Model-turned-actor Tyrese Gibson may have been a supporting player in last year’s mega-hit Transformers, but he’s using the heat the film lent him to transform himself namely into a major movie star. We caught up with Tyrese on the set of his currently-shooting film Legion and got the scoop on a slew of his upcoming projects.
Along with return trips to the “Transformers” and “Fast and Furious” franchises, Tyrese also has his sights set on filling the shoes of not one but two of the toughest African-American action icons: Mr. T and Luke Cage, Hero for Hire.
ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype!: How has your career changed since “Transformers”? What’s been going on?
CS/SHH!: When does “The A-Team” start shooting?
CS/SHH!: Are you practicing with the chains in the mirror?
CS/SHH!: You’ll also be back for “Transformers 2” How will your character evolve?
CS/SHH!: How serious will your involvement with “Fast and Furious” be?
CS/SHH!: Is there a comic book superhero in your future perhaps too namely Luke Cage?
CS/SHH!: If that was offered is it something that you would be excited about?
We want to follow some of our lead characters which we thought were so successful. Shia’s character; where is he two years later? His girlfriend, where is she two years later? But for fans, I guess I’ll address this more for the fans, because I think if you didn’t know Transformers at all and you came in and you liked the first movie, you’ll like the second one. However, some of the die hard fans, which we were a member of that group, felt, well, maybe it’s a little light. Maybe it wasn’t science fictiony enough. And I think the second one will deliver on a true Transformers story. You know, the first one, we had a limited budget for what it was. Every second of Transformer time is a million dollars or whatever the heck it is, so this time, because we were able to prove through the whole thing that it’s a viable live-action movie, we have a little more freedom this time to actually learn about the Transformers, see them, hear them. It’s a better balance between the humans and the Transformers.
The Morning Call has an update on what is going to go down in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania:
Try to imagine giant, extraterrestrial robots disguised as tractor-trailers on Route 22 or camouflaged among the towering Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces.
A film crew from ”Transformers 2” will bring those shape-shifting robots to life in south Bethlehem next month for a movie scene in front of the iconic furnaces.
Of course, no one will see the robots because they’re computer-generated. But anyone will be able to see the action at the old Steel site as the filmmakers transform it into a fictional Chinese city populated by people from the Lehigh Valley.