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INT: McG

05.06.2009

His name is "Joseph McGinty".  And he doesn't want you to forget that.  McG has a reputation as North American Uwe Boll.  In other words, a hack.  Talking with McG on set, it was almost hard to keep up.  The man is running back and forth, making sure all his ducks are in a row.  The man is also incredibly gracious, and made sure that all the journos had a good view of the monitors when filming a scene.  Unfortunately, due to his hectic schedule, we didn't get a solid amount of time with him.  What follows are some of his thoughts we managed to capture throughout the day when he had a break in filming.

McG

On Terminator Salvation…

McG: I take it very seriously the responsibility of getting Terminator right.  Honoring the mythology but making it new so it doesn’t just feel like a rehash, drek piece.  If anybody ever wonders, “why in the f*ck would Christian Bale sign up for a movie that this clown McG’s doing?”  Because I talked to him the way I’m talking to you right now.  I only got one speed and this is what it is. 

Since we can’t see it from here, is the scar on his face now or how does it work with makeup?

McG:  We actually do two passes.  Then Charlie creates the fusion together so you see it coming in.  Not to mention the hand that came from Winston Studios also has to be covered with the molten steel material.  It’s that whole theory of ‘I do as much practically as possible’.  We could’ve just said ‘get in there and throw it on the green screen and it’ll all look great, trust the tennis ball and the c stand’.  I just don’t like that.  So I wanted the proper T800 hand scratching it down, giving us that place to emote from.

Was this a sequence that you wanted to do a long time ago?  Where you want to know how he got the scar?

McG: Yeah, I wanted to see how Kyle Reese became to be such a proficient fighter and where his loyalty to Connor came from.  I wanted to see where Connor got that scar.  I wanted to see why Connor indeed became the leader.  Imagine you and I jumped out and said “We’re here!  We’re ready to lead”   They’d go, “get in line.  We’re not ready to follow you guys because you say so.”  And that would’ve been the Connor track.  I mean I’m sure there’s somebody up there in Northern New Mexico saying “I am the second coming.  Get with it.”  And who’re we to say, “no you’re not.”  For all we know, he may be proven right tomorrow.  (pause)  She.

(laughs)

Talking about the scar on John Connor’s cheek…

McG: The mythology of the scar—do you know the famous John Connor scar?  It comes down his left cheek and where did it come from?  We’re about to find out.  It’s from a T800 that had been after him and is now starting to freeze up after it had been heated up tremendously.  [points to monitors]  You’ll see it come in and scratch right down the left side of his face.  And that’s the nature of the mark.

Talking about Serena…

She is the connection to Dyson in T2.

McG:  That’s my understanding. When Dyson and his employees talk about “it”, she showed up to work on Monday. What would you do?  If we all went to MIT, worked really hard and studied robotics, artificial intelligence, molecular science, this, that and the other, and you walked to work on Monday and you go “wow, it blew up.”  Would you say “I’m going back to the flower shop.”?  Or would you see, “wait a minute, we were really close on this Manhattan project and I’m going to see it through.”?  And that’s effectively what Serena did since that time.  And there may even be a line in the movie where she refers to “after Miles Dyson went insane we decided to…” where we all go “what?  He’s great.”

On his nickname and the internet…

McG: I understand how obnoxious it is and people think it’s some Hollywood, hip hop bullshit, I really do get that.  But it’s been my name since Kalamazoo, Michigan.  My name’s Joseph McGinty Nichol, you know all this shit.  And I’ve been called McG since the day I was born, there were three Joes in my house.  We were poor, we didn’t have any money, my uncle Joe, my mother’s brother, and my grandfather Joe so they called me McG, short for McGinty, my mother’s middle name.  And I go on all your guys’ sites and everyone is like “f*ck this guy.  Who calls themselves McG?”  And it’s so annoying because that’s my name.  That’s my name in first grade.

Fanboys, they get crazy about the weirdest things.

I’m a fanboy though!  So f*ck that, why are they eating their own?  The only thing that’s frustrating is stop worshipping the past, man.  It’s like, people do what’s right on a movie to movie basis.  Maybe you gotta be Richie Cunningham before you can be Ron Howard.  Maybe you gotta be Spicoli before you can be Sean Penn.  And pay your dues.  And it’s the privilege to the audience to put people in a box and say “I f*cking hate that guy.”  I do it too!  And I’m not apologizing.  I’m the one standing here saying I won’t operate from a place of fear, f*ck that.  I believe in the movie we’re making, people will talk shit, they won’t talk shit. 

Imagine the shit Nolan took when he said “let’s go make Batman again, hard nipples, codpieces, Starlight Express.”  He said, “I got it, we’re gonna go out there and get it done.”  And again, it’s not about this--I’m so sick of my own bullshit, I’ve had it.  That’s why I show you the stuff because I’ll stand by the stuff and say “that’s my idea of a kickass Terminator.”  I am you!  I am the one who wants to see it go on and not raped in some, you know, flog that dead horse and scrape a few more bucks.  You know what I mean? 

I don’t care about dough.  I made the dough from The O.C. getting into syndication or Supernatural going into syndication, I don’t care.  My life is lived in a paper cup in the f*cking dirt in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I do it because I love it and I’m a movie fan like all of us, that’s it.  It ends there. 

 

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Source: JoBlo.com

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4:55AM on 05/07/2009
I'm gonna give this a shot but how can he expect fans to not question this movie endlessly when firstly Cameron ended the series in T2 and every chance of reviving the series after that has just gotten worse. T3 was awful and somehow the TV series got even worse.

