Have you seen the latest TV spot for I Am Number Four?
The quality of the video is not the best, but I'm in love with how they are presenting this film! Not too much longer and February 18th will be here!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
If you've been following us for sometime, you know that Collider has provided the fans of I Am Number Four, with some amazing interviews with the cast and film makers. Today, yet another has been released. This time it's a roundtable discussion with Alex Pettyfer and Director DJ Caruso on the making of the film, the differences between the book and film, and John Smith as a character. Check out some excerpts below.
COLLIDER: Alex what did you get to do on this film that you’ve always wanted to do that’s a little different from, like you did on Beastly, is there something on this that you got to do and went “Yes!”?
Pettyfer: You know every film that you go from, you have different experiences, and this experience was working with people that I idolize. DJ, I love his movies from Disturbia to Eagle Eye. I remember reading Disturbia, one of the first scripts I ever got, and I go “Pfft, who wants to make a movie about a guy in a house?” And you watch it and you are blown away about what DJ does, you know he makes an intimate story about a guy who you care about. That’s what I loved about I am Number Four, is that you have all this great action and explosions and etcetera etcetera, but at the core of it DJ makes a story where you care about every single character and you feel like it’s real. That’s why the new Batman worked so well, cause it’s real. You don’t have people flying around and this and that, you have real situations with real people and you start to care about them.
COLLIDER: Obviously, a book is a book, a movie is a movie. Could you talk about the differences from the book to the movie? And also, this is the first of what could be a series of films, how much do you know about where it might go past here?
Caruso: Well I know for me, it was really trying to make—you know you have the book, you have the novel, you have the outline for where the second book goes, the third book was sort of on track to some of the thoughts that they had. But for me, it was really very selfishly trying to make the best movie that I can, trying to stick to some of the themes and elements from the book. But we did do some tweaking and changing, for example I think the biggest change would be—and it’s not a major change, [well] it is a major change dramatically—in the book when it starts he knows who he is, he knows exactly what he’s gotta do, he already has all these powers, most of these powers. We decided for the film to make it a discovery, that he kind of knows he’s special and he’s be chosen, he doesn’t know what’s gonna happen, and so as these powers kick in we, the audience, are discovering with him for the first time what’s happening to him and then how are these gonna relate to what happens later in the movie. So for me, dramatically, that was sort of the biggest shift that we took. And then also just, there’s a lot of sort of folklore and backstory about where he came from and how he got here and flashbacks and things, and I decided in the film just to keep it straight, make that the Chinatown of the movie. We know he’s not, wherever he’s from there’s some horrible things that happened, but for this particularly first film it wasn’t an important element of dramatically telling the story. So I think those were probably the two biggest shifts.
COLLIDER: Okay the tortured souls in different ways. This kid moves all the time, he’s got this horrible background, and your guy in Beastly is a high school student as well who’s paying for his arrogance basically. So do you pick roles like that on purpose? Why do you gravitate towards these guys?
Pettyfer: I think John isn’t a tortured soul, he is a guy who—everyone in life comes to a point where they have a choice, and John’s choice is he wants to lead a life of normality and that’s not his destiny. His destiny is he is essentially this warrior who is from another planet, and that is what’s so torturing for him. He isn’t a tortured soul; he is very vulnerable because of the situation that he’s in. And he may feel tortured, but really it’s about choice for him and him wanting one thing, yet him having to do another to actually essentially get what he wants. Because if he doesn’t become this warrior, and doesn’t go down this path he’s gonna actually lose everything he’s ever wanted. He wants to be normal.Head over to Collider to read the full interview, there's a lot more with Alex and DJ!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
interview Teresa talks about her thoughts on seeing some of the finished footage, the training she had to do for the film, and the stunts she had to perform. Read on for details.
COLLIDER: So how was the training for this?
