Ender’s Game is now avaiable in Blu-ray and DVD
If you haven’t heard of him, Asa Butterfield is one of the biggest child (almost adult) actors in the game, having starred in The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, Merlin and the worldwide sci-fi smash hit Ender’s Game. Fortunately for us, he’s also a massive fan of Sick Chirpse so was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule – he’s currently in New York filming a new movie with Ethan Hawke – to answer a few of our questions. Check out what he had to say below:
Your name is really unique (I’m including Maxwell Thornton Farr in that too), any stories behind how that came about?
(‘Maxwell Thornton’ is on my birth certificate, but I never use it, my passport/real name is Asa Bopp Farr Butterfield. Which is just as weird.)
My middle name ‘Bopp’ came about from the comet (Hale-Bopp) that was in the sky when I was born, other than that I just have my parents’ names.
- ASA BUTTERFIELD ALPHABET: i is for Instagram
Ender’s Game (2013)
"Only in the last few years have I really wanted to be an actor. As of now it is what I want to do for the rest of my life. "
Ender’s Game (2013)
at the Space Camp
As epic sci-fi adventure, Ender’s Game is released on DVD, we talk to it’s young, pixie-like protagonist.
Before Asa Butterfield stands up to shake hands, he has to unfold himself from the sofa. The pixie-like boy with the wispy hair and sky-blue eyes looks like a tiny child-rendering of Johnny Depp in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, Mark Herman’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Susanna White’s Nanny McPhee. But a man stands before i-D; long and rangy limbs with a low, slow voice. Asa (meaning “wing” in Portuguese) may just be getting his GCSE results next week, but he’s had to grow up quickly.
Aged ten, he found himself running through a Nazi death camp (in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), David Thewlis’ SS officer screaming after him. At 14, he was being directed by Martin Scorsese. Since then, those fey looks and bright baby-blues have got him a few admirers; every time he tweets, it goes out to 97,000 followers. He has fan websites and Tumblr pages dedicated to him, which isn’t bad for a 16-year-old.