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Nov. 30, 2009by: Paul Tassi

I think many people might be under the impression that Robert Rodriguez is actually directing PREDATORS rather than just producing, but that's not the case. Nimrod Antal is actually the man behind the camera, and he recently sat down with ComingSoon to talk about the film.

One piece of the interview that struck me the most was his explanation of casting Adrien Brody in the title role. I was scratching my head about that one, as was almost everyone else who heard it, but his rationale behind the decision does make some amount of sense.

"Again, it was a challenge in finding a balance. I think when we cast Adrian, there were a lot of people going, 'What?' but at the same time, if we cast a Vin Diesel in that role or if we cast anyone who is Arnold-esque, we would have been attacked for doing that. So we decided early on to go in a very different direction as far as the casting process, but it turned out fantastic. He plays a mercenary in the film and if you look at the guys in Iraq and Afghanistan today, they're not 'yolked-out' Schwarzenegger-looking guys. They're all very wiry and thin guys, and I think it's going to play well."

Hah, “yolked-out.” But yeah, I think we all would have rolled our eyes had Vin Diesel or Jason Statham shown up in the lead spot. At least we know Brody can act, and put enough grime on him and I think he’ll definitely look the part. Check out the rest of the interview here.

Extra Tidbit: Antal also confirms the film as being R-rated. Hallelujah.
Source: ComingSoon

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1:23PM on 11/30/2009
I think they can make Brody look pretty sick if they really put heart into this movie, and about Topher, he should definetly be the first to be brutally destroyed by the Predators!
I think they can make Brody look pretty sick if they really put heart into this movie, and about Topher, he should definetly be the first to be brutally destroyed by the Predators!
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8:41PM on 11/30/2009
At first glance I thought that said Anal Talks Predators
At first glance I thought that said Anal Talks Predators
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8:18PM on 11/30/2009

Silvestri! Gotta be Silvestri!

The Predator score is one of my all time favorites. Hope they do indeed get Mr. Silvestri to score this flick.

And yes, I'm sure I'm not the only one who was a little dissapointed that Robert isn't directing this thing. But I trust the guy, and hope the director of Armored can bring the Predator franchise back to the screens right. Unlike those shitty AVP movies.
The Predator score is one of my all time favorites. Hope they do indeed get Mr. Silvestri to score this flick.

And yes, I'm sure I'm not the only one who was a little dissapointed that Robert isn't directing this thing. But I trust the guy, and hope the director of Armored can bring the Predator franchise back to the screens right. Unlike those shitty AVP movies.
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1:01PM on 11/30/2009
still there is no excuse for Topher
still there is no excuse for Topher
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4:59PM on 11/30/2009

R Rated

Fox finally came to their senses!
Fox finally came to their senses!
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8:30PM on 11/30/2009

If they stay true to the direction...

It might actually be good. The dude can shoot a tight film, there is no doubt about that. Vacancy is the only film I have seen, but it was a taut piece of work.

I think Topher Grace is hard done by his role in 70s show. The boy has talent. I am interested in what this puppy can be...Bring the trailer on!
It might actually be good. The dude can shoot a tight film, there is no doubt about that. Vacancy is the only film I have seen, but it was a taut piece of work.

I think Topher Grace is hard done by his role in 70s show. The boy has talent. I am interested in what this puppy can be...Bring the trailer on!
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6:32PM on 11/30/2009

Please Please Please

Hire Alan Silvestri for the music as in the first two movies and stick to the old great Predator logo. If they do that and get along with the R rating, I'll be freakin counting months already.
Hire Alan Silvestri for the music as in the first two movies and stick to the old great Predator logo. If they do that and get along with the R rating, I'll be freakin counting months already.
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6:04PM on 11/30/2009
For one, Brody is a damn fine actor so I dug the casting. Paul mentioned The Pianist and I agree. He's amazing to watch in that film.

And Hooray for the R-Rating (as long as Fox don't bitch out and seize control)
For one, Brody is a damn fine actor so I dug the casting. Paul mentioned The Pianist and I agree. He's amazing to watch in that film.

