Set Report: Chromeskull: Laid to Rest II

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Cast & crew speak, new photos from the slasher flick

The kill cage is ready. Chromeskull – the suave, relentless masked maniac of 2009’s Laid to Rest – has his prey against one wall of this abattoir where sundry killing implements adorn the walls. Chromeskull’s leering visage reflects his victim’s terrified expression over polished features. The victim, dressed in a black suit, whoever he is, well, he’s screwed and within moments, he’s going to be a human Pez dispenser. There’s a reason why the film crew, just a few feet away from the two, are covered in plastic and with the call of “Action!” from director Rob Hall, Chromeskull starts swinging at the man’s neck. Blood begins to spray and after a few beats, satisfied, Hall calls cut. All in a day’s work on the set of Chomeskull: Laid to Rest II.

What? You thought Chrome skull (as played by returning cast member Nick Principe) was dead? C’mon, man. This is a slasher flick, of course he’s back! On the day Shock Till You Drop visits the set, no one is telling us how or why he’s back, but we can probably answer the latter: To kill a ton of people. And pieces of his victims are strewn about Hall’s FX shop Almost Human: A severed head. A slashed throat. A bit more we can’t talk about without getting spoiler-y.

Principe and Thomas Dekker are the only ones from the first film reprising their roles. When asked about “final girl” Bobbi Sue Luther who was last seen beating the crap out of Chromeskull, one crew member simply tells us the plot of this sequel “ties up all of the loose ends.” Okey-dokey. Hall, who is shooting most of the film here in his shop, and in a building about a block away, has called upon Brian Austin Green, Christopher Nelson, Danielle Harris, Johnathon Schaech and Mimi Michaels to fill out the cast. To learn more, we spoke with the cast as well as Hall and co-writer Kevin Bocarde.

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Q&A with Robert Hall and Kevin Bocarde

QUESTION: You brought a co-writer on board this time, why?

ROB HALL: We started about a year ago developing an idea if someone wanted to do a sequel. We fleshed them out and had pretty healthy outlines.

KEVIN BOCARDE: We had 2 and a 3, the original idea for a 3 is to do a prequel.

HALL: Kevin and I have been years since ‘98. He was working on other films when I was doing Laid to Rest and when this sequel came up, we had a small window to do it. I only had an outline and a little bit of time so it was a natural choice to bring him in.

BOCARDE: It was actor availability so we had to figure it out.

QUESTION: What are the different perspectives he’s brought in that you may not have thought of?

HALL: Kevin has written a lot of stuff that’s a bit different, but his forte and love for the genre is there which is why we bonded. Guy in mask, guy chasing a girl, the stuff we love. I’ve never written with anyone before, so it’s good to have that perspective, have a sounding board.

BOCARDE: And I had written with someone on something else and that didn’t go well. Rob asked and I was like, let’s do it.

HALL: Kevin would come in and lay something down like logic and I’d come in and sprinkle, what do you call it?

BOCARDE: Bloody Tabasco. There was a point where we were doing this and I’d lay out the structure, we’d have this outline and do this, this, and this. And if I don’t love it, Rob would stay up all night and come in the next morning and I’d tell him then to give it the Tobasco, the spice that really makes it…

HALL: Laid to Rest-y.

BOCARDE: Some of the bizarre stuff. The first movie is very straight forward and simple, there are things in this that will make you go, where did that come from? And you’ll make the assumption – oh, because there’s a new writer on this and he probably brought that to the table. That’s not necessarily the truth, a lot of the weirder stuff from the movie is from this guy. Thomas told me some of his favorite stuff is what occurred in the bathroom over there and I’ve never seen it in a “guy in a mask” slasher movie before. Without giving anything away.

HALL: Thomas likes weird stuff. Anyways, it’s good to have a sounding board who I trust and likes the same stuff as me and knows me and my writing.

BOCARDE: Except when I just write “stabbed in the face.”

HALL: That’s the bullet point. Kevin will just get to this cool scene, they do this, they go here and then Chromeskull comes up and Kevin just draws a blank…”he stabs him in the face.”

BOCARDE: Can we come up with anything more than “stabbed in the face”?

QUESTION: You said you were expanding the universe but keeping Chromeskull’s motivations under wraps still?

HALL: I don’t know if they’re unknown. I think it’s one of those things where you don’t ask the audience to take too many intelligent leaps of faith in these kinds of movies. The only leap of faith I ask is do I really have to explain why Chromeskull does what he does? I mean, Jesus. I don’t know why a guy in Canada cut off another guy’s head on a bus. You never know. If I could talk to Jeffrey Dahmer and asked him why he had all of those people in his freezer, he probably wouldn’t be able to give me an answer, so why do I need to explain why Chromeskull kills? You won’t get that from this movie.

BOCARDE: One of my favorite movies of all time is Halloween and I love in the original that you have no clue why [Michael Myers] did what he did. The sister thing gets added later, you don’t have that in the first film. When Rob wrote Laid to Rest while in Thailand, he sent over the script and I loved it. I don’t want to know he’s the bastard son of a 100 maniacs, I don’t want to know he’s a hillbilly inbred.

HALL: Frank Darabont could come in and write a back story, anyone could, and it would never been good enough. You don’t need to know a bunch of bullies pushed him around on the playground because he had a plate in his head and they called him chrome dome and now he’s mad. Nothing I could come up with would be better than people drawing their own conclusions. It’s creepier that way.

BOCARDE: You can relate to a man behind the mask a bit differently than a person. There’s something about him where he doesn’t become a monster, but there’s a bit of distancing factor, so you can do things with him, make him stronger or whatever. When you give someone the rational of the bullying, I now start relating to him more and more like a person. So if I see a giant new Michael Myers, I go “shoot him in the head” – he’s a person, you’ve shown me that. Yes, you watch the first Laid to Rest, there’s something a bit creepier there, something unknown.

HALL: You don’t have to over-explain it.

BOCARDE: There were two different outlines for this sequel we did. There was a 20 page one and a one-pager and this story is a merger of both.

QUESTION: Is it a lot more fun to expand the world?

HALL: It is more fun. It’s a complete 180 in terms of the first movie, except for the kills and Chromeskull. We tie up loose ends from the first movie. There’s a lot of deaths this time, people who complained about the first one for not having cell phones or cops, this movie is chock full of cops and cell phones and they all work. It’s awesome to have new people every day. Every couple of days we get someone new to come in and their performances are fucking out of this world. I’m so happy. We were adamant about using people who would give it credibility and that extra thing. When people see Brian Austin Green in this, they’re going to shit themselves because it’s by far the coolest thing we’ve given to Laid to Rest viewers. I like the fact that people have expectations of him and think 90210. I want them to go in with that because he’s going to surprise you.

Q&A with MIMI MICHAELS

QUESTION: Tell us about your role…

MIMI MICHAELS: I play Jess. She’s sort of just your happy-go-lucky young 20s gal, and basically she gets shell-shocked when Chromeskull has chosen her as one of his targets, and he shows up in her home and all the craziness ensues from there. To add insult to injury, she has early stages of glaucoma. So while this maniacal bastard is chasing her down, everything is very blurry. She doesn’t know what’s going on, and she can’t see. It’s just craziness.

QUESTION: How does he target you though?

MICHAELS: That’s the thing. For my character, she never knows why he decides to pick her. This whole crazy journey of confusion and not knowing or understanding why she is one of his victims. Yeah, I guess you will have to ask Chromy that. [laughs] But the whole time, she’s like “Why me? What the hell is going on?” and she is very puzzled the whole time.

QUESTION: And the glaucoma thing is just ‘tough shit’?

MICHAELS: [laughs] “Yep. You’re going to have to deal with that too.” But it’s been cool, because I’ve never had to play blind or going blind, and it’s hard, especially with all of the emotions of being chased down by this crazy man. Like I also have to create this word where I can’t really see, and it’s difficult, so…

QUESTION: Did you draw upon any other actor’s performances for things like that, like Jessica Alba in The Eye? That’s really odd. [laughs] But is there anyone you drew upon as an actor?

MICHAELS: Actually my mom, who’s been dealing eye issues recently. I was talking to her, and it’s a lot of things dealing with your periphery. I unfortunately have 20/20. But yeah, just dealing with that and walking around with my eyes shut or bleary eyed. I’ve been using stuff to put in my eyes to make it blurry for myself, so it’s more realistic for me. Just trying (not necessarily watching others), but trying to find it within myself.

QUESTION: I can imagine. That’s rough. So, talk about working with Nick (Principle aka Chromeskull), who has quite the height on you now.