Damn straight I'm gonna question when they're giving the series to a guy who's biggest career achievement was the Charlies Angels movies.
I'm gonna give this a shot but how can he expect fans to not question this movie endlessly when firstly Cameron ended the series in T2 and every chance of reviving the series after that has just gotten worse. T3 was awful and somehow the TV series got even worse.

Damn straight I'm gonna question when they're giving the series to a guy who's biggest career achievement was the Charlies Angels movies.
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3:20AM on 05/07/2009
people say fuck him like it matters. you won't be missed fan boy. see ya in line for this movie and T5.
people say fuck him like it matters. you won't be missed fan boy. see ya in line for this movie and T5.
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1:49AM on 05/07/2009

McG rocks

it sucks he has to "prove" himself to internet nerds. his visuals are amazing and he made the charlies angels films to get a paycheck. everyone starts somewhere. the T4 tv ads look amazing. McG's tv series FASTLANE was the coolest thing EVER on TV and his style is sick. screw the internet. he is going places.
it sucks he has to "prove" himself to internet nerds. his visuals are amazing and he made the charlies angels films to get a paycheck. everyone starts somewhere. the T4 tv ads look amazing. McG's tv series FASTLANE was the coolest thing EVER on TV and his style is sick. screw the internet. he is going places.
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7:25PM on 05/06/2009

CAN'T WE JUST

WAIT TILL TERMINATOR SALVATION COMES OUT AND THEN SEE IF WE LIKE HIM OR NOT?
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WAIT TILL TERMINATOR SALVATION COMES OUT AND THEN SEE IF WE LIKE HIM OR NOT?
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4:10PM on 05/06/2009
Why do so many people act like McG is some independent director looking for his big break?

"I'm giving the guy a chance because someday someones gonna have to take a chance on me"

Seriously? McG has been given many chances for a long time now. He is a MAJOR Hollywood player. He produces high profile films and TV. He has already directed several mega budget action films. His pay grade is up there with the cream of the crop. Give him a chance? lol
Why do so many people act like McG is some independent director looking for his big break?

"I'm giving the guy a chance because someday someones gonna have to take a chance on me"

Seriously? McG has been given many chances for a long time now. He is a MAJOR Hollywood player. He produces high profile films and TV. He has already directed several mega budget action films. His pay grade is up there with the cream of the crop. Give him a chance? lol
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3:36PM on 05/06/2009

Support McG!

I'm with McG on this guys. Don't judge a book by it's cover. Sure we all do it but sometimes you can be really surprised.

I'm giving the guy a chance because someday someones gonna have to take a chance on me. Have a little faith in his potential alright?

FYI, calling him the American Uwe Boll is a really low blow! What the hell is up with that shit?
I'm with McG on this guys. Don't judge a book by it's cover. Sure we all do it but sometimes you can be really surprised.

I'm giving the guy a chance because someday someones gonna have to take a chance on me. Have a little faith in his potential alright?

FYI, calling him the American Uwe Boll is a really low blow! What the hell is up with that shit?
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2:55PM on 05/06/2009

No McG

You won't be getting my support or blessing.
You won't be getting my support or blessing.
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2:44PM on 05/06/2009
I wouldn't have a beer with the guy...seems too high-strung. But I have faith his Terminator will be good.
I wouldn't have a beer with the guy...seems too high-strung. But I have faith his Terminator will be good.
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1:16PM on 05/06/2009

i trust the guy

Based alone on the show Supernatural. It has its flaws but all in all it's a damn good show, and the only reason the CW should even be watched. As far as the name goes, it doesn't bother me a bit. Moreno, regarding the Uwe Boll comment, I expected better from you. Just watch, this will be the best movie of the summer. Don't let the whiny fanboys get to you McG, they'll all be choking on there feet May 21st.
Based alone on the show Supernatural. It has its flaws but all in all it's a damn good show, and the only reason the CW should even be watched. As far as the name goes, it doesn't bother me a bit. Moreno, regarding the Uwe Boll comment, I expected better from you. Just watch, this will be the best movie of the summer. Don't let the whiny fanboys get to you McG, they'll all be choking on there feet May 21st.
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12:14PM on 05/06/2009

Aww, poor McG.

Seriously, this guy is a douche bag. He has made 3 movies and all 3 were pretty lame. He lies to fans constantly ("Cameron gave us input! Nolan is lead writer!"). Plus he goes around publicly claiming to have a bigger penis than Michael Bay. I'm sorry, but the only other filmmaker I've seen make an ass of himself like that is Uwe Boll.
Seriously, this guy is a douche bag. He has made 3 movies and all 3 were pretty lame. He lies to fans constantly ("Cameron gave us input! Nolan is lead writer!"). Plus he goes around publicly claiming to have a bigger penis than Michael Bay. I'm sorry, but the only other filmmaker I've seen make an ass of himself like that is Uwe Boll.
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11:22AM on 05/06/2009

hahaha! respect

ive gotta be honest i never saw the evil mcg as many on here did, i just dont get it. do people realy hate him that much just because of his name and that he directed charlies angels!? i mean is that it!? how come nobody ever mentions we are marshall??? decent movie.

and i totally agree with ExarKoontz this guy is not an american uwe boll, i dont think anybody can be compared to that!
ive gotta be honest i never saw the evil mcg as many on here did, i just dont get it. do people realy hate him that much just because of his name and that he directed charlies angels!? i mean is that it!? how come nobody ever mentions we are marshall??? decent movie.

and i totally agree with ExarKoontz this guy is not an american uwe boll, i dont think anybody can be compared to that!
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10:12AM on 05/06/2009
look, I'm not a huge fan of his, but calling him "The American Uwe Boll" is pretty cruel.
look, I'm not a huge fan of his, but calling him "The American Uwe Boll" is pretty cruel.
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