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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Into The Woods: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank RX 93.1 for the advance screening tickets we won on their Instagram page. Finally, we are able to see the star-studded film adaptation of the Broadway musical "Into The Woods" that really had some amusing numbers throughout the film. Also take note for the outstanding performances from its cast and amazing turns from Johnny Depp and Chris Pine. 

A Baker and his wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt) only had one wish for their family: to finally have a child to make their lives complete. However, a witch (Meryl Streep) cursed them and in order to reverse it; they need to find four specific key ingredients in three days time before the blue moon arrives. The cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn and the slipper as pure as gold.

At the very beginning, the film introduces us to our beloved Fairytale characters singing that sets your mood on and signals that they are off to a great start. The musical numbers are really fun to watch with each cast given enough time to shine with their corresponding piece. The songs tell the story with the lyrics woven neatly with every character without making a messy trail. The only problem is the film did some dark twist at the end that hurts them a little and made it a bit tedious.


After seeing Emily Blunt kicked some alien ass in last years "Edge of Tomorrow," we even love her more here as the bakers' wife. She is simply astonishing even outshining the very gorgeous Anna Kendrick, who played Cinderella. We also liked Chris Pine that stood alongside Billy Magnussen performing "Agony" that gives most of the laughs with the two prince singing their hearts out. James Corden was great and Johnny Depp made his mark as the wolf even in a short amount of time. Meryl Streep plays the witch with conviction and the two youngsters (Daniel Huttlestone and Lilla Crawford) definitely had their moments.

Overall, Into the Woods provides a two-hour spectacle filled with lively music while avoiding to be flashy. It is extravagant in its own means and a charming cast rounding it up with brilliant performances. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out 10 stars

Cast: Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine

Directed by: Rob Marshall
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide


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Staging the Perfect Crime in “KIDNAPPING FREDDY HEINEKEN”


World-acclaimed actor Anthony Hopkins whose portrayal of Hannibal in “Silence of the Lambs” gave chills to moviegoers across the globe is set to give the world anew a much stronger thrill in the upcoming tightly-paced crime thriller “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken” in which he plays the titular character.

 “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken,” based on the true story of the widely followed crime event of 1983, when the real Freddy Heineken, the flamboyant Dutch brewer was kidnapped by masked men outside his main office in Amsterdam and was held captive for 21 days.


Hopkins in the titular role as Freddy Heineken stars alongside today’s most sought leading men – Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess and Ryan Kwanten along with Mark van Euwen and Tom Cocquerel in a movie that is about to reveal to the rest of the world the story on the planning, execution and the ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of the beer tycoon.  Reported to have been the largest ransom ever paid for a kidnapped victim, getting away with the perfect crime, the men eventually kept on running, but as all games played, they cannot forever hide when time is running out. 

 
Directed by Daniel Alfredson who helmed the highly successful and well-received “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest,”  “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken” poises to be one of 2015’s most-awaited thriller.

   Kidnapping Freddy Heineken” opens March 6 in theaters nationwide from Axinite Digicinema.
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“FANTASTIC FOUR” Teaser Trailer Revealed!

Be ready for what’s coming this 2015 – from 20th Century Fox comes “Fantastic Four” teaser trailer below that will open August 6 in the Philippines.

 
Fantastic Four” stars Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm aka the Torch, Kate Mara as Sue Storm and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm aka The Thing along with Toby Kebbel as the legendary villain Dr. Doom in the contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team that centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

  Opens August 6 in cinemas nationwide

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“BIG BANG THEORY'S” Kaley Cuoco, The Bride in “WEDDING RINGER”

 
In Columbia Pictures' new adult comedy “The Wedding Ringer,” creating all of the pressure and stress for the hapless groom Doug (Josh Gad) is his bride Gretchen, who is determined to have a perfect wedding.

She's played by "The Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, who thought the script was "laugh out loud funny," and sheds more light on the character and her motives.
"Gretchen starts out like Little Miss Sunshine; sweet and not affected, but as the wedding gets closer she gets more stressed and a little darker," says Cuoco-Sweeting. "She doesn't start out that way, but there's definitely a bit of a build, which is fun."

