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Norton: Moonrise kids were great

Edward Norton has revealed the children he starred alongside in new film Moonrise Kingdom were more professional than some of the big names he has worked with.

The Fight Club actor plays Scoutmaster Ward in the new Wes Anderson film, about two 12-year-olds (newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness.

Ed, who spends most of his screen time with a vast entourage of children in tow, said: "I've worked with very well-known actors who were much more difficult than those kids were."

Despite describing Ward as "funny", the star said it would have been a mistake to set out to do a comedic performance.

"The trick to Wes's characters is that they're incredibly serious and sincere about what they're doing and there's humour in that," he explained.

"If someone said, 'We're going to do an improvisational comedy', that's a different sort of pressure, but the way Wes makes movies is more like making a drama. You have to play it straight."

This summer, Ed is also starring in Tony Gilroy's hugely anticipated The Bourne Legacy, alongside Jeremy Renner.

But he wouldn't confirm whether he's playing the villain of the piece.

"It's shades of grey," he said.

:: Moonrise Kingdom is in cinemas now.


From Belfast Telegraph