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Stars wow Narnia fans at premiere

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Narnia stars talk about the film on the 'green' carpet

Stars of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian signed autographs and chatted to fans at the UK's "biggest film premiere" at London's O2 arena.

Some 10,000 people attended the event, which featured the largest cinema screen to be constructed in Europe.

Stars of the film including Liam Neeson, Ben Barnes and David Walliams were at the premiere.

Prince Caspian is the sequel to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe which took $750m (381m) worldwide in 2005.

'Spectacular'

William Moseley, who plays Peter Pevensie, told reporters he trained for three-and-a-half months in boxing and running eight miles every other day before filming started.

He said the turnout at the O2 was "mind-blowing"

"It's really beyond anything I could have imagined," he added.

Anna Popplewell, who played his sister Susan, said: "It's really nice to bring the film home for us British actors and to be with a home crowd."


It's really nice to bring the film home for us British actors and to be with a home crowd
Anna Popplewell

Ben Barnes, who plays the title role Prince Caspian, said he was so overexcited that he was "babbling like an idiot".

"This is the pinnacle, it's the climax," he said.

"Despite all the people behind me I can guarantee I'm the most excited person here."

He added: "I still find it difficult to watch myself because it's difficult to suspend your disbelief enough to see a prince and not yourself but hopefully everyone else will see Prince Caspian and I think it's a really exciting, engaging film."

Director Andrew Adamson said: "People say not to work with children but I highly recommend it.

"They energise you, on those days on set when you're tired, they are not. They give you the energy back."

Ben Barnes, who plays Prince Caspian, and director Andrew Adamson
Stars including Ben Barnes, who plays Prince Caspian, mingled with fans

Little Britain star David Walliams, who voiced the Bulgy Bear character, said: "It's great to be part of something as epic as this, something where you've grown up reading the books."

The second instalment of The Chronicles, based on the bestselling books by CS Lewis, promises to take audiences on an "extraordinary" journey back to the magical land of Narnia.

Film studio Disney claim the sequel is "bigger and more spectacular than ever before", with more action scenes and visual effects.

The pedestrian area surrounding the O2 arena was transformed into a Narnia world, with fighting knights and horseback sword performers entertaining fans and celebrities.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is released in UK cinemas on 26 June.




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