The actress continues, "Gretchen's family isn't exactly in love with Doug. I don't really understand it, but they think that she should be with a gorgeous, tall athlete. Doug and Gretchen's relationship is cute at the beginning and you think that they are both totally in love, but as things go on, you see that Gretchen is probably in the relationship for a lot of the wrong reasons."


For the other players in The Wedding Ringer, keeping a straight face when working with the comedic duo was not easy to do, on or off camera. "Kevin Hart and Josh Gad are the most hilarious human beings I have ever met in my life," Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting enthusiastically reports. "I never stop laughing when I am on set with them. They are constantly making jokes and are always on. I find them both endlessly entertaining which makes it difficult when we do scenes together because I have to use all my will not to laugh and ruin takes. Watching Kevin and Josh work together is just an entire other level of comedic genius. That's why this movie's going to be great. They're hysterical and their chemistry is off the charts."

 
Cuoco-Sweeting thanks director Jeremy Garelick's wife for turning her on to the film. "I actually kind of owe this film to Jeremy Garelick's wife, Sam, who I go spinning with," says Cuoco-Sweeting. "I was in class one day, and she was sitting with me and she said 'Oh my God, Jeremy's doing this movie called `The Wedding Ringer' and there are a million names for it, but you'd be so perfect for the wife.' She told Jeremy and the rest is kind of history. So I would like to say, thank you Sam!"

In “The Wedding Ringer,” Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a lovable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams, Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan, (Kevin Hart) owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.

  Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 11, “The Wedding Ringer” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Self-Aware Robots in Sci-fi Action “VICE”


Iconic action stars Bruce Willis and Thomas Jane star in the futuristic action thriller “Vice” where a robot becomes self-aware that sets things apace when her dangerous escape starts.  

"Vice was built in the middle of a city and the problem is that people go in there and get their freak on, do all this crazy stuff, and then come back outside and think, 'I can get away with anything in Vice so why can’t I do it out here,'" begins Thomas Jane who plays detective Roy Tedeschi. The authorities are kind of hands off with Julian’s (Willis) robot creations because of all the tax revenue the resort generates. "But crime goes through the roof in my city and Roy gets a briar stuck up his ass about this Vice place. He is intent on shutting it down, bringing the place to its knees or blowing it up, whatever he can get away with.”

I like these kind of characters, archaic guys who are living in an old world. It’s the old world versus the new world type of thing,” continues Jane.  “Roy’s the kind of guy that if four bullets will do it, he will use them.  He will never use just one; if he can empty a clip into you, why would he use just one?”  “Thomas is one of those very unique, eclectic actors that shows up on set and he breathes life into the character,” adds Miller. “He creates actions, movements, words, and situations that really take Roy to the next level; when you put Thomas in one of those action sequences. He just lights it on fire!”

Julian Michaels' corporation has built Vice, a resort for the wealthy where they can do anything that you could possibly imagine, even murder, rape, or kill because the permanent Residents are artificial, cloned from human DNA and built on endoskeletons,” begins director Brian A. Miller. “The story revolves around a Resident that starts having memories of horrible things that have happened to her and she breaks out, only to discover the original creator of ‘Artificials’ and once they meet they decide to work together to take down Vice once and for all. I was immediately attracted to the script because of the way it takes a dystopian future and combines it with a perfect America we no longer have, and really turns it on its axis,” says Miller, a confessed sci-fi buff who grew up on “Blade Runner,” “Metropolis” and the “Star Wars” trilogy.

 
I was attracted to the story, the action and the arc of the characters, that is really what I was looking for as a director,” concludes Miller. “People nowadays live their lives vicariously through technology or social media. They’ve forgotten about interaction between human beings. I think people will relate to the character and the bureaucracy of what is going on in this film, including government that allows corporations more control without regulation.”

On the surface, it’s a revenge story about an artificially intelligent being who becomes self-aware for the first time,” begins writer Andre Fabrizio, who shares a love of science-fiction with writing partner Passmore. “On a deeper level I think what appealed to Jeremy and I was more the inevitability of artificial intelligence and how it should be treated as well as the fact that there is an assumption that artificial intelligence shouldn’t be viewed with the same rights.”
  Vice” opens January 28 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.

