Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Mary Louise Parker on Red
You needed to have a little bit of a lighter tone and make this
Bruce Willis: "Yes."
Sylvester Stallone: "I'm a little too old. Those guys are chickens compared to me."
Bruce Willis: "It's never been done. It was just an idea and it's in the film now. It didn't exist, it was crazy."
Thanks to who?
Bruce Willis: "The great CGI guys who worked on it."
Your fight scene with Karl Urban is amazing. It looks like it was really vicious. Did you guys get into it?
Bruce Willis: "No, it was just fast. It was fast. There's more of it. It'll be in the Criterion version."
Is it still easy to do those fight scenes?
Bruce Willis: "No."
Who's the one agent you wouldn't want to mess with?
Bruce Willis: "Well, anybody in the CIA right now but I don't even think you're allowed to say CIA anymore."
Mary-Louise Parker: "Well, there was a lot of being dragged to the ground when things blew up, which is probably my favorite part. Bruce Willis dragged me to the ground and threw himself on top of me. That was the best part."
You come from the theater...
Mary-Louise Parker: "I just said that to someone over there and he just immediately went to sleep. He was like [snoring]."
Mary-Louise Parker: "I think a lot of people in the movies think that theater is really boring so..."
What's the fun of being in an action movie with all these stunts?
Mary-Louise Parker: "Well, also, working with actors who are the same because Helen [Mirren] and I talked about the theater a lot. John [Malkovich] and I talked about the theater ad nauseam, you know? So I felt like we were in the same company and we were all trying to make something fun and slightly different."
Cully Hamner: "Well, I mean you know, the material that I did only has like one major character. The guys that wrote this, the Hoeber brothers, added a lot of characters in the transition from comics to film. And, you know, if you're going to have the movie guys expand on what you did, you can't ask for a better cast than this. It seemed like every week there for a while I was like, 'Who? Really? They got that? Seriously?' It was just like a domino effect. It was amazing. It's a great cast."
The book itself was only 66 pages. How do you think they did in fleshing out that story?
Cully Hamner: "I think they did a great job. They didn't just expand it and flesh it out, they changed the tone of it. But I understand why they did that because the work that we did, you know, honestly has possibly more of a limited appeal than what they did because it's a darker story. It's kind of a mean and nasty, kind of a humorless sort of a story. And you know that's great and it appealed to comic book fans and it was fantastic, but this is a film audience that we're going for here. And I think the reaction that we've been getting ahead of time kind of bears out what we've been saying that you needed to have a little bit of a lighter tone and make this more of a romp."
So you're fine with it being a comedy?
Cully Hamner: "I'm totally fine. I mean, you know, I wouldn't call this an out and out comedy. There's obviously a lot of action, a lot of hard core violence - for lack of a better word. They basically just took what we did and added on top of it, which was good."
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