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Ben Barnes Takes Interview Magazine

Ben Barnes Takes Interview Magazine

Narnia’s crowned prince Ben Barnes will soon be filling the shoes of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde‘s handsome protagonist who sells his soul to the devil to stay looking very much like Ben does today.

The British actor, who turned 27 last week, sat down with Interview Magazine to talk about upcoming films. Here are some highlights:

Looking at 15-story high posters of yourself (for Prince Caspian) seems like the perfect grounding for playing a character like Dorian Gray. There have been some very interesting parallels. I don’t really see the point in making a film unless you can think of a good reason to do it. We live in this celebrity-obsessed, youth-obsessed culture, and it just seems to make a lot of sense to make this Dorian Gray film right now. Especially for me, as somebody who’s…I don’t know if “on the brink” is the right term, but sort of at the beginning of getting attention from the media and from other people. Dorian Gray is also somebody who, at the beginning, doesn’t want to be looked at, doesn’t really want to be noticed, but then begins to realize the power of youth and the power of people wanting to be around him. Obviously it goes very dark, which I’m hoping in real life my part won’t. I suppose you have to be aware, on some level, of the attention being focused on yourself even to accept a part like Dorian Gray.

You’re really going for the iconic gay writers, aren’t you? Alan Bennett (History Boys), Noel Coward (Easy Virtue), Oscar Wilde… Sexuality is a topic that has huge shifts in society. Attitudes toward different sexualities change, but the actualy sexuality of a human being is something that consistent, and it’s consistently interesting, and so people write about it. But having said that, I think for all the characters I’ve played–obviously Caspian–sexuality hasn’t been the most interesting thing about them.

Then what was it like playing the husband of Jessica Biel in Easy Virtue? Actually, we were in the recording studio together just this morning. We were signing some songs together in this sort of ’20s jazz vibe, and it was so much fun. My character has to be in love with Jessica’s character like a puppy, which is not a very difficult thing to act.

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Photos: David Sims/Interview Mag
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  • AnNA

    gosh hes hot!!

  • black

    You sure as hell can make alot out of his face. I think he´ll make it.

    —————–Yo———(Ed, I know you´ll read this)

  • Carine

    *squeel* perfection! :D

  • Kanna

    shit! what a hottie!

  • sarah

    Hes perfect <3

  • heh

    He looks OK when he is posing normally. But when he tries to adopt the Orlando Bloom smoulder, he comes across looking stupid. Give it up Bin.

  • a french girl

    Is Ben dating Jessica Biel ?

  • mimi

    what happened to ben?>???>?? He looks awful here. Guys, these pictures are terrible! I would sue the artistic director. Terrible terrible terrible.

  • Konst

    Too sexy. He should be illegal.

  • wt

    I love him he is so cute

  • wt

    he is a capricorn i think

  • wt

    i think that he should date hilary duff

  • wt


  • @8

    Who the hell wants to look like Orlando Bloom’s used looking a s s? All those gang bangs and Valtrex have taken a toll on Orlando’s once lovely face. Stay out of Hollywood, Ben!

  • @8

    I meant # 6.

  • hola

    He is the next brad pitt.

  • wt

    He is amazing

  • lobey


  • bella

    Have no idea who this guy is but . . .OMG he is beautiful :)

  • olga.t


  • james

    yep good actor not mediocre like O bloom

  • Hes trying too hard

    Sorry, but I think hes starting to try hard. He looks terrible. And I find hes starting to think he something now and is getting full of himself.

    And how do you know hes a good actor. he only was in that prince caspian movie.

  • michelle

    i like ben.he´s SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!§§BEN IS SEXYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!§VERY SEXI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love BEN BARNES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!§

  • Nic

    Total hotness and perfection!!!

  • @14

    Sorry but I agree with @6. Hes trying way to hard. And OB is not used up so I dont know what the heck your talking about.

  • Gracie

    He went to my Uni :)

  • overdosin sucks

    he is so hot

  • parisgirl

    Please, OB is indeed used the hell up and ain’t nobody try to be him.

  • jorja

    he’s a total hotness!!!
    i loved him as prince caspian :)

  • iv

    yeah, he’s really, really hot :))

  • Biki


  • interview

    What do you mean he’s trying too hard? Y’all getting mad at him like he styled himself for that photo shoot. I can see if he walked around looking like this everyday. Some people can’t appreciate artistic expression nowadays. Everybody’s gotta look like a Ken doll.

  • pia

    OMG he is sooo HOT…
    i’m totally in love with him…
    ♥♥♥ ben barnes is the hottest guy ever ♥♥♥

  • hi haters

    At least Ben looks and acts like a man, OB comes off fey.

  • yadayada

    He’s the most overrated bloke on earth. No personality, no charme and more important he can’t act.

  • happy lol day

    Beautiful photos! :)

  • becca

    i was hesitant to admit his hotness UNTIL THIS MOMENT!!!!

    this guy is amazing!

  • avionne

    He is definitely like super sexii..he actually reminds me of Johnny Depp a little.

  • candyprincess

    is he my dear Ben Barnes?? He looks different person in every picture. I dont like some them, but i admit he is chameleonlike guy!!!

  • sexyspaingal

    WTF…Esas fotos no le hacen justicia!!! Pero supongo que es el rollo de esas magazines de presentar una imagen distinta de cada actor y esta vez le toco a Ben..pero sinceramente no me gustan nada ..X(

  • Mrhot

    hot hot hot!

  • Karmakey

    So hot! Completely gorgeous with all the different looks. He’s very talented. Ben has been in several other things, and he’s filming the lead role in Dorian Gray now. So, his career is just now launching. Definitely movie star staying power potential.

  • elizabeth

    ooh! my dream prince!!! =]

  • no

    No thank you.

    He is going to ruin Dorian.

  • Jennifer

    no comment

  • hauoligrl

    Oddly, I can’t see Colin Firth posing for these types of pics. So much hair gel!

  • ACE WP

    wow, they made poor ben look really gay…and small…yuck. I hope he realizes he can say no to some things…

  • m. cherie

    I was ambivalent about this, at first glance. But, then I realized you have to think & see it as art. In my opinion, he did a more than spectacular job conveying the look and message that the photographer had in mind. It’s art, without a doubt. I think you can’t see it as simply another picture of him. You have to see it as a piece of art (redundant,sorry). It’s not however (in my opinion), like a still life painting. It IS sort of like a Picasso painting. It has a certain meaning to it, it’s not “what you see is what you get”. It’s a Symbolistic piece. Out of the ordinary, too.
    I’m guessing that Mr. Barnes had a fun time with this photoshoot. I think that he secretly wished he could be like this rocker/bad boy guy, if only for a day. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have a little adventurous fun? But, then again, who am I to say this?? All in all, a SPLENDIDLY interesting piece of work. Kudos!!

  • Anne-Marie

    Great photos!!

    Agree with #32 reply people don’t seem to appreciate artistic photography anymore remember Interview Magazine is not some girly publication if you want himbos then go and gawp at them in a gossip magazine..

    For those who say he will do a bad job of Dorian Gray, the film’s not even out yet !! DOH!!

  • anelliey

    ‘Allo William Beckett