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1:43 to pursue acting career with Viva


AFTER three successful albums and a string of hit songs, the members of Filipino boy band 1:43 believe they ripe to pursue their acting careers, either as a group or individually.

Last week, the group composed of four stylish and talented young men Anjo Resureccion, Gold Aquino, Yuki Sakamoto, and Yheen Valero together with their founder and manager Chris Cahilig signed a co-management contract with Viva Artists Agency (VAA) owned by Vic Del Rosario. The strategic move aims to fulfill 1:43’s long-term plan to become television and movie stars aside from being pop idols.
 
While we will remain intact as a boy band, we feel that it’s the right time to take our showbiz careers to a higher level. We are thankful that Boss Vic (Del Rosario) readily and warmly welcomed us as Viva’s newest talents,” explains 1:43 spokesman Anjo.




 
We hope to start doing commercial movies and television appearances as well as viral videos and short films anytime soon. We are confident that Viva will take care of us,” he adds.
 
1:43 popularized “Sa Isang Sulyap Mo,” the monster hit song that won the 2013 PMPC Star Award for Music “Song of the Year” and the “Most Promising Performing and Recording Group” in the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation’s 45th Box-Office Entertainment Awards. They are also behind hit songs “Ang Saya-Saya” which became the official theme song of GMA 7’s sitcom “Ismol Family” and the Youtube hit “Hayop Sa Ganda.”

New Member
The resignation of Argee Golding in early January paved the way to the entry of top ramp and commercial model and rapper Yheen to the pop group. Argee, an international taekwondo medalist from the University of Santo Tomas (UST), left the group with heavy heart to enroll in a school for pilots in Subic.

Yheen is perhaps the most qualified person to take over Argee’s place in 1:43. He is exceptionally handsome and charismatic and has been trained to perform on stage by no other than the iconic choreographer Tita Geleen Eugenio in his former boy band,” relates Yuki.
 
In fact, when we are being formed in 2010, our manager Uncle Chris offered him a slot in 1:43 which he declined due to his prior commitments. I think he is really meant to be with us,” jests Gold.
 
In such a short time, Yheen has already assimilated with the rest of 1:43 and has recorded two tracks for their upcoming album— the feel-good “Tara Na” which is expected to be released on radio this week, and a surprise electronic dance music (EDM) track where he showcased his rap skills.  
 
1:43 is supported by McJim Classic Leather, BellaVita Land Corp., and Level Up! Interested parties may book 1:43 by sending an inquiry at chriscahilig@gmail.com or by visiting the 1:43 Fan Page on Facebook.

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“THE BOY NEXT DOOR” Seduces Jennifer Lopez

Global superstar Jennifer Lopez plays a separated wife who's seduced by a young male neighbor in Universal Pictures' “The Boy Next Door,” a psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far.

The key to a successful psychological thriller is for the audience to be able to imagine that they could find themselves in the same situation as at least one of the film’s characters. As for the role of Claire, Lopez was drawn to the character’s authenticity. The actress/producer shares: “I felt that Claire’s vulnerability to her situation and circumstances makes her human. When her husband cheats on her with another woman, she feels unworthy, undesirable, dismissed. Her attraction to the titular character, Noah, stems from his coming in at this time and making her finally feel attractive and wanted.”

Screenwriter Barbara Curry, a former federal prosecutor, was determined to create a strong and contemporary female protagonist with her inaugural screenplay. Says Curry: “I wanted Claire to be a strong character who is deeply flawed. But Claire’s flaw is not that she succumbs to temptation by sleeping with this young man. Her real flaw is that she can’t forgive her husband for his infidelity. It’s a flaw of pride, really. I thought it would be interesting to have this strong, proud woman make a mistake that’s equal to her husband’s, so she would finally understand how he could have made his mistake and be deserving of forgiveness. That’s the moral of this story. We can’t be so strong that we are unable to forgive.”

