Opening on May 22nd in the UK and May 23rd in the US, the stellar ensemble cast for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ includes the likes of Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Nicholas Hoult, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Adan Canto, Fan Bingbing, Booboo Stewart, Lucas Till, Josh Helman, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. In the film, the X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
When we meet Wolverine in the future, we see that he’s a lot more at peace with himself. The cranky, stoic loner of the X-Men ensemble, he’s now in a very different place – albeit at horrendous time period….
Hugh Jackman: Yeah, at the beginning of this movie we really find him as a part of this X-Men team – which he hasn’t been for a long time. And he’s almost at peace with being the warrior, at peace with his… awesomeness (laughs), in a way. He’s found a place where he understands that his greatest weapon in a way is his bad attitude and his angry disposition, and he’s OK with that, he’s OK with who he is. Unfortunately he may be alright but the world around him is not, the world around him is cataclysmic for mutants and for many many humans. So for him and all the X-Men, they’re battling the Sentinels – these machine robots that are built for one purpose only, and that is to exterminate mutants.
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.