If you see “The Last Witch Hunter” and have no idea who’s playing the female lead then you probably don’t watch “Game of Thrones” — or “Downton Abbey.” Scottish actress Rose Leslie has been on both, playing stubborn wildling redhead Ygritte on the former and ambitious Gwen Dawson on the latter. She’s fiery again in “The Last Witch Hunter,” playing a good witch with “dreamwalking” powers who helps Vin Diesel’s immortal slayer stop a plot revolving around an a villainous Queen Witch. But Leslie, in person excitable and friendly, offers the notion that perhaps she has a point.
Was it jarring going from a pricey TV show like “Game of Thrones” to a monumentally expensive movie like this?
Do you know what? No. HBO, they pack in so much time and, obviously, quality into their budgets; their standards are really incredibly high. I was mesmerized the first time I stepped onto “Thrones,” just by the location. They have such a brilliant high standard. But of course, if we’re talking other television programs, that would be a rather jarring gap. But with “Thrones” it is of such high caliber that it didn’t differ that much.
It seems the effects might be more extensive on something like this.
Certainly I’ve never worked on a project before where there’s lots of green screen. And with “Witch Hunter” there was a lot of green screen and me reacting to a tennis ball and trying to sell that.
How do you sell that?
I don’t know. [Laughs] I did it somehow.