Matthew Fox, Rain, & Christian Oliver-Speed Racer Interviews
He was just like a fun, menacing rock star
Working in that suit - it's hot out here today - it must have been crazy in that suit?
Matthew Fox: "Yeah, it was challenging. I knew that getting into it. I knew that it would be difficult. But it was very rewarding. I saw the movie last Friday and I couldn't be happier. It really blew me away. It was worth all of it. The fight sequence in the film where I'm in the suit was probably the most challenging part of the whole movie for me."
And what's going to appeal to audiences?
Matthew Fox: "I just think it's magical and it's like nothing they've ever seen before. It's also about ideas I think are really important. I think it taps into the kid in all of us. I think the kids are going to love it. I think it's funny. I think it's sad. It's about things that are important and visually it's just unbelievable."
Those greenscreens, what was that like having to deal with?
Matthew Fox: "It really wasn't that difficult because they provided so much pre They had already been working on the movie for about 10 months and we could see a lot of pre-vis and see a lot of digital imagery that was laid into the computers already, so we already had a pretty good idea what it would look like. Having said that, the movie when I saw it last Friday, really exceeded my expectations. It's beautiful. It's awesome."
How tough was it to star in your first American big feature film?
Rain: "You know I'm so excited. It's my first Hollywood film. I think it will be huge. Yeah."
How much fun was it to act like you're racing? How difficult was the greenscreen and how much fun?
Rain: "It was good experience. Greenscreen is very hard, sometimes very fun. It's awesome. I like greenscreen, really."
What was working with these directors like?
Rain: "There's nothing to talk about. They are the best. They have, you know, amazing abilities to make dreams come true with powerful imagination."
Were you a fan of Speed Racer to begin with?
Rain: "For the cartoon, right? Actually I didn't watch it but I love Speed Racer."
And you're doing Ninja Assassin?
And you're starring in that one?
Rain: "Yeah, I'm working on it - Ninja Assassin."
Are you getting in shape?
Rain: "Yeah, every day hard working."
Are you learning a lot of different fighting skills?
Rain: "Yes, yes. It's amazing. Please wait for me next year."
How much fun is it to play a bad guy?
Christian Oliver: "I love it, not that I've played a lot but Snake Oiler was like, for me he wasn't even a bad guy. He was just like a fun, menacing rock star kind of dude."
Working with the greenscreens and the race cars aren't really there, what was that like?
Christian Oliver: "It takes a little bit to get used to, but I found it amazingly freeing because you have to go all the way over the top because you have nobody to kind of gauge it off, no actor to work with which is obviously what we love the most. But if you get a chance to do something you've never done, something new to explore, you just go for it. And it was great. The brothers were just right there to guide you through it. It was awesome."
Did they show you a lot of stuff, tell you what you were doing, and then set you in it?
Christian Oliver: "It was kind of animated and you kind of got an idea. You're like, 'Oh, okay ' But now when you see the final product, you're like, 'Whoa!'"
Is it anything like you imagined it would be?
Christian Oliver: "No. I mean Snake Oiler is nothing like I thought. I never imagined Snake Oiler to be Snake Oiler. It was so fantastic to see how much detail went into every department. You know I put on my costume and I was like, 'Mmmawww.' I felt like a rock star. And it's great when you have people like [that] that make it so much easier for an actor when suddenly the hair, the makeup, and everything and you're like, 'Oh wow, I love this guy.' And you get a feel for the guy. If I had the costume I'd take it out here every Saturday night "
Did you get to keep it?
Christian Oliver: "No, I wish. That would be bad for society if I got to keep that costume."