It’s time for another round of “What They Said” – a recurring feature here at Movies.com wherein we find choice quotes from stars and industry insiders about the latest Hollywood topics and share them with you so that you can either bask in the brilliance of these creative minds or reinforce your belief in Kevin Smith’s theory that Hollywood is the only place where you can “fail upward.”
Today’s installment focuses on three new observations:
1. Tom Hardy ruminating on Bane’s voice and Ledger's Joker
2. James Cameron telling Arnold what he should do if he wants to return to the Terminator franchise
3. Producer Mark Hulme explaining why Ashton Kutcher is the perfect choice to play Steve Jobs.
Read on for all the insight.
-- With Steve Jobs’ passing late last year, it wasn’t particularly surprising when multiple Jobs biopics were announced. Sony’s hard at work developing one such film, based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of the Apple visionary, but there’s also a second feature in the works – one being produced by Mark Hulme.
That film doesn’t yet have distribution (and is hoping for a late 2012 release – which seems physically impossible at this point), but they do have a star. The Internet snickered when it was announced that Ashton Kutcher would play Jobs in the film – but Hulme is standing by his (leading) man. He tells Neowin.net why Kutcher is perfect for the part:
“Since our film covers the early years of Apple, when Jobs was in his 20's, we needed an actor who could carry not only the youthfulness of Jobs at the time but also the psychological complexity. Because of that, and Ashton's physical similarities to Jobs, he's perfect for our film. … When Ashton read the script he was immediately attracted to the project. He is a Steve Jobs and Apple fan, and is technologically savvy, as well, so he recognized the historical importance of Steve Jobs and the potential of the project. He is very excited to have the role."
We’re not completely opposed to Kutcher’s casting, but we’re not sure tweeting a lot makes you qualified to play Steve Jobs. Can Kutcher pull this off? Only time will tell. [via Cinemablend]
-- With the release of Christopher Nolan’s third (and final) Batman film getting closer, The Dark Knight Rises mania is reaching fever pitch.
Entertainment Weekly recently caught up with actor Tom Hardy, who shed some light on the much discussed voice of his villainous Bane character. If you don’t recall, audiences complained that it was hard to understand Hardy’s dialogue in last summer’s IMAX preview, but the thespian asks that audiences give his patois a shot when the finished film opens wide this summer.
“The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice,” says Hardy. “As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting.” Let’s hope so – and that it happens quickly. Not being able to understand the chief bad guy in the film could be a huge detriment to the experience as a whole.
Hardy explains some of the rationale behind the distinctive voice of the character, stating, “There were two doors we could walk through (in terms of Bane’s voice). We could play a very straightforward villain or we could go through this very quirky door, which is totally justified by the text but may seem very, very stupid.” Ever the daring performer, Hardy opted for the more dangerous route. “It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at—or it could be very fresh and exciting,” the actor says.
He also compared his character of Bane to Heath Ledger's Joker. “The Joker didn’t care—he just wanted to see the world burn, and he was a master of chaos and destruction, unscrupulous and crazy. Bane is not that guy,” says Hardy. “There is a very meticulous and calculated way about Bane. There is a huge orchestration of organization to his ambition. He is also a physical threat to Batman. There is nothing vague about Bane. No jokes. He’s a very clean, clear villain.” [via EW]
-- Finally, we’ve known that Arnold Schwarzenegger has been looking to return to the Terminator series of films for quite some time – and now, James Cameron is telling people that he’s advised the former California Governor on what would be best story-wise for Arnold’s return to playing the T-800.
“I was trying to be as encouraging as possible. Frankly, at that time, I thought it needed to be more about him," Cameron said. "I told him he should not do it until it's focused on his character or he shouldn't do it. I think there are some great stories that can be told about that character that haven't even been thought of yet."
While that sounds like a great idea, Cameron himself will not be reuniting with Schwarzenegger on a new Terminator feature. The director is hard at work cruising the bottom of the ocean and working on the next Avatar sequels. [via Blastr.com]