Paddington, the adorable, marmalade-munching bear is back for Paddington 2. This delightful, feel-good film follows the original from 2015 (based on the book series by Michael Bond), and sees the return of director Paul King who’s joined by actor Simon Farnaby for the screenplay this go-around. With a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, this live-action, slapstick comedy appeals to both children and adults alike.
In my chat with King and Farnaby, they explain why a writer should never gloss over even the smallest character in a screenplay and discuss the importance of creating character descriptions that will hook actors when they first read the script. They also confess why they were nervous to send the script to Hugh Grant, who plays the film’s villain Phoenix Buchanan – a role Grant was born to play.
You may also be surprised to learn that Paddington’s virtuous nature and plight was inspired by Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, while his clownish physicality was modeled on Charlie Chaplin. If you’re writing in the family genre, this film is a must-see. I hope you enjoy this interview.