Palmer: I was in extensive training for about maybe 3 months before we started the actual filming process. It was very intense, but in the most wonderful way. It’s definitely the most physically challenging role I’ve ever taken on. We started slowly. I didn’t want to do a disservice to Number Six by not knowing how to fight and having a body double or stunt double do all that work. So I decided that I would learn to fight, to use a sword, to shoot a gun, to flip around and do as much of the action as I could. But it was long and I had a ton of battle scars and bruises and…just hours of training, but I definitely got in the best shape of my life on that movie. Unfortunately, that hasn’t kept, but that’s ok (laughs).
COLLIDER: Obviously, you’re character is in the end of the trailer. Have you seen final footage, have you done ADR (additional dialogue recording) work, or was that your first time seeing footage?
Palmer: I have done ADR work. In fact, that’s why I have such a croaky throat at the moment. I ADR’ed a ton of my action sequences. One of the pieces you saw in the trailer is showing my “legacy,” which is a power that Number Six has; she has the power of being fireproof. So the shot of her holding back a massive fireball, I had to ADR that entire scene because I wasn’t mic’d, which meant just screaming for like four hours. So I have seen a lot of the footage and it looks really great so far. It’s very action-packed and the special effects seem just so new and refreshing and stuff that I haven’t seen before. It’s really exciting.
COLLIDER: So, this was your first film where you were kind of doing these crazy stunts. Could you talk about what that experience was like?
Palmer: It was very intimidating. Especially when I had been training for months using these big, soft mats and I was very confident. I was like, “Ohhh, this’ll be a piece of cake,” and then I get to set, and obviously you can’t have these big blue mats on the ground. And they said, “Look, we can pad you up,” but you can’t put too much padding underneath the tight leather that I’m wearing, so I really had a tiny soft-gel pad. And in one of the scenes, I had to throw myself onto the ground [and do a] front roll and slam up against this wall. And literally like ten minutes before we started shooting it, the stunt team were trying to teach me to just roll on concrete and it was so painful. But I didn’t want my stunt double to do it because I wanted them to have the option of using my face during the roll. So, we did it twice and it was extremely painful and I was all bruised the next week (laughs). But it was worth it and I really felt like I had accomplished something.
Click here to read the full article, including how Alex Pettyfer continuously pranked Teresa on set!
COLLIDER: So could you tell us how you started out?
Agron: Well I was working, I taught dance classes. But I started out a ballerina and I fell in love with movies like An American in Paris and Singin’ in the Rain, just that was kind of what I was raised on. So I wanted to be like Audrey Hepburn but at the same time I was watching Lucille Ball and thinking “She’s so fabulous.” So in my mind I counter between wanting to be both of them. And so I started acting in high school and towards the end of high school I realized, as I was applying to school, this is something that [I’ve] always loved. I think I made up my mind when I was 7 or 8, and I told my mom and she said “Well you know, there’s a lot of down time on sets” and I said “It’s okay I’ll read a book.” And kind of that childhood want took in senior year and I thought, “Well, you know it’d be great to give it a shot.” I’m also the oldest of two, so I’ve always been very independent and I moved down here and I got into acting classes and it kind of all just came together in a very slow and steady pace, but I think that’s what was very healthy and very fulfilling about it cause now I’m here and I can look back and think “God if I was there again I don’t know if I would want, even knowing the outcome, I don’t know if I would wanna, you know, trek through (laughs).” But it’s the most amazing feeling when everything kinda works out the way you had hoped it would.
COLLIDER: You spent three months in Pittsburgh, what’s the thing that you remember most about the city, and what’s the thing about the movie that you remember the most, when you think on the filming process?
