Asa Butterfield of Ender’s Game talks about his role and his fascination with sci-fi
At 16, Asa Butterfield has already carved out an enviable acting career. He garnered attention as the son of a WWII concentration camp commandant in The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, and after appearances in The Wolfman and Nanny McPhee Returns, landed the lead role in Martin Scorsese’s wondrous 3D children’s story, Hugo. The film grossed a sizeable $185 million worldwide, with Butterfield singled out for praise.
Now he takes the lead in Ender’s Game, the big-budget adaptation of the 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card. Directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Rendition), and co-starring Harrison Ford, Sir Ben Kingsley and Abigail Breslin, the film sees him play Ender Wiggin, a young man recruited to an advanced military school to be trained for an alien invasion. He talks about his experience and the science fiction genre.
Did you know much about Ender’s Game before you got involved?
I hadn’t heard of it, but as soon as I read the script, I got the books. I’m a huge fan of science fiction. And the whole universe, the whole idea behind the story and the morals and the themes…I think are really important for us, as a species taking into account they were evident 30 years ago when the book was written, they’re relevant today and I’m sure they’ll be relevant 50 years in the future.
If you’re a science fiction fan, you must be a Star Wars fan. How was it to work with Harrison Ford?
It was a bit intimidating at first! But once you get to know him, he’s a really nice guy.
About Ender’s journey through the film
He and a bunch of other kids who are the brightest of the brightest go to an academy in space where they’re taught to become the next strategists. Even today…my little sister, who is four can work my Mum’s iPhone better than she (Mum) can! I guess in 50 years’ time, that’s going to go to the next level – where children and teenagers are going to be miles ahead of people of the previous generation, in terms of knowing their way around technology.
The movie is scheduled to release today.
— Team Indulge