Aaron Eckhart ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ Interview – Out On Blu-ray & DVD July 11th In The UK
Starring Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) and Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar, Machete), ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ is the pulse-pounding tale of a U.S. Marine squadron fighting off hostile alien invaders bent on colonizing our planet. After dazzling audiences around the globe with its stunning special effects, intense action sequences and a cast that also includes Ramon Rodriguez (Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, The Taking of Pelham 123), Bridget Moynahan (I, Robot, Lord of War), Ne-Yo (Stomp the Yard, Save the Last Dance 2) and Michael Peña (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ arrives on Blu-ray and DVD July 11th in the UK ready to shock sci-fi and action fans with eye-popping picture quality, earth-shaking sound and non-stop suspense. Check out what Aaron Eckhart had to say about the film below
What themes interested you in ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ and also what did you like about your character Michael Nantz?
Aaron Eckhart: With Nantz I liked that he’s disciplined, I liked that he can take care of himself in any situation. He’s a veteran, he’s a survivalist, he teaches through tough love. He loves his men, but on the other hand he doesn’t cuddle them. He’s not a new age Marine.
What interested me was that this movie is about comradery, it’s about people sticking together. It’s about heroism and leadership, which is something I think everyone in the world understands and craves. It’s about how people work together, how they settle their differences for the better and for survival. This unit is asked to go behind enemy lines and rescue civilians, so it’s full of humanity, war drama, but it’s very entertaining. It’s filmed in a documentary style so the audience is going to feel that not only we are at war in the movie, but they are at war at the same time, I think that makes it stand out.
What was it like filming, seeing as there’s so much action and tension, was there a lot of improv?
Aaron Eckhart: The script couldn’t contain all of the energy that was on going with these circumstances in the film. These guys have great imaginations so we were always finding new things to do. Jonathan liked to shoot a lot so we were finding a lot of the magical moments between the lines of the script. Once you get into it your body starts flowing, your blood starts pumping, you just open your mouth and it flies. Plus the fact that we were shooting, not live rounds, but dummy rounds with real weapons, we had tanks, grenades, all of this stuff was going off so our juices were flowing a lot of the time.
How did you find working in the heat with all the Marine gear on?
Aaron Eckhart: It was difficult in the sun because mid day we were out rehearsing, doing manoeuvres. The weapons weighed a little bit, along with the helmets and weapons, Mostly it was about keeping hydrated and keeping concentrated, it’s hard to keep your concentration when you are shooting in heat with all the gear on. I thought we done a good job of that, the whole team.
It was a lot of fun to make. We felt like we were at war sometimes, we were shooting sometimes between ten to twenty thousand rounds a day. We were really working our weapons. We trained, we went to boot camp for three weeks. We trained how to clear a room, how to work the roads, how to use the cars, how to retreat – sorry reform, Marines don’t retreat! It’s a very accurate film in that way. I’m very proud of that.
How was it working with director Jonathan Liebesman?
Aaron Eckhart: He’s passionate about movie making, he knows how to direct a movie, he really loves his actors and lets them play. Conceptually he’s right on the money and he’s an incredibly hard worker. His passion about every single aspect of the movie. He’s willing to take suggestions from other people as well, not just the actors, the crew, the DP, the camera operators. He’s very open, he’s a very nice guy, he’s fun to be around.
When me and Jonathan first talked he showed me a Youtube clip of Fallujah, of some Marines going house to house in Fallujah, and he said to me, “this what I want the film to look like.” As soon as he said that I said “I’m in.”
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