James Corden: People will still be watching Into the Woods in 10 years

The 36-year-old British star, who plays the baker in the big screen musical, talks screw ups and West Ham

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Disney’s latest offering Into the Woods is spectacular, with stunning sets, beautiful music and impressive vocal efforts from its stellar cast. And that’s why star James Corden, who plays the baker, thinks it is sure to stand the test of time. 

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“There’s a weird thing that’s happened with cinema recently. I don’t know if these sort of big, huge films will necessarily stand the test of time. I don’t know if anyone is going to be watching Captain America in 10 years. But I do feel with this film that they will. I feel it might even get better with age,” he tells RadioTimes.com. 

His confidence is one part wishful thinking, so he can share the movie with his two small children when the time comes: “Eight, nine or 10 – that’s probably a good age. I can’t wait to sit down with the pair of them.”

For Corden – who rose to fame in BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey – a part in this Disney blockbuster “surpassed anything” his wildest dreams. 

“My biggest dream was to write and be in a sitcom for the BBC. That’s what I really wanted. I used to watch Caroline Ahern and Craig Cash on the Royale Family or Steve Coogan in Partridge and think ‘That’s what I’d love to do.’ That was all I really dreamt of, so everything after that has just been a bonus, really.”

Corden might not be famed for his singing skills, but musicals are actually very close to his heart: “I’ve always been very musical. My first ever job as an actor was in a musical on the West End.”

He relished working with Hollywood stars and filmmakers. “It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever done. It was a wonderful experience from start to finish. I feel very lucky and proud to have been part of it.”

And is a firm believer in the film’s message: “The heartbeat of the film is this notion that no one is alone. I think it’s a really positive message to tell people. It’s just a fact of life that there are some screw ups coming your way! There’s nothing you can do about it. In those moments you’re going to feel like you really are completely and absolutely on your own in the world, but you’re not.”

Working alongside the likes of Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, Corden picked up lessons where he could: “You never stop learning, ever. The minute you think you know everything you’ve probably become a d***.”

“Meryl [Streep] is amazing. There’s nothing you can say about her as an artist or performer that hasn’t already been said. She takes the work so seriously but she doesn’t take herself seriously one bit.”

Not that Streep was enough to make Corden starstruck. That privilege is reserved purely for West Ham football players. 

“I would be more starstuck if I met Aaron Cresswell than if I met George Clooney or Brad Pitt,” he laughs. 

“That’s because I know what Brad Pitt does and essentially what he does a lot of the time is sit in a caravan in a car park.”

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Into the Woods is in UK cinemas from today