels like a coming-of-age/high school flick (but with a Marvel twist!), Peter Parker decides he wants to grow up and fight like the Avengers. But is he ready? Maybe with a little help (and no hug) from Tony Stark, he will be.

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The first full Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight and we once again got a great look at Tom Holland as Peter Parker.

The first Spider-Man Homecoming trailer is here, and it doesn’t disappoint! In what totally feels like a coming-of-age/high school flick (but with a Marvel twist!), Peter Parker decides he wants to grow up and fight like the Avengers. But is he ready? Maybe with a little help (and no hug) from Tony Stark, he will be.

Watch the full-length trailer for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming

The main theme of Homecoming certainly seems to be Peter’s desire to prove that he’s a capable member of the Avengers team. If you remember in Civil War, Tony wouldn’t let him get too deep into the fight, for fear that he wasn’t ready. But Peter doesn’t want to be treated liked a kid.

Except he definitely is a kid, and it’s a nice break from the other Spider-Man movies we’ve seen so far, which depicted an older Peter Parker that never quite fit the high school vibe.

Tom Holland’s Peter is undoubted an awkward teenager, and the younger character lends itself to a lighter, more humorous tone for the movie. Marvel has always been good at balancing action and comedy in their movies, and Homecoming is already promising to be a fun romp.

We get a lot of great looks at other characters in this trailer, too, including a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from Donald Glover and Zendaya. Michael Keaton will be playing Vulture, and of course we also get Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man.

How cool was it to see Spidey swinging along next to Iron Man like an equal?

As is often the case for Marvel movies, ABC and Jimmy Kimmel debuted the trailer for Homecoming following pretty high expectations from fans. Did it live up to your hype?

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ hits theaters on July 7, 2017