There's a scene in which you and Anna Kendrick sing karaoke.
What was it like singing beside Ms. Pitch Perfect?
"That was a really fun scene to shoot. Originally I wanted
to sing 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' because that's what I always sing at
karaoke, but they couldn't get the rights. But, I think getting 'Knock on Wood' is pretty good. And, it was fun with Anna because we have such different
physical types. She's so tiny! She has such a great voice."
British actors seem to be having a moment right now. Why do you think that is?
"We've got such great talent in the U.K., so it's great that
it's being celebrated. British actors are quite adaptive, and can try on
accents and things like that. [For this film] Fiona was originally meant to be
French, but when [director] Marjane [Satrapi} met me, she said we had to
make her British. Michael Perry, the writer, went back and wrote all this cliché
British stuff for her to say. It was like a hyped-up Mary Poppins."
What's something people might not know about Ryan Reynolds?
"He is really funny. A lot of people went out for that role and wanted the part,
but they knew immediately that he was perfect for it. He's vulnerable but also
funny. Ryan doesn't have any airs or graces, and he's the most down-to-earth
Hollywood actor I've ever worked with. We went to this festival where he called ahead and asked what time I would arrive. He said he wanted to get there first. Normally actors want to be the last ones to show up, but he wanted to be there so he could welcome me. He's such a gentleman."
As a former Bond Girl, what do you make of the casting rumors circulating around Idris Elba?
"It'd be great to have a Black Bond. Idris Elba is a proper
movie star, quite suave. And, I think it'd be good to really mix it up. That's
what was so great about casting Daniel [Craig]; it was a surprise because it wasn't what
you were expecting, but it worked so well."