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80s Classic ‘Valley Girl’ To Hit Blu-ray On October 16th Via Shout Select!

80s Classic ‘Valley Girl’ To Hit Blu-ray On October 16th Via Shout Select!

In celebration of the film’s 35th anniversary, Shout Select will release the seminal romantic comedy VALLEY GIRL for the first time on Blu-ray on October 16, 2018. This release will feature a brand-new transfer and come packed with bonus features, including new and extended interviews with cast and crew. Fans can preorder now at shoutfactory.com.
Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman star in the totally awesome comedy Valley Girl! When Julie Foreman (April Fool’s Day, My Chauffeur) dumps her preppy boyfriend, the last thing she expects is to find love with the rockin’ Randy (Cage). The future’s open wide for Julie… but when her disapproving friends (E.G. Daily, Heidi Holicker, Michelle Meyrink) find Randy to be grody to the max, she is caught up in a culture clash between her Valley lifestyle and her Hollywood punk.
Featuring a so-bitchin’ soundtrack packed with New Wave hits, Valley Girl is a sweetly romantic slice of 80s nostalgia from director Martha Coolidge (Real Genius). Are you going to love it? We’re, like, so sure!
Special Features:
· NEW HD Film Transfer
· NEW “In Conversation – Director Martha Coolidge with Actors E.G. Daily and Heidi Holicker”
· NEW “Greetings from the San Fernando Valley” (A short history of the iconic San Fernando Valley) Hosted by Tommy Gelinas of The Valley Relics Museum
· NEW Extended Interviews from 2003 with Nicolas Cage, Cameron Dye, Frederic Forrest, E.G. Daily, Colleen Camp, Lee Purcell, Producers Andrew Lane and Wayne Crawford, Peter Case of The Plimsouls, Josie Cotton, DJ Richard Blade, and more
· Storyboard to Film Comparisons
· Photo Gallery
· Feature Length Audio Commentary with Director Martha Coolidge
· “Valley Girl: 20 Totally Tubular Years Later”
· “In Conversation: Nicolas Cage and Martha Coolidge”
· “The Music of Valley Girl”

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First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt Released

First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt Released

From Open Road Films and Academy Award®-Winning Director Oliver Stone have unveiled the first trailer for SNOWDEN, the highly anticipated, pulse-pounding thriller based on true events, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, The film is slated to hit theaters on September 16th, 2016.

Synopsis: Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.

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Harold Perrineau Discusses His Career, ‘Seeking Justice’ And Much More!

Harold Perrineau Discusses His Career, ‘Seeking Justice’ And Much More!

Harold Perrineau has leant his considerable talents to a plethora of memorable Hollywood hits ranging from “Romeo and Juliet” to “The Matrix Reloaded” to “28 Weeks Later”. His work in television is no less impressive, as he has received critical acclaim for his roles on HBO’s gritty prison drama “Oz” and the pop culture phenomenon that was ABC’s hit series”Lost”. Along the way, he has established himself as one of the most diversified actors in the business. For his latest film, “Seeking Justice”, he stars alongside Nicolas Cage, Guy Pearce, January Jones, and Jennifer Carpenter in a unique story of vengeance and deception. Icon Vs. Icon’s Jason Price recently caught up with Harold Perrineau to discuss his unique career, the influences that shaped him as a performer, his experiences on the set of “Seeking Justice”, his musical side and much more!

Harold Perrineau

We always like to start by giving everyone a little background. What can you tell us about how you got started on your journey in the entertainment industry?

Oh, wow! That is a big question, starting right off! [laughs] I am from New York. When I was in high school, I was in the orchestra, which means I wasn’t really cool! [laughs] At the time, my aunt was going to Long Island University. There was a program there focusing on theater for kids. She took my brothers, all my cousins and I there to check it out. I instantly fell in love with it and started right in on this journey. After high school, I went to a conservatory of music and I came back and got a scholarship for the Alvin Ailey School. Just keep going and going and going! Eventually, I started acting, which is my real passion, and it has led me to this point! That was the abridged version! How was that!? [laughs]

That works for me! I am curious to know the influences who helped shape the actor we see today, both on-screen and off?

I am influenced by so many things because there are so many parts of this business that I really love. I love performing and the way entertaining feels. I have influences from all over the place, ranging from musicians to actors to dancers. As a dancer, I loved to watch Baryshnikov back in the day. He was very, very influential for me stopping dancing, as one day I realized that I was never going to be that good and I need to hang it up! [laughs] Back in the day I loved old movies and I would sneak out of bed at night and watch old movies with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, all the dance and musical movies. Those films really made me want to do that. Later on, the stakes started getting higher as I discovered Denzel Washington, Al Pacino and Gene Hackman. Those guys became like gods to me. I knew that if I wanted to act, I wanted to be just like them! My biggest influence musically was Miles Davis. He is obviously one of the all-time greats!

In Theaters March 16th!

Your latest project is “Seeking Justice.” What can you tell us about the film and your character, for those unfamiliar with it?

“Seeking Justice” is an action/thriller which stars Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce and myself. The movie asks the question, “If you or a family member were a victim of a crime, how far would you go to get justice? Or would it be revenge?” Nicolas Cage plays a teacher whose wife is a victim of a crime. He then has the opportunity to get justice or revenge and he takes it, then we go on this journey with him. I play his good friend and the principal at the school where he teaches, who is an interesting character in the film.

What was it about the script or the character in particular that drew you to your role in the film?

Yeah. At the time, I was coming off of “Lost” and this role gave me the opportunity to play a guy in an ordinary circumstance, set in New Orleans. I really wanted to go there and work with Nic and director Roger Donaldson. I just thought, “Wow! This could be kind of a cool thing!” When the opportunity came my way, I jumped at it! It was great to be able to head down to New Orleans, work with a great cast and make a fun film.

Each project is a learning experience for an actor. What did you learn from your time on this film?

On this project, I learned a bunch of different things. One of those things is that New Orleans is a dangerous place to be! [laughs] I say that because you can have WAY too much fun and not pay attention to the work! [laughs] While I was there, I got the chance to hang out a lot with the crew and the director of this film. That is something that I didn’t always do. It wasn’t on purpose or anything, it was just I didn’t have the opportunity to do that very often. I got to see firsthand how that type of camaraderie helps bring more fun and interest when you are actually doing the filmmaking. As I got closer to those guys, I found myself discovering more interesting stuff to bring to my character and into the movie. That was a very intriguing and fun thing for me to learn. Quite often, I come in and it is a situation like, “I am the actor. This is the director. I am the student and that is the teacher.” There was always that weird separation. On this project I thought, “What happens if I move that barrier?” I really enjoyed the results!

