Josh Duhamel Interview For ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’
The Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons, who are determined to avenge their defeat in 2009s Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. In this new movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky (Shia Labeouf) has to come to the aid of his robot friends. There’s new characters too, including a new villain in the form of Shockwave, a longtime “Transformers” character who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is released in cinemas June 29th in 2D, Real D 3D and IMAX 3D. Josh Duhamel returns to the film as Lt. Colonel William Lennox, check out what he had to say about the film below.
With this being the third film in such a huge franchise, that brings a lot of expectations….
Josh Duhamel: There is an expectation, I don’t think anybody wanted to come in and do the same thing. You’re always trying to find something new, elevate the material, try to make the best movie we can. I was very proud of Transformers 1, and Transformers 2. With Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Michael Bay done a really good job of making it linear, and human. Also the action stuff is really intense, REALLY intense. Michael was really focused on making a fresh version of this movie. I was really pleasantly surprised by how human it felt. I just love the darkness and the violence of it too (laughs). There’s something very scary about it.
Chicago plays a big part in this film…
Josh Duhamel: Chicago was incredibly hospitable to us. We shut down Michigan Avenue for a good amount of time. What a great city, I’d heard it was a great city, I’d been there but for never more than a day or two. Beautiful city, the people were great, the people who worked on the movie were unbelievably helpful. I think we make the city look really cool. When we were shooting it and I saw all the rubble, it looked like Armageddon had hit Chicago. But it really looks cool, we really show the city with some of the aerial shots. In my opinion San Francisco and Chicago are the two most underappreciated places in the US – they’re beautiful.
There’s some incredible action scenes in this film, especially with the wingmen and a lot of the aerial stunts….
Josh Duhamel: With the wingmen, Michael Bay had seen this thing on 60 Minutes, the year before we started filming. I had seen it as well and was amazed by what these guys do. So Michael saw this and wanted to incorporate this into the movie. What he did was make our team have the capability of….if we need to fly into some place undetected, that’s what we have to do. There’s this scene at the end of the movie that you just feel like you’re on a roller coaster. In 3D it’s that much more exciting as well These guys are some of the bravest dudes I’ve ever met. I remember looking up at the Trump Tower waiting for these guys to do it, we were all anticipating this. When you first see these little black dots jump off this building your heart sinks, because if there’s any malfunction….there’s 3 or 4 seconds of fall, if your shoot doesn’t go there’s no recovery time, you’re done. The amount of courage it takes to do that is pretty impressive. Then I step in for my close-up at the end *winks* (laughs). Being the brave soldier that I am.
There’s a number of new additions to the cast in the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Frances McDormand and John Malkovich, what was that like?
Josh Duhamel: With Rosie people are going to very surprised by how good she is in this. I didn’t know what to expect. She didn’t have a lot of experience, this is a HUGE movie to be your first. There’s a softness to her, there’s a sweetness about her, there’s a real connection between her and Shia. I was so proud of her after seeing it, she does a really great job. Frances McDormand is just one of my favourite actors, John Malkovich is someone I’ve always watched and wanted to copy (laughs), I dunno how he does it half the time. Even though I don’t get to have any scenes with him in this movie, just being in the same movie is good enough for me.
What was it like working with Michael Bay again?
Josh Duhamel: Michael Bay is like a really big kid who just loves making movies. He has this incredible imagination, he has this gift for shooting, I also think he’s a little underrated in bringing humour out of things. A lot of the funny things you see in these movies, which I think there is quite a bit, a lot of it isn’t always on the script, a lot of it is because of him bouncing ideas off of John Turturro, Shia Labeouf, whoever’s in the scene. He finds ways of making it funnier, bumped up against really intense and scary situations.
How does your character link within the story?
Josh Duhamel: My character has been working with the Autobots for the last few years. There’s a highly classified part of the government that’s called NEST, we work directly with the Autobots, we work in teams hunting where Decepticons show up around the world. My character is no longer Captain Lennox, but Major Lennox. I am the fastest rising soldier in the history of the US military *smiles widely*.
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