Category: Interviews

 

Is there anything that Mark Wahlberg can’t do? As if the transition from musician to actor wasn’t enough he now seems to be making every genre of the film industry his as well. From saving the world in the Transformers franchise to cracking jokes with a smart-ass bear in Ted and then thrilling critics with mind-blowing dramatic performances in movies like Mile 22, there seems to be nothing this man can’t do.

Now Wahlberg plays a husband alongside Australia’s Rose Byrne who is exploring the notion of adopting to start a family in the brand new brilliant comedy-drama Instant Family and it seems to be role that he just loved sinking his teeth into.

“Sean Anders who I worked with on Daddy’s Home 1 & 2 was brave enough to bring three children into his home,” says Wahlberg when he talks about what the inspiration was for the film. “They were children that were in foster care and he talked to me a little bit about the idea of making this movie at the beginning of Daddy’s Home 2 but it was just an idea and we had talked about other ideas in the past. Then basically when he came to me and said ‘no did you really want to do this?’ I just fell in love with idea.”

“Every time I talked to him about the idea before I got the actual script I always got emotional,” he says when the discussion turns to the emotions in the film. “I’m parent I understood the emotion and I understood how emotional it would be for foster kids in the system. Then when I read the script and having laughed hysterically and cried a fair bit to it was just one of things where I saw that Sean was great with the tone and he pushed things but also delivered on an emotional level. Sean knows what he wants and he will always take that little bit of extra time when it comes to the emotional stuff. It is just nice to see him to continue to mature and grow, he is a great writer and director and he has a great partnership with John . It is just great to see people get more experience and more confident about how they want to do things.”

When talk turns to the fact that the film garners emotion by being both a comedy and a drama Wahlberg says. “I think that will be really satisfying for audiences and I think that people may be inspired to look at children in the foster care system and creating a home for them. I still want to explore more about and I think it will encourage other people to take a look and see that there a lot of wonderful children that need families…. it is an amazing thing. Being a family can be a wonderful thing but it can also be very trying at times – that is the same whether it be with adopting children or with your biological children.  But the ultimate goal and the ultimate reward is coming together in love… and that is a beautiful thing. I think this is going to be a feel good movie in a time when people need to feel good. People need to be reminded about the importance of family and connecting with others. To have that opportunity to go and laugh and cry at the thought of being a family and then have the thought about helping all those wonderful children out there… I think it will be interesting. There will be a lot of people who will laugh and cry and then be like ‘oh my God’ and then the wheels will start turning.”

 

Instant Family opens in cinemas today.

 

 

Forget Game Of Thrones and forget The Walking Dead brand new film Mary Queen Of Scots is going to show that the battle for supremacy in our own real world history is more intriguing than anything that Hollywood could ever dream up.

The film chronicles the struggles that both Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) and Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) had against the threat to each and also the threats and obstacles that presented themselves amongst their own Kingdoms. Both are strong women from our past and both are brought to life brilliantly well by the talented Roan and Robbie.

For Robbie this was a chance to do something a little different seeing she will be playing in Harley Quinn in three new DC films slated for the next few years and she says that the idea of playing Queen Elizabeth captivated her from the start.

“The script was amazing,” she says. “As soon as I read it I knew that it was going to be something special. The idea of Saoirse playing Mary and Josie directing there was definitely a sense of girl-power around this project and there were already so many other women on board that I admired. It was not a character that I immediately gravitated towards, Elizabeth herself, the movie and the idea was very enticing and I really wanted to work with Saoirse. I had met her personally and loved her the moment that I had met her and I have been watching her work for years and I think she is incredible and then the moment you talk to Josie you see that she is so smart, she had such a relatable perspective on this story and I wanted to be part of it. I guess the short answer is I just didn’t feel worthy of being Elizabeth and that is why I originally passed on the movie. I said this is going to be an incredible movie but I am not the right actress, you should get somebody else to play Queen Elizabeth… somebody else will be a way better. But Josie was relentless and  she said ‘I want it to be you’ and I said ‘why? Why me? I can think of ten other actresses who could play this a lot better than me.’ That was when she said “I don’t want you to play a Queen I want you to play a woman.” And I was like “Yeah I can do that, I can definitely do that.”

Going away and doing some research also changed Robbie’s perspective on Elizabeth as a character. “Then I felt empathy for her,” she explains. “I really felt for her, to me she had a really tragic life, before that my image of her had been grand halls and servants, I guess I assumed that Elizabeth had had a really easy life, a very cushioned and luxurious life when in reality it was anything but.”

She says that history has also changed how people viewed the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth. “I think history has painted them as two rivals, one big cat-fight,” she says carefully. “But I think they both yearned, certainly I believe Elizabeth yearned, for that shared experience, that bond – that relationship and there was just constantly men in the way conspiring to keep them apart and pt them against each other. Their relationship was extremely complicated because on what hand that yearned to find that bond and almost feel comforted by the fact that somebody understands the position you are in, that had a very special sisterhood and there are many letters that showed how intimate they really were, but at the same time the mere existence of one threatened the existence of the other so there was constantly male advisors in their ears, conspiring against them and warning them. I enjoyed finding that inner conflict inside Elizabeth that really wanted Mary to succeed, because that would show that you really could rule with your heart and it would work.”

