Beckinsale will not be returning to complete the Underworld sequel and James is cast to take her place. James is featured in Underworld: Awakening and the producers decide to cast James for the lead role in the upcoming film Underworld 5. Lakeshore Entertainment:
James is a star on the rise, and thanks to his leading role in Divergent and its upcoming sequel, he’s a worthy investment.
Actors Woodley, James and director Neil Burger chat about their new film Divergent. Burger:
For me I didn’t feel like I was making a young adult film, I think the themes are interesting for everybody whether you’re 18, 28, 48 or whatever.
Woodley and James discuss their roles, stunts and preparing for the film Divergent. James:
You have to be careful that you don’t become that character in real life.
James is interviewed with Woodley for Entertainement Weekly about running a boot camp on the set and performing stunts.
I would choose Dauntless, because I like the idea of the brotherhood of the military faction
His second choice would be Erudite.
James discusses his role on Divergent, his acting career and family.
I was always trying to be older and I am on the older soul sway.
James is asked a series a questions regarding his early life, preparing for roles and dating.
I wear nothing around the house. Or a sweet robe and a cigar.
James stars as the mysterious warrior Four in the movie Divergent. The action adventure film, directed by Neil Burger, is an adaptation of the book trilogy by Veronica Roth.
The crux of why I like the series and why I wanted to play him was his complexity as a character. He has these qualities that you don’t always see in these young male lead characters much anymore. He has a masculinity that he wears very wholly and very lightly in the sense that he can admit fear. He doesn’t have to be the loudest voice in the room but he’s also someone with presence and someone that you notice and someone who is potentially dangerous – and also he has a kind of broken background. He comes from this abusive father and all of those elements that come into play a rich complex character.
James chats about his philosophy degree, embarrassing short films and his Downton Abby and Divergent success.
If anyone gets their hands on my bad plays it will be extremely embarrassing.
Divergent cast members Teller, Woodley and James answer questions regarding their daily lives and new movie. James:
I do between a 1000 to 2000 push-ups a day.
James is interviewed and asked by Letterman about an American accent and his role on Divergent.
See the movie, I’ve got a great American accent.
The first official clip is released for the film, featuring James and Woodley.
James and Woodley comment on their visit to Comic Con and discuss their roles in Divergent. Woodley:
Forcing chemistry always looks like forced chemistry and we’re lucky that we didn’t have to do that.
Woodley and James talk about Divergent as part of a panel that includes Burger and Roth. Woodley:
I’ve never done a movie this scale before, with themes this big
James and Woodley answer Divergent fan questions on Facebook for San Diego Comic Con. Woodley on her favorite scene to shoot:
I loved the Ferris wheel scene, that was badass. How often in life do you get to climb a Ferris wheel?
James on meeting Veronica Roth:
We had dinner 3 days in with her, we were able to ask her questions about the series that helped informed our own narrative for the character.
In interviews at Comic Con, Woodley talks about shooting initiation scenes for Divergent:
It was super fun, it looks a lot more intense than it is.
James discusses their on-screen chemistry:
As soon as we met each other for the test it came very naturally, and all the scenes have had a very natural chemistry.
Woodley and James feature on the magazine’s cover, and talk about their approach to life in Hollywood. Woodley:
We’re not into the industry and have separate lives outside of it. That’s refreshing. I don’t know what I would do if Four was played by someone who cared what he looked like or spent more time in front of the mirror than I do.
The first official Divergent photo showing James in character is released. He talks about holding a boot camp with the cast and where shooting is at:
I’ve introduced them to this world and they’re still in the beginning stages of training. At this stage you don’t really know what Four is all about.
James performs different accents, speaks about his childhood and role on Golden Boy.
My funniest moment was filming a BBC love scene.
Summit announces principal photography has started on the film.
Roth praises James after seeing the screen test that landed him the role:
E.T. goes on the set of Golden Boy, James discusses his role as homicide detective, Walter Clark. Cast members, Alejandro, Sommerville and McBride describe their roles on the show. James:
My character is a smart guy and aggressive of his decent up the ladder in the police force.
