Posts tagged Interviews
Director and writer J.J. Abrams’ (Star Trek, Mission Impossible 3) Steven Spielberg inspired (and produced) ‘Super 8′ follows a group of friends in the summer of 1979 in a small Ohio town as they witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie, they soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. ’Super 8′ stars Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Gabriel Basso and AJ Michalka. The film is set for release June 10th in the US and August 5th in the UK. Check out what Abrams had to say about the film below.
How did the idea for the film come about?
J.J. Abrams: ‘Super 8′ came out of two separate ideas. One was an idea of doing a film about kids making super 8 movies in the late 70’s, early 80’s. And the other one was an idea of a monster movie that I’d had. One was a group of characters I had loved, but without a story that I thought would compel people to go and see it. And the other was a compelling premise but with no original characters. So I kind of combined the two and found that they serviced each other in a cool way.
‘X-Men: First Class’ brings together the epic scale and action of a summer blockbuster with a character-driven story that unveils the beginning of the X-Men saga. As the first class discovers, harnesses, and comes to terms with their formidable powers, alliances are formed that will shape the eternal war between the heroes and villains of the X-Men universe. Like all great X-Men stories, ’X-Men: First Class’ takes on ambitious themes and issues while offering a rich and personal look at an unusual superhero team. Check out what Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy/Beast) and Zoe Kravitz (Angel Salvadore/Angel) had to say about the film below. ‘X-Men: First Class’ is in cinemas now.
How would you describe your character?
Nicholas Hoult: I play Hank McCoy, also known as Beast. For part of the movie he’s a young, geeky scientist who’s very clever and inventive. But also he’s quite nervous and not the best at communicating with other people. He’s very embarrassed with his ape-like feet, which he hides. Also, like with all the mutants in the X-Men stories, there’s that thing about feeling alone and feeling like a freak I suppose, feeling like he doesn’t fit in to society and that no one understands him, he’s also got that. Then when he forms with the other X-Men: First Class he finds other people like him, who understand him.
Matthew Vaughn’s bright, bold and thrill-packed ‘X-Men: First Class’ charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men. Check out what Rose Byrne (CIA agent Moira MacTaggert) and Jennifer Lawrence (Raven Darkholme/Mystique) had to say about the film below. ‘X-Men: First Class’ is in cinemas everywhere now.
What themes interested you in this film?
Rose Byrne: I think it’s that universal theme of being in the minority, whether if it’s because of your religion, sexuality, ethnicity, whatever it is. I think it’s a really powerful metaphor for that, but done in a really fun and entertaining way.
I love the notion of being able to show your true self as a mutant. Raven’s whole inner turmoil about how far she can go being blue, how far Hank can go being Beast, that idea I really love. Everyone goes through that I think, how much of your true self do you show to the world without feeling insecure, you don’t have to be a mutant to relate to that (laughs).
‘X-Men: First Class’ brings together the epic scale and action of a summer blockbuster with a character-driven story that unveils the beginning of the X-Men saga, when Charles Xavier met Erik Lehnsherr. Before Charles (James McAvoy) and Erik (Michael Fassbender) took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers. Before they were archenemies they were the closest of friends, working together and with other mutants to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. Look out for ‘X-Men: First Class’ in cinemas June 1st in the UK, and June 3rd in the US. Check out what James McAvoy had to say about the film below.
How familiar were you with X-Men prior to being in the film?
James McAvoy: I was first aware of the cartoon while I was growing up. When I was about 12 years old they started showing it on Live & Kicking. You’d watch the first half of the cartoon then they’d make you way an hour and fifteen minutes before they’d show you the second half, which was really unfair (laughs). Anyway, I was a big fan of that and the first two films as well.
Matthew Vaughn’s (Layer Cake, Kick Ass) ‘X-Men: First Class’ charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magnthe world, and before Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop Armageddon. In the eto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men. Look out for ‘X-Men: First Class’ in cinemas June 1st in the UK, and June 3rd in the US. Check out what Michael Fassbender had to say about the film below.
Professor Xavier and Magneto were established in the comic books, but also in the movies by two other actors, did you look at the actors or did you base your performance on the comic book?
Michael Fassbender: Yes, at the beginning when I found out that I’d got the job, I thought about studying Ian McKellen and getting my hands on anything I could where he was a young man on screen, you know, just to study his physicality and voice and whatnot. But then I sat down with Matthew Vaughn and we discussed it, and he had decided that that wasn’t the way he wanted to go. So at that point I ditched that idea totally and started to use the comic book material and other source material that was available. I was spoilt really because there was so much there.
Director Nicolas Winding Refn‘s ‘Drive’ is the story of a Hollywood stunt driver by day (Ryan Gosling), a loner by nature, who moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver-for-hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA’s most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbor, Irene (Carey Mulligan). When the job goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best—Drive!
Refn’s previous two films ‘Bronson’ and ‘Valhalla Rising’ are two of my favourite films from recent years, this movie is sure to be a contender for my favourite film of 2011, it is fantastic. Check out what Ryan Gosling had to say about the film below. ‘Drive’ is set for release in September. It also stars the likes of Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks.
This film matches European art house cinema with the violent, visceral, adrenaline rush of American cinema and action pictures. As an actor how do you see that vision of putting these two types of cinema together?
Ryan Gosling: First off I can’t believe that they let us do it (laughs). This whole project was charmed in some way, for instance one of the producers, Marc Platt, a year earlier he said to me “I’m never going to send you a script you won’t want to do, when I send you something I promise you’re gonna want to do it.” Then a year later he sent me ‘Drive,’ the second I finished reading the script I called him and said he was right. He gave me this opportunity, which I’ve never had before, where he said “you can have any director you want.” It was clear to me that Nicolas….he’s one of my favourite film makers, there’s nobody like him, this is such a well explored genre that it is hard to believe that you have anything to contribute to it. I just knew Nicolas wouldn’t let himself mimic anybody, he has to be unique, it’s not in his DNA to mimic anyone. It had to be him, I knew if we could get him on board we would have a shot at making something unique.