‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ Five Film Facts
Gemma Arterton & Jeremy Renner in Paramount's 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters'
Have you ever wondered what happened to poor Hansel and Gretel, those wayward youngsters of folklore fame who narrowly avoided becoming a wicked witch’s delectable dinner? According to “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” those cute little kids grow up to be witch-hunting warriors with an unquenchable thirst for revenge.
Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton play the now adult siblings, who travel the land, well-armed and leather-clad, taking out witches with reckless abandon in ever creative and blood-splattering ways. We all know the action-horror adventure will be a whole new spin on the Brothers Grimm, but here are Five Film Facts you may not know.
Paramount Pictures' 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters'
1. While the original Grimm Brothers fairytale didn’t have such impressive weaponry, it did have its share of violence. The original German folktale, which Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm first published back in 1812, tells the story of young Hansel and Gretel who are left for dead in the woods after their abusive stepmother decides they eat too much. When the starving kids see a gingerbread house in the forest, they are lured in by the owner, an old lady who entices with promises of hot food and warm beds. Soon enough the siblings realize the old lady is a wicked witch who intent on eating them. Eventually, the kids outwit their captor and push her headfirst into a lit oven, incinerating the screaming witch into ashes. So you can see how Hansel and Gretel could grow up to be more than a little leery of witches.
2. Jeremy Renner didn’t have to dig too deeply to find motivation to play a sibling, as he’s a brother six times over, including a two-year-old brother, some 40 years his junior. When Yahoo!’s Michael Yo asked Renner what it’s like to be a brother to such a youngster, Renner replied, “I just saw the little sucker over Christmas, and I’m like, ‘You’re not my brother. I know you are, but you’re not. And I’m not changing your diaper, either.’ It’s a strange thing man.” You can see the entirety of Michael Yo’s interview above.