‘AO2: How effective are the actors (Georgie Hanley and James McAvoy) in conveying their ideas and experiences. Support your answers with close reference to the passage including brief quotation’ by Sakina Sardar


As this is an interview, I look forward to getting to know the actors better. I would like to learn about the differences between their character roles in the story and the personality traits of the actors themselves. I expect to be better informed about the characters’ personal lives and their experiences on set.

The title is very direct and gives the reader a clear image of what they are going to be reading. An interview between two actors Georgie Hanley and James MvAvoy.

As it an interview, the authors themselves are the actors, Georgie and James. These are the actual dialogues said by them written onto paper. An example would be: “James: No, he’s too scruffy for that, my friend.
Georgie: Scruffy!”

The genre is interview. The actors themselves are speaking the actual dialogues, as it is an interview. For example, “Georgie: And you became more faun-ey. More goat-like.
James: My beard got longer.” This gives us a direct, clear idea of the actor’s words, their thoughts and feelings word to word. This gives us clear information about the actor’s feelings, and lives.

The theme of the ‘Interview’ is friendship. It shows the strong, warm bond between Georgie and James. For example, when James was admiring how Georgie grew up so fast and how delightful it was for him. He said, “ James: I’m starting to. That was my favorite thing, watching you grow.”

The content of the passage ‘Interview’ is the basic idea of Georgie Hanly and James McAvoy sharing their experiences on set of the production of the movie and the stages of their friendship. This gives the reader very friendly, warm, and soft vibes. For example, when James is talking about how hyper Georgie and him were on set, “James: You were a bit hyper on set. But I didn’t help. I was jumping around like I was seven.”

The purpose of this extract is to inform the reader about the actors, as well as show the differences between the actors and their characters’ personality traits. The reader has a small idea of the actors’ personal lives, struggles, pros, and cons. For example, when Georgie states the struggle of not being close to her loved ones. “Georgie: Being away from my friends and family.”

The audience of this passage is adults and young adults. This extract also targets towards people who are interested in media entertainment. This informs people who are interested in media, adults or young  adults about the actors and their character roles.

The style of this passage is dialogue, this shows the exact style of the way the actors speak and the reader has a clear idea of the way the actors speak. For example, “James: No he’s too scruffy for that, friend.
Georgie: Scruffy!” This makes the reader feel welcomed, and as though he/she is reading about actual people with emotions and feeling in their words rather than robotic sentences and structure.

The tone of the passage is friendly and humorous. For example, “James: You guys got more experienced, more chilled out. And you got so much more comfortable by the end.” This shows how cheery and friendly the actors are with each other.

The attitude of the passage is cheerful, joyous and humorous. The passage makes reader feel comfortable and lets the reader relate to the actors. For example, “Georgie: We got more mature.”
James: That was my favorite thing, watching you grow on set. You grew inches.”

This extract has a variable amount of paragraphs, both small and large depending on the part of the dialogue. The passage has the actual quoted words and phrases from the actors. There are many punctuation marks as the passage has exact extracts of the actor’s sentences and phrases.

A wide amount of Figures of Speech has been used in this extract. This brings attention to specific words and phrases, adds flavor to the passage, exaggerates ideas and interests the reader further. An example of repetition, “They just…and again, and again, and again, and again.” An example of a metaphor is “A bit of spitfire on set.” And the last example, of a similie is “I was jumping like a seven year old.”

And to conclude, I think the interview helped readers understand the actors as much as their characters. Readers are also better informed about the actors’ lives, the characters’ and the making of the movie. I think it is entertaining to compare the actors’ personality traits with their actual characters’ personality traits. The interview shows the terrific bond between two friends as well as coworkers, and their journey behind the camera.

About froebelianwriters

I am an English Language teacher teaching O'Levels Edexcel and CIE A Levels at Froebel's International School, Islamabad. I am also working as a Subject Specialist Literacy consultant for the same school. Writing and reading has always been a passion and I try my utmost to instill these habits and hobbies in my students as well. I can be reached/contacted at fabbas227@hotmail.com or 03365287335 Happy reading!

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