Chris Pine Interview - Unstoppable
Tony Scott made the train seem like a ___________ , like Jaws.
Chris Pine: "It's not all that hard. Denzel's such a good actor and such a giving actor that all you have to do is as his fellow actor, just be present to the moment and let him take you for the ride. And hopefully you'll be somewhere in the vicinity of where he is."
So much of this takes place just in that confined area, so what is that like to work in?
Chris Pine: "It's almost like doing a Merchant Ivory movie in the midst of doing a Tony Scott film, in a way. I did a lot of sitting. That's why everybody always asks about the stunts in this film, I think it's a little... I think we played a trick on the audience. The real stunt is this ginormous train hurtling around everywhere, and we kind of get up and move around for maybe 10 minutes in the film, but for the most part we're sitting down and conducting basically a very civilized conversation."
And Tony Scott as a director?
Chris Pine: "Is wonderful, is energetic like a little boy. He's a lovely man."
Jessy Schram: "Oh, it's bigger than life."
Is it really?
Jessy Schram: "It is. When you've got massive trains and you've got helicopters and police cars and stunts and Denzel Washington..."
And Chris Pine.
Jessy Schram: "Yeah. It's pretty massive, you know? And then you go to scenes which were more family-based, which where what I was doing, it's amazing. I've fallen in love with Tony Scott. He's very charming and just a very beautiful person, and so much fun to work with."
And speaking of very beautiful people, Chris Pine is kind of a very beautiful person. Tell me about playing his wife.
Jessy Schram: "He's kind of beautiful. Yeah. Well, playing his wife - it was amazing. I walked in the makeup trailer my first day and he goes, 'Wifey!' I'm like, 'Ohhhh... I am. I'm playing your wife.' No, he's absolutely amazing. He's such a smart, talented actor."
[Tony Scott stops by to give Schram a hug]
So you're going to do another one with him?
Jessy Schram: "Exactly. He likes the dress, the backless thing. Chris Pine, he's just a very, very, very smart actor. I learned a lot from him. And just as a person he's really amazing. Really, really sweet, really nice, very nice and very good-looking."
Kevin Corrigan: "He just likes what I do, you know? I auditioned for this. I taped myself and he's familiar with my work but I think it had actually been a while. I showed him some new things that I'm doing as a grown-up, because I was just like in my early 20s the first time. And I think I surprised him, you know? It made him remember me more from the first time. He's like, 'Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. I remember.' He trusts me. He knows that I'm going give him something that he can use."
With all the movies coming out this fall, with all the serious movies, why should people go see Unstoppable?
Kevin Corrigan: "You know, I think they should go see it because it's kind of like that movie Breaking Away, the guys in the bike race, you know? I compare it to that movie. They're in a race, these guys."
They're taking on the bigger guys.
Kevin Corrigan: "Yeah, it's an underdog story. I haven't seen it yet but I've seen parts of it, and the parts look really good."
I saw it. I was tense the whole time.
Kevin Corrigan: "Yeah. You know, Tony makes the train seem like a beast. It's like Jaws. Because I was watching when we were doing the movie, they had all our characters were just looking at this live feed of the train. And it was like a sort of banal live helicopter shots. But at the wrap Tony had put together this film that was from his eye. This was like the real movie and it was kind of thrilling the way he made that train into a character."
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