“Is this the picture where I have a t-shirt on and no pants? I was really hoping they’d use that one,” Theo James, who is playing Four, jokes.
The first two movie stills shown by Entertainment Weekly is of Tris, so fans are so eager to see Four finally. This scene is where Four is showing the Dauntless initiates their headquarters. “I’m showing them to this world and they’re still im the beginning stages of training,” Theo explains. “At this stage, you really don’t know what Four is all about.”
But Theo James is not only leading the Dauntless onscreen. Before filming, some of the cast had a boot camp training and Theo pretty much “take charge of Dauntless training, leading the 50 or so actors that make up the core group of background Dauntless characters.”
Their director Neil Burger is so proud of his Four saying, “They didn’t know know he was playing Four, they thought he was our stunt director. He put them through it.”
“I know it sounds ridiculous but it was really quite useful: it helped set a tone for those scenes, being able to live the character a bit. At one point, Shailene was laughing and I got real serious with her and said”—Theo James lowers his voice to a menacing whisper—””Don’t. Laugh.” Shai was like, ‘um, are you joking right now?’”
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Here’s what director Neil Burger had to say about shooting this pivotal scene.