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INTERVIEW WITH PADDINGTON BEAR
02 October 2014 Movie Information / Production
First appearing in children’s literature in 1958, the marmalade loving bear from deepest, darkest Peru is finally making his way to the big screen. Paddington stars Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent, with Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) recently being cast to voice the titular role following Colin Firth’s exit from the part.
Releasing December 25, the film follows the comic misadventures of a polite Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British. Traveling to London in search of a home, he is taken in by the kindly Brown family. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.
You always mind your P's and Q's. Why is it so important for children (and bears) to have good manners?
I think it’s important for everyone to have good manners, not just children and bears. Mrs Bird often says, good manners cost nothing. One of the reasons I like wearing a hat is that I have something to raise when I meet people.
Tell us, what's your favourite London landmark?
That’s a difficult question to answer because London has so many interesting places to see. I think my favourite place is the London Eye, especially when it is beginning to get dark and all the lights are coming on. It’s magical and makes me feel how lucky I am to live in such a special city.
What advice do you have for children in looking after their own bears?
Bears, like most people, enjoy company so it’s important to talk to them. In fact, they make very good listeners and if you share your secrets with them you can be sure they won’t tell anyone else. Aunt Lucy summed it up very well when she tied a label on me before she sent me to live in England. She wrote on the label: Please Look After This Bear. Thank You.
What's in your suitcase?
I never go anywhere without a good supply of marmalade so there’s always a jar in there. I also carry a photograph of my Aunt Lucy and my important documents. There’s a secret compartment inside my case but of course if I told you what I kept in there it wouldn’t be a secret any longer!
Tell us about your first attempts at having a bath…
When I first arrived in London I found everything was very different from Darkest Peru where I was born. I’d never come across a bath before so I did get into rather a lot of difficulties. Mr Brown was quite upset by the mess and said he might have trouble with something called his insurance policy after I’d tried to take my first bath.
Have you been to see your statue at Paddington station?
Yes, I have been to see the statue. I didn’t get too close to it though because I noticed a pigeon nearby and I was worried it might get me confused with the statue and land on my head by mistake.
Is there anything under your hat?
I always keep a marmalade sandwich under my hat for emergencies. Except when I’ve just had an emergency, of course. Then I replace it as fast as I possibly can.
How does it feel to be starring in your own movie?
It feels rather strange and exciting all at the same time. I sometimes get a bit of a surprise when I catch sight of my reflection in the mirror so I’m not sure how I’m going to feel when I see an enormous version of myself on a cinema screen. I’ve been warned that I may be expected to sign a lot of autographs when I’m a film star but bears aren’t very good at writing so I hope people won’t mind getting pawprints instead.