James McAvoy as Mr. Tumnus
Directed by: Andrew Adamson
Written By: C.S. Lewis (book), Ann Peacock, Andrew Adamson, Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (screenplay)
Release: 8 December 2005 (UK)
Genre: Family | Adventure | Fantasy
Co-Stars: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley
As the story begins, Mrs. Pevensie in order to keep her children safe during World War II sends Lucy, Edmond, Susan, and Peter off to stay at a professor’s country estate. Away from London and under the care of a strict housekeeper, they are instructed to stick to themselves and stay out of trouble. But when an innocent game of hide-and-seek leads young Lucy to a spare room containing a large wardrobe, she discovers something that will change their lives forever. Inside the wardrobe there is a world frosted with ice and filled with magical beings. Known as Narnia, the land is stuck in eternal winter at the hands of the cruel White Witch. When she steps back into reality, Lucy struggles to convince her sceptical siblings of the things she’s seen. After much disbelief, the others finally enter the world as well, learning that the creatures of Narnia have long been waiting for humans like themselves to appear and break the witch’s spell. But in order to be of any help to the lovable talking beavers, fawns, foxes, and centaurs that they meet, the four will have to face betrayal by one of their own as Edmond cracks under the witch’s tempting offer of unlimited Turkish Delights. Under the leadership of the great lion Aslan, can Lucy, Edmond, Susan, and the oldest, Peter, prove themselves heroes in the ultimate battle of good vs. evil?
Georgie Henley’s reaction to Mr. Tumnus at the lamppost is genuine. She had not seen her cast mate James McAvoy in his costume before the scene was filmed, so her screams and reaction were real. Georgie’s first reaction to the snowy world of Narnia is also genuine – she was carried into the set blindfolded to make her first entrance, and her wide-eyed, delighted reactions to it all are entirely her own.
When the adults’ swearing got out of hand on the set, Georgie Henley set up a swear bucket – James McAvoy was supposedly the worst offender.
The CGI on Mr. Tumnus was from his waist down – his goat legs and hooves. His ears were controlled by remote control and a fake nose along with a lot of hair was attached.
Mr. Tumnus: And what about you? You must be some kind of beardless dwarf?
Lucy Pevensie: I’m not a dwarf! I’m a girl. And actually, I’m tallest in my class.
Mr. Tumnus: You mean to say that you’re a daughter of Eve?
Lucy Pevensie: [confused] Well, my mum’s name is Helen…
Mr. Tumnus: Y-Yes, but, you are in fact… human?
Mr. Tumnus: [sees Lucy looking at picture] Now, that… that is my father.
Lucy Pevensie: He has a nice face. He looks a lot like you!
Mr. Tumnus: No. No, I’m not very much like him at all, really.
Lucy Pevensie: My father’s fighting in the war.
Mr. Tumnus: My father went away to war too. But that was a long, long time ago.
Mr. Tumnus: Now, are you familiar with any Narnian lullabies?
Lucy Pevensie: Sorry, no.
Mr. Tumnus: Well that’s good, because this probably won’t sound anything like one.