1 March 2011

If you're a science fiction fan, you may already be familar with some of Chris Barrie's incredible work. While he has starred in dozens of television shows, movies and documentaries, he is perhaps most famous for portraying Arnold Rimmer in the sci-fi show Red Dwarf. He also starred in the both of the Tomb Raider films; portraying Lara's faithful butler, Hillary. Guns and Grapple had an exclusive quick interview with him about his time on the Tomb Raider set. 

Chris Barrie with Angelina Jolie and Noah Taylor in the first Tomb Raider film.

1.    Did you know about Tomb Raider before going for the role?
I had certainly heard of Tomb Raider the computer game.

2.    How did you feel when you got role in the film?
Quite excited.

 3.    What is your most memorable time on the set?
Probably the ‘stick fight’ in the second movie.

 4.    How was it learning how to fight with the quarterstaffs in the Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life?
Being totally inexperienced in the area I found it a steep learning curve.  The stunt team were very patient with me.

 5.    Which film did you enjoying doing the most and why?
There were equally good fun.

 6.    If you are asked to star in the third film would you do it?

 7.    Did you have to undergo special weapon training to fire the shotgun in the first film and if so how did you find it?
Yes, I went out to a wooded area of Pinewood Studios and the armourer showed me how to behave with a gun, so that it would look ‘natural’ in the movie.

 8.    Would you want to voice a character in the video games if you were asked?

Thank you to Chris for the interview!


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