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Another interview, this time from Jean-Benoit Louveaux, who played a very a young Peter:

Well, in answer to your many questions, this goes back to when I was seven yearsí old, so I only remember so much! Of course, it was a very exciting time for me, so some things have stuck (others not!)

1. What do you remember about the audition process?

The production crew toured various (private boys) schools searching for look-alikes. I remember a very large number of us congregating in a big hall Ė which Iím guessing must have been the BBC or somewhere they hired - from which we would be called in for individual interviews. I canít remember the audition itself. Iím not even sure I understood what we were there for. I just happened to look like Peter so they picked me. They also picked Nicholas Borton from the same school. (By sheer coincidence, since it is not an acting school, Robert Pattinson also went to that same school years later).2. What did you know about JM Barrie, the real Peter Llewellyn Davies, or Peter Pan in general during filming?

I knew the story of Peter Pan, of course, but knew nothing of JM Barrie other than what I learned as a result of the film. Even then, Iím not sure I really felt that I was involved in a film so closely connected to Peter Pan. It was, after all, a historical period piece rather than a telling of the Peter Pan story itself.

3. What was it like filming The Boy Castaways scenes? And do you remember what forest that was filmed in?

My parents will remember where it was filmed; I canít off the top of my head. It was exciting at times, but I remember being frustrated that Nick (Jack) and Barnaby (George) had by far the bigger roles. For instance, they got to play a game where they had to jump for suspended objects, whereas Igot excluded because I couldnít jump high enough I expect! You see, I didnít really understand that we were filming anything: no doubt to put me at my ease, I must have been told that we were simply rehearsing, so I thought that it was a genuine game and was a bit annoyed to be excluded from it. There was one scene where I got to walk down a path hand in hand in Ian (JM Barrie) but I tripped and fell face down in the mud. So that scene was cut. Mind you, I am not sure I was a very good actor. If you watch the scene where we are all in rowing boat, you can just about hear what sounds like the cry of a bird before we hit the bank. I was supposed to cry out in fright but must have been so unconvincing that they just left the sound in but cut me from the shot!

4. What was it like working Ian Holm, Anna Cropper, and the other adult actors?
I wasnít really conscious that Ian Holm (or Anna) were such big actors. I only became aware of that later in life. For me, the members of the crew Ė well, those that I got to know anyway Ė were just as important.

5. What was it like working with the other child actors?

Again, I didnít really perceive any of us as actors and, indeed, Nick and myself werenít. Barnaby was following in his dadís footsteps but Iím not even sure that I realised that he was related: the relationship between father and son off-screen sort of merged with that between JM Barrie and George on-screen.

5. What was it like working with Andrew Birkin and Rodney Bennett?

I donít really have very strong memories of either other than them being around andrelatively friendly. I imagine that Rodney, in particular, had other things to do! However, I do have very fond memories of Andrewís partner at the time, Bee Gilbert (who then went on to have children with Ian Holm). She was so lovely and warm towards me. I was very sad to hear about the loss of their son.

6. What was the environment like off-set?
There was a lot of hanging around but it was fun for me to watch. My mum accompanied me most of the time, so it did not feel that unusual or out of the ordinary. The whole experience was a bit of an adventure for me, which was fitting given the connection to Peter Pan.

7. Did you meet the older actors playing Peter?

Sadly not. Once my part was done, I was no longerrequired.

8. When was the last time you saw The Lost Boys?

About 15-20 years ago now, though I watched a few snippets in which I appeared a few years ago when someone at work found them on the Internet!
General topic / Filming Locations of the Lost Boys
« on: September 01, 2016, 02:20:04 PM »
I really want to know! I'm guessing the Kensington Gardens scenes were really filmed in Kensington Gardens. What I'm most itching to know is about the filming location of Black Lake and the woods! But I would like to know all the filming locations.
@Andrew Sorry to disappoint Andrew, but Paul did not physically write his words on the forum. He wrote them to me, and I copied and pasted, with his permission, his words above. I contacted him from his Facebook page. I will let him know that you responded and he should check out this site!
Yes you read that right! This is not a joke! I managed to contact Mr. Spurrier and asked him to say any memories that he had from doing the film! Here is his amazing response:

