Ben Mendelsohn talks how his character will be different in READY PLAYER ONE Movie

READY PLAYER ONE actor Ben Mendelsohn says his Sorrento and the novel’s Sorrento are “very different entities.”

Ben Mendelsohn (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), who will be playing Nolan Sorrento in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One, talked about his villainous character and what he thinks about re-interpreting characters from books. And basically, according to his interview with The Wrap a few weeks ago, he doesn’t feel the need to be faithful to the book.

“I’m not trying to be faithful to the book Sorrento at all. So, anyone that’s coming at it wanting a faithful re-creation or transposing of the written Sorrento is not gonna get it.”

He goes on to say why, and it’s a very interesting way of looking at it, however, for the most part, he’s not wrong about characters in literature.

“I would rarely do that because my feeling about written literature characters is you don’t get to better them. My basic preference is to just try and wipe that slate, and to try and do it in context of what is going on around the film.”

He further adds why he feels the movies don’t need to be an exact replica of the books, which, if you think about it, is understandable.

“I sort of see that stuff as playing a song live. And part of the joy of playing a song live is re-interpreting it, or switching it up, or giving it a newness or an alternative. Because I think the books are their own kind of perfection, and I don’t try to fall short of them.”

It’s always a tricky thing when a movie is adapted from a book. Fans of the book usually want to see the story exactly the way it was, especially since readers have had to imagine the scenarios as they were explained to them from the written world, and it’s hard to see them any other way after that, especially if we love the book so much.

However, as it goes through the process of being adapted, many people have their own way of interpreting it and also, often times, want to or need to change the formula from the book. Thus the adaptation can fall far from the expectations of the viewers. There are times when the adaptation may even be better, but that’s normally not the case.

In this case, though, it seems we have to keep our minds a lot more open to a very different interpretation of the book, even with such great talent both in front and behind the camera.

Ready Player One will land in theaters March 30, 2018.


By Nat, the Geek Girl

Southern California native who likes movies, books (Shadowhunter Chronicles, NA, YA fantasy, Red Rising series), TV shows (The Sandman), and San Diego Comic-Con. I also like to write, but don't get to do much of that aside from on here. I fell into the BTS rabbit hole, and I refuse to leave.