Harold Perrineau

Do you have a typical process when you set out to bring a character from script to screen?

I do have sort of a process. It is kind of a personal thing but if I can find a way to sympathize with my character or get into their head, I can spend days figuring it out. I think, “If this was me, how would I do that? What would make me do that? How would I get there?” I spend a lot of time, unfortunately by myself, daydreaming! [laughs] Or reading or things like that, spending time alone. Then I show up with all of the stuff that I have worked out and come up with and present it to the director. Hopefully, through all of that, we can find something to agree on.

Looking back on your career so far, how do you think you evolved in your craft since starting out?

Ya know, I feel that it is a process. I think I have had some moments when the roles are difficult, I have really stepped up, figured it out and have been able to rise to the occasion. The role of Mercutio in “Romeo & Juliet” is a good example but then there are other times, in the films I have been in, when I realized, “Oh, I just didn’t work hard enough to make that happen.” It has been quite a journey and I am coming along quite well, if I do say so myself! [laughs]

You played a diverse range of characters in your career. Is there a role or genre you haven’t tackled yet that you would like to take a stab at in the future?

I have been able to do a lot of stuff. Honestly, I like the journey that I am on. I think of all the tough stuff that I have done, I would like to do more romantic comedies. I don’t know why but there is just something that is fun for me about them and, at the end of the day, I find sticking in my head. I love the romance and comedy of it all. We have this thing coming out on TBS called “The Wedding Band.” It isn’t a romantic comedy, it is more of a musical comedy, but I haven’t had as much fun in quite a long time as I did working on that project. It is myself, Brian Austin Green, Peter Cambor and Derek Miller playing in this band called Mother of The Bride. It is hysterical! [laughs] We have a great cast that features Melora Hardi, Jenny Wade, Kathryn Fiore — it is a terrific cast of people! Nobody dies, nobody gets beat up or hurt! We just laugh, play and sing! It is nice to be in that space for a bit!

There is nothin’ wrong with that!

Harold Perrineau

Nothing at all! [laughs]

What is the best piece of advice you can offer to someone just starting out on their journey in the entertainment industry?

It feels almost clique but you really do have to love it. There are so many ups and downs. There is an old saying, “Today a peacock, tomorrow a feather duster.” For some reason, that always rings in my mind because of those ups and downs, the ins and outs and the many things that you have to figure out along the way. You really have to love it because it is a real honor and a gift to be able to do it, so it would be a shame to not enjoy it and to be miserable throughout that journey. I would really evaluate if it is truly something that you wish to pursue, then pursue it. Go forward to learn as much as you can, do as much as you can and enjoy it as it comes.

You also have a musical side. What can you tell us about that and how fans can learn a little more about it!

My musical side, as I said early, started when I grew up playing music. It has always been a passion of mine and something that is fun for me. For a couple of years, we have been working on this album called “Seeker.” Instead of releasing a big album, we have been releasing a song here and there when we have time and have put some stuff together. You can go to my website, www.haroldperrineau.com, which we always update with new stuff that we have come up with. That is where we have been, I don’t even know if I want to call it a fan base, but a group of people who we can play music for and have a good time. I have music videos on there and silly little short films and things we are having fun with. You can learn more about the music from there.

It has been a pleasure talking with you today, Harold. We look forward to spreading the word on all of you projects and will talk to you again in the future!

Alright, Jason! Thank you very much!

Synopsis: Directed by Roger Donaldson, “Seeking Justice” is an action-packed thriller focuses on Will Gerard (Nicolas Cage), a happily married family man whose quiet life is turned upside-down when his wife, Laura (January Jones), is brutally attacked one night while leaving work. At the hospital, waiting for news about his wife’s condition, Will is approached by Simon, (Guy Pearce) who proposes an intriguing offer: Simon will arrange to have a complete stranger exact vengeance on Laura’s attacker, in exchange for a favor from Will in the near future. Distraught and grief-stricken, Will consents to the deal, unwittingly pulling himself into a dangerous underground vigilante operation. While continuing to protect his wife from the truth, he quickly discovers that his quest for justice could lead to frightening and deadly consequences. 

“Seeking Justice” hits theaters nationwide on March 16th, 2012!

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Director Joel Schumacher Talks ‘Trespass’ and His History In Film!

Director Joel Schumacher Talks ‘Trespass’ and His History In Film!

Director Joel Schumacher first exploded onto the scene in the early 1980s. Armed with a slew of amazing films — from the quirky “D.C. Cab” to the dramatic “St. Elmos Fire” to the genre defining “Lost Boys” — he quickly established himself as one of the most diverse directors in the game. The decades to follow were  no less eclectic and pushed him to take his creativity to even greater heights, providing  fans worldwide with exciting new films such as ‘”Flatliners,” “Falling Down,” “8MM,” “Bad Company,” “Phone Booth” and “The Number 23,” just to name a few. Now in his 70s, this amazing artist is showing no signs of slowing down and is back once more with a pulse-pounding new thriller, “Trespass,” starring Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Cam Gigandet and a host of other talented character actors. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Joel Schumacher to discuss his humble beginnings, his evolution as a director, the making of “Trespass,” his advice to young filmmakers and much more!

Joel Schumacher

First, I want to thank you for taking time out to talk with us today.

Don’t be silly! Thank you for your interest!

We are all familiar with the great films you have done in the past. What got you started on a journey in the entertainment industry as a director?

I had wanted to make movies ever since I was 7 years old. I didn’t know that it would ever happen. There was a terrific man named Dominic Dunn, who became a successful novelist and TV personality. In 1970, he was a producer and I just stalked him, after I got off intravenous drugs, this is a very long story but he brought me to Hollywood as a $200 a week costume designer. He gave me my first job and I did costume design and art direction. I was lucky enough to work with Woody Allen, he told me to write. The script sold. Eventually, somebody picked me to direct and I had no idea what would follow and that I would be on the phone with you today. That is what is funny about a body of work, how could I have known?! I am lucky! [shouts] I’m a lucky guy!

Who would you cite as your biggest professional influence as a director?