I wish I could be more help.
I remember remarkably little. 
I knew nothing about Michael Llewellyn Davies. I knew nothing a
bout J.M Barrie. 
My only connection with Peter Pan was that my first eve
r experience as a child actor had been to
appear in 'Peter Pan' at the London Palladium.
I was the understudy to Michael, and more importantly the
'raccoon', who got to dance with Lulu. 
Ten years later, I returned to Peter Pan at the Darlington
Civic Theatre, playing John.
The story of Peter Pan has a strange power
 in a way it is so remarkably simple and childish, and
yet there must be something elemental about it that has a
llowed it to last so long and affect people
so much.
I was ten or eleven when we filmed, and my memories are ver
y hazy.
I remember Anna Cropper being lovely.
I remember Tim Pigott-Smith being a very smart and friendly
 guy. I remember him getting quite
worried, because he started to develop the symptoms of the can
cer that afflicted his character, and
realized that he was perhaps going too 'deep'.
I remember William Hootkins being hilarious. He was one of the f
irst Americans I had ever known,
and he was such fun I wished I could be American. 
I remember Ian Holm as being a little distant and intense
. At the time I simply thought he wasn't
very friendly. He certainly wasn't in any way unpleasant.
I realise now that while much of the rest
of the cast could switch our characters on or off, it
was a different and more intense process for Ian
Holm. I sort of wish I could have spent more time understa
nding his process, rather than simply
thinking he wasn't much fun.
The great thing about filming things for the BBC was the rehea
rsal time. We would all gather in the
rehearsal rooms
 I seem to remember they were at North Acton. The first da
y would be a read-
through, and it would be a little strange to meet all these
 new people. Then for the next week one
would rehearse each scene many times over.
I remember being a little annoyed to find there were other c
hild actors in 'The Lost Boys'. I didn'
like other children very much. In the previous series I had be
en in, I had often been the only child
actor. I liked it that way, not least because I would get dre
adfully spoiled by the other adult actors
who would bring me sweets.
At rehearsals, you would have to be quite patient, sitting qu
ietly while the actors rehearsed other
scenes that you weren't it. I remember the director, Rodn
ey Bennett getting quite angry at some of
the other child actors because they would chatter and play
together and sometimes disturb the
I determined that I was not going to be one of them. I expec
t the other children thought I was
horribly stuck-up and aloof. They were probably right. But I c
ouldn't bear the idea that I might be
admonished by the director. That would be dreadfully unprofes
sional. So I think I saw myself as a
junior member of the adult cast, and really had nothing to do wi
th the other child actors.

I loved everything about acting. I loved that I could get away
 from school. I loved that I could do
job where adults would treat me with respect, and not talk down
 to me. I loved the whole technical
aspect of being around cameras and lights. I loved those r
ehearsal rooms with the tape marks on the
floor delineating the rooms and the wooden posts marking door
I loved the canteen, where they sold Club biscuits. I r
emember buying them, very carefully
unwrapping them, taking out the biscuit to eat, then reassembling
the packet and stealthily putting it
back on the shelf. I loved watching other customers picking up a
 Club biscuit, realising it was too
light and complaining to the staff. In spite of my maturity
 in other areas, I was still very much a
And then of course there was Andrew Birkin.
I suppose I had met the writers at the BBC before, but I d
on't really remember them. Most writers
would stay quite distant from the rehearsal and filming proce
ss. They would be simply a shadowy
figure who would appear at the read-through, look very serious,
 and sometimes whisper things to
the director. Then they'd be gone.
Andrew was very much there.
The connection between the story of Peter Pan  was very
 close to Andrew. By that, I don't simply
mean that he had studied it, obsessed over it, spent year
s researching it etc. 
There was something deeper.
'Peter Pan' is of course about the conflict between childh
ood and adulthood. 
And of course that conflict exists in all of us.
But I think it existed more strongly in Andrew.
I remember being a little enchanted with him at the time.
He was in some ways incredibly adult and intense. He is proba
bly one of the most intellegent
people I have ever met. I remember him discussing extrao
rdinary things like astrophysics, but
somehow communicating it with a sort of child-like enthusi
 as if he was talking about th
latest Pokemon he had collected.
He was 'weird' and I wanted to be 'weird'. 
'Normality' was the greyness of school and geography and kids
 who liked to play football, and
buses. 'Normality' was my worst nightmare.
I have never told anyone this before, but my parents were act
ually a little worried by my friendship
with Andrew Birkin. They even rang up a mutual friend and asked i
f he was 'safe'. 
Of course he was 'safe'
 at least in the sense my parents were concerned. 
But in other ways
 in a deeper more subversive way, in the way he changed your
way of looking at
everything, he was utterly and wonderfully dangerous. 
I just made a film in Thailand about a young girl who escapes
an unpleasant life by venturing into a
fantastic forest where she befriends a young boy who li
ves on his own with no parents, and may or
may not be of this world.
It is called 'The Forest' and it will be released in Thaila
nd in a few week's time.
It is strange. It  wasn't till just now that I realised how m
uch it has in common with 'Peter Pan'. 
While I have so disappointingly few memories of the experien
ce, it must have affected me far more
deeply than I realise.



