INT: Wilde / Garrett
a very lucky guy. Seriously
its a beautiful night as I write this, and I just got to sit with
two of the loveliest women Ive meet here in
place, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in
|Olivia Wilde||Beau Garrett|
have you seen the movie yet?
Olivia Wilde and Beau Garrett: Yeah.
How was it, just as girls being involved with this?
OW: Well, I think because it was written well with the girls being very powerful, overcoming all their obstacles and not running around in a wet T-shirt walking into the attic with a butcher knife, it wasnt that type of film. They were smart and they were well written and we had a good captain. The director, John Stockwell was someone we could trust, being in vulnerable wardrobe, being in a little bit of precarious situations without many clothes on, he was someone we could trust and hed take care of us. So I think when youve got someone you can trust and good material then you can feel comfortable.
BG: And being out of Los Angeles as well, being out of this kind of idea of what body image is, it was really nice to be in another country and the movie was so much about just surviving that you didnt think too much about your body image, I mean, you did as woman, we all do but it wasnt about that. There were moments it was like, I dont want to put this on again, I really dont. Like, Id rather die.
OW: And in Brazil, their so perfect that it almost makes you feel
BG: And the food! Oh my God, I feel like when my body cast came in to Brazil, it was how I was before the film and Im like really [Laughter] awesome Okay, I know what Im doing when I get home. But thats how it is, you know.
What were some of the more beautiful images of Brazil and memorable situations that you were in?
OW: So many Oh, this is something that were very serious about. We want people to go to Brazil, we loved it, and we loved the people. People should go there instantly and they should spend lots of money there. And they should I really think they should embrace it and not be deterred by the film. Its a cautionary tale, not about going to Brazil, but about traveling without any sort of research, without any sort of awareness about where youre from and what country you represent and what, maybe the political climate that youre not aware of . Thats what its telling you to be cautious about and I think that Brazil was just, even more beautiful than we imagined.
BG: Those mornings when wed wake up and go to set and youd see the sunrise and youd be in the car just watching it and all of us would be quiet with like our IPods, whatever and no matter what wed watch this, its just like God would come out and would like, shine. And wed go to this beach and do this scene and youre on this beach which is beautiful and youre in a bathing suit all day. But its just so surreal, the people are amazing and the crew was amazing, they embraced us, like, no one was put on a pedestal, everyone was the same and it just felt so it was a camaraderie, it was a family.
OW: There was, Id always heard about the beaches of Brazil and the women of Brazil but Id never heard about these extraordinary underwater caves in Bahia, which is very different from the other parts of Brazil. Bahia is much more African feeling; you feel more of the Portuguese influence in the architecture and even in the people themselves. They look different than the people in Sao Paulo and Rio who look very European. So it was extraordinary to see that part of Brazil which Id never imagined.
And I think the audience members will be surprised when they see all that cave stuff because its not like something youre really familiar with as an image of Brazil. Those caves are its all real; all we did was stick a light under water. Its really that color, its really that clear. They were a mile deep and then youd find the pool of water and then youd go another mile down and it would be like Atlantis underwater; this extraordinary kind of series of tunnels and archways and it was just the most unbelievable thing Id ever seen and I think, that alone is a reason to get down there this year.
Cold or warm?
OW: It wasnt cold and it wasnt warm. The longer you spend in it, the colder it gets. We were there in their winter so a lot of the stuff that we had to pretend was really warm was actually kind of cold. There was a waterfall we shot in for awhile, it was pretty freezing.
BG: The water itself was like jump in and [it was] like ice.
OW: But it was because of the amazing locations the film turned out the way it did. I think that Brazil itself is a whole character in the movie and if we had tried to shoot that here in a tank
BG: No way.
OW: It would have been a disaster. And I just hope that people know that, that all the underwater swimming stuff is real and theres no Styrofoam built cave or anything like that in a pool. Its really there, and I think thats why the reactions were so realistic and I think the acting turned out well in the film is because all we had to really do was react to our surroundings. And react to each other because it was cast so well that the dynamic was kind of laid out for us and the way that John Stockwell orchestrates his films is he puts you into the situation to stimulate the situation of the characters. So for instance, we were all living kind of in isolation in this eco-lodge in the middle of nowhere and we depended on each other in order to do anything.
BG: It was ridiculous.
OW: If you wanted to go to dinner, you had to get a band of actors together and find a van to take you there and he totally did it on purpose because then when we were on set you had the sense that these people were people who needed each other, who only had each other, who werent aware couldnt understand anybody else and they only had the group and that comes across on screen. And I think that also wouldnt have worked if we had shot it here. Or if we had lived in different apartments all over Rio or something, we had to really get to know each other in that very intense isolated way.
Were you good swimmers before taking this film?
OW: Ive always been a swimmer, its always been my sport so that helped me out. Josh [Duhamel] and I really got better as the time went on and by the end we were so impressed by how long we could hold our breath and we really took pride that we could do some of the stuff that the stunt doubles laid on us. It was something that Im really glad we did. Water always appears in a John Stockwell movie so I knew it was coming. But I didnt know it was going to be like that. I imagined beach, I didnt imagine fresh water caves. But the swimming was so, so intense and Josh is an insanely good swimmer and thank God we just started competing. Were very much like brother and sister, so once we started, we just competed and tried to be better than the other until the end.
Can you talk about youre role in ALPHA DOG?
OW: Sure. I play Angela Holden and its not the real names, we had to change the names, for obvious reasons. But I play the girlfriend of the character based on Jesse James Hollywood, who in the film is named Johnny Truelove. And she is, like the other characters in the film, grew up in a very safe, white, suburban, California town and got involved with all of this, mess of violence and drugs without really ever understanding what its like to live in a gangster type of community.
So this movie is about these kids who go to the best schools and have the safest communities and still end up being very twisted and very violent. She is an example of that because even though she lived in this very cookie-cutter suburban home shes completely out of control and wild and completely unsympathetic I have to say to the situation that happens in the movie. There all completely lost, completely screwed as far as being followed by the FBI. And I dont want to give anything away but shes not very helpful in the end. But it was a very different role than Bea in TURISTAS; probably the other end of the spectrum.
Im sure youve seen youre share of horror films so what was it about this one?
OW: Because it wasnt exactly a horror, it was a it was an adventure that these Ive always loved to travel, Ive traveled since I was young and always usually alone, my parents were at home and I ventured and to experience this Brazil as someone that not that I would be that kind of tourist, that kind of loud and its my world, who cares about everyone else. And to experience this and it wasnt really a horror to me, it was a thriller. Watching these people travel and be on this adventure with them and how it turns and surviving you know. I knew it was going to be a survival like, kind of film. I knew it was gonna be a guerilla film, I knew it was gonna be John pushing us to our limits because Ive worked with him before and so I loved being able to really push myself. And I loved being in the jungle, barefoot, in a bikini, cold, wet, tired, and seeing how far I could go.
BG: Its definitely not I really