When it comes to playing characters, actors have any number of resources to pull from to nail the mannerisms, look, and voice of the roles they're portraying. For Sam Riley, who plays the shapeshifting raven Diaval in the new film "Maleficent," that meant spending a lot of time alone with a bird.
The 34-year-old British actor added that the entire process gave him a newfound respect for ravens.
"They’re incredible. When the trainer gave him a treat, he was happy with himself and puffed himself up," he said. "I didn’t really do a walk like him, but it was all in the back of my head, and maybe it comes out in other ways. But, I stole bits of his manner. I thought he was quite vain."
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