 
The writer imagined Claire as a woman at a crossroads. With a pending divorce from her once-beloved husband, struggling to balance her work as a high school teacher with a teenage son who doesn’t fit in with his classmates, Claire has very little time to consider what she wants or needs. Curry walks us through where we find her protagonist: “I knew both male and female audience members would need to get behind Claire, even though she makes this terrible error in judgment. So I tried to stack the deck against her. She is extremely vulnerable when she meets Noah. Like anyone might feel when their spouse cheats on them, Claire feels worthless, unattractive, unloved. And here comes Noah, someone who seems to understand her and appreciate her. There is a physical attraction between them, certainly. But it’s more than that. There is a real emotional connection, a meeting of the minds. And that is something Claire really needs at this low point in her life.”

Well-known to audiences as a director of big-budget studio films such as “xXx” and “The Fast and the Furious,” Rob Cohen had long wanted to work with Lopez. He gives: “I read the script and understood exactly what they liked about it, and knowing that Jennifer would be starring was a huge draw for me. She is a completely self-made entertainer who came from the Bronx, and since Selena, she’s carved a series of very memorable performances that have one thing in common: a natural, emotional level.”

  Opening across the Philippines on Jan. 28, “The Boy Next Door” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Teen Thriller Genre Gets New Treatment in “PROJECT ALMANAC”

 
He's one of the most prolific movie producers working today, but no amount of experience and knowhow could have prepared Brad Fuller (“The Purge,” “Ouija”) for making a found-footage film, specifically Paramount Pictures' new sci-fi thriller “Project Almanac.”

The film stars Jonny Weston as David, a super bright high school student who finds a set of plans his late father left behind – plans to build a time machine. With a little help from his best friends, Quinn (Sam Lerner) and Adam (Allen Evangelista), and his crush, Jessie (Sofia Black-D’Elia), David finishes what his father started while his younger sister Christina (Ginny Gardner) films the whole thing.
 
While on the “Project Almanac” set, Fuller took the time to talk to the visiting press about the challenges of playing by found footage rules, choosing to go with a first-time feature director and first-time writers too, the comparisons to “Chronicle,” and more.

Question: How did you guys come upon the script?
Brad Fuller: Interesting story. Platinum Dunes had a deal at Rogue five or six years ago, where we made “The Unborn” and Andrew Rona was the head of the studio at that time and his assistant was this great guy who I spoke to a lot and he wanted to be a writer, and I lost touch with him, and then three, four years later, he sends the script for this movie. I mean, I didn’t even know he was a writer and he says, ‘Would you guys be interested in producing this?’ And we read it and we just loved the script, so that was kind of how it happened. And then we developed it at Platinum Dunes for a year or two and then we took it to Paramount.

Q: What kind of changes did you guys concentrate on?
Fuller: As we were working on the script, the movie business changed a lot and budgets had to get smaller, and we kept pushing for a film that was really about wish-fulfillment. I mean, that was, at the end of the day, what this movie ideally is, and the price that can be paid for accomplishing that. And so we kept focusing on that idea, and the characters. We wanted to make sure that the characters worked. But there weren’t huge changes.

Q: So it was always the found footage?
Fuller: Actually, it was originally written as a hybrid where there was some found footage in it and then when we set it up at Paramount, they’ve had tremendous success with their found footage movies and they felt that this leant itself to that. To us – when I say ‘us’ I’m always referring to Platinum Dunes, my company with Michael Bay and Andrew Form. For us, a movie that we really loved at our company and we didn’t have the opportunity to make was “Chronicle.” We thought that movie was terrific and this felt a little bit “Chronicle-y” to us.

 
Q: Found footage movies tend to have an interesting tone, and a lot of times horror movies can play with humor and different things. Where does the tone of this one come in?
Fuller: The tone, assuming we’re successful with this and I think we will be, is fun. We just really want to have fun. For me, this is a very exciting movie. We’re not cutting off anyone’s head, we haven’t killed anyone in the whole movie so far and I think we’re going to go the whole way.