I would say that my earliest films, which I wrote, like “Car Wash,” are very [Robert] Altman-based because Altman always did ensembles. I usually write ensemble and I have directed tons of ensemble movies, including the new one, “Trespass,” which has Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage but it also has five other people that are also brilliant actors. It is about those seven people. This is going to sound so corny! But life is an ensemble really! Because it is never just your story. It is everybody around you and their stories. Those are the stories that I am most interested in. I think that Altman was a huge influence. Woody Allen was a huge influence because he encouraged all of us that worked with him to take risks and contribute to his filmmaking. That was interesting and very appreciated! You do your best work when someone encourages you! He is the one who said, “To be a director, you must write.” And it was my writing that sold and eventually helped me to land my first directing jobs. So, he was right! He was a great mentor. Then, I didn’t get to know Billy Wilder until late in life but he was one of my greatest influences when I was young because it was always a Billy Wilder film but they were totally different. He went from the wackiest to the most touching to the most, I guess you would call it nihilistic. He was comfortable in all of those genres and while although I am not comparing myself to Billy Wilder, I try to tackle different genres myself.

Your latest project, as you mentioned, is “Trespass.” What attracted you to the project initially?

First of all, I think it is because it is based on a primal fear of: someone breaks into your house. Then, it is a psychological thriller where seven people are together in a pressure cooker. “People break into your house” is one sentence. It is what happens in the next 90 minutes that is the story. Because there were so many cross currents, secrets and lies and nothing was as it appeared to be, it was a chance to, pardon the cliche, but peel the onion down to nothing. I really like flawed people in pressured situations. I have made a lot of different movies and journalists will ask, “What is the common thread?” The only one that I can really see is flawed people in high pressure situations, how they are going to react and what is going to happen. This film had that and it also gave me the opportunity to reach out to a great cast. I asked Nicole first. She said yes and then Nic Cage was second. Then it was great to find the other people because some of them are not as well known but YOU WILL know them eventually! They are all great character actors! It was a tough shoot because it was very physical and the cast really had to help each other. It was a real dance with cameras, etcetera, etcetera. But every movie is hard to make and our movie was certainly no harder to make than anybody elses.

This isn’t your first time directing Nic Cage. What is it about him that intrigues you as a director?

I met Nic when he did “Valley Girl” and I have always been trying to put Nic in movies because there is no one like him. I mean, if you think of Nic Cage, he is not like any other actor that you know or have known! A total original! Finally, when I asked him to do “8 MM,” he said yes. We had a pretty amazing journey together on that film. I was really proud of him. I didn’t really have another role for him for quite a while until this new movie. I was just thrilled when he said yes. I had worked with Nicole on “Batman Forever” and we had had some success. It was like being old friends again in a way. Then there is more pressure because you don’t want to disappoint people who have put their trust in you again. That is an added pressure but that is my job!

Looking back on your tremendous body of work, how do you feel you evolved as an artist through the years?

Joel Schumacher

It is really interesting. One of my best friends talks about this to me all of the time. I don’t really look back and sometimes I forget that I have made so many movies. It is only when I run into people — we had our premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. In that case, there were hundreds of fans for Nic Cage and me. I actually forget all of the movies that I have made and that they have fans. I don’t say that to be disingenuous but I am always worried about the future and I am always moving on. So, no, I don’t sit home and focus on it. But sometimes, when I come home really late at night, there might be one of my movies on five channels. Not the same movie but all different movies! [laughs] I think, “Oh fuck! I have made a lot of movies!” [laughs] I am always worried about what is next. I kind of move in life like that because I come from humble beginnings and I have always worked since I was a kid. I lost my parents young, so I have only had myself really, so I am always worried about what I am going to do next. I love directing film so much that I just hope that I am lucky enough to keep directing. I never planned for people to know my name or that I would have hit movies. How could you plan that? It evolved from humble beginnings, as I said, as a costume designer for $200 a week. How could I have known that any of this was going to happen?! Each one was a separate journey, there was no plan. It was always just the next job in a way or if I could write something that people would let me direct, maybe I could change my direction that way because I didn’t want to be pigeon-holed. I would always try to find something very different from what I had just done and move on. As I said, I am one of the luckiest people that I know, so no false modesty. But no, I don’t sit home and watch my old movies like “Sunset Boulevard,” like the character in that film who sits and watches her old movies all of the time and resents and thinks about the old days! [laughs] Today is today! It is about what is happening now! I am proud of my cast on “Trespass” and I think that we made a pretty unique movie with a very obvious plot, you know, with people breaking into your house. It is really what you do with that and it is all about my cast. I think I have what is called a career because of my casting. I think that my casts have made me look like a really good director. I am very cast dependent. Certainly in this movie, which as I have said, is seven people in a pressure cooker and they are the ones that make it happen! I just stay out of their way! [laughs]

Being a seasoned vet of the film industry, what is the best piece of advice you can pass along to young filmmakers?

Joel Schumacher On Set

I think the best advice in the world is that if they want to direct, they should audit an acting class. That was suggested to me by Daniel Mann who was quite elderly and had directed Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani. He did a lot of great movies and a lot of great stage work. I did a director’s workshop with him. I said that I would like to do it again, this was right when I first started directing, and he said, “No. You have learned everything that you needed to learn here. Go to acting class now.” I said, “But I am not an actor!” And he said, “If you audit an acting class, that would be the best thing for you as a director.” That would be my best piece of advice. If you audit an acting class, I did it for five years, two nights a week, you will hear everything an actor can ask you. You realize that there is no method and that every actor is different. You will learn tricks on how to pull stuff out of people, how to demand some stuff from people while making them feel good about it or kicking their ass if you need to! I think that sometimes when friends of mine that are directors say that they hate actors, they really mean that they are afraid of them because they are afraid that the actor is going to ask them something that they won’t know the answer to. And ya know, if you don’t know the answer, “I don’t know, let’s find out together!” is a great answer because they know if you are lying to them and you don’t want to be that person. That would be my biggest piece of advice. And also, to try and learn the history of film! Watch black and white films, watch foreign films, watch the films that made filming. I remember Lillian Gish, very late in her life when she was doing an interview, she was part of the D.W. Griffith group as a very young girl, it was her and her sister. They were asking her about those old silent movies. She said, “Young man, you must understand that we started making movies when we didn’t know that there would be movies!” It is so true! I think, not that people have to spend their life doing this, but I hope you don’t think that film started with “Star Wars” or “Lord of the Rings.” They are great and they are classic and we all should know them but it would be nice if you had a little encapsulated version of how we got here!

Definitely!

A little advice from Joel Schumacher...