JMBarrie / Re: The Tragic Ending of Bevil Quiller-Couch
« on: August 24, 2016, 09:15:52 PM »
I got most of this information from his Wiki page! Lol!
JMBarrie / The Tragic Ending of Bevil Quiller-Couch
« on: August 24, 2016, 02:43:27 AM »
I'm surprised this isn't in The Lost Boys book, and that Barrie didn't even mention it! Bevil Quiller-Couch, or The Pippa as Barrie called him as a small child when Barrie did the first picture book with him and Porthos, died on February 6th 1919 during the Spanish flu pandemic after World War l. Bevil and Barrie were close friends when Bevil was small (before Barrie met the Llewellyn Davies brothers) and Barrie frequently wrote to Arthur Quiller-Couch, Bevil's father, frequently, so I'm very surprised Barrie never mentioned Bevil's death!
2 additional interesting facts:
1. Arthur Quiller-Couch was the inspiration for the character of Ratty in Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows.
2. Bevil was engaged to a woman named
May Wedderburn Cannan, who was the cousin of Gilbert Cannan! Bevil wrote love letters to her while he was in the war, which were compiled into a book called Tears of War published in 2002.
I'm not sure there was anything dark and morbid about him! I doubt Michael would be very close to someone of that description!
Davies Family / Re: My book 'I Believe in Peter Pan'.
« on: August 11, 2016, 09:38:09 PM »
Dear PJ,

Thank you so much for answering the questions! I thought some of your answers were very funny! Mistletoe over your grave and a great place to flirt is anywhere your parents aren't! So true! Lol! Also thank you for agreeing with me on some answers, I really appreciated it! Also interesting that you signed it William Shakespeare instead of your own name, like George LD with Santa Claus! Lol!

Your friend,
Davies Family / Re: My book 'I Believe in Peter Pan'.
« on: August 10, 2016, 09:29:57 PM »
Dear PJ,

Thank you for your response! And oh ok, and Nico is right, Andrew did know more about his family in a way! Nico was so young when all of these events, especially most of the tragic ones, were happening around him! And thank you for reading my other post! I can't wait to read your answers!

With admiration and friendship,

Davies Family / Re: My book 'I Believe in Peter Pan'.
« on: August 04, 2016, 01:23:20 PM »
Dear PJ,

I thought of yet another question. Since you wrote to Nico in 1980s, did u ask him what he thought of The Lost Boys movie and book?
Davies Family / Re: My book 'I Believe in Peter Pan'.
« on: August 03, 2016, 10:39:37 PM »
Dear PJ,

I know you are a very busy man, but if it's not too much trouble, could you please answer the Confession Book discussion on this forum. I would really appreciate it. No one else has responded, so i think if one person does it, other people might! I just think it would be a fun thing to do for members of this forum!