Q: Can you tell us about the director? He’s a first-time director, right?
Fuller: Yes. Dean Israelite is a first-time director. Dean also worked with Jonathan Liebesman on “Battle: Los Angeles.” When we got the script we gave it to Dean because he was looking to do his first movie. And he came up with a presentation that was art – I mean, Dean is as hard-working a director as I’ve met in a long time and when we gave him the script, he didn’t come back and say, ‘I’ve got three notes on the script.’ He came back with a full multi-media presentation on how he would make this movie. So he was the only director we went to. We as a company loved him and we had to convince Paramount that this was the right guy with the right vision and that he would be able to execute it.

Q: Is there anything particularly challenging for you here, whether it’s locking a location or tracking down a certain prop?
Fuller: The most challenging thing for me has been shooting a found footage movie. I’ve never done that before. And found footage movies have their own rules. It’s just different. I’ve been doing this for a long time now and I’m used to doing it a certain way and basically every rule or trick that I fall back on does not exist here. So it’s kind of, you’re out here, it feels like, without a net. It’s very challenging because we want it to feel like an authentic found footage movie, but it also needs to look a certain way and we have to make sure we’re capturing the story, and it’s a lot of different things to manage.

Q: Do you feel like there was excitement because of the concept, the genre elements, touching on the “Chronicle” thing, you’ve got a little bit of “Project X” going on out there?
Fuller: We hope it does. At the end of the day, I think that for our company, we’re always eager to make commercial films and when we read something that has a lot of commercial appeal we get behind it and push it as hard as we can. This obviously checked all those boxes for us and more. And luckily it’s not such an expensive movie where the studio has put themselves in a position, you know, we have a little bit of luxury to experiment.

Q: Michael Bay is one of your partners. What’s his specific involvement? It’s a name that fans obviously gravitate towards.
Fuller: Well, as a company, this is our 11th film together. His involvement is the same. It’s the three of us sitting in a room, figuring out what we’re going to do and how we’re going to make it work, and Michael lends his expertise at different times in the process. Michael’s very involved in the script, he’s involved with the casting, he’s involved with the wardrobe, he is very involved with the cut when we get to that, and he’s very involved with the marketing.

  Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 04, 2015, “Project Almanac” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


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Marie Avgeropoulos Teams Up with Taylor Lautner in a Man's World in “TRACERS”

Meet Cam (Lautner) and Nikki (Avgeropoulis) both are broken and all are in need of being rescued.  But in the fast-paced action thriller “Tracers,” who rescues whom; and who pulls whom from the darkest night and the deepest pit? Find out when “Tracers” opens February 4 in local cinemas nationwide.

Tracers” is on its surface very simple.  It’s about a guy – ‘Cam’ – who finds a girl – ‘Nikki’. The girl allows him to reclaim a part of his life and a spirit in his life.  At the exact same moment that happens, outside forces are pressing in on him.  And that’s where Tracers takes off.

Marie Avgeropoulos plays Nikki, the gal that lures Cam into her world and becomes his love interest in “Tracers.”  “The appeal of Tracers was being part of a high impact thrilling action movie that’s just nonstop.  I hadn’t had the pleasure of working on a project like that yet and playing a character like Nikki who is sort of a guarded tomboy who’s one of the guys – tough on the outside but very vulnerable on the inside to those who are lucky enough to meet that side of her.”
               
Avgeropoulos offers, “One of the fondest memories I’m going to leave this movie with is the prep and training with the guys; learning how to do parkour and literally just trying to keep up with them and their amazing skill-set.  Taylor is a remarkably capable and accomplished natural athlete.  Funny thing is, I broke my ankle midway through the shoot – a big obstacle I had to overcome mentally and physically.  And it didn’t happen in the line of duty.  I was doing my Jane Fonda butt-glossing workout and rolled on it.  Go figure!  Doing all of this hardcore stuff and then this.  Gotta roll with the punches!”

