Don’t Make a Sound: A Conversation with Rising Star Noah Jupe for the Home Entertainment Release of A QUIET PLACE
A family lives in ‘A Quiet Place’, isolated from anyone else. They never make any noise, communicating entirely in sign language, because something’s out there that attacks at any sound.
They don’t know what it is, but they do know how to avoid it. Listen closely, move carefully, and never make a sound. Otherwise, whatever it is that’s menacing them will hear, it will come for them, and they won’t be able to escape.
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski star in ‘A Quiet Place’, a nerve-wracking horror about this family’s desperate struggle to stay safe and silent.
The Fan Carpet’s Raj Virdi had the pleasure of speaking to rising star Noah Jupe about the film, he tells us about his character of Marcus, working with Emily Blunt, John Krasinski and Millicent Simmonds and working within an environment that is mostly silent...
First of all congratulations on being part of a great film, loved it when I watched it, full of tension. It was critically well received and did well at the box office, was that expected or unexpected you think?
Well I really had no idea how this movie was going to play out, I loved it because it was a really unique idea but people could have taken it either way so I didn’t know what was coming. But when it was 90 on Rotten Tomatoes, I realised that people where loving it, I was really excited because I had kind of helped create this movie which is really great.
I loved it, it’s my favourite horror film of the year so far so congratulations on that.
Ah that’s great.
So tell us about your character Marcus?
Well my character Marcus is kind of the verge of being a teenager kind of mature but he’s still kind of a kid and still needs his mum for safety but he’s kind of had to step up and be a man because of this crazy situation he’s in and it’s hard for him because all he wants to do is just play with his toys but he can’t because he has to go out fishing with his dad or eat food silently or help his mum with the washing or whatever, because his family needs help to survive and in this movie the big thing for him is becoming independent and becoming more, you know, more solo doing things for himself and helping others and showing bravery because it’s pretty scary the situation he’s in and he has to be brave when he goes to set off the fireworks and he has to be brave when he’s in the silo and whatever, like that basically.
You mentioned scary, considering your age, have you watched the complete film?
When you watched the finished film, did you think it was scary?
Yes very scary. I jumped at all the moments where you’re meant to jump even though I knew they where coming up.
(Laughs) perfect. And how as it working with your on-screen family, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds...
They where all really good because, you know, Emily and John are such idols to me and to other people and to see them, also married and have a connection as they do and to be working together on set and sharing ideas and talking all the time was amazing so they had a great connection.
Also me and Milly where both from different places and we'd never been to this up state New York before, so that was a new place, we were a few doors down from each other so we’d see each other every day, we’d go out for Japanese food everyday, we’d watch movies everyday so our connection was really great and I still talk to Milly to this day and so it was like a family, and also all the crew where lovely and just made me feel at home so the whole thing was actually really safe even though the whole movie was about not being safe.
Yes indeed and producing a movie that’s mostly silent how was it working in an environment that you had to be mostly silent in?
It was fun, you know, I loved testing out what made sound and what didn’t make sound I was always asking John “would they hear it?”, we had to kind of be in the movie because we where testing out things, learning what sounds were safe and what weren’t safe, you know, it was really fun testing out and to realise that Milly is living this all the time and to see her world in a way.
Talking about Milly, did you have a better appreciation of sign language and the deaf community after this film?
Definitely. I’m in love with that whole community, I learnt sign language, well you need a few years to learn sign language perfectly, but I can have conversations with Milly, I can talk to her, and I just love being a part of it because, you know, it’s really fun to learn something different and to see how other people, who may not necessarily know about how they live they work and how they communicate.
And in terms of pursuing the sign language, are you going to keep it up for the foreseeable future and be a part of your life?
Yes although it’s quite hard because in England there's English Sign Language and I don't know any of that and in America there's American Sign Language, so I’ll keep talking to Milly every time I go out to America and I’ll try and see her, I want to keep it up but it’s hard to do because I live in a place where it’s not so popular.
A Quiet Place is out now on Digital Download and comes to 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD August 13