You might learn some tricks to steal from! The opening of “Falling Down” is not an homage, it is a rip-off of “8 ½” by Fellini! So, if you are going to steal, steal from the best! [laughs] There are other things, I am not going to say it is an homage, I will say I just stole them! [laughs] For example, there is a little boy in “Flatliners” who wears a red sweatshirt with a hood. He is the ghost who is attacking Kiefer Sutherland. That is definitely stolen from Nicolas Roeg’s masterpiece “Don’t Look Now” because there was a midget in a red hood!  A very scary movie but beautifully done! He is one of my favorite directors. It is sort of selfish stuff! [laughs] It is education and a little selfishness because you might steal some stuff but also it is just nice to know who came before you and what they did, I think. But there are many kids that are making movies too that don’t need to know that because they may be so naturally gifted and the time is now. I don’t think that times were ever better. They were just different. I think that now is now and that now is the time for — I am sure that you are much, much younger than I am, but don’t let anyone tell you that, “It’s the end of America” or “It’s the end of the world.” You know? No. This is your time. Every generation has been through its shit storms. Just go on, make merry and be good to other people! [laughs] I sound like a minister now! [laughs]  But I don’t like all of the doom and gloom that is thrown at young people now. “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” Every day! I have been hearing that for years. It hasn’t fallen yet. So, PARTY ON! [laughs]  I think Snooki said that at Rutgers University! [laughs]

It has been a pleasure talking to you, sir! I know you have to run, so thanks again for your time and I wish you continued success!

Thank you very much! I appreciate it and take care!

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Cam Gigandet Discusses His Past, Present and Future Entertainment!

Cam Gigandet Discusses His Past, Present and Future Entertainment!

With his striking good looks and dynamic range, Cam Gigandet quickly established himself as one of Hollywood’s brightest young stars. His assent began by honing his skills on television shows like “Jack & Bobby” and the wildly popular series, “The O.C.” It wasn’t long before the powers that be took notice and cast him in even larger roles. It was his role in a little movie called “Twilight” that helped to rocket him to a new level of stardom. It wasn’t long before he found himself starring opposite of many of the silver screen’s biggest names! His latest endeavor is Joel Schumacher’s new thriller, “Trespass,” which pairs him with the legendary Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman.

The film focuses on a private, wealthy community, where priority is placed on security and no exception is made for the Miller family’s estate. Behind their pristine walls and manicured gardens, Kyle (Nicolas Cage), a fast-talking businessman, has entrusted the mansion’s renovation to his stunning wife, Sarah (Nicole Kidman). But between making those big decisions and keeping tabs on their defiant teenage daughter (Liana Liberato), Sarah often finds herself distracted by a young, handsome worker (Cam Gigandet) at their home. Nothing is what it seems, and it will take a group of cold-blooded criminals led by Elias (Ben Mendelsohn), who have been planning a vicious home invasion for months, to bring the Miller family together. When they storm the manor, everyone is tangled up in betrayal, deception, temptation and scheming. Kyle, Sarah and Avery will take the ultimate risk to make it out with their lives – and their family – intact.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Cam Gigandet to discuss how he got his start in the entertainment industry, his influences, what he learned from working alongside Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman and the challenges involved with making “Trespass.”

Cam Gigandet

What drove you to pursue a career in the entertainment industry instead of some other creative avenue?

I didn’t have the talent for anything else! [laughs]

Come on now! You do great work!

Thank you! But seriously, I just kinda fell into it. I moved down to Los Angeles for no real reason other to be where I grew up and then I fell into an acting class. Maybe it was just my upbringing. I played sports growing up, so acting and that creative lifestyle had never really entered my mind because I hadn’t grown up with it. When I walked into that acting class, it was just so eye opening, so new, different and exciting that I just knew that this was what I wanted to do! Once I made the decision — if you are going to make the decision to become an actor, it kinda has to be “all in and whatever it takes!” I never really had a backup plan, I never really had anything else! It had to be this, one way or another, this had to be the way I made a living. I have been fortunate enough lately to make a living from it

You are doing great so far! Who would you cite as your biggest professional influence at this point in your career and why?

I can honestly say that I would not be sitting here today, talking with you, if it wasn’t for my acting coach and dear friend, who I have worked with for 10 years now. Her name is Leigh Kilton Smith. She has really shown me the way and mentored me since I was very new, since I was on the “O.C.” even. She has really given me what I needed and the tools to make it in this career.

'Trespass' from Director Joel Schumacher

Your latest project is “Trespass.” What was it about the script or the character in particular that drew you to the role?

He is a character that has this belief that what he was doing was the right thing and it needed to be done. He is someone who, with his obsessive kind of nature, narcissistic even, has such strong beliefs that he was saving someone and doing the right thing. He thought that he was the one to do this, that he was the savior. That is kind of a scary notion, to think of someone who has that utter belief and there is a certain danger when you come across those types of people. That seemed so interesting to me and the fact that people like Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman and Joel Schumacher were involved. To be a part of something that they were all a part of was something that you can’t really pass up.

What was your process for bringing the character from the script to the screen? Was there a certain mindset you had to be in or do some research for?

For this one Joel and I had talked and there was a little bit of research because it wasn’t just an emotional journey that this guy went on, he had more medical types of issues! So, there was this obsessive narcissism that I had to research. It was always a process of asking why that he does the things that he does. If I could come up with answers that were interesting and use my imagination to justify what he does, it all began to fall into place after that. We were fortunate enough to have a few weeks of rehearsals before we started shooting, which is great because you get to try a lot of things out and throw ideas back and forth to see what sticks. There was so much playing around that we all sort of fell into our characters during that rehearsal process. If something didn’t work, we just left it alone.

It is an awesome opportunity for a young actor like yourself to be able to watch Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman in these rehearsals and on set. Did you learn a lot from your time with them?

Of course! They are both such pros! Both of their processes are so different but both so valid. You can really pick and choose what you want to learn from each. Nicole is a pro 100% of the time. To watch her work through a scene is amazing. She does it with such grace and she is stunning, so it is easy to pay attention! [laughs] She always seems to understand what she is doing, there are no wasted movements, there is always a purpose. That is a trait that I wish I could possess! Nic is more free-spirited, quirky, just kinda different and just kinda lets it go and figures it out along the way. He isn’t afraid to try this, throw this and say, “How about this?” So, it was really interesting to watch the dynamic between the two of them. They are both so valid, so you just kinda have to find what you enjoy but there is always something to learn from people like that.

Joel Schumacher is an amazing director with many years of experience under his belt. What was it like working with him and what do you think he brought to the table on a project like this?

Nicole Kidman and Cam Gigandet

Ya know, I don’t know how he did it! He had always said that the biggest moment on a movie for a director is hiring the cast. He really meant that and I always thought that once the director had his cast he is going to tell them this or tell them that but Joel gave us so much freedom as actors to explore and create these characters. For a director to give up that type of control can be one of the hardest things for a director to do, I can imagine. The fact that he could give us that freedom just shows the trust and faith that he has in us and us to him. We always knew that we were in good hands and that he was never going to let us go in the wrong direction, he would always lead us back. He does that with such ease and calm that you never feel that there is any amount of pressure. That is when you really get to explore and have fun, when you don’t have that pressure that can sit over you when you feel that the director doesn’t like something. Joel takes everything with a grain of salt and he is just so calm and easy that we were never really worried. Joel was great and I loved working with him on the film.

