Asa Butterfield: ‘Hugo’ star battles aliens in ‘Ender’s Game’

Youth Impact Report 2012: Bigscreen Kids

Now 15, London-born Asa Butterfield was just 13 when he landed the title role in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning 3D adventure “Hugo,” and received a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for his performance.

“When I first read the script, I didn’t really know how big Marty was,” Butterfield admits. “Then people started telling me, I flew to New York to meet him and audition in front of him with Chloe Moretz, and then it all hit me like a smack in the face. Two days later, they told me I’d gotten the role.”

Butterfield says the nine-month shoot “really changed my view on acting and film as a whole, and really matured me as an actor. I learned so much from Marty about the history of cinema and directing and acting — it was like being paid to go to film school.”

The busy young thesp, whose credits include “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” and “The Wolfman,” has also had a recurring role on the BBC series “Merlin.” “But I can’t do it anymore, sadly, because they aged my character up,” he reports.

Butterfield followed “Hugo” with another highly coveted lead role, that of Ender in Summit’s upcoming “Ender’s Game.” “It’s the ideal part for a teenage boy, and the cast was amazing: Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin, Hallie Steinfeld and Harrison Ford,” he beams.

Currently juggling his career with the demands of school — “I’ve got exams to focus on for the next two years” — Butterfield is well aware that not everyone makes the transition from child to adult actor. “But that’s my goal, to keep making movies into my adult years,” he says.

Impact: Landed the title role in Martin Scorsese’s first (and only) family film, “Hugo.”
Next: Just wrapped production on “Ender’s Game.”
Causes: “I want to be involved with any conservation and animal causes.”

Return to the Youth Impact Report 2012 >>

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading