What They Said: Jackson Talks 'The Hobbit'; Anne Hathaway on Being Catwoman; Mark Wahlberg Reveals why 'Planet of the Apes' Flopped

What They Said: Jackson Talks 'The Hobbit'; Anne Hathaway on Being Catwoman; Mark Wahlberg Reveals why 'Planet of the Apes' Flopped

Dec 30, 2011

Director Peter Jackson

With the dawn of 2012 right around the corner, we’ve got some big movies looming on the imminent horizon – which means creators and stars are starting appear on the interview circuit and are actually divulging details about the movies we’ve been dying to see.

With that in mind, here are some excerpts from Peter Jackson regarding his highly anticipated return to Middle Earth in The Hobbit and Anne Hathaway discussing all sorts of things about Christopher Nolan’s Batman swan song, The Dark Knight Rises.

Then, just for fun, check out what Mark Wahlberg had to say about why Tim Burton’s Planet of Apes film failed so epically. Happy New Year.

Peter Jackson compares The Hobbit to Lord of the Rings: Jackson recently spoke with Total Film magazine (thanks to Spoiler TV for the scans) about all things The Hobbit, so read on for some of the juicier tidbits.

The director explains how the two part adaptation of Tolkien’s earlier novel is both similar and different to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The Hobbit is very much a children's book and The Lord of the Rings is something else; it's not really aimed at children at all. I realized the characters of the dwarves are the difference. Their energy and disdain of anything politically correct brings a new kind of spirit to it. And that's why I thought, OK, this could be fun!" 

His wife and co-writer, Fran Walsh, jumps in to explain that while The Hobbit was very much a kid’s book, fans shouldn’t worry that it will be a lighter story than the one told in the much loved trilogy.

“We always saw The Hobbit more in the golden light of a fairytale. It's more playful. But by the time you get to the end, Tolkien is writing himself into that place where he can begin that epic journey of writing LOTR, which took, as he put it, his life's blood. All those heavier, darker themes which are so prevalent in the later trilogy start to come into play." 

Jackson appears focused on making two more films in the vein of the Lord of the Rings movies, telling the magazine, “I want it to seem like we've gone back on location into Middle-earth; that these two movies feel like they belong at the beginning of the other three. We're the same filmmakers going into the same world." That has to be great news for fans of the original trilogy. [via Comicbookmovie.com]

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

Hathaway on Catwoman: If you’re more excited about a return trip to Gotham City than Middle Earth, a recent interview with Anne Hathaway about her work as Catwoman in the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises should scratch your itch quite nicely.

Hathaway sat down with the LA Times’ Hero Complex and spilled some of the beans about the upcoming film. You can check the original article for some minor spoilers if you’re so inclined, but we’re not reprinting those quotes here.

The actress had this to say about her much-discussed costume, coming out in favor of it.

“I love the costume, because everything has a purpose, nothing is in place for fantasy’s sake, and that’s the case with everything in Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City.”

She then goes on to explain how this attitude of purpose affects the entirety of Gotham.

“Gotham City is full of grace. You look at Heath’s performance as the Joker, there was a lot of madness there but there was also a grace and he had a code there. There’s a lot of belief and codes of behavior in Gotham and my character has one, too. A lot of the way she moves and interacts with people is informed by her worldview. Chris has given us all such complex, defined, sophisticated worldviews that it’s just a matter of doing your homework and getting underneath the character’s skin.”

The rest of the interview is equally interesting – highlighting how Hathaway has become a comic book fan after landing the role, how Hedy Lamarr’s breathing inspired her own performance, and talking at length (complete with spoilers) about one of her scenes in the film.

Wahlberg Disses Apes: Finally, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Back in 2001, director Tim Burton teamed up with actor Mark Wahlberg to make a new version of Planet of the Apes. The film wasn’t very good, and now Wahlberg is finally sharing his thoughts on why it flopped in a recent interview with MTV.

The whole topic comes up when the interviewer asks Wahlberg if he saw this summer’s Apes movie.

“I haven't seen it yet, but I heard it was pretty damn good. Well, ours wasn't. It is what it is. Ours wasn't."

“They didn't have the script right. They had a release date before he had shot a foot of film. They were pushing him and pushing him in the wrong direction. You have got to let Tim do his thing."

We’ll admit, it always did seem odd that they hired Burton to direct that film in the first place. We appreciate Burton around here, but he wasn’t exactly the first name that came to mind when talking about doing a Planet of the Apes film.

Despite the critical failing of the film, Wahlberg appears to have had a good time working with Burton – so maybe they’ll reunite on a better project somewhere down the line.

“I have no better time on any movie than I had working with Tim. I had the most amazing time with Tim. I run to be on the set with him. We were doing reshoots, and he came out with me to Paris. We're in the club. Tim was in the club, man. Tim was in the club. Then he'd be drawing people, and all of his caricatures looked the same. He'd be drawing people in the club." [via Comicbookmovie.com]

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