The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, ‘X-Men: First Class,’ in order to change a major historical event and fight an epic battle that could save our future. Acting as a sequel to both ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ includes cast members from both: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Daniel Cudmore return from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ while James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till return from ‘X-Men: First Class.’
Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto, Evan Peters and Josh Helman round out the film’s principal cast. Co-written, produced and directed by Bryan Singer, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is based on the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline “Days of Future Past” by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. The film opens in the UK on May 22nd and in the US on May 23rd.
Bolivar Trask functions as a “villain” in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ but in no way – like most great villains – does he see himself that way….
Peter Dinklage: Yes, definitely. He has a very dark agenda, but from his perspective he wants to save everyone – he wants to save humankind. He has a very skewed perspective on things. He has done his Darwinian homework and he feels like the mutants pose a huge threat to humankind as we know it, and he’s out to do something about it. The research that he’s done in terms of the evolutionary, Darwinian chain of events – he sees mutants as a threat to the world at large.
This week, the world’s most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure ‘Godzilla.’ From director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless. ‘Godzilla’ stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson as US Navy Lieutenant Ford Brody, Ken Watanabe as Dr. Ichiro Serizawa, Elizabeth Olsen as Elle Brody, Juliette Binoche as Sandra “Sandy” Brody, Sally Hawkins as Dr. Vivienne Graham, David Strathairn as US Navy Admiral Stenz, and Bryan Cranston as Joseph “Joe” Brody. ‘Godzilla’ opens on May 15th in the UK and May 16th in the US.
I understand you got your first taste of the level of realism Gareth Edwards wanted to bring to ‘Godzilla’ when you first saw the evocative teaser piece he’d made. What were those initial conversations with him like about you joining this huge movie?
Elizabeth Olsen: Gareth’s approach to ‘Godzilla’ is what hooked me, and how it reflected some of the imagery of disasters we’ve seen around the world. What my character Elle deals with in this film taps into what it’s like for the people caught in these kinds of events, and the lengths you’d go to in order to save the ones you love. And the teaser he showed me, I was hooked! I freaked out when I saw it.
I grew up watching ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Lord of the Rings,’ I love those films and I had a brother who’s a comicbook and sci-fi fanatic – who shoved things down my throat growing up (laughs). And I enjoy it and I love that stuff, so I love being a part of something that is fun to watch and is a crazy experience, you know? Then when I met Gareth, and he said it was character driven, I just thought I was in great hands and I was. I love how it connects the different countries really well and I think it has a really great smaller story to it all, that represents the repeats of generations, and family, and the importance of family – it’s not just about monsters.
This summer, the world’s most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure ‘Godzilla.’ From director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless. ‘Godzilla’ stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson as US Navy Lieutenant Ford Brody, Ken Watanabe as Dr. Ichiro Serizawa, Elizabeth Olsen as Elle Brody, Juliette Binoche as Sandra “Sandy” Brody, Sally Hawkins as Dr. Vivienne Graham, David Strathairn as US Navy Admiral Stenz, and Bryan Cranston as Joseph “Joe” Brody. ‘Godzilla’ opens on May 15th in the UK and May 16th in the US.
I really enjoyed your role in this film and the father-son dynamic between your character Joe Brody and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Ford Brody. Joe can’t let the tragic events of 1999 go, and fifteen years after the event, when Ford travels to Japan for his uneasy reunion with his father, he finds Joe still consumed with the accident that destroyed his nuclear power plant and shattered his family…
Bryan Cranston: Yeah, it’s steeped in character, which makes the fantastic elements of the story more fulfilling because, as you follow these people through this adventure, you see good and bad decisions being made and relationships being pulled apart and brought together. All the elements of any good drama are here, wrapped up in big, epic monster movie. Joe’s spent his life trying to unravel the mystery of what happened that day, but the greatest casualty of his obsession is his relationship with his son.
