Actor and star of the current Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga Dan Stevens was interviewed by Collider's Peri Nemiroff. In this interview, he talks about his career, current events, and even talks us through how it was filming Eurovision movie's most iconic sequences: the song-along. Now, if you haven't seen the film yet, I highly recommend it, and if you want to read my synopsis and review of the film, it's right over here.
The stand-out feature of the film is, of course, the musical numbers. I mean, what would a film about Eurovision song contest be without the best, most iconic songs and performances? Sad, that's what it would be. Stevens has his own number, Lion of Love, which is epic as well…though not quite as epic as seeing Netta, Conchita Wurst, Jamala, Bilal Hassani, Anna Odobescu, Loreen, Elina Nechayeva, Jessy Matador, Alexander Rybak, and John Lundvik all performing together.
Those of you familiar with the real-life Eurovision song contest are probably aware that the film features quite a number of cameo performances by past competitors and winners. Most of them make their appearances in the "song-along" sequence, which is a big performance number in the mansion of Russian competitor Alexander Lemtov (Stevens character). In the interview, he had this to say in regards to what filming that whole party scene was like:
"It was about three days of shooting up at Knebworth Castle in Southside London, and it was a real party atmosphere and those contests were pretty thrilled I think that, A, that we were doing a Eurovision movie but that they got to be a part of it, that they got to sort of play and sing with us. All of them are incredible singers, and just kind of keeping up with them was a challenge. But yeah, it was great just talking to them about their Eurovision experiences and they all, without question, said that it was one of the most bizarre nights of their life performing at the real Eurovision and I think ours came close."
Of course, the whole cast of the film is no stranger to recent interviews – co-stars Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell join Dan for a rousing game of "Rock Band or Fantasy Novel" and it's great. Actually the whole film is great, and it's streaming now on Netflix, so go watch Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga if you haven't already.