Max Irons of 'Red Riding Hood' on the story's anti-sex message
Max Irons, 25, son of Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons stars alongside Amanda Seyfried in "Red Riding Hood," told OnTheRedCarpet.com and other news outlets at the film's premiere that the film really captured the anti-sex themes and paranoia of the original fairy tale.
"'Red Riding Hood' is not about a little girl scampering through a wood in a red cape," Irons said. "It's a warning to girls, essentially saying don't stray off the path or, metaphorically, you're going to meet the wolf. We live in a time when we have sex education classes, in those days they didn't. Psychologically, this darkness goes in. I think what Catherine [Hardwicke]'s done is build upon those dark themes inherently, she's built a movie around that."
"Red Riding Hood" is based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Seyfried plays Valerie, a young girl who lives in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, who can take on a human form. In the film, Seyfried's character falls in love with an orphaned woodcutter (Shiloh Fernandez) and wants to run away with him to avoid an arranged marriage to a wealthy suitor (Max Irons). However, their plan is stalled when her older sister turns up dead and Valerie discovers she has a unique connection to the werewolf.
"Red Riding Hood" is co-produced by actor Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who helmed the first "Twilight" film. The movie also stars Virginia Madsen, Billy Burke and Gary Oldman.
Irons also talked about the elements of the original fairy tale that the film explores, like paranoia.
"I think the paranoia, the metaphorical lesson behind 'Red Riding Hood' should put in a kid's head, I think it's built upon, you see this closely knit society and you see the effects of someone coming in and just throwing a little bit of fear into a society and watching how easily manipulated they are and how it will tear itself apart as a result. I think that applies to the world we live in."
The London native says his red-hooded co-star has a "filthy... obscene sence of humor" but she is also kind and makes time for people. And of the couple's steamy on-screen chemistry, Irons remains modest.
"All you can really do as an actor is try to honestly connect with the person in front of you," Irons said, "and find the truth in what you're doing."
"Red Riding Hood" hits theaters on March 11, 2011.
"Red Riding Hood" was released on March 11, 2011. Watch the trailer below.