With admiration and friendship,
JMBarrie / Re: Potted Pantomime by JMB
« on: August 02, 2016, 10:41:54 PM »
Awesome! I wish I could help but unfortunately I don't know the answer either!
Davies Family / Re: My book 'I Believe in Peter Pan'.
« on: July 28, 2016, 06:48:38 PM »
Dear PJ,
I just added a new topic on the JM Barrie section of the forum about answering the questions to JM Barrie's Querist Album and confession book, and I hoped that you might share your answers to the questions! And hopefully other members will think this is fun! You can answer as many questions as you feel comfortable with! I gave my answers to the questions to start it off!

With admiration and friendship,
JMBarrie / JM Barrie's Querist Album/ My Confession Book
« on: July 28, 2016, 06:32:46 PM »
Fans the Lost Boys book will know what this is about! I thought this would be fun for members of this forum! I filled my answers to these questions a few months ago in my journal. And now I will share most of my answers to start this discussion off! I will keep some answers private though, but I will tell you most of my answers here. You may share as much as you are comfortable with!

JM Barrie's Querist Album/ My Confession Book
1. Your most esteemed virtue?  Loyalty
2. Your highest characteristic in a man?  Kindness and fun.
3. Your highest characteristic in a woman?  Kindness and fun.
4. Your happiest employment?  Doing theatre. Backstage and acting.
5. Your greatest misery?  Death of people I care about. Almost all math.
6. Your pet flower and color?  Rose and red.
7. Your favorite novelist?  JM Barrie, JK Rowling, Roald Dahl, and Alison Bechdel
8. Your most admired poet?  AA Milne, Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl, and Anno Birkin.
9.Your favorite opera and artist?  Never seen an opera. Andreas Deja.
10. Your favorite historical hero?  Sir Nicholas Winton.
11. Your favorite historical heroine? Anne Frank.
12. Your favorite hero in fiction?  Peter Pan, Harry Potter, The Doctor, and Atticus Finch.
13. Your favorite heroine in fiction?
Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood.
14. Your luxurious ambrosia and nectar?  Lemonade and cake pops.
15. Your most loveable name?
Ray and Esther- Girl
John and Howard- Boy
16. Your pet antipathy?
 Cauliflower, coffee, American cheese, hatred of people and animals.
17. What peculiarity can you most tolerate?  Long-windedness
18. Your favorite amusement?  Writing, watching tv and movies, reading, watching videos on YouTube, listening to music.
19. At what age should a man marry?  Whenever he likes.
20. At what age should a woman marry?  Whenever she likes.
21. Do you believe in love at first sight?  Yes!
22. Do you believe in marrying for love and working for money?  I believe in love for both.
23. Were you ever in love? And if so, how often?  Yes. Several times. With people and with things!
24. Your favorite proverb?  The pen is mightier than the sword. There's no place like home. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

My Confession Book:
1. The best place to hang a bunch of mistletoe?
Over your head or,  depending on the person, over your butt.
2. Your favorite motto?  Hakuna Matata
3 Your greatest ambition?  Author, screenwriter, poet, movie director.
6. Your opinion of motor cars in general?  Great for traveling, but bad for environment.
7. Do you believe in spiritualism?  Yes!
8. Your idea of spending Christmas Day?  With family and friends.
10. Your favorite picture?  Starry Night and A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grande Jatte.
11. The most suitable place for flirtation?  A restaurant or back of a movie theater.
12. Your favorite player?  Play- Barefoot in the Park.
Musical- Fun Home and Little Shop of Horrors.
13. Your favorite song?  Bridge Over Troubled Waters by Simon and Garfunkel.
14. Your favorite musician?  Alan Menken and Elton John.
15. Your favorite favorite magazine?  D23.
16. The most unselfish thing you could do?  Help people do good things and make people happy.
Autograph: Danielle L. McKenna
Date: 3/30/16

A few of these answers have changed since then but most of them are still true!

Davies Family / Re: My book 'I Believe in Peter Pan'.
« on: July 25, 2016, 12:25:36 AM »
 Dear PJ,
 That's amazing that you got to talk to Nico, who of course loved JMB as much as JMB loved him! And I totally understand that you don't want to post things that are too personal to you and others. And that would be awesome if you posted the pantomime and the photos on the forum!
 It's also incredible how much time and dedication you took on one book! Hopefully I get to read the whole book in a couple of weeks!

With great admiration,
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