MICHAELS: He’s what 6’7″? He’s huge. Actually the other day, we were filming a scene where he just throws me over his shoulder, and throws me into a coffin. I felt like a feather. And he so kind of, “Meh.” It’s just so easy being so big. Nick is amazing, which is so funny. Because when I first met him, he’s very intimidating. I mean, his a big guy, playing Chromeskull. And it was nice to feel a little bit nervous because of the health of my character. But he’s such a nice guy. And it’s been really cool, the scenes that I’ve had with him – with the mask on, he’s so menacing and intimidating, and it really helps me get into character so easily. He’s really great. In the film, in one of his attacks, he gashes my leg, and Nick gave me some advice to put some pebbles in my shoe, which helped with the walk, because it’s actually really painful. But it was a nice suggestion on his part. He’s really great to work with.

QUESTION: Besides the knee dagger, were you privy to any other kills?

MICHAELS: She sees some stuff go down. I don’t want to give too much away. But yeah. In her blurry vision, she does get to see some things don’t think she’d forget too soon. Kind of a whirlwind for her. But she’s privy to some scary things.

QUESTION: Is there a future for your character after this movie? Possibly?

MICHAELS: There could be. I was talking to Rob (Hall) – the director – and I love his idea of a Chromam. [laughs] It would be the 3rd installment. And maybe Jess experiences “Stockholm Syndrome”. [laughs] Could be interesting.

QUESTION: Sounds like Hannibal.

MICHAELS: Exactly. But I may live to tell the tale. Maybe.

QUESTION: Who else do you get to work with besides Nick?

MICHAELS: Well, Brian Austin Green is right now getting his bald cap put on. So, it might be his big death scene today, or not. I don’t know. So, that should be an interesting scene to watch. He’s great, working with him. He plays a disciple of Chromeskull, and he’s really good at playing this evil character.

QUESTION: I saw a little clip. He looks really menacing.

MICHAELS: Totally. And we had a couple scenes where I believed I was “in there”, because he was really scaring the shit out of me. Yeah, everyone I’ve worked with: actors, crew, everyone are really just so cool.

Q&A with NICK PRINCIPE

QUESTION: So when you guys were shooting the first one, there was already a sequel in the works. But how did it change from what your expectations might have been, originating this role and now continuing it?

NICK PRINCIPE: It all happened so fast. I think originally when we did the first one, he was planning on doing a second one, and I think halfway through filming – the way things were kind of going – I’m come on it’s a slasher movie; it’s pointless. Because I think slasher movies should be like comic books. You know, every three years just do another one, or something like that, instead of like monthly. You know, they’re never going to win an Independent Spirit Award, or be up for an IFC award, or something like that. And if it did, it would e like “Wow, great!” But for the most part it’s just fun. They’re fun movies usually.

QUESTION: Could you tell us something about the tattoo?

PRINCIPE: It was something I said I was going to do on the first one anyways, and then he (director Rob Hall) said he needed a shot where this other character is actually getting one, and he said he’d pay for it. So, I did it and it’s on my back.

QUESTION: It’s on your back. You don’t have any room there.

PRINCIPE: I know. I don’t have any room.

QUESTION: So, Nick’s going to have his own little tramp stamp now?

PRINCIPE: Yeah. But I thought if said: BORN TO KILL, it would be different. [laughs] So, I said, “Fuck it!” Initially, what I wanted was to do a whole horror leg – like I wanted to do my leg in just horror shit, and I initially was going to get the (Chrome) “skull” on my knew, have the eyes be there and shit like that. But it didn’t work out that way, and I’m not getting two of them. I don’t like them that much. But it’s free. Tattoos are not that big a deal for me anymore. That was like the most serious tattoo I’ve gotten in like fuckin’ ages. Before that, the last one I got, I was super drunk. And I usually only get tattooed back east by a really close friend of mine. And I was like, “I want THUG LIFE on my stomach. Wouldn’t that be funny?” [laughs] And I don’t even like TUPAC (Shakur) and shit like that. But I just thought it would be funny.

It is almost shameful, but I need the money – I got a call back for GLEE. I’m going to make more in one day than I am two weeks here. I’m playing a tattoo artist, so I don’t have to sing and dance. [laughs] I don’t think my pride would let me do that. I can’t even watch a musical. That would be the twisted fate though. Like, “we need you to do this number” “How much is it?”…uhhh…. Pride… Overdrawn bank account. Pride… Overdrawn bank account. Damn you, overdrawn bank account! [laughs]

QUESTION: How’s the make-up FX this time out?