Looking back on the experience from an acting standpoint, what was the biggest challenge in making this film?

One of the more obvious challenges that not only I faced but all of the bad-group-of-people faced was wearing these masks for an extended period of time. It has been done before but wearing the masks and having to focus everything through the eyes and gestures is very different! That was definitely a new experience for me and I think it was definitely a challenge that we all enjoyed playing on this project. Other than that, there were no challenges other than having to stay at the level of Nicole and Nic! [laughs] Rising up to that challenge was very welcomed!

Cam Gigandet

Looking back on your career so far, how do you think you have evolved in your craft since starting out?

It doesn’t matter if I watch “The O.C.” or even “Trespass,” I always feel that every time that I watch something that I have done, I wish that I could change it or do something differently or I am like, “What were you thinking there?” It always kinda goes through your head. But overall? I don’t know. I think that it is all a learning process. I feel like if I keep getting more comfortable and if I keep taking more risks and trying new things and exploring, I will be OK! I don’t want to sit and judge what I do too much because then I will become obsessed with it and I will lose any confidence that I had! [laughs] Once things are over, I will try to let them be in the past!

You have played many diverse roles. What other projects should we be on the lookout for in the short term?

Hopefully this will all work out but I am shooting a pilot in a few weeks for TNT called “Gateway.” It is a western! Hopefully, if everything goes according to plan, that should air sometime next year!

That is great and it sounds like a great project for you! We will be here to spread the word! Is there anything you want to say to your fans before I let you go?

Yeah! Just that I love them all and to keep going to see anything that I am in! [laughs]

As a fan, I certainly will! All the best to you, Cam! I am sure we will be talking again soon!

Sounds good! Thank you!

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Red Band Trailer For ‘Drive Angry 3D’ Unleashed!

Red Band Trailer For ‘Drive Angry 3D’ Unleashed!

Summit Entertainment has released a Red Band Trailer for the new 3D film Drive Angry starring Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, David Morse, William Fichtner, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Billy Burke. The film is slated to hit theaters on February 25, 2011. Check out the trailer below and weigh in with your thoughts on this action packed flick!

Synopsis: “Drive Angry 3D” stars Nicolas Cage as Milton, a hardened felon who has broken out for one last chance at redemption. Hell bent on stopping a vicious cult of fanatics who murdered his daughter, he has three days to stop them before they sacrifice his infant granddaughter beneath a full moon. Milton must us his anger to go beyond all human limits in order to save his last connection with humanity.

He’s joined by Piper, a young sexy-smart waitress who liberates her ex-boyfriend’s cherry red muscle car in order to help Milton. Now, the two of them are hot on the trail of the charismatic Jonah King and his murderous followers. King will throw every one of them faithful under the wheels of Milton’s turbo-charged Black ’71 Challenger, to fulfill hist destiny and unleash hell on earth.

But the bloodthirsty cult is the least of Milton’s problems. The police are after him, too. And worse. An enigmatic killer known only as “The Accountant.” The Accountant knows what Milton is trying to and and simply doesn’t care. With wicked cunning and hypnotic savagery, the Accountant will relentlessly pursue Milton at high speed across the forgotten back roads of the American south.

Fueled by high octane and pure rage, Milton and Piper must battle the onslaught of King’s disciples, avenge his murdered daughter, and save his granddaughter before his last chance at redemption is revoked.

Source: IGN

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Rising Star Claire Foy Discusses Her Hollywood Debut In ‘Season of The Witch’

Rising Star Claire Foy Discusses Her Hollywood Debut In ‘Season of The Witch’

Claire Foy may not be a household name yet, but the 26-year-old British actress is about to invade the Hollywood machine with a leading role in Relativity Media’s highly anticipated film, ‘Season of The Witch’. The film is a supernatural action adventure that packs serious star power. Foy shares the screen with Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage (National Treasure, Ghost Rider), Ron Perlman (Beauty and The Beast, Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy) and legendary character actor Christopher Lee (Horror of Dracula, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Lord of The Rings Trilogy) — which is not a bad way to start your film career! The film centers on a heroic Crusader (Cage) and his fellow soldier who must transport a woman accused of being a witch (Foy) to a remote monastery. The arduous journey across perilous terrain tests their strength and courage as they discover the girl’s secret and find themselves battling a terrifyingly powerful force that will determine the fate of the world. Under the watchful eye of veteran Dominic Sena (Kalifornia, Gone In 60 Seconds, White Out), Foy steals the show with her weighty and spine-tingling performance! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with the young actress to discuss her blossoming career, silver screen debut and much more!

How did you get started on your journey as an actress?

I went to university in Liverpool, England were I was pursing a film degree because I thought that I wanted to be behind the camera. In my final year of university, I did a lot of plays and things of that sort and decided that I wanted to go to drama school. So I did! I went to the Oxford School of Drama and that was the end of that really!

I am curious to know who has been most influential to you as an actress?

Oh, crickey! Hummm … I grew up watching people like Meg Ryan. I was massively obsessed with Doris Day as well. But growing up watching people like Meg Ryan probably influenced me more than anything. Looking back on it now I can see what I think acting is and what I like about acting are the things that they sort of did. People like Leonardo DiCaprio influenced me as well. I recently rediscovered him. I have loved his work since I saw him in ‘Romeo and Juliet’. I think that he is a really brilliant actor.

‘Season of the Witch’, is your feature-film debut. What can you tell us about it and who do you play?

The film is about Nicolas Cage’s character who gets charged with transporting a witch, who is played by me, across Europe to be put on trial. The film focuses on all the characters who go on that journey with him. There are six main characters and it is really about our interactions and things like that. Ron (Perlman) and Nic’s relationship in the film is very important as they came from The Crusades together and they have a lot of history together. My character is the one woman in the center of all of these men who has been charged with doing a terrible, terrible thing but no one believes that she is so little and a woman! [laughs] I get the better of them all in the end!

What initially attracted you to the role?

It was really unlike anything that I had ever read. In England I was going up for lots of theater or television roles and this was a big Hollywood movie. The script really felt like that because it had a lot of action and was very Hollywood movie-ish, if you know what I mean. Really, the main thing that attracted me was the character. She is a very driven character who is always making things happen. The types of characters that I have played before have been very different than that and it was really a challenge for me to do it. When I got the part, I was really excited about playing it because it didn’t have to be simple and I could do quite a lot in the role.

