Brendan Fraser Interview-Journey to the Center of the Earth
It might have made you kind of feel like you wanted to
Brendan Fraser: "I love this site."
Do you? Why do you love the site?
Brendan Fraser: "For me, it was kind of like the first Everybody goes to Wikipedia for what they want to know now, and About.com was, you know, what do you want to know about. Yeah, it was like about six years ago. This is even before they invented the internet I went to About.com."
Excellent. Talking about new technology, this 3D in this is something really different. What sets it apart?
Brendan Fraser: "It hasn't been seen before. This has not been seen before until now. This is the world premiere of the first live-action, feature length, narrative-driven, action picture that has comedy, drama. It's based on a classic work of science fiction literature penned by the godfather of the genre, Jules Verne. But more important than that whole laundry list, it's shot in HD 3D. It stars three characters who are misfits. They don't like each other very much when they start off. It's all in the title - Journey to the Center of the Earth - guess what happens to them? They go on a good one and to see if they make it out the other side is the fun of this movie.
But more importantly, all that jaw-wagging aside, this movie's about seeing is believing. I can't tell you I know I seem like I'm supposed to be tub-thumping for a movie but the truth is, this is a picture that has not been seen before in this way. We all remember 3D in various different forms. Rey eye/green eye, red eye/blue eye, it was slightly gimmicky. It might have made you kind of feel like you wanted to chunder. And the movie, the content wasn't that great But this is the movie that you can take your kids to, 88 year old grandma, everybody's going to have a good time. Call it a family film but what it does is it makes the audience the star of the movie because you are immersed into this picture. You are right there. You are really right there.
The rule on set was, yes, say there's a table, chair, whatever, we would build something, right, for us. But then, of course, we've had bluescreen, greenscreen, whatever. Green is the new blue, blue is the new green. Whatever. We've had that for a good 10, 12 years now. And I've come of age in a period in filmmaking and visual effects that I've learned a lot on the job, you know? And I've seen the technology quadruple, quintuple, you know, hit a ceiling. And where do you go from here? I mean, seriously, where do you go? When along those same 10, 12 years, a whole generation of audience members have also come of age and the only kind of films that they know is really ones that are really laden with visual effects. Now maybe they're just, I'm not saying they're complacent or blasé, but maybe they don't know anything different. It might not be as impressive as when I recall the stained glass man climbing out of the church window and getting into a fight with young Sherlock Holmes. I was like, 'Wow! That's so cool! How'd they do that? With a computer? What's a computer?' You know, it was remarkable.
For the first time now you can have that wow experience again. It lets the adults be a kid. It lets the kids be a kid. I've seen One of my favorite things is to watch this film and watch the audience watch the film."
To look at their reaction.
Brendan Fraser: "Absolutely, because they're right there."