PRINCIPE: It sucks! (joking) It’s a lot different from the first one. I call it the Kane Part 7 cowl, because all I remember in Fangoria as a kid was seeing Kane (Hodder) with the face cowl cut up like that and how silly it looked, and mine is ten times sillier. It almost turns into an S&M mask/the Gimp mask (ala PULP FICTION). In the first one, it was just paint the nose black. There were little pads in the cheeks and forehead, then you just glue it and stuck it on, and that was it. This one, rubber mask, big circle thing, slip it on, becomes a sweat chamber. There’s a couple times when I’m standing over actors waiting for something and there’s sweat dripping out on them. At least it happened to the stunt guy, so he doesn’t mind it as much. If anybody did mind it, they weren’t very vocal about it.

QUESTION: What’s the level of brutality this time verses the last one?

PRINCIPE: I don’t know. It’s like how any good sequel should be. Double the body count. Same amount of original different kills as the first one. Again, just taking as much as time as we did with the first one. I don’t think it matters what actors are in the movie – it obviously helps for this and that for distribution, blah, blah, blah. I just think with the LAID TO REST movies the real star is the effects, the kills. Because that’s the one thing – love or hate the movies – you cannot talk shit about the kills. They’re a reason to watch alone, I think. The kills are spectacular.

QUESTION: You have a fairly gratuitous gag coming up today, right?

PRINCIPE: This one’s really fun. Again, it’s heavy mix of the practical with – I guess, it’s technically – CG. But it’s more visual FX. I guess the best way to compare is the Lena Headey kill in the first one, how it was a dummy that gets stabbed in, but then they composite her real face in with it. So it ends up seamless at the end of the day. It’s the same thing, but way more brutal. I had a talk with him (Rob) today, and I thought it was going to be three swipes at the guy’s neck, and he like “No, you’re going to just keep hacking at the thing until I say stop!” And it’s literally going to be real meat, inside the thing with two real knives and keep cutting’ and hacking and cutting and hacking until it actually rips. That should be the “star kill” of the movie. But when the movie is finished, you usually judge it by other people; what they think is the best kill. So far, I think this one is going to be the best kill.

QUESTION: Did you think they were going to take a supernatural route after the second one?

PRINCIPE: We wanted to avoid doing the supernatural thing, and it’s a good explanation. You lose some parts of Chromey form the movie. But it’s purely to explain everything from the first one. He (Rob) really didn’t leave any loopholes. So, there’s like this mini-recuperation period, and he did talk to a bunch of cosmetic surgeons and stuff like that, saying basically, “If the brain wasn’t damaged, the guy wouldn’t be pretty. But if he got immediate response care, and healed after awhile he would live.” We saw a bunch of stuff about this guy in Russia, who was hunting bears, and a bear literally took a swipe at his face, and it was just gone. From here, it was just a tongue, and no eye sockets, no nose. Just nothing there. And they reconstructed it to a point to where he kind of looked like the Unabomber. Like if you were just passing him in the street, you wouldn’t notice it. It’s the same kind of thing, except you can wear a mask to cover it up. That’s what’s cool; you get to see him (Chromeskull) without his mask, and see the nastiness. And it certainly is nasty.

QUESTION: Yeah, we saw some of the skin.

PRINCIPE: Oh, the flappings? It’s just like the first one; there’s a lot of things alike. A couple things, I don’t agree with. But I didn’t write it. It’s my job to do the best of it with Chromeskull. I definitely love Chromeskull. He’s like my bastard adopted son, and I try to do the best I can with him. And then hope for the best at the end of the day, and that’s all you really can do.

QUESTION: You always got GLEE to fall back on.

PRINCIPE: Yep [laughs]. I got the call back for that. I mean, it’s not set in stone. But I’ll take a Fox (Studios) paycheck, man. Us actors, we’re whores. Won’t lie. I try to work only in horror and action films and thing like that. But if they call for something in your description, and there’s a few 0’s on that check – my rent don’t pay itself, man.

QUESTION: Do you have an agent looking for different things for you?

PRINCIPE: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I really stress to look for certain things, and he really does. But unfortunately, a lot stuff I get back is kind of crap. So, I’ll turn it down. But ever since the first LAID TO REST, I get a slasher script, probably every two weeks. And since LAID TO REST, the only script that I liked was that movie MADISON COUNTY, and what those guys did. So, I went down south and shot that one for them. But I give a slasher script 30 pages, which I think is liberal – if I don’t see something within there then, sorry I already booked that time, or this, that or whatever. But that one was good. Of course, no else is playing Chromeskull as long as I’m alive. I’m really trying to get onto SONS OF ANARCHY.

