|I'll be back... or the reboot will be anyway.|
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Total Recall, probably the best Arnie movie after The Terminator, has a reboot. And this year, it has a Comic-Con panel. Here’s the live blog of what how it went.
We have Ralph Garman moderating. Introduces Director Len Wiseman, Brian Cransten, Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, and Kate Beckinsale.
Moderator: So how is the final product? /Wiseman: Can't wait for everyone to see it.
Moderator: Did you have a good time making this film? You had some big shoes to fill, didn’t you? /Farrell: Definitely had fun doing it. It was a lot of fun to film.
First look at some extended footage. A six minute reel. In a word: awesome! (Loads of action sequences, plenty of nods to the original - including a three-boobed hooker.)
Mod: Holy hell!
4:55 p.m. Mod: Was it fun playing a really bad guy? (To Cranston… laughs) /Cranston: Cohagan has been referred to as a douchebag. It's exhausting, the work, every single day. I imagine you guys slept well (to Biel, Farrell, Beckinsale).
4:57 p.m. Biel: You do have to train... like an athlete would. Then train, train... boxing, boxing, boxing. I love doing this kind of movie... these kind of action sequences. We loved it, actually.
4:58 p.m. Fan: Which way are you going with this film? /Wiseman: What attracted me was the mystery. A lot of action... the world building. I really geek out. But what really drew me in was the mystery. It was a character itself.
5:00 p.m. Mod: What's the challenge of playing a character who doesn't know who he is? /Farrell: Maybe it's that I'm someone who didn't know who he was for a large portion of his life. (Lots of laughs). He's kind of in a state of shock for most of the movie. Future is wide open because he can really be anyone he wants to be.
5:02 p.m. Fan: You said a year ago that you were afraid of doing Sharon Stone's character. How do you feel now? :/Beckinsale: I feel okay doing a new take on it. Our tone is really different this time around. It really doesn't feel like the same character. It was a wild ride.
5:02 p.m. Mod: There are few nods to the original film. /Wiseman: Well, it doesn't go to Mars. That was a pretty big departure from the original. Mod: If we didn't have the hooker with three boobs, we'd be pretty upset. (Laughs)
5:05 p.m. Fan: Are you happy with the way they portrayed Britain? /Beckinsale: I think so.
5:05 p.m. Fan: Speaking of an accent. Arnold had an accent... Colin... did you think about using your Irish accent? /Farrell: No... No, I didn't. I did think of messing around with an Austrian accent for a bit... for like seven minutes. (Laughter all around)
5:07 p.m. Fan: Colin, I've noticed you've done a lot of smaller comedies like In Bruges. What brought you back to this? /Farrell: I hadn't done a big film... action film... in 6 or 7 years. I just thought it was time... there was a lot of fun to be had in a film like this. I was a bit dubious about doing a second remake... ugh... could I be any less original? But then Len showed me some drawings and I thought... geez, I could be in that frame.
5:08 p.m. Mod: What drew you on board? /Cranston: It was the training. I was training a lot in the bar. (Laughs) We were having drinks and trying to get into character. I approach it as though I didn't set out to kill Colin - I just want him to behave. He's like a teenage son that's acting out. This guy, unlike the Ronny Cox character, would be benevolent. If they would just listen to my ideas... but there's these terrorists out there. Anyway, that's the loose approach we went with.
5:09 p.m. Mod: What drew you? /Biel: It was... yeah, like the rest of them. The Len spell. The casting couch is not dead. (Laughs)
5:12 p.m. Fan: Colin, what was it like filling Arnie's shoes? /Farrell: Airy. (Laughs). I didn't feel like I had to fill his shoes. This one is played a lot straighter... what I'm saying is that I don't have a lot of one liners. Fundamentally, it's a story of a man who's searching for his true identity. On day one, it felt original. I didn't have to fight what Arnie did or try to be different.
5:14 p.m. Fan: I'm shocked to be here because I waited in line two minutes. (Boos all around). /Farrell: Thanks for your patience, man.
5:15 p.m. (Last question). Fan: Colin, what was it like acting against a green screen? /Farrell: It wasn't bad at all. I never had to talk to a tennis ball on a stick. All the actors were always in the space. I felt like the immediate environment I was in always had furniture to trip over. One of the sets was like an opium den... I felt right at home.