10,000 BC - Steven Strait Interview
What does Steven Strait believe the core of the film is?
Tell me about actually physically getting in shape for this role?
Steven Strait: "It was pretty intense. I had just finished another film where I had to put on quite a bit of weight, and I had to lose it right after I finished. It was about 30, 40 pounds in like a month and a half."
How did you do that?
Steven Strait: "Not eating much and running a long time."
How do you have energy to actually film a movie when you've just gone through that huge weight loss?
Steven Strait: "It was wild. You know, I obviously had a lot of help. I worked with a great trainer who really put me through, but it was all mathematically done. But I finished it before we started, so I'd gotten it all off of me before we started filming."
How relatable is a story that takes place 10,000 BC to now?
Steven Strait: "You know, I think the core of the film is really what you'll do for love and watching people come together for that cause. I think that really kind of transcends time and space. I think the human condition in this film, 10,000 BC or right now or a hundred years from now, is pretty much the same."
How difficult is it to work opposite pretty much nothing?
Steven Strait: "It's a little awkward at first. It's intense. I'd done a little bit of CGI in the past. Nothing, obviously, to this scale. Getting your head into the right space and getting over that initial feeling of kind of feeling silly, you kind of just let your imagination go. With the way that they're doing it these days, they can really say, 'Okay, well, you react off of something and we'll work around you.' It's unbelievable what they're able to do now. But once you let your imagination go, there's really no constraints on what you're working with."
What was your first reaction when you actually saw the finished product and you saw yourself opposite mammoths and everything else?
Steven Strait: "It was crazy. It's like, 'Oh, that's what we were running after. Wow!' It was crazy. My humble mind can't really comprehend how these guys put this stuff together on a computer screen. It's absolutely unbelievable."
And you've got Stop-Loss next?
Steven Strait: "Yeah, yeah. A smaller part in that film, completely different. In a month or so it's coming out. Yeah, it's been a really exciting time for me."
Are you playing one of the soldiers?
Steven Strait: "No, no. I'm playing a brother of a soldier who passes away in Iraq. It was a smaller part in this film and I really loved it. It was really great."
And [director] Kimberly Peirce is, of course, very passionate.
Steven Strait: "Amazing. Such a fan of Boys Don't Cry. It was really great to work with her."