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It’s a more mature film than the previous two. The magical aspect that you all know hasn’t been left out,but The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is an adventure film.

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December 2, 2010 5:30:45 am

Ben Barnes tells us why the third part of the Chronicles of Narnia is more interesting than the previous two

What can we expect from the Chronicles of Narnia:The Voyage of the Dawn Treader?

It’s a more mature film than the previous two. The magical aspect that you all know hasn’t been left out,but The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is an adventure film rather than a pure work of fantasy. Caspian is now the new King of Narnia and,with Edmund and Lucy,he embarks on a great crossing aboard this boat,the Dawn Treader,to find the land of Aslan. So most sequences take place on the sea,which hasn’t been easy to film.

This time the film is releasing in 3D.

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Yes. The film has turned out amazing and will be more exciting to watch in 3D. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is my favourite book in the Narnia series and the film will do complete justice to it.

You were injured during the shooting of the film. Can you tell us what happened?

I was filming a sword fight with Skandar (Keynes,Edmund Pevensie),but he badly calculated one of his moves and I was hit in the face. At first it really hurt and I was sure that my nose was broken. Luckily,that wasn’t the case; I was just filming with a swollen lip for a few days.

You’ve got a new director in Michael Apted — what’s he brought to the movie?

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Just a sort of an outside eye and a very human touch really. I think he was as anxious as any of us going in to it. When we first met and spoke he told me how anxious he was about the scale of it but I think he did a great job and I think it’s going to have an interesting flavour to it.

With the release of the film approaching,do you now feel less pressure on your shoulders than at the time of Prince Caspian?

Yes,a lot less. The release of Prince Caspian was very stressful for me because everyone was waiting for me at the release. I really feared the reaction of the public and fans,I didn’t want to disappoint anybody. Today,I have three or four years experience and I’ve learned to handle that pressure. I think I’ll tackle the release of this film with much more serenity.

Are you dating anyone right now?

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I’m not with anyone right now. It isn’t so easy to find the right person when you’re famous. I’m a bit tired of wondering if a girl is interested in me just because I’m famous or for what I really am.

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First published on: 02-12-2010 at 05:30:45 am

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