9 Things We Learned About 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'by IMDb-Contributing-Writers | last updated - 23 May 2016
IMDb got a sneak peek at Tim Burton's new film, which is based on the best-selling book about a group of odd children who are protected by the equally peculiar Miss Peregrine. — Sharon Knolle
Miss Peregrine is "Scary Poppins."
"I just saw her as 'Scary Poppins' in a way," Tim Burton said. "That same kind of strength and humor. Just a real striking figure." But that doesn't mean she doesn't have a heart. Asked about her preference for playing supernatural characters in "Penny Dreadful" and Dark Shadows, she said, "They're supernatural but at the same time people who are very human. They have many dimensions. They're not just dark, weird characters. I became an actor not to play myself. That would be rather boring."
Eva Green is a huge Tim Burton fan.
"I've always been a big, big fan," Eva Green says. "I had to pinch myself every day on Dark Shadows. I was afraid every day of disappointing him and getting fired. The fact that now I'm working again with him, it's a real dream." She rhapsodized about the look of the new film: "It's pure magic. It's just so stunning. It's very Tim."
Eva Green's costumes are inspired by Miss Peregrine's abilities.
Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) is an ymbryne, someone who can transform into a bird. "Miss Peregrine’s costume was something I wanted to relate to a bird without being too literal," says costume designer Colleen Atwood. "I used a Victorian silhouette with a little '30s twist. I wanted to feel like she could launch at any moment. So the skirt has areas that flow, and the shoulders sort of have a wing shape at the top."
The Peculiar Children all have very unusual abilities.
Among the Peculiars are Emma (Ella Purnell), who is is so light she floats. There's also Enoch (Finlay Macmillan), who can temporarily give life to inanimate objects. Olive (Lauren McCrostie) can shoot fire from her fingertips, and Hugh (Milo Parker) has a beehive inside him. Little Bronwyn (Pixie Davis) is unbelievably strong, while Millard (Cameron King) happens to be invisible. And then there's the mysterious Twins (Thomas and Joseph Odwell), who always wear masks and never speak.
Tim Burton considers this an "anti-superhero" film.
Tim Burton says, "This is like an anti-superhero film in the sense that they weren't using their powers because it's the end of the world."
He adds that, despite their oddities, the children have the same interests and hopes as regular kids. "I think for people who feel they're different, it's a symbol for that. Once you feel like that as a kid, you never really forget those feelings, even if you become popular or successful or whatever. That core feeling stays with you forever."
Filming the underwater scene took a whole week.
A stunning scene in the trailer, where Jake (Asa Butterfield) follows Emma (Ella Purnell) into the water and ends up in Miss Peregrine's realm of Cairnholm, took a week to film.
Asa explains, "We had a few days of diving training, because you have to open your eyes underwater. Me and Ella both wear glasses, and you can't wear contact lenses underwater. So, not only were we limited by our vision, we're being led around by these divers in the tank, and someone's talking through a water microphone. It was just a week of being moved around in this tank. It was hard work, but it was fun."
Asa and Ella were cramming for exams between scenes.
"One of the most challenging parts of this entire shoot is that I was in the middle of taking my exams," says now 19-year-old Asa Butterfield. "Ella's in the same boat as me. So, we'd come off a scene and then be doing maths or writing an essay. And that's such a weird kind of transition. Education's important, as my mum tells me. But it all turned out good in the end, and I passed."
Adds Ella Purnell, who's also 19, "We've both grown up [studying on set]. So, it sort of feels normal now."
Tim Burton was inspired by the book's photographs.
Tim Burton explains why he was drawn to the book by Ransom Riggs, which features spooky vintage photographs. "I collect photographs, and there's something about seeing these photographs with mystery and power and creepiness and an emotional thing, and you don't know everything about it. So, you kind of use your mind to make up your own stories from these images."
Samuel L. Jackson is the bad guy.
Samuel L. Jackson plays the villainous Barron, who (as seen in the trailer) has white hair, sharp pointy teeth, and glowing white eyes. At the press conference, Jackson joked that the prosthetics were "difficult things to grow ... But when Tim asks you, you do it. You just focus." He added, "I love transforming myself. Part of being in this business is not being who I am when I look in a mirror."