Friday, May 2, 2008

Behind The Scenes

As a kid I was completely caught up in Star Wars mania, like many, many other people still are. One thing it did for me, though, was cause me to want to be a film maker. Well, that dream never really panned out but I still enjoy getting a look behind the curtain when I can. And since I'm really looking forward to Iron Man, premiering in theaters today, I found some recent remarks by Jeff Bridges interesting and fun. He had this to say about the creative process:
"I always thought that [with] these big multimillion-dollar movies, that the special effects are so expensive that they would want to have all the dialogue and be very prepared that way, so that everything would go quicker," Bridges said, snapping his fingers for effect during an interview last week in New York. "But I found out that that's not the case with these movies. Often, the dialogue is kind of left as a last-minute thing, you know? That was tough, because you base your character on what is said about you and what you say, and if that's not solid, then who are you, what are you?"

He goes on to say that much of the dialog was improvised on the day of shooting, and that because director Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr, and his other co-stars are such professionals everything came out better than he expected.

With just a few exceptions (Daredevil, ugh!) I think Marvel Comics is making great movie adaptations of their characters. And now that they are producing their own movies they have a greater freedom to create their own movie universe. There's some interesting rumors flying around about Iron Man, which we'll get to see if they are true or not this weekend. One rumor: Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Yowza!

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