By all appearances, new parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) are living the American Dream, one complete with an adorable little girl and a beautiful new starter home in the suburbs. Still, the early-thirtysomethings want to believe that they have a modicum of coolness left within them. This next phase of life is proving to be a challenge, as the reformed (sometime?) partyers struggle with the realities of entering an inevitable new stage: unapologetic adulthood.
When Mac and Kelly discover that their new next-door neighbors are none other than dozens of Delta Psi Beta fraternity brothers-led by charismatic president Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) – they try to play along and make the best of an awkward situation. But when the frat’s parties grow increasingly more epic, both sides of the property line begin to fend for their turf. As the neighbors’ relentless sabotage and one-upmanship threaten to either get the college kids kicked off the block or make the newlyweds lose what’s left of their sanity, thus begins an epic Greek war for the ages. Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, Lisa Kudrow, Jerrod Carmichael, Jake Johnson, Carla Gallo, Hannibal Buress, Jason Mantzoukas and Carla Gallo also star. The film is out now.
Can you first recall when Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg first approached you about this role? Also, throughout the development process, I understand Teddy morphed from a character who was completely unlikable to a more relatable and charming character during the development process.
Zac Efron: Yeah. Seth is a comic genius, so when he called me to ask about meeting, I was stoked. I usually try not to talk about potential movies – I’m superstitious that way – but I was too excited about this. I was on the phone with my mom, dad, brother and friends before I even heard the pitch (laughs). As the script evolved, we realized that Teddy’s motivation comes from feeling that this brotherhood that’s gone on for generations is being threatened. Throughout the film, there are moments when you realize that he’s actually a nice guy who is motivated purely by his belief in this family he’s created. Yes, he does some truly heinous and messed-up things, but he feels like he is fighting to preserve everything he believes in.
We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.
It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp. Out now in the UK and set for a May 2nd release in the US, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ is directed by Marc Webb.
I understand, coming into ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ you and Marc Webb talked a lot about the huge duality between Spider-Man and Peter Parker. What were some of the key things you wanted to touch on in this film?
Andrew Garfield: It’s hard to be Peter Parker, but it’s great to be Spider-Man. As Peter Parker, he has all of the same problems that we all have – girl problems, money problems. But when he puts on the suit, it’s a massive release. He can breathe. Spider-Man always knows the right thing to do – he’s a vessel for good, heroic energy and saving people. He takes joy and pleasure in it, and a playfulness comes out of him. And at the end of the day, what I love about him is that he’s just trying his best – and he doesn’t feel like his best is ever good enough. He has an over developed sense of responsibility. He’s plate-spinning.
‘Belle’ is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son (Sam Reid) bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. ‘Belle’ is directed by BAFTA Award winner Amma Asante, written by Misan Sagay, and also stars Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode, Sarah Gadon, Tom Felton and James Norton. ‘Belle’ is set for a May 2nd release in the US and a June 13th bow in the UK.
While ‘Belle’ is very much a sumptuous period piece and a historical document of sorts, the struggles faced by woman of color like Belle didn’t end with the abolition of slavery. Hers is a journey from being the woman she is expected to be to becoming the woman she wants to be, while accepting that she doesn’t fit into any one convenient preconception. We follow a huge arc in this young woman’s life…
Gugu Mbatha-Raw: Yeah, I truly loved that. Dido goes on a massive journey, from a protected young girl to a woman who really takes control of her own destiny. Just the idea that there was this girl who was part of our cultural legacy in England – a mixed race woman in the 1780s – hooked me. Speaking as a mixed-race woman now, there aren’t many historical stories, and so I thought, “This is a part of our cultural heritage, and hardly anyone knows about it!” I think when people think of “dual heritage”, many people think it’s a modern concept, but really it’s not. So the fact that Dido was a pioneer of her time is amazing to me and so I wanted to do justice to her. Her story needs to be known. And it’s about family, falling in love for the first time and finding your identity in the world. These are very resonant, contemporary issues.