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The Huntsman stars feel the heat in S’pore

SINGAPORE — The Huntsman: Winter’s War tells the story of a powerful Ice Queen and the brave heroes fighting against her cold (and cold-hearted) reign — but there was nothing chilly about the movie’s red carpet and fan premiere on Sunday night.

SINGAPORE — The Huntsman: Winter’s War tells the story of a powerful Ice Queen and the brave heroes fighting against her cold (and cold-hearted) reign — but there was nothing chilly about the movie’s red carpet and fan premiere on Sunday night.

Held at Universal Studios Singapore, the event saw the theme park’s Hollywood Boulevard transformed into a sprawling red carpet leading up to the Pantages Hollywood Theater, where the screening took place. Fans started filling up the area as early as 10am to get a glimpse of (and perhaps a selfie with) the film’s A-list stars Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain, who showed up with director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan at about 7pm.

Needless to say, their presence — particularly Hemsworth’s — prompted a feverish reaction from the crowd. The Aussie heartthrob reprises his role as the titular Huntsman Eric from the first instalment Snow White And The Huntsman, while Oscar winner Theron is also back as the villainous Queen Ravenna. Meanwhile, Chastain comes on board as tough-as-nails warrior Sara. Emily Blunt, who is currently pregnant with her second child, is also a new addition to the cast and plays the Ice Queen Freya.

The atmosphere wasn’t all that was burning up yesterday evening: Thanks to the island’s notorious humidity, Theron, who was wearing a lightweight and revealing white dress, had to constantly step aside to let her team fix her make-up and dab away perspiration. Hemsworth and Nicolas-Troyan were also spotted in need of quick touch-ups now and then. However, their discomfort did not stop the stars from patiently making their way down the red carpet signing autographs and taking pictures with lucky admirers.

In a brief doorstop interview with Toggle, Charlize admitted that she was not familiar with famous fictional princesses. “I didn’t really grow up with fairy-tales so I’m kind of rediscovering them now with my four-year-old,” said the South African native, referring to son Jackson whom she adopted in 2012.

When asked how she did things differently in The Huntsman compared to Snow White, she said: “You just look at the material and try to find something different within the circumstances, and I think creating a sister for (Ravenna) really helped us to see her in a different light.”

During an earlier chat, Nicolas-Troyan admitted he felt the pressure of taking over the directorial reins from Rupert Sanders, who helmed the first film. “When you take on this type of job you know what you’re going up against,” he said. “Rupert and I are close friends and he came to visit me on set and we talked about it, and I hope I was up for the challenge and I hope people enjoy this as much as the first one.”

So what was it like working with such an exceptional team of actors? “The best thing was how easy it was,” he said. “I had no idea it was going to be that amazing and that easy of a process, and I’m dying to work with them again.” TOGGLE.SG

 

The Huntsman: Winter’s War opens in cinemas on April 14.

 

The original story first appeared in http://www.toggle.sg/en/

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