To create the magic of ‘The Little Mermaid’, a live action remake of one of Disney’s best animated films, it was not necessary to dive under the sea, but rather to float in the air. Yes, really! So They have told it in an interview with FOTOGRAMAS the protagonists of the film, Halle Bailey (Ariel) and Jonah Hauer-King (Prince Eric), who have recalled how fun some moments of filming were in and out of the water. Press play on the video above to see everything they have told us!
Available in movie theaters from May 26, ‘The Little Mermaid’ is an adaptation of the 1989 Disney film (in turn based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen) and brings his iconic songs back to the big screen, from ‘Part of your world’ to ‘Under the sea’. The story remains intact: we follow Ariel, the youngest mermaid of the royal family of the aquatic world led by King Triton, in her fascination with the world beyond the surface of the sea. When she falls in love with a human she saves from a shipwreck, Ariel will do anything she can to see him again, including a dangerous deal with the sea witch, Ursula.
In the interview with PHOTOS, actress Halle Bailey revealed some secrets on the set that help us understand a little better how this film was made and how the obvious obstacles presented by the proposal were overcome. After all, How to make the fantastic world under the sea breathe life and not be weighed down by the limitations of special effects?
At least when it came to swimming, the solution was not to go underwater, but rather to float in the air. “There was a lot of what we call ‘blue screen work’, and we were basically hanging in harnesses, suspended in the air with cables, and I had to simulate swimming movements like Ariel does when she’s underwater.“, explains Bailey, who makes her film debut with the live-action version of one of the highest-grossing Disney princesses.
However, for the actress, the funniest moments with her partner Jonah Hauer-King were when they were really in the water, especially the first sequence with the shipwreck and the scene in which the protagonist saves the prince from drown. “That was for me the funniest moment of the film”confess.
‘The Little Mermaid’ comes to theaters to join the already long list of live-action remakes of Disney classics, months after the premiere of ‘Pinocchio’. With mixed reviews praising Halle Bailey’s performance while putting some ‘but’ to the special effects, the film hopes to stay afloat at the box office.