 

Mary Queen Of Scots opens in Australia on the 17th January.

 

 

Hitting cinemas today is the brand new horror thriller Piercing which stars Australian actress Mia Wasikowska. Today we sat down and chatted to Mia about her role in the film and found out that it is one of the most intense roles she has ever played in her career.

You can listen to our full Mia Wasikowska interview on the Spreaker player below.

 

 

 

There is little wonder that horror fans are so excited about the forthcoming release of Halloween. The film is being labelled in its advertising as the true sequel to the 1978 original and it sees the modern day King Of Horror Jason Blum, the man behind Blumhouse Productions, teaming up the legendary John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis to bring it to the big screen. Of course that means that everybody’s favourite psycho Michael Myers is also back in cinemas just in time to give us a fright for Halloween. Intrigued about what audiences can expect Subculture sent Dave Griffiths to catch up with the man himself – Jason Blum.

“I discovered Halloween a little later on, I discovered it in college,” admits Blum as we chat. “But we have a very specific approach to movie making at Blumhouse, as a company, and I was very intrigued to try and introduce that process to such a well-known franchise with so many sequels. I wanted to try and you know apply our technique and try and make a great one. The first Halloween is such an iconic movie and none of the sequels have ever really lived up to it and I’m not sure if ours is good as the first but it is better than the other nine so I am very proud of it.”

When this new Halloween was first talked about online as a sequel fans started to ask the question of whether they are supposed to ignore all previous sequels so what does Blum as a producer say about that. “Yeah, this movie is basically the characters from the first Halloween movie forty years later, because that is how many years ago it is since the first film. I think our film tips its hat to the other nine movies, yeah there are references to the other nine, but in the terms of story-telling and mythology it is absolutely John Carpenter’s and then us and we ignore the other nine films.”

 

You can hear our full interview with Jason Blum with the Spreaker player on this page. Halloween hits cinemas on the 25th October.

 

Move over Iron-Man, Captain America and all the other good guys in the Marvel universe, because now it is time for Venom, one of those anti-heroes that fans of the comics seem to just lap up. This has to be one of the most eagerly anticipated comic-book films of the year and anyone who saw the reaction at Brazil’s Comic-Con earlier this year knows that there is a ready made audience for the audience which stars Tom Hardy as hard-hitting journalist Eddie Brock and Venom, Michelle Williams as his love interest Anne Weying and Riz Ahmed as arch nemesis Carlton Drake. Now Hardy, Ahmed and Williams sit down and have a chat about the film that every comic book fan wants to see.

“It is a mixture of stuff that is going to make you laugh and a mixture of stuff that is going to make you jump out of your seat,” says Ahmed trying to sum up the film quickly. “There is stuff that is quite deep, some stuff that is scary, there is action, there is a love story in there and even some really cool science-fiction stuff. There is space travel, aliens… so there is a lot going on there. People say there is something for everyone and normally when they say that they mean you know it is kind of watered down and everybody can get on board but this will bang everybody in the face with about a million kind of flavours… it is really full on.”

During the interview we also learn that it is quite ironic that Hardy and Ahmed find themselves battling it out in Venom because they have known each other for quite a few years. “We’ve known each since we were younger… about eleven years ago I think,” says Hardy looking across to Ahmed. “I’m a bit older than him, but less cool. We both kind of started out at the same time and I knew him back in the time when we were starting out. And where we come from it is a very small kind of social place so it is kind of weird for us both to be sitting here.”

The talk soon turns to the fact that they are battling each other and Ahmed laughs. “I don’t see my character as evil,” he says with a laugh “I don’t see my character as being either cool or evil to be honest. I think he is quite geeky and quite a good guy. But he is still quite terrifying so don’t get too attached. He is also a liar and very Machiavellian in a lot of ways.”

“Don’t worry I am a wretched coward,” says Hardy interrupting which results in them both bursting out into laughter. “I brought all of that to the table. And we celebrated that because that is what Venom is all about, it is the celebration of flawed human beings who have aliens attached to them, and they have to negotiate life with these aliens that have come to Earth to eat people.”

“I think a lot of people can relate to that,” Ahmed says and the two again erupt in laughter.

