Jamie Campbell Bower Loves Playing A 'Douchebag'
EXCLUSIVE! The Mortal Instruments star talks Jace Wayland, and wearing a LBD...
Jamie Campbell Bower has exclusively revealed to MTV how much he enjoys playing his character Jace Wayland in the forthcoming movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
Jace is a demon-destroying Shadowhunter and the love interest of Brooklyn teen Clary Fray (Lily Collins) in the film, which is based on the best-selling novel by Cassandra Clare.
Speaking to MTV News on the film's Toronto set during a 3am break in filming, Campbell revealed that while Jace is something of a jerk, it's a role he's relishing, saying:
"What I love about him is the fact that he's actually a bit of a douchebag.
"He's not like a meathead, he's just sarcastic and rude."
Bower praised director Harald Zwart for capturing not only Jace's moodiness, but that of the monster-ridden world in which he and his fellow Shadowhunters exist.
"I think there is a darkness that Harald has brought to the piece that is easily lost in adaptations, particularly of YA [young adult] novels," Bower said.
"And there's a reality to it, as well, which is nice. You know, it's very easy to go into fantasyland too quickly — he says wearing a dress, effectively. Every girl's got to have a little black dress — that's how I look at it."
"There's a lot of physicality to the role, as well," he continued.
"Which has been difficult to prepare for, absolutely, but it's paid off, which is great. Like, not eating cookies is so hard."
And if you have any lingering doubts as to how effectively Bower embodies the mercurial teen, well,The actor has received the stamp of approval from author Cassandra Clare for his portrayal of the teen, how told MTV News:
"Personality-wise, Jamie is exactly like Jace,
"It's actually like interacting with Jace, talking to him. It's a little bit creepy!"
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits UK cinemas in August 2013.