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With Pacific Rim in theaters on Friday, earlier this week I had the great opportunity to speak with the star about his latest film. Read on to find out how he made sure to make his character standout amongst all of the CGI, balancing his career between film and television, and how it was del Toro that really attracted him to the project in the first place.
Giant robots vs. giant monsters. That's how Guillermo del Toro has been selling his sci-fi epic Pacific Rim since it was first announced, and that's surely the logic that went into putting it in 3D. When you're paying to see giant things smash each other, why wouldn't you pay for the extra dimension? But not all giant robots are created alike, and not all films that seem perfect for 3D at first actually wind up making the most of it. So which is Pacific Rim?
If you're convinced that Hollywood will never make big-budget original films again, you hardly need better evidence than the word so far on this weekend's Pacific Rim, which has been predicted to make barely an eighth of its $175 million budget when it opens in North America this weekend. But if you're excited about Pacific Rim, and think your moviegoing dollars can help change its outcome… you're right. And you might already be helping
Yes, Pacific Rim doesn't open until Friday, but according to Variety its outlook is grim. The $185 million monster movie (costing even more when you account for marketing) is looking to make somewhere between $25 and $35 million this weekend, right in line with The Lone Ranger's already famous flop
A couple weeks back I flew up to San Francisco, California to take part in a press day for Pacific Rim, where I had the opportunity to sit down with the writer and talk about the new film (which is in theaters this Friday). Read on to learn about the initial inspiration that led to the script, working with del Toro through the writing process, and creating a larger world beyond what wes eein the film.
In the soon-to-open Pacific Rim, Day from spaced out monster to massive monster enthusiast/researcher Dr. Newton Geiszler. In the witty—but sadly brief—mash-up above, you can see Newton talking with Perlman's character, who has one of the best names to ever be in a movie: Hannibal Chau (pronounced Chow).
Next month, however, Guillermo del Toro is taking the summer and the definition of “big” to a whole new level when he puts 30-story robots against 30-story monsters in Pacific Rim. And last year I had the chance to witness it first-hand.
I dare you to find a movie this summer with a more badass tagline than Pacific Rim. Born from the endlessly inventive mind of Guillermo del Toro and screenwriter Travis Beacham, Pacific Rim is the summer's biggest and most inventive sci-fi adventure, sending us to a future in which monsters have risen from the sea, and humanity has created robots to fight back. But this isn't your average story about monsters pummeling robots-- there are people inside those machines
It’s the middle of the summer, popcorn movies are coming at us with a ferocity one can only handle while absorbed in a massive heat wave (scientifically proven). This week we defend Earth from evil sea monsters and get grown up all over again
In New York City, a ticket to see a new movie in 3D IMAX will cost you about $20. In Canada, that kind of cash can get you a movie ticket and an early digital download. Even if you're not a hardened New Yorker who just accepts exorbitant movie ticket prices, that's a steal!
And while it necessarily is filled with previously-seen footage, this is definitely a human-centered preview, teasing us with Charlie Hunnam’s initiation into the Defense Corps and focusing more on what it takes for these guys to inhabit the giant Jaeger robots, and how the public reacts to their heroics.
With his new film Pacific Rim, director Guillermo del Toro has done more than told a simple story- he’s created an entirely new sci-fi/fantasy world. It’s a cinematic universe where an inter-dimensional portal has ripped open on the floor of the ocean and has begun spilling out giant, horrific monsters called Kaiju that threaten to tear the world apart, leaving the human race to begin the construction of skyscraper-sized robots called Jaegers to fight them off.
Idris Elba to think about a crocodile compared to a lizard, and that a dinosaur is the lizard while the Kaiju is the crocodile and viewers may begin to understand the scale of this flick. (And picture me as the most excited ten-year-old on the planet.)
There’s one thing about Pacific Rim I really want to know. If a Jaeger falls, does that mean that the human pilots who are maneuvering these skyscraper-sized robots die, as well? Because if not, then why do we care?
What's the best way to find a partner to mind-meld with? Throw down with them in a friendly but intense sparring match, as demonstrated in the latest clip from Pacific Rim, which shows us Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket, who faces off with Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) to see if she's got the chops to go head to head with him in a much more literal sense, because that's what it takes to operate the Jaegers that are being used to fight the Kaiju.
Based on an original screenplay by Travis Beacham, Pacific Rim is set in a not-too-distant future where monsters from another dimension nicknamed Kaiju begin to emerge from a rift that has opened up in the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. When these beasts begin to attack populated cities, the United Nation comes together and organizes the Jaeger program, the department in charge of creating skyskraper-sized robots that can be used to fight off the other-worldly invaders.
Ron Perlman and director Guillermo del Toro have quite the history together. The duo first united on the filmmaker’s 1993 debut Cronos, and have remained tight ever since. They reunited for the first time in 2002 when del Toro made his first comic book movie, Blade II, and Perlman became a leading man when they worked together on both Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
In his voiceover, Del Toro promises that the action in Rim will rival the imaginations we had when we were 11-year-olds. Only he has a budget most studios wouldn’t entrust to a child, which is part of the reason why we’re so excited to see what he does in the blockbuster.
Played byThe Brothers Bloom's Rinko Kikuchi, Mako Mori is a co-pilot of the Jaeger (giant battleing robot) Gypsy Danger. Here she is in the Conn-pod apparatus, which is not in fact controlled by the actors, but by off-camera puppeteers from Legacy FX.
Based on a script by del Toro and Travis Beacham, the film stars Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi as a pair of Jaeger pilots, the former a washed up veteran and the latter a trainee. When the chips are down and the world is close to succumbing to the giant inter-dimensional creatures that have erupted from the Pacific Ocean...