What is your process for bringing a character like this from the script to the screen?

I think that you just have to make it as real as humanly possible by playing the intention of all the scenes and all of that. My main thing was that I didn’t want to play a witch. Ya know what I mean? I didn’t want to be some sinister thing that people might expect. So I just tried to play to the intention of each scene and make her a real person and hopefully it comes out!

You had a great cast for the film. What was it like being the lone woman in a predominately male cast?

I loved it! All of the projects that I had done before were really ensemble and that is exactly what ‘Season of The Witch’ was as well. I loved being with all of the boys. It was never really like it was just me with lots of boys, everyone was sort of different in their own way. Obviously, there are plenty of women on film sets so it wasn’t like I was completely outnumbered! [laughs] We all had such a good laugh together. We went out all of the time and went to dinner and had a really, really good time. I don’t know if I will ever work with such a close knit cast again. It was really, really brilliant.

The film boasts some very big names, Ron Perlman and Nicolas Cage, when it comes to guys who do a lot of character work. What did you learn from them as an actress during your time together?

Nicolas Cage and Claire Foy

Well, you pick up on different things that people do. Nic, for example, is really interested in the stage actors in England. All of us who are English on the set, he would ask us about our experiences because he is very interested in the British training of actors. It is like a completely foreign world to me, this whole American movie thing. So, it was really fascinating for me to watch him, he has been doing it for 30 years and he is amazing to watch. After all of those years he is still interested in it and he makes decisions to make sure that he is still interested in it. It was quite interesting really. We got the opportunity to watch ‘Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans’ with him and he was so proud of it. It was so lovely to see someone who has being doing it for such a long time still give a shit! [laughs] Obviously, I worked with Ron as well and he is amazing, hilarious and doesn’t take himself too seriously at all. We were a really, really lucky cast because it is rare that you get to work with such amazing people who have no ego at all, both of them. They were always on set on time, always brilliant and always a laugh.

You mentioned that originally you had gone to university to be behind the camera. I imagine that gives you a unique perspective that many actors might not have. What can you tell us about working with director Dominic Sena and what do you think he brought to the table?

Dom is an amazing director. He really knows where the camera should be and what it should look like to make something look really, really stunning. You can see that in the film as he has so many beautiful shots of things, especially the landscape. He was so clever with the locations that he chose as well as the actors that he chose. He really has the ability to do as little as possible to make the camera do as much as possible. By that I mean he gives the actors the benefit of the doubt about whether they have done a good take or a bad take. He will tell you when it is good or bad but he is very respectful and fun. He doesn’t take himself too seriously either. I think that he is tremendously visual and knows his lights really well and what tricks to pull when he needs them. A very clever man, very clever!

As you mentioned, the film is loaded with action. What can you tell us about your experiences with the stunts on the film?

I am awful at them! Really, really bad! [laughs] I think I am probably the worst that the stunt coordinators have ever come across! [laughs] I couldn’t do any of the stunts! I’m rubbish! I just can’t convince people that I am really strong when I’m not. They would say something like, “You have to shove like this! Then turn your body like this!” I had no idea what they were talking about! Nic and Ron would be really good at them. All of the boys were really excited about doing the stunts but I couldn’t bare the thought of doing them. So yeah, I don’t think that I would get employed for my stunt skills in the future! Quite unlikely!

What was the biggest challenge for you in making this film?

I think the cold was quite a challenge! But really, I think for me the biggest challenge was making the character believable and give it enough strength and weight. On my first day of shooting I had to try and intimidate Nicolas Cage, which when you grew up watching his movies is a bit unnerving.

You have done both film and television in your career. Is there a medium that you prefer?

I wouldn’t say that there was one that I prefer. I want to do everything. I wouldn’t want to just do one thing, I know that for certain. I like doing everything and I am desperate to do theater. That would be the next thing I would like to do.

What other projects are on the horizon for you?

I did a revival of ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ in Britain, which I believe is coming to America in April. I also did a project called ‘The Promise’ about Israel with Peter Kosminsky but I am not sure if that will be coming to America or not.

What is the best piece of advice someone has given you so far in regard to your blossoming career?

I don’t think, embarrassingly, anyone has given me any advice. I think the only thing that might have been mentioned is “a publicist!” [laughs] Which I think is quite good because it means that they believe all the hype, if you know what I mean. I feel really lucky, in a way, that no one has had to bestow any wisdom. I have been really lucky to be able to observe people. The main thing that they tell you is to be polite to everyone and treat people they way you want to be treated and remember how lucky you are. That is what I have learned from watching the people that I have worked with. It’s been lovely!

Anything that you would like to say to the fans before I let you go?

I don’t know if I’ve got any, mate! [laughs]

I doubt that but you certainly have won us over!

Keep believing! [laughs]

Thanks for your time, Claire! We look forward to seeing you even more in the years to come!

Thank you, Jason! Cheers!

Cheers!

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‘Season of The Witch’ hits theaters nationwide of January 7th, 2011. Fans can also check out the official website for the film at www.seasonofthewitchmovie.com, become a fan of the film on Facebook or follow the film on Twitter.

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Medieval Action Unleashed In New TV Spot For Relativity Media’s ‘Season of the Witch’

Medieval Action Unleashed In New TV Spot For Relativity Media’s ‘Season of the Witch’

One of our most anticipated films of 2011 is Relativity Media‘s upcoming Nicolas Cage flick Season of the Witch. Check out an exclusive television spot for the film below, along with the synopsis and be sure to weigh in with your thoughts!

Season of the Witch features a powerhouse lineup that features Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Stephen Campbell Moore, Robert Sheehan, Claire Foy and the legendary Christopher Lee. Directed by Dominic Sena, the film is set to explode into theaters on January 7th, 2010.Fans can also check out the official website for the film at www.seasonofthewitchmovie.com, become a fan of the film on Facebook or follow the film on Twitter.

Synopsis: Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage (National Treasure, Ghost Rider) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Hellboy II) star in this supernatural action adventure about a heroic Crusader and his fellow soldier who must transport a woman accused of being a witch to a remote monastery. The arduous journey across perilous terrain tests their strength and courage as they discover the girl’s secret and find themselves battling a terrifyingly powerful force that will determine the fate of the world.

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Rising Star Chloe Moretz Talks ‘Kick-Ass’ And Upcoming Projects!

Rising Star Chloe Moretz Talks ‘Kick-Ass’ And Upcoming Projects!

