Actor Josh Burdett describes his fight on and behind the scenes with Douglas Booth. Burdett is a British actor best known for his starring role in Loving Vincent, the current Oscar nominated film that has received critical acclaim across the globe.
Burdett’s character, Zouave, makes a dramatic entrance at the beginning of the film in a fight with the film’s lead character, played by Douglas Booth. The two characters share a love for drinking and fighting, and it is Zouave who sets the story going, explaining what he has heard about the whereabouts of Vincent van Gogh.
Burdett describes the fight scene with Douglas Booth as being very intense on camera, but then quite amusing as after each take both actors came out of their French characters and became very British again, apologising to each other and dusting each other down!
Burdett says, “It was really fun acting alongside Douglas, who is superb in the lead role of Armand. We had some fight training together for the opening scene so we were able to really go for it every time they called “action.” We would have this full in a fight then after we heard “cut” we would be very English about it, asking if each other was OK!”
Loving Vincent is lauded as the first fully painted feature film. Burdett describes how they shot the film on green screen over several weeks but then each frame of the whole film, an incredible 65,000 frames, was painted over by a team of over 120 professional artists in the style of van Gogh. The result is a moving painting, each principal character based on a portrait that van Gogh himself painted and also including his famous landscapes and ‘Starry Night’.
Directed by Oscar-winner Hugh Welchman and Dorota Kobiela, Loving Vincent is a project of immense passion, years in the making, and deserves its Oscar nomination at this year’s 90th Academy Awards.