Speaking ahead of his starring moment headlining iFest and the Illuminations Switch-On, Tim Burton spoke of his love for Blackpool.
The star returned to the resort for the honour after spending a fortnight here earlier in the year to shoot scenes in new film, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.
I fell in love with it and came back many times sinceTim Burton
“I love Blackpool, I’ve come here for years,” he said.
“The first time I came was to see The Killers at the Winter Gardens and I fell in love with it and came back many times since.”
Asked why he agreed to the Switch-On gig, despite admitting he’d never actually seen the Lights, he added: “I love getting asked strange things. When you’re a child, everything is a surprise but as you get older anything that’s a strange question is a surprise and that’s why I decided to do it.
“I have been asked to do other things, but this felt personal to me.”
Burton said he stayed in Blackpool when working on stop motion films in Manchester.
On bringing the film to Blackpool he said: “Blackpool wasn’t in the script but it felt part of the vibe of the film so we wrote it in.
“Everybody was great here. It’s hard to put into words which is sometimes the last thing about a place, it’s a feeling rather than an intellectual concept. I have just started working on the film, after finishing filming. I could say it’s a drama but it’ll end up being a comedy.
“The novel spoke to me with a certain mystery and that’s why we put Blackpool into it. The scenes here take place in the last act of the film, when all the bad guys are coming to perform their final experiment.”
Expanding on his affection for Blackpool, Tim recalled growing up in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and said: “There was this old pier I used to just go an walk on by myself, like this The Who, Quadrophenia thing. It’s the history of the old and the new which connected with me.”