Video Interview: Jim Sturgess on 'Upside Down', 'Cloud Atlas' & More
by Ben Pearson
March 18, 2013
Bursting onto the mainstream acting landscape in Across the Universe, actor Jim Sturgess has since succeeded in balancing blockbusters with smaller independent movies. His latest film, Upside Down, is a science fiction romance that fits both of those categories, wrapping a love story in a ton of often-impressive visual effects. I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Sturgess recently about his experience working on the movie, his take on the cold reception and poor box office of Cloud Atlas (which was my favorite movie of last year), working with visionary directors, and much more. Watch the interview and let us know your thoughts.
We were staged in pretty close quarters for this interview, so please forgive some of the brief framing issues that pop up as the video progresses. I think the conversation went well anyway and we covered a lot of ground in a short time, including his passion for music and unique interactions with his fans on his Twitter.
Here's my full interview with actor Jim Sturgess, recorded at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles:
Thanks to the people at Focus Features and Ginsberg Libby who set this up, and of course to Mr. Sturgess for speaking with me. Jim Sturgess is a 31-year-old English actor who first gained notoriety in his breakthrough role in 2007's Across the Universe and has gone on to star in movies like 21, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Way Back, Heartless, One Day with Anne Hathaway, Legend of the Guardians, and Cloud Atlas. His newest film, the sci-fi romance Upside Down (watch the trailer), is written and directed by Argentine filmmaker Juan Solanas and is playing in theaters everywhere. You can find my review of the film here.
Juan Solanas' Upside Down was released by Millennium Entertainment on Friday, March 15th in theaters. Jim Sturgess stars in the film with Kirsten Dunst and Timothy Spall. You can find all of our interviews here.