Chloe Moretz is proving to be one of the fastest rising stars in Hollywood. Her bubbly personality, heart warming smile and incredible acting talent have landed her major roles in films ranging from Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kick-Ass’ to Matt Reeves’ ‘Let Me In’ to her name in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming flick ‘The Invention of Hugo Caberet’. Did we mention that she has managed to amass this impressive resume while only just starting her teens! As you can see, we have only seen the tip of the iceberg for Chloe as there seems to be no stopping this wunderkind! Icon Vs. Icon’s Jason Price recently caught up with the multi-faceted actress to discuss her role as Kick-Ass’s loveable yet lethal Hit-Girl, her experiences on the set and what the future holds for this young woman on the move!

How did you decide to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?

My brother got into a performing arts high school and I used to run his lines with him just for fun. Basically, I just got bit by the acting bug and went with it from there!

Chloe Moretz

Well, it seems like it is working out just great for you so far!

Yeah! Thank you! I am very blessed!

‘Kickass’ is one of your breakout roles. For those not yet familiar with the film, what can you tell us about your character and how did you originally get involved with the project?

My Mom initially read the script for it and showed it to me. We decided that we really wanted to do the film! So, I went out for the part and read with a couple of “Kick-Asses”. Aaron (Johnson) and I ended up being the ones chosen for the parts and it got rolling from there.

What initially attracted you to the role of Hit-Girl?

She is so strong and so much of a “girl empowerment” character. That is what I wanted to do, a very Angelina Jolie type, leading role character.

The film is loaded with action. What did you to prepare for your role both physically and mentally?

Yeah! I trained for six months in martial arts, ballet and gymnastics in addition to weapons training and all this crazy stuff! That definitely prepared me physically. Emotionally, I went over things with Matthew (Vaughn) and the other actors and just kinda went for it!

Mindy Macready Is All Business

Well, they just need to understand that it is just a character, ya know? It’s not Chloe and it’s “Mindy Macready”. If I ever did any of the things that Hit-Girl did in the film, I would definitely be grounded for the rest of my life! [laughs]

Hit-Girl is a larger than life character. I was curious, what parts of your own personality might you, your family and friends see shining through when they watch the film.

I think how fun and innocent Hit-Girl is, is definitely part of me, in addition to how strong she is. I am a strong girl and I know what I want. I don’t take no for an answer, ya know! [laughs] That is kinda how Hit-Girl is and that is how I am as well!

What was the biggest challenge for you in making this film?

The action was pretty hard. That was one of the main challenges. Emotionally, to play a character that I had never done before was a challenge. I had to take the bull by the horns and go with it.

You had a great cast for the film. What was the vibe like on the set?

It was so much fun. We all had a great time on the set. We were always playing around and playing jokes on each other. We became like one big family.

It is interesting that you mention the family aspect. The heart of the movie is really the relationship between Hit-Girl and Nicolas Cage’s character, Big Daddy. How was it working with him? And how did the two of you work on developing that dynamic?

Really, we just let the emotions flow. We didn’t hold anything back and it kinda came naturally. He is such a phenomenal actor. It was great to be a part of that experience together.

As an actor, did you pick up anything from working with him on set?

Just watching him is really a learning experience, just how humble he is. It is amazing to see what a nice guy he is even after being in this business for so long.

We talked to Mark Millar the other day and he is working on ‘Kickass 2: Balls To The Walls’. If you had your way, what would the future hold for Hit-Girl?

Definitely a purple Ducati! [laughs] I would definitely like to explore her psyche and show her as more of an adult and more knowing.

‘Kick-Ass’ is hitting DVD and Blu-Ray this week. Are you going to do anything special to celebrate?

I think we just might have to have a ‘Kick-Ass’ marathon where we watch it back to back a few times and then watch the extras! [laughs]

You have a bunch of new projects coming up. What can you tell us about your role in ‘Let Me In’?

In ‘Let Me In’, I play “Abby” who is a little girl that befriends a boy named “Owen”. It is really about their twisted relationship which I liken to “Romeo and Juliet” in a way.

We are in the midst of a vampire renaissance of sorts with ‘Twilight’, ‘True Blood’ and there is even a new ‘Lost Boys’ film on the way. What will make your film stand out from the pack?

It is deeper, it’s darker and it’s grittier than any other vampire film that you have ever seen before. After you watch ‘Let Me In’, you won’t want to be a vampire. It shows the darker side of vampires and who they really are. I think that makes it unique.

Having seen much of your work, I have to say that you are doing a great job in showing that amazing range as a young actor. Is there a type of role that you haven’t played yet that you might like to tackle in the future?

‘Romeo and Juliet’ would be the main thing that I would like to tackle. I would like to do Juliet at her real age which is 14 or 15. That is what I would really love to do next.

You are currently working on Martin Scorcese’s ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’. What has that experience been like for you and what have you learned so far from the legendary director?

He is really an amazing guy and a terrific director. It has been an amazing opportunity to see great actors and how they interact with Marty to discuss a shot or how they help me as an actress get into my character and the scene. In that aspect, it has been an amazing experience on set.

Would you like to direct one day?

I would love to direct at some point in the future.

What other projects do you have coming up that we should keep our eyes peeled for?

Well, like you mentioned, I am shooting a film with Martin Scorcese right now that is called ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’. Also, I have a film called ‘The Rut’. That is being directed by Karyn Kusama, who was the director of ‘Jennifer’s Body’. The film is about a girl who must find her father after he goes missing. We hope to start filming on that later this year. Then there is ‘Hick’ with Derick Martini directing it, which is based off of the novel by Andrea Portes. We are also starting up our production company and we have a bunch of stuff in pre-production, which we are very excited for!

Best advice someone has given you so far in regards to your blossoming career?

Definitely to stay humble. My number one thing is that all of this is fake, ya know? Basically, my real life is my family and my friends. Fame can vanish within seconds but you will always have your family and friends by your side. I never lose sight of that.

Sounds like solid advice, Chloe. Thanks for your time and we look forward to talking with you again very soon! Keep up the great work!

Thank you so much!

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Be sure to keep up with Chloe Moretz on Twitter at www.twitter.com/chloegmoretz.

Visit the official site for ‘Kick-Ass’ at www.kickass-themovie.com and pick up a copy when it hits DVD and Blu-Ray on August 3rd. 2010!