QUESTION: Oh, yeah? That would be incredible.

PRINCIPE: That would be my dream gig, because I got a chance to have “walk-on” role, for just like a day. But I turned it down, to hold out to be one of the bikers. I’d kill for it. Sometimes I regret it. But there’s always next season.

Q&A with THOMAS DEKKER

THOMAS DEKKER: I’m back a lot more in this one than I was in the first one. Now I’m like a real character, and am in the whole movie, instead of the last five minutes in a convenience store.

QUESTION: Where is the character now?

 

DEKKER:
The film starts where the last one ended, so you see him right out of the gate, but then it jumps to later in time, and he’s addicted to pain medication and pills and he’s dealing with the loss of his best friend and the whole thing, and that he feels he’s going to be targeted, and of course he is, so it just kind of goes from there.

 

QUESTION: This being a sequel, the gags are probably turned up a notch?

 

DEKKER:
I think the body count has gone from seven to a hundred? I’m absolutely stunned by what Rob has done with this, because when he called me and said he was doing a sequel, I was like ‘Yay.’ I thought it would be a smaller budget, and a smaller kind of movie, just a little send-off for the fans or whatever, and when he asked me to do it, I thought I would just be in the opening scene and then die. When I got the script after saying that I would do it, I was like, ‘Oh, I am in this whole freaking thing, and it’s huge and complex!’ So definitely, it’s a sequel in the sense that it’s totally like if you love the original it will be enriching, but it’s one of those situations which is really rare, where I think in my opinion, and obviously it’s not finished but I am watching it as he edits it (daily), that it’s going to be better than the first one. It feels really like now it’s not just a guy chasing a girl through barns and fields and killing people. The place that he has taken the story is almost shocking. It kind of for me is similar to Paranormal Activity 2, because I felt that sequel took a pretty simple first film idea, and elaborated on it in a way that when you think of the first film, you are like, ‘Oh, that was there all along, but I didn’t know about it.’ And this film really does that. It really takes this simple first film, and blows it up into this huge thing: the body count, the gore, the sets, and the cast.

 

QUESTION: How has it been working with Brian Austin Green?

 

DEKKER:
I worked with Brian for two years on the television show, and it’s been weird to be honest. I mean, obviously we’ve been friends this whole time, so it’s not like we haven’t seen one another or spoken to each other forever, but it’s just weird to be on a set again with him. He’s definitely not playing anything like ‘Uncle Derek’, that’s for sure. He’s very, very different. I told him that this was his best work. I think what’s he’s doing is pretty perfect, and it’s pretty cool.

 

QUESTION: Why do you think its Brian’s best role?

 

DEKKER:
He showing that he can do something so dark and so heavy and so mean, and he really hit it, which is what you want with that character. I just think that he’s doing it with a lot of sincerity in a role that could have been really crap, and I think that’s he doing it really playful and rough.

QUESTION: Has Rob changed at all, director-wise?

 

DEKKER:
This is my third thing I’ve actually worked on with Rob, and he’s always the same guy on-set, I think. He’s always very calm and he knows exactly what he wants, and what he’s doing, and how he’s going to edit it, and you know, there’s no dicking around. He’s very attentive to his actors, and also very relaxed and funny, so all that is safe to say. But I do think that his voice is as a filmmaker is very strong in this. The first film was really gory and really heavy and really whatever, but it still had for me that air of ‘it’s all fun and games.’ But in this one there are sequences that are really actually upsetting, and he’s sort of taken it from a slasher film to being a really fucked up movie. I like that. For it has more of a director’s voice. He’s saying that he’s not here to play, and he’s really going to give it to you. It’s been interesting because I sit there and think, ‘How does this shit come out of my friend’s head?’ Because now it’s not just gory effects, and I can’t give away anything, but it really creates a dark view of human nature in this film, not just the human nature of the killer.

 

QUESTION: What about the nature of the darkness of your character?