And Hooray for the R-Rating (as long as Fox don't bitch out and seize control)
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11:53AM on 12/02/2009

you tricked me.

you got me confused there by saying "One piece of the interview that struck me the most was his explanation of casting Adrien Brody in the title role." i read that and thought, "wait a minute. Adrien Brody is playing the Predator? what?. why would they have Adrien Brody play the Predator" but now i see you meant "lead" role. i can live with him in the lead role.
you got me confused there by saying "One piece of the interview that struck me the most was his explanation of casting Adrien Brody in the title role." i read that and thought, "wait a minute. Adrien Brody is playing the Predator? what?. why would they have Adrien Brody play the Predator" but now i see you meant "lead" role. i can live with him in the lead role.
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11:20PM on 11/30/2009

LOVE ANTAL!

Antal directed the brilliant "Kontroll" a few years back. I've still been waiting to see him do something on par with that. My heart sunk when I heard he was doing just another shitty Hollywood remake. The casting of Brody made me a bit more confident in this and, while I don't expect "Predator" to come anywhere close to being as awesome as "Kontroll", at least the casting makes me think it will be interesting and at least a bit different.
Antal directed the brilliant "Kontroll" a few years back. I've still been waiting to see him do something on par with that. My heart sunk when I heard he was doing just another shitty Hollywood remake. The casting of Brody made me a bit more confident in this and, while I don't expect "Predator" to come anywhere close to being as awesome as "Kontroll", at least the casting makes me think it will be interesting and at least a bit different.
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1:04PM on 11/30/2009
I really love Antal's first movie Kontroll. If you haven't seen it you most definately need to do so. As for his english releases, I really have no intrest in seeing then at all.
I really love Antal's first movie Kontroll. If you haven't seen it you most definately need to do so. As for his english releases, I really have no intrest in seeing then at all.
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10:21PM on 11/30/2009

Lets be honest...

Nobody has any real reason to hate this guy... He had some bad movies but blame the script, not the actor. I really think when he has a good script he can shine and I am kind of excited to see him in such a different role.
Nobody has any real reason to hate this guy... He had some bad movies but blame the script, not the actor. I really think when he has a good script he can shine and I am kind of excited to see him in such a different role.
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10:07PM on 11/30/2009

It's deja vu all over again...

Brody was cast against type in KING KONG, and it sucked. I can't see this being any different.

Why would we be disappointed to see Vin Diesel or Jason Statham? That's the kinda guy a Predator SHOULD be hunting. Not some scrawny Don Knotts lookin' dude. What, was Urkel not available?
Brody was cast against type in KING KONG, and it sucked. I can't see this being any different.

Why would we be disappointed to see Vin Diesel or Jason Statham? That's the kinda guy a Predator SHOULD be hunting. Not some scrawny Don Knotts lookin' dude. What, was Urkel not available?
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7:30AM on 12/01/2009
"That's the kind of guy that SHOULD be giving me a pants tent". There - fixed it for you.
"That's the kind of guy that SHOULD be giving me a pants tent". There - fixed it for you.
5:53PM on 11/30/2009

SWEET

I for one really like Brody! This is GREAT news! I also don't think it needs to be R rated to be good. The Dark Knight was very good without an R rating. It does take a more talented director to pull off everything they want to do with a PG-13 rating though. I can't wait for a trailer!
I for one really like Brody! This is GREAT news! I also don't think it needs to be R rated to be good. The Dark Knight was very good without an R rating. It does take a more talented director to pull off everything they want to do with a PG-13 rating though. I can't wait for a trailer!
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12:24PM on 11/30/2009
"At least Brody can act" ??? Acting means something else then looking in the camera like a little dog puppy.
"At least Brody can act" ??? Acting means something else then looking in the camera like a little dog puppy.
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12:46PM on 11/30/2009
Go watch The Pianist.

Are dog puppies as cute as man children?
Go watch The Pianist.

Are dog puppies as cute as man children?
2:33PM on 11/30/2009
Also watch the Darjeeling Limited. Brody kicked ass in that flick!
Also watch the Darjeeling Limited. Brody kicked ass in that flick!
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