Matt Damon and Neill Blomkamp Explain ‘Elysium’

Matt Damon and Neill Blomkamp Explain ‘Elysium’

Jul 14, 2012

It’s been heavily speculated what Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming sci-fi feature film Elysium is all about. Matt Damon, Blomkamp and cast were on hand on Friday, during a Comic-Con press conference and revealed some juicy details. The film stars Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, Jodie Foster, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura, Alice Braga and William Fichtner.

Here’s the official synopsis: In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) will stop at nothing to preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium – but that doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. Max (Matt Damon) agrees to take on a life-threatening mission, one that could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

Blomkamp: It’s a film about an orbital space station called Elysium. Earth is diseased and has been left behind and the money and resources have left with it.

Damon: My character is trying to get to the space station because he’s dying and it has health care.

The first time I met Neill, he gave me this whole graphic novel of different weapons systems and vehicles [that would be in Elysium] and I looked at the stuff and told my wife, “There’s no way we’re going to let this get away.” So we planned our whole life around it. The level of detail that went into it was great. And after I saw District 9, Neill went to the top of the list of people I wanted to work with and I feel so lucky it came around to me so quickly.

Jodie Foster: I play a political figure. When I saw the script and luckily it had a female character that I could play.It’s about all sorts of things that matter to me and it’s interesting to see somebody be able to marry an intellectual idea with beautiful primitive gut-wrenching explosions and death.

I have one scene with Matt and in that scene he’s very quiet, he was being held captive. [Laughs] so there was only moaning.

Copley: The key for me was to play a villain, to be able to access two parts of myself because it was very different from roles that I have played before. My character has seen a lot of violence and has grown up in a very hard environment and a very dangerous way. I’ve been involved in violent things happening and seen a lot of violence and to be able to come to an understanding that there is a certain level of violence that exerts in the world. Secondarily to almost see the world is a black and white way.

The last time I had seen a really entertaining villain was Heath Ledger’s Joker so I felt that with this character I had the opportunity to do something different. He’s very dark and intimidating but hopefully audiences will  also find a certain level of charisma and entertainment value. Blomkamp allowed me to do my own thing.

Elysium hits theaters March 1, 2013.

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