 

DEKKER:
I think everybody sort of gone into this abyss. I started out as this fun little kid in the first one who’s going to a rave and now he’s really just tormented, and rightly so. I have to say that it was very hard the first day I came in for this one, because I said, ‘You never really made a character in the first one.’ But in this one I actually have to have feelings and be a person, and so that was a whole other step. Rob and I now are to the point where we are such horror geeks and such good friends that when he directs me, I ask him everything in movie lingo. We were doing this scene where I was supposed to turn and jump at someone, and I was like, ‘Do you want this the Wes, the John, or the Dario?’ And that’s we’ve been doing the whole film. It’s been geeky fun! I genuinely think that this one will do better (than the first). I was not anticipating what I’ve seen. I was really surprised, and I think Rob is too, given how well everything is coming together. It’s looks really, really good – better than the first one.

Q&A with Brian Austin Green

QUESTION: As an actor, is this the darkest place you’ve gone?

 

BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN:
Yeah, I think the movie has lent itself to that.

 

QUESTION: What was it about the project itself that drew your interest?

 

GREEN:
Rob, initially. When he and I were working on Sara Conner, I always said to him, ‘If you have something that you need me to come in and work on then I would love to.’ To be able to act in something like this, and have a character that goes through something, and starts somewhere and ends somewhere, and is dark and is crazy as he is, is fun. It’s kind of an actor’s dream to be able to do something like this, and get bloody and dirty and still be able to act.

 

QUESTION: Who are most of your scenes with in this film?

 

GREEN:
I’ve done a lot of stuff by myself. I’ve worked with everyone, but I haven’t killed anyone yet. They’ve been using my double for everything. I have been working with Thomas a lot, which is fun.

 

QUESTION: Thomas was talking about working with you, and how he’s seen an evolution in that. Can you expand on that a little bit?

 

GREEN:
That Thomas has seen an evolution in us? I don’t know, I think Thomas is giving me too much credit in what he has seen so far. I don’t know. I think that this has been fun. I love working with Thomas, and I loved working with him on the show. I sort of feel that this has been the exact opposite of what we did before, so it’s exciting and new, to go from a show where we were family and I’m taking care of him and I would kill anyone to protect him, to then be this guy, you know, with knives and a mask, trying to kill him throughout the film. It’s a much different experience that he’s had with me than what he had before. We are just acting.

 

QUESTION: We were lucky enough to see the clip of you getting tattooed which was really just Nick’s back for the realism. Can you talk a bit about that scene where you are being very solitary and intense? Is that a turning point for your character?

 

GREEN:
It’s the point where in his mind, Chromeskull is done, and is never going to function in the capacity that he did before, and the difference between Preston in the original, is that Preston is sort of like a spoiled twelve year old. There’s a lot of money within this company, and he has the ability to sort of boss people around and do what he wants to do, but this is first sense of the real importance of power, and being able to step into the big boys shoes and do what dad does, and he gets greedy with that, and pushes more and more people within the company away, and ends up dying for it.

QUESTION: Your bid blood today is today. Are you looking forward to that?

 

GREEN:
I’m actually just looking forward to see just how they do it. It’s exciting for me to be on a set like this, because you can’t believe just how they pull off some of the stuff how they do, and I’m so impressed with Rob and the company and what they’ve done here, and what they’ve done so far. The gags that I’ve seen, and the one I saw in the first one, were just really well done, so for that’s the most exciting part for me to see just how it all comes together. Sarah Conner was one of the first things that I ever really watched that I ever did, where I was excited to see how all of the things, things that don’t exist, come together. You are like any other fan. You are excited to see what it looks like, and what you thought it would look like on set, and how they gel. You hope that in dying brutally in a scene, that it meshes and that it happens.

 

QUESTION: Knowing Rob as a horror and FX guy as well as a meticulous director, can you talk about the juxtaposition of the two?

 

GREEN:
He’s great. I was thinking about that the other day. It has to be difficult for someone in his position who normally would be sitting here doing what they (the effects artists) are doing, to leave it in the hands of everyone else and just be on set as a director and hope that what everyone else has done works the way he knows it can work. But he’s so thorough on set. He knows exactly what he wants, and is really helpful. He’s been an amazing director. I had no idea what to expect showing up. I’d never worked with him in that capacity before. He didn’t even do much makeup on me when we were doing Sarah Conner so I didn’t spend much time with him in that way, but he’s really good, and I think he’s getting what he wants. I hope I’m giving him what he wants. I hope I’m not disappointing him. I think that’s the biggest fear for me is that he put me in his movie, and I hope that it ends up being what he wanted, and that he’s not watching it saying, ‘I should have hired someone else instead of a friend.’ That’s always the biggest fear.

Stay tuned for distribution and release date news soon!

Source: Ryan Turek, Managing Editor