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The Rise of the Guardians actor, who voices Jack Frost in the film, talks about playing a protector, feeling like an outsider – and why we want to see people who stand up for the little guy

Does playing people who are protectors increase your faith in that structure of the world, or make you worry it's all facade?

Film is just a different version of what we did round the campfire when we were Neanderthals. We tell stories so people can learn things, and relativise things. What always attracted me about a Jack Ryan or a Jack Frost [he voices the character in Rise of the Guardians] or Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones is they're heroes in their absolute unheroicness; they're special in their absolute everydayness. They're men caught up in extraordinary circumstances and given the opportunity to be great, but conflicted by their own doubts. The mythic journey is always about selflessness. And that's a wonderful lesson to be told. »

- Catherine Shoard

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