EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Sam Riley Talks 'Maleficent'

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 23:16
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Opening in theaters on May 30th is the new Disney film Maleficent, which is a retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. The movie was directed by production designer and first time feature film director Robert Stromberg (Oz the Great and Powerful), and stars Angelina Jolie (In the Land of Blood and Honey) as the title character. In addition to Jolie, the cast also includes Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Sam Riley (Control), Brenton Thwaites (Oculus), Lesley Manville (A Christmas Carol), Imelda Staunton (Arthur Christmas), and Juno Temple (Afternoon Delight). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Sam Riley to talk exclusively about his work on Maleficent. The young actor discussed his new film, his thoughts on retelling the classic Sleeping Beauty story, only reading his character's part when initially looks at scripts, participating in his first big budget studio movie, his VFX heavy role, director Robert Stromberg's visual effects background, working with Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie, and why he is a diva on set.

NOTE: Due to technical difficulties Philbrick and Riley had to film their interview a second time. 

To watch our exclusive interview with Sam Riley about Maleficent, please click on the video player above. 


A vindictive fairy (Jolie) is driven to curse an infant princess (Fanning) only to realize the child may be the only one who can restore peace.

Maleficent opens in theaters on May 30th. 

To watch our exclusive video interview with Juno Temple about Maleficent, please click here

To watch our exclusive extended interview with Sharlto Copley about MaleficentChappie, and the unmade The A-Team sequel, please click here

To read our interview with Angelina Jolie about Maleficent, please click here