Gowns steal the show in new 'Cinderella' movie, actresses say

Fri Feb 13, 2015 1:32pm EST
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By Michael Roddy

BERLIN (Reuters) - The gowns almost steal the show in the new Disney live-action version of "Cinderella", actresses Lily James and Helena Bonham-Carter said on Friday at the film's world premiere, but neither would recommend their dresses for street wear.

James, in the title role, wears a gorgeous blue confection by British designer Sandy Powell for the ball where she and the prince, played by Richard Madden, sweep each other off their feet -- but the British actress said the ball gown and other outfits she wore were very constricting.

"They kind of do pretty much all the acting sometimes for you," she told journalists at the Berlin International Film Festival where Disney's animated version of the fairytale also made its debut 65 years ago.

"They're so magical and you put them on and you suddenly stand different and you feel different and then it's all part of that magic -- but they were quite painful, they fit so tight."

Bonham-Carter, who plays the loopy fairy godmother, electrifies the screen in a silver-white number that glows in the dark -- courtesy of 4,000 LED lights powered by a 15-pound (7 kg) battery pack she said was attached to her posterior.

"I was a walking lamp," Bonham-Carter said, adding it had not crossed her mind that she would be acting at night for the scene where she turns a pumpkin into a coach, mice into horses and fits Cinderella out with the gown and glass slippers.

"There was a lovely young man, Belgian, who came all the way from Belgium, from (electronics company) Philips and he'd come and turn me on ... before we'd start shooting," Bonham-Carter said, to laughter.

"But it was an extraordinary dress ... It was a magnificent creation."   Continued...

Actress Lily James arrives for the screening of the movie 'Cinderella' at the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 13, 2015.   REUTERS/Stefanie Loos