One of the things that comes with adapting an extremely popular book series into film are the expectations of the passionate fans.
The Mortal Instruments has seen its share of fan expectations turned dark, be it the initial reaction to Jamie Campbell Bower’s casting as Jace to the shade of red of Clary’s (Lily Collins) hair in the film.
Prior to filming when photos of Lily sporting dark red tresses hit the web, some fans were upset that Lily’s hair was too dark and didn’t resemble the shade of red they had envisioned.
In a recent interview with SciFiNow, Lily addressed the issue of the shade of Clary’s red hair.
“Everyone was blogging, ‘Your hair is not red enough!’ and I was like, “First of all, you’re seeing me in the shade walking in Toronto, it looks darker but on screen with the lighting…” Collins tells us. “But when I asked [Cassandra Clare] about the red hair, she goes, ‘Well, I never exactly specified what colour red; that’s the fans.’ So that was a weight off my shoulders.
“I’m like, ‘Did I miss something, that they talked about how red her hair was?’ and she’s like, “No, you just keep doing your thing. Someone is always going to have something to say, but you were chosen for a reason.” And she had every faith in all the actors. So that was kind of the most important thing.”
Cassandra Clare explained the reason behind the darker shade of red being that Lily had her dyed too much — for previous movie roles — and that if they dyed it any more her hair would fall out. And we can’t have that. After all, the acting is the most important thing.
Lily also talked to SciFiNow about her connection to Clary.
“She is really close to her mom and this whole journey is about her quest to save her, and she’ll do anything she can to get her back. I’m so close with mine, so I saw myself in that position as doing exactly what Clary would have done.”
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