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Books into movies – The Water Horse

For those of you who might enjoy acting, be thinking of it, or have questions about how actors create their characters, the Pofff Master took this opportunity to continue connecting to young actor, Alex Etel, of the upcoming movie, The Water Horse, which came from a book by Dick King-Smith, who wrote Babe. Alex had to pretend a tennis ball was the water horse for part of the filming of the movie. If you had to do the same thing, would you be able to pretend well enough to make it believable?

Alex wrote: i didnt read the book before but as soon as i got the part i started reading it
i took part in this because there is not many movies like this round at the minute and its a family script so i loved it
the book kind of attracted me to the film kind of because its a dick-king smith book
for me it was so hard to react to a tennis ball because i feel so stupid
the main thing is the self conciousnous is really hard to get over

The Pofff Master understands feeling stupid and self-conscious. Many of us go through this. It is human. But actors – the good ones – have the ability to take feelings like this and use those feelings in a way that turns them around or transforms them into other emotions that the characters may be feeling. 

We don’t have Alex here to question him about how he overcame or dealt with this feeling, but if an actor or you and I feel stupid, embarrassed, ashamed, or self-conscious and we can’t let go of it or use it, what can we do? I wonder if some of the adults in the film The Water Horse like Emily Watson or Ben Chaplin helped Alex. I wonder if director Jay Russell helped him with this.

Ask people you know who you admire what they do if they feel stupid or ashamed about something they did or had to do.
Click below to find out a couple things the POFFF Master recommends… Color Me Stupid – Silly Wand

Meanwhile in an interview (click on Ben Chaplin) above, both Alex and Ben spoke of working in the water for the film. Some of us, like Ben Chaplin, have fear of water. If you have this fear, look at the slideshow above this Books into movies post.

  • Place your hands on your belly.
  • Think of something you’re struggling with or afraid of
  • Feel under your hands
  • Gaze at the picture and pretend you can drink it–all the colors
  • Taste it as it goes into your mouth. What flavor is it? Grape? Cherry? Pina Colada?
  • Feel how it goes down your throat into your chest, upper belly, stomach
  • Breathe slow and deep
  • Take another drink… feel how it goes down throat-chest-stomach
  • Repeat for as long as you need

From Alex Etel about The Water Horse

The Pofff Master thought it would be cool to hear what the young actor, Alex Etel, had to say about the waterhorse that his character discovers in the upcoming movie, The Water Horse, Legend of the Deep, to be in movie theaters on Christmas Day.

The movie is based on the fabulous children’s book by Dick King-Smith. You can get that book in most libraries and book stores.


From Alex Etel:

“the loch ness monster is suppost to be a mythical creature and there is suppost to be only one in the world at a time. this story is amazing i think it is on par with things like E.t and free willy i love this movie and really hope everybody will see it.”



So the Water Horse is supposed to be the Loch Ness monster, found when it is an egg. The Pofff Master wonders if you know about the Loch Ness monster. Read more by clicking here

The Pofff Master wonders what made Dick King-Smith write a book like this. The author seems to love the water horse to be able to write about it.  

What do you think the Loch Ness monster is? Is it really a monster?

Have you ever been afraid of something? Really scared, maybe something about yourself, and you felt it deep inside, and maybe even thought it was something monsterous?

Was it a monster? Is monster a name for something unknown, something strange and different that we scare ourselves about because we don’t understand it?

Try answering some of these questions with your mind. Write down the answers. Then try answering them by feeling into them, feeling into your body about them. Does that change the answers? Does it help you feel better about some part of yourself?

Other words: mythological, beast