Lily Collins Talks Boots & Bruises at TMI Press Conference

The cast of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones have been busy promoting their new film and the gang have finally arrived on UK shores ahead of the film’s release on 21 August. Check out the highlights from the TMI press conference below… (And don’t forget to watch our interview with Lily Collins on what to expect from the TMI sequel City of Ashes here.)

Lily Collins on running around in a mini-dress and thigh-high boots:

“I trained for three months before filming. I’ve always been an active person and I really enjoy getting down and bruised I guess, especially in this film as I have to hang with the guys and keep up in a very short dress and heels. For the guys (laughs). The hardest part for me physically was that I didn’t train in the outfits until the day before and then I was thrust into it with these heels and this dress. As Lily it was very awkward, but I could just pawn it all off on [my character] Clary. I didn’t twist an ankle and I barely tripped, I just bruised a lot. Battle scars…”

Jamie Campbell-Bower on negative fan reaction to his casting as Jace:

The Mortal Instruments City of Bones Jamie Campbell-Bower“When I was cast I was very aware of the negative reaction from the fandom. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t aware of that, but that was based on image and looks alone and that was two and a half years ago and I think as an actor and a performer, I’m very aware of the fact that my job is to change both physically and emotionally. That was what hurt the most, because people were judging me on absolutely nothing. It’s fine, I do get it. I mean sometimes, especially with social media and the internet, there is no brain-to-hand coordination. People don’t think – it’s like this continuous diarhhea and people don’t realise that does affect people, particularly now. And I think what’s happened in recent history should show the fact – especially with young people – that that is just not acceptable in any way, shape or form. I’m not saying it affected me in such a way, it hasn’t. It affected me somewhat, sure, but not too much. Jamie Campbell Bower;Kevin ZegersHe continued: “Have I seen the reaction change? Yeah, I think so. It’s always hard for anyone in our position as an actor to receive praise, because I think naturally as people we are quite self-deprecating and I think sometimes we do what we do because we’re looking for some kind of recognition in some way, shape or form.” He went on to add that fan reaction during the promotional tour has been great: “I was fortunate enough to receive a book made by the fans and that’s something I look at every day, I am so grateful! I carry it with me and it’s in my bag, this book of all these pictures of people with posters that say ‘Jamie is Jace’ from all around the world. “That is incredible – I feel incredibly honoured to have that. But you know, if there’s one thing that someone can take from this answer, this monologue, is that next time you judge someone, just think. Use your brain, don’t be an idiot.”

Harald Zwart on being influenced by The Exorcist

The Mortal Instruments City of Bones - MI_STILL-10_DF-09718_r“I just wanted to make a really great movie that I’d love to watch too. To dumb things down just because people are young, I don’t think we need to do that. I think people like to be scared and I was constantly thinking, ‘What would I show my own kids?’ As long as there’s not too much gore and blood or girls in jeopardy, which I think is a little boring after a while, they should stand up for themselves. They can absolutely take a few jumps and I was inspired by The Exorcist and the good old Thing, The original Thing; I love the idea of something cracking apart and trying to reassemble itself and I love to try and make it as realistic as possible.