Angelopoulos loved working with her fellow cast-mates.  “Working with Rafi Gavron and Adam Rayner has been great.  I’m always blow away by their British accents that just magically disappear.  I have a hard enough time getting rid of my Canadian accent.  Not fair!  These guys have great athletic skills and I admire the fact that they’re willing to try anything once.  And Luciano Acuna, Jr. and Josh Yadon – they’re the real deal.  Their parkour comes first and this is their first big gig as actors, which I’m applauding them for because this is a pretty big leap.  I’m like, ‘WOW, good for you guys.’  They’re stud athletes and it’s really amazing to watch them go – I mean no wires, no nothing – balls to the wall, go get ‘em tigers.  Really cool stuff.  They’re great.”

Diehard action fans definitely won’t be disappointed with Tracers. “Stunt coordinators Gary Powell and Lee Morrison,” says Avgeropoulos, “absolutely deliver the adrenaline fix.  They did the recent Bond films and even the Bourne films.  So you’re going be seeing some amazing stunt and action sequence, and add to that the character-driven storylines and stellar performances by the cast.  I believe this movie is really going to be something special and deliver on many levels.”

  From Pioneer Films, “Tracers” is from producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen who also produced blockbuster young adult movies such as “Fault In Our Stars” and “The Twilight Saga.” 

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“MORTDECAI” Star Johnny Depp Fondly Recalls Manila

When asked in a recent interview by ABS-CBN’s US correspondent Yong Chavez in line with the movie action comedy “Mortdecai” about Manila, Johnny Depp shared that he found the city beautiful after they’ve traversed the city whenever they can while shooting in remote forests in the Philippines for the movie “Platoon.”  See the interview below: 

Mortdecai” seamlessly fuses action and comedy into one exciting ride directed by David Koepp and action scenes were choreographed by U.K.’s busiest stunt coordinators and second-unit action directors, Rowley Irlam who also coordinated action sequences for blockbuster movies such as “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Legend of Hercules,” “Thor: Dark World,”” Captain Phillips,” “Prometheus” and “Skyfall,” for which he received a SAG Award® for Outstanding Action Performance in a Motion Picture.

Charlie Mortdecai is a connoisseur of good food, fine libations, beautiful women and the most elite trappings of wealth. He also frequently finds himself entangled in matters of an ambiguous legal nature. Asked by MI5, the British Security Service, to track down a missing Goya painting, Charlie hopes to discharge his debts to “Queen and country” by retrieving the purloined artwork.

 
Actually, Charlie gets involved in finding the Goya because he sees an opportunity to sell it,” Depp says. “His aristocratic ways are intact, but his bank book is worn out and Charlie needs to rectify that.”

Badly behaved, violently snobbish and completely self-interested, Charlie was also endlessly appealing to the actor. “He is a blatant narcissist who has no relationship with the truth, except as he sees it,” says Depp. “What drew me to the character more than anything was the challenge of making this guy, who is a little bit shady and most definitely a con man, someone you can sympathize with.”

Although Mortdecai is a comedy, it is packed with action sequences, as Jock, his faithful assistant (played by Paul Bettany) constantly saves Charlie from outlandish mishaps. Irlam coordinated a motorbike and sidecar careening through Moscow, an unforgettable sword fight and a massive explosion sequence featuring virtually all of the key cast members.

 
We also shot a big car chase in East London,” Irlam says. “There was lots of skidding around and we ended up crashing into a boulevard. We cannoned the back end for that comedy finale.”

Irlam and director Koepp had a specific strategy for the film’s action. “This movie is very much actor driven,” he says. “I see it as bit of an homage to Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. My work was not just about stunts. It was about making the whole piece quirky, interesting and different.”

 
One of the most challenging stunt sequences for Irlam and his team was the complicated sword fight between Mortdecai and Emil. Koepp, Depp and Irlam talked about finding the right balance between realistic combat and Mortdecai’s notorious cowardice and physical ineptitude. “Mortdecai is a blagger, so David and Johnny didn’t want him to look supremely skilled,” says Irlam. “It was more about his desire to avoid confrontation and run away.

We had Johnny Depp and Jonny Pasvolsky in for some rehearsals for sword fighting and wire work,” he continues. “We showed them how it would play out with a stunt double first, then they’d have a go and put their own twist on it.’”

  Mortdecai” is now showing in cinemas nationwide.
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