James is cast after a chemistry test with Woodley. Producer Doug Wick:
We didn’t know much about him, just his one memorable appearance on Downton Abbey. He is doing the same scene with Shai that she’s done with dozens of other actors. But Shai always plays it full out. Theo is smart, observant, and incredibly handsome. He has a wryness, a sense of humor. It adds a layer to all the scenes. He plays off Shai’s power. He has plenty of his own intensity. They are electric together. Even when Theo’s quiet, you wonder what he’s thinking about. He’s got that movie star thing… Just in the nick of time, I think we have our Four.
James is cast as the Dinner Party Guest in Paula van der Oest’s drama, The Domino Effect. The film is about the collapse of the global economy and James is cast alongside Manish Dayal and Harriet Walter.
James is cast as Jack Wales in two episodes of Aisling Walsh’s drama, Room at the Top. He stars alongside Juila Ford, Peter Wight and Tom Brooke.
James plays Walter Clark Jr., a young detective on Nicholas Wootton’s Golden Boy. He stars alongside Chi McBride and Bonnie Somerville.
You need to trust your instincts. You hang out with cops, you drink in bars with them, you notice how they walk and talk, but you don’t try to imitate them. That’s death. You just pray when the moment comes you can slip inside the character.
James receives a starring role in David Allison, Neil Jones, and Chris Parker’s horror-thriller series, Bedlam. He stars alongside Lacey Turner, Will Young and Charlotte Salt and plays Jed Harper, a buff clairvoyant living in a former asylum-turned-condo.
It’s quite different and the pace is different.
James makes an appearance in Ben Palmer’s comedy The Inbetweeners Movie. James plays James, an insufferable nightclub representative and stars alongside James Buckley and Blake Harrison.
I play a a cocky and abusive alpha male.
James is cast as Aidan Harper in Charles Martin and John Strickland’s thriller, Case Sensitive. He plays a minimal role alongside Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd.
James makes a brief appearance in Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey. Starring alongside Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan and Elizabeth McGovern he plays Kemal Pamuk, a Turkish diplomat who seduces Lady Mary.
He may have been in only one episode, but he certainly had a lasting impact on the show.
James is offered a small part in Woody Allen’s film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. He stars alongside Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts and Josh Brolin. James plays Ray in this comedy-drama film. Starpulse.com:
Not a bad start for a drama kid still in school.
James makes his television debut on the BBC mini-series A Passionate Woman directed by Antonia Bird and Kay Mellor. He stars opposite Billie Piper (Bettry) and plays Alex (Craze) Crazenovski, Betty’s love interest. MetroUK:
So it was no wonder the rather too perfectly formed Craze (Theo James, with gym-buff body and perfect teeth a not really a 1950s look) caused something of a stir.
James is cast in two student productions:A Streetcar Named Desire and Monsoon Nights directed by Rupert Miles.
That did it for me. Instantly. I saw that an actor could be almost animal and yet very human as well. Brando looked so cool and masculine, but he also showed me that vulnerability could be a powerful tool.
James attends and trains at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
The Bristol Old Vic is great, it’s a very classical school and that’s just what I needed. The discipline was eye-opening. I finally came up against people who wouldn’t take my indecisiveness anymore and they kicked me into shape.
James goes to a drama school audition with his girlfriend, he decides to audition just for fun and gets accepted.
I became an actor by accident.
James attends and earns a degree in philosophy.
I thought that was going to be the big thing for me, I really did. But after a while, I found it all a bit disappointing. I loved ethics, but logic was the bane of my existence. I remember one exam when I only got 10 out of 100. And no matter how much I loved Descartes, that didn’t help me.
I realized that I would probably be s— if I seriously continued to pursue philosophy on an academic level, so I dropped it. Then I thought about law, but I was way too impatient for that.
Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis is born in Oxford, England to parents Jane Martin and Philip Taptiklis. He is the youngest of five children and has two brothers and two sisters. He has Greek, Scottish, and New Zealand ancestry. On admiring his parents:
They raised five kids and they are very giving to their kids.