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Kicking Ass With Mark Millar: The Man Behind ‘Kick-Ass’

Kicking Ass With Mark Millar: The Man Behind ‘Kick-Ass’

One of the most exciting people working in the entertainment industry, Mark Millar, has a job that many of us only dream of. This multi-faceted writer (and soon-to-be director) spends his days creating exciting new worlds, heart-pounding storylines and breathes life into larger-than-life characters. His talents have thrilled fans worldwide and made him a one of the hottest names in the comics industry. It is no surprise that Hollywood quickly took notice and started to bring his creations to the silver screen. ‘Wanted’ and Kick-Ass’ were hits with critics and fans alike and serve as just a taste of things to come from this incredible talent. With ‘Kick-Ass’ ready to explode onto DVD and Blu-Ray on August 3rd, Icon Vs. Icon’s Jason Price recently caught up with Millar to discuss the process of taking ‘Kick-Ass’ from the printed page to the silver screen, the challenges involved and what lies in store for him in the months to come!

For those who may not know, what inspired the story of ‘Kick-Ass’?

‘Kick-Ass’ is really my autobiography in a weird way because it came into my life as something that I almost did when I was 14 or 15, which was to make a costume and go out and try to be a superhero in Scotland. My best friend and I planned to do it. We trained for six months and everything. We didn’t end up doing it in the end but ‘Kick-Ass’ is the story of what would have happened next, I think.

How did you initially get hooked up with director Matthew Vaughn?

Matthew Vaughn and I have a mutual friend. He thought that we would really get along and was always saying that we should hook up sometime. He invited me along to the ‘Stardust’ after-party. I met Matthew there. After that, we spoke on the phone a lot and he had just had the ‘Thor’ project fall apart on him. He was looking for a new comic book property to work on and asked me if I had anything. I said “I have two!” I sent him both. ‘Kick-Ass’ was the one that he liked the best. It was very informal and within four or five months, we were suddenly standing on the set with Nicholas Cage in full costume! It all happened very, very quickly.

How difficult was it in making the jump from the printed page to the big screen?

It is so incredibly hard when you actually think about how every studio hated the script. The movie was made independently with money Matthew borrowed from friends. It was incredibly difficult and there were many times when it felt like it definitely wasn’t going to happen. We knew that we had something that people liked. The comic came out and had a great response. The ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘X-Men’ films had come out and done very well. We just thought, “This is going to find an audience,” even though it could be a long process and all that borrowed money might never be paid back. The film only cost $22 million and it made $100 million back. It had a happy ending.

How important was it to keep the integrity of the characters intact as it headed to the big screen?

[laughs] It is funny you say that because that is the big thing. I remember that we handed the script to everyone and they hated it. They hated the characters, the dialog, everything. One studio said that they would make the film if we took out Hit-Girl, took out all the swearing and took out all the killing. Basically, it killed the film when you took out all of those elements. Matthew, much to his credit, said “No way! I want it exactly as is!”

Looking back on bringing the entire project full circle, from the written form to the feature film, what are your fondest memories of ‘Kick-Ass’?

I think that there is something very cool at looking at a piece of paper that you had done some doodles on. I had written down the name ‘Kick-Ass’ and another potential title, I had drawn Hit-Girl and done a little doodle of the original idea I had for Kick-Ass, I still have that piece of paper. To have done that in a railway station and then two-and-a-half years later to be standing, all dressed up, on the red carpet in London with Brad Pitt — it felt quite surreal to make that jump. That is a really cool memory that I have to put it all in perspective and realize how lucky I have been.

How difficult was it to find the right mix of actors to make your creations come to life?

Yes! It’s funny because we knew we had Hit-Girl right away but we were talking about people for the other roles. Eventually, we discussed putting all of the money into a big lead for Kick-Ass himself or do we save the money and spend it on Big Daddy or the gangster, ya know? It was pretty interesting. We talked about maybe using Robert DeNiro as the gangster, we talked about Zac Efron as The Red Mist, we talked about Matthew McConaughey and Mark Wahlberg as Big Daddy. Every one of those guys would have brought their own thing to it and the movie would have been very, very different if we had used different people. For example, we even discussed Shia LaBeouf for Kick-Ass but we were very happy with the cast we ended up with!

I know you have been working on the comic book form of ‘Kick Ass 2’. What can you tell us about the status of that project?

I am about a fourth of the way into the comic right now. The comic starts in about four weeks time. It is called ‘Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Walls’. It starts at the end of August. Matthew is working on ‘X-Men First Class’ right now. As soon as he finishes that, we will get going on the ‘Kick-Ass’ movie by getting the script together and hopefully start shooting. We can’t waste too much time because the actors are all quite young, so we don’t want them to suddenly look 45 or something! [laughs] I think next April we will sit down and start working on the film sequel of the film.

I know you have said that you were planning to go behind the camera this summer for a superhero flick based out of Scotland. What can you tell us about that project?

Yes. I start shooting that in two weeks time here in Scotland. It is a low budget movie. It is a superhero film but it is going to be unlike any superhero movie that anyone has done before. It is going to have an atmosphere very much of its own. Setting it in Scotland immediately makes it quite different. I have never directed anything before so it will be quite interesting to see how it all works out but, luckily, it is a low budget movie and it is the kind of thing that I want to cut my teeth on. Hopefully a lot of people will see it.

Do you have a title for that project yet?

It does but I can’t release it yet because I have a planned marketing campaign where I want it to go out in secret! I will probably be offering a preview of it early next year.

I know you deal with a lot of superheroes in your line of work. Is there a genre that you haven’t tackled yet that you would like to take on in the near future?

Well, I also love horror. I really love horror! I have five movies in development at the moment and they are all superhero movies but I would like to do some horror stuff too. I have a project about Jesus coming to the modern world, a piece called ‘American Jesus’ that I did a couple of years ago. I’d like to get that up and running as a movie. I’ve got a good vampire flick idea as well. So yeah, I would love to tackle that genre!

What advice would you give to someone who was looking to carve out a career path for themselves similar to what you have done in comics?

Well, it took me a very long time actually. I was originally planning to be a doctor. I dropped out of University and had no idea of what I was going to do but I loved comics. Through years and years and years of writing, just because I loved it, it all worked out for me quite nicely. I think that’s the thing. Find something that you absolutely love doing. Say it is writing, focus on that. Never, ever write for the check. Only do it because you love it. I wrote for the check for the first few years of my career and nothing ever quite worked out. Once I started writing the kind of stories that I wanted to read, it all worked out for me!

Thank you for your time, Mark. Anything that you would like to say to your fans before I let you go?

Drive carefully! [laughs] Thanks for your time! Bye now!

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Be sure to keep up with Mark Millar on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mrmarkmillar and on his official website at www.millarworld.tv.

Visit the official site for Kick-Ass at www.kickass-themovie.com and pick up a copy when it hits DVD and Blu-Ray on August 3rd. 2010!

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