The person who brings some sense back to the interview is four time Oscar nominated actress Michelle Williams. “She is a professional woman and she works at a law form,” she says when talking about her character. “She is ambitious, she is intelligent, she is very sharp and she is also not willing to settle. And she makes a decision during the film that even if it breaks her heart she has to ask for more out of her partner. When we first started making this movie it was kind of the precipice of the me too movement and there was lot going on, there was a lot swirling in the air and I didn’t want to play somebody that was passive and I didn’t want to play somebody that was recessively feminine, so I envisioned her as somebody who literally wore the pants in the relationship. ”

“It was Tom Hardy he was the big time drop for me,” she says what made her want to do a comic-book movie. “That guy is one of the greats and I thought I am going to learn from him and I am going to enjoy watching him, I will enjoy being in scenes with him and I know that he will make me a better sparring partner because he works on such an unbelievably high level. He is just such a visile performer and it is like watching an animal. He is not thinking about or telegraphing his next move and so it is really exciting as a viewer because you are just waiting to see what happens and he never lets you get ahead of him. ”

The themes of the movie also seemed to appeal to Williams. “It is about a man who is dealing with a duality. A man who is dealing with a shadow side and learning both how to wrangle that and also learning more about that through the process. And then there is Venom who is a real shocker, but also more shocking is that there is a side to Venom that is so lovable and dear and we all come to know that as well.”

 

Venom is in cinemas now.

 

The super talented Andrew McMahon is bringing his acoustic show to Australia. The show will see him perform tracks from Something Corporate, Jack’s Mannequin and the music he has released under the monikor Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness. Dave G this week had Andrew on the show to chat all about the tour. If you haven’t got a ticket yet… grab it from http://selecttouring.com.au/tours/andrew-mcmahon-in-the-wilderness/

Now sit back and enjoy our Andrew McMahon interview.

 

The world of filmmaking is about to get another major shake-up. When Paranormal Activity hit our screens suddenly the world realised that audiences would go and see films shot on static cameras. Then came Tangerine, a feature film shot entirely on a phone, Now comes the next big step with the thriller Searching a film that uses various forms of technology to capture the intriguing story at heart.

So far the film has been receiving praise for its thriller aspect and first time feature director Aneesh Chaganty is being credited as the man who has potentially changed filmmaking forever. His leading man John Cho certainly agrees.

“You know I texted Aneesh after I saw the film the first time and said ‘you know you have had made a contribution to the vocabulary of cinema’,” says Cho who plays the concerned father, David Kim, in Searching. “That is very difficult to do because all the tricks are out of the bag at this point. But this is a really ingenious attempt to mirror what is happening in real life right now, which is more and more of us communicating through our devices, so how as a story-teller do you depict that? Aneesh went inside the computers and inside the tablets and yet it feels like a movie. It feels like a thriller so cudos… I was just glad that I was there.”

“I think the movie is pushing on a lot of fronts,” he says going on looking at why Searching is new and bold. “It is saying something about the time that we live in and it is making a contribution to what I think is a really classic genre. And I can’t look past the visual of the family that it depicts. They are Korean-American, they are specifically Korean-American but it doesn’t have any bearing on the plot or story. So on a lot of different fronts it is doing something new and bold and for people to respond to it, it is very gratifying.”

Cho who most film lovers will remember as the fun-loving Harold Lee in the Harold & Kumar franchise and as the man who coined the phrase MILF in American Pie says Searching is going to take fans on a thrill ride. “The last time I checked we are all members of a family, and while we may not all be parents we are certainly all children and there is something elemental about that bond. It is very easy to relate to that, being a Dad, but past that this is a movie but I like to call it a page turner. This is all about how this is going to turn out and there are so many twists and turns in it that we just wanted to keep that emotion all the way through it and keep everybody guessing… so I hope it worked.”

A star of the recent Star Trek franchise of films Cho knows what audiences want when it comes to films and he said that fans of the thriller genre are going to warm to Searching very quickly. “Listen this is a good rock ‘em and sock ‘em time,” he says smiling. “It is going to be a fun night out with a compelling story and we hope that it keeps you guessing. What I love about the device thing though is that we have all these big feelings that we put into our little devices and our movie takes that and goes “oh no what you are feeling is big, look at it on the big screen.’ Then of course with the thriller genre I think it is something that works best with a crowd and to be in these screenings and to hear the gasps and the hoots and the hollers and the ‘oh my Gods’ I think that is how you want to see movies.”

Like it seems most of the critics in America at the moment Cho is also full of praise for the director, Aneesh Chaganty. “I think he brings such ingenuity  and energy and an intelligence I don’t know who else could have pulled it off and I sense that. And to be honest I didn’t want to do the project until I sat down with him, because I thought there was a problem with this little puzzle and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get involved with it but he is so ingenious and so charismatic that I said yes and I am glad that I did because I saw him work through this Rubix cube and it was a doozy. The work that he put into it after we finished, he spent two years editing, and I say editing they had to create all these worlds after we finished shooting… it is staggering amount of work.”

 

Searching begins in Australian cinemas this Thursday.

 

Actor Christopher Larkin portrays Monty Green on the hit television series The 100. With him about to arrive in Melbourne for Oz Comic Con Dave G sat down for a chat with him. During the interview we talked about his challenging role on The 100 and what it means getting to come to a convention like this.

You can listen to our full Christopher Larkin interview below.

 

Christopher Larkin will be attending this year’s Oz Comic Con in Melbourne which is being held in Melbourne on 9-10 June. Tickets can be purchased here.