Agron: Well erratic weather, which lead to the most wonderful experiences because, it was just comical. I mean we were always filming about 30 minutes outside of Pittsburg, [with] you know beautiful towns and beautiful lush trees and bushes and just [a] wonderful set up for Ohio-feel and for this movie. And the people were so kind and so in awe of the movie, even though many films are being shot in Pittsburg now, it was such a childlike wonderment about the whole process. Which I think really is great as an actor to see because you realize, it’s such an uncanny thing for so many people, and I often feel that every day but at the same time it becomes a job and it becomes so normal, and you realize that it’s not normal to most people. So on top of that we had this crazy weather, and it wasn’t cold but it was, you know sunny and then torrential rain and then we’d have mud up to our ankles and then up to our knees and then driving on Gators to get to this location. And our producers would be on the phone, and you know because of the iPhones now and all these crazy applications you can predict and see—“Okay well the storm is gonna pass in 5 minutes, it’ll be back in 10 minutes, and then it’ll leave for 30 minutes and then it’ll be back an additional 5.” And so, you know you’d have your producer saying “Okay we have time for one take, then cover your equipment with tarps.” So you’d be rushing up there, “Okay, I can’t screw this up, one take alright let’s go,” “Okay cover with tarps! Cover with tarps! Run under the thing! Get your umbrella!” And it was so funny, and you watch the film now and you don’t see any of that, which is the beauty of it. And we’d have our crew telling us the craziest stories about filming experiences and “Well this we shot in the desert, in 120 degree heat, and blahblahblah.” And I think, because when you’re watching the film it’ll never be as fun as it was making it, you know, because it was so personal to you. It’s something to be proud of at the end, but just the experience is the best part of it. And then watching it, what brings that feeling back, is just knowing all the backstory to every single moment. Much more so than TV because TV is fast, so you’re so focused and in the moment, that sometimes you don’t really have that same feeling.
COLLIDER: ...why is John Smith so interesting to her (Sarah)?
Agron: Because it’s a chance to start over. She’s had this life that, maybe part of it she wanted, part of it she hasn’t, she had the high school football boyfriend, that wasn’t what she wanted. And so for the first time she has somebody that has no judgments, and is listening to her being her, and at the same time she’s not judging him. And they are so quickly drawn to each other and let down all the walls and just have these really pure, organic feelings for each other. It’s what I loved so much about their characters, and you see that that really helps them both go on this journey together, and to really strongly pursue, you know, the plan.
Click here to read the full interview.Agron: He was great. I mean, I didn’t meet him until the day before the table read. And I thought, “Okay no judgments” he’s British, he’s very attractive, he’s the lead in this movie, let’s see. And you realize quickly with him, he’s very worldly. He’s from Europe; he’s been traveling and kind of exploring and taking in people from all different walks of life his whole life. And he was very passionate about this film and about what we could do and what we could explore with it. I think it shows in the trailer, I mean he looks amazing and so focused, and yeah I can’t wait to see the whole thing and kind of really see how it all turned out.
First the interview:
COLLIDER: It looks like you spread out a lot of the action which in the book was at the end. Was the conscience?
DJ: Not really. We have some action that is inter-stickle, but kind of gets you there. We still have the fight in the forest, still have the fight there after the hay ride in the forest. But really, I think the action starts in high school, which is all act 3, which is very similar to the book.
COLLIDER: You are dealing with a series of books when only #1 is released, are their elements worked in that we don’t know now, but years from now will?
DJ: I think particularly in the book John is a lot more knowing about the powers he has and what is happening in his life and cinematically we thought to have him discovery more of these things. Henry sort of keeps him in check and keeps him waiting for these things to happen. I think it is much more interesting from a cinematic stand point not necessarily from a literary standpoint that you are with your character when he is discovering these things. He is sitting in science class when everything seems to be okay and he is looking for Sarah and his first legacy, like full blown legacy starts to come out from his hands and he has no idea why that is happening so he kind of needs to curtail that and run into the closet and all this stuff happens. So you experience that as a viewer with him. You are learning all about the same stuff he is, instead of already knowing he already has it. I think it is a better story telling device.
Click here to read the full interview with Director DJ Caruso.
Now, what about that footage??
After the DreamWorks logo appears, we pan to the right and then start to zoom in on our planet with an awesome shot that keeps on going until we ultimately end up in the jungle and in a small cabin with mosquito protected beds. A man hears something. He gets out of bed and grabs what appears to be a strange looking weapon. As he walks over to the window to investigate what might be outside, we are shown another person in the cabin. He’s younger. Scared. Cut to the the adult. After believing they are safe, he turns and then….
Want more?? Then head over to Collider and check out "Frosty's" full description of the film footage. It sounds AMAZING!!
Haven't seen the trailer yet? Check it out below!