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Ruskie
(stardust savant)
04/07/04 06:01 PM
Jim Henson  

"David Bowie's very professional," Henson comments. "He's just terrific. He comes into the scene very prepared - he knows his lines and he certainly knows how he sees it being played; I barely directed, outside of staging and things like that. He had the character of Jareth well in hand, and I agreed with what he was doing - he was very, very solid, terribly easy to work with."

Jim Henson, Starlog #108, 1986

ziggfried
(acolyte)
12/12/04 09:49 AM
Re: Jim Henson new [re: Ruskie]  

"Way back when we first started working on the story, we came up with this idea of a Goblin King…And then we thought; 'Wouldn't it be wonderful to have music and someone who can sing?' David was our first choice from the very beginning. And he liked the idea. So the whole thing was really written with him in mind."

Jim Henson, Labyrinth Press Kit (1986)



ziggfried
(acolyte)
12/13/04 09:58 AM
Re: Jim Henson new [re: ziggfried]  

"The Goblin King was originally planned to be another creature, until it occurred to us to make it an actor. While we were considering various and sundry actors, we thought to make Jareth a music person, someone who could change the film's whole musical style.

"We thought of several people, but by far the one that was most exciting to us was David Bowie. But I had no idea whether he would consider singing in a film, since at that point he never had. I thought David very possibly wanted to keep his acting separate from his musical career.

"When we met in New York, we chatted and I showed him some of Brian (Froud)'s sketches. 'This is what we have in mind,' l said. 'Would you consider doing this part, would you consider singing in it, and would you consider writing songs for it?' And he said yes to all of it. He liked the idea and said, 'If you come up with a script I like, I'll do it. I'm not going to sign unless I really like the script.'"

Jim Henson, Starlog #109, August 1986



ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/06/05 10:38 AM
Re: Jim Henson new [re: ziggfried]  

"When we first started to write this film, we had this evil Goblin King, and then somewhere quite early on we said "What if he was a rock singer, a contemporary figure?" And we said "Who?" Michael Jackson, Sting, David Bowie...I mean, there are only a few people you would think of, and David was immediately the one we wanted."

Jim Henson, Inside The Labyrinth (1986)



ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/06/05 10:43 AM
Re: Jim Henson new [re: ziggfried]  

"[Jim Henson] first brought me the concept on the 1983 tour that I did in America, and asked me if I'd consider doing the part and he showed me Brian Froud's artwork and he showed me a copy of The Dark Crystal, which I found a fascinating piece of work, and I could see the potentiality of making that kind of movie with humans, with songs, with more of a lighter comedy script."

David Bowie, Inside The Labyrinth (1986)



ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/06/05 10:45 AM
Re: Jim Henson new [re: ziggfried]  

"...and I said if you liked the script on something like this, would you consider being Jareth, and singing, and writing the songs for it and so forth...and David liked the whole thing from the beginning."

Jim Henson, Inside The Labyrinth (1986)



ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/06/05 10:48 AM
Re: Jim Henson new [re: ziggfried]  

"Every age group really has a whole thing about David, and he himself is a very normal, well-grounded, straightforward person, and an absolute professional."

Jim Henson, Inside The Labyrinth (1986)



ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/06/05 10:49 AM
Re: Jim Henson new [re: ziggfried]  

"Jim gave me complete freedom. He allowed me to say what I wanted, and write the things that I wanted."

David Bowie, Inside The Labyrinth (1986)



ziggfried
(acolyte)
07/15/05 04:10 AM
Re: Jim Henson new [re: ziggfried]  

"I wanted to put two characters of flesh and bone in the middle of all these artificial creatures, and David Bowie embodies a certain maturity, with his sexuality, his disturbing aspect, all sorts of things that characterize the adult world. Since we knew from the beginning that he was going to have to sing, we then thought it would be fun to bring rock music into a fantasy film, and the choice was easy: David is one of the best, if not the best, singer/actor of the moment, and he had the advantage of being able to be seductive, threatening, scary..."

Jim Henson, Ecran Fantastique, February 1987 (translated by Elizabeth A. Allen)



ziggfried
(acolyte)
07/15/05 04:13 AM
Re: Jim Henson new [re: ziggfried]  

"I warned David and Jennifer from the beginning that they would have to be very patient! That they would be on screen by the first or second day of shooting, but they’d have to wait for the creatures as well, which could take ten, twelve, even fifteen days. But it’s there that the great professionals show themselves; David and Jennifer were perfect. They redid certain scenes an incalculable number of times."

Jim Henson, Ecran Fantastique, February 1987 (translated by Elizabeth A. Allen)




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