SPOILER ALERT! IF you haven’t seen the movie you might not want to read this because I’m giving away the goods!
In Disney movies, the handsome Prince does what a handsome prince is supposed to do — prance around with perfectly coiffed hair, gaze at all the girls and make them fawn and faint over him and he always gets the girl and saves the day with a kiss or a daring duel against the enemy. But Disney’s newest blockbuster, Frozen, takes a daring twist and turns the stereotypical Prince role on its rear! You can expect Prince Hans to get the girl but guess what, he’s the BAD GUY! (cue music: DUN, DUN…DUUUUUUNNNN!!)
That shocking tidbit about Prince Hans being the bad guy is definitely something Broadway superstar Santino Fontana, who plays Hans, didn’t want the audience to know going in. I got to interview him during my trip to Los Angeles for the Disney Frozen movie event!
“It’s so great to be, when you’re an actor and you feel like you, you’ve been taken care of by what’s on the page, because then you don’t have to like cover things up or fix something. And, if you do go back and watch, I think you would start putting pieces together, but we did very specifically didn’t want anyone to know a second before it happened.”
What’s it like playing your role?
SF: It’s pretty great. It’s pretty liberating, ah, because you’re not, it’s kind of the freest sense of, you know. When I wanted to be an actor, I always think of like trying to get to the place of the floor is lava, that feeling of like you’re a little kid. You’re just playing like ah, the ground is lava. If I can get to that place of finding like here’s what I’m playing like a kid, um, it’s pretty thrilling. And the great thing about animation is you’re not limited by anything physical or even logical. You know what I mean?
What’s your favorite scene in the movie?
SF: I love Josh’s (Olaf) song sequence, his dream sequence. That’s just kind of like the best of everything.
What do you think about Anna?
SF: I like Anna a lot. I think Anna, I feel like Elsa, no, there’s too much going on there. [LAUGHING.] That is too complicated. I’m sure there’s someone out there for her, but I don’t know who. I mean, you’ve got the magic stuff and then she’s got some emotional stuff, you know. She’s not that eager to look into it. Um, but I like her, but I’d want to be friends with her out of fear that she would like make me freeze.
Disclosure: all expenses were paid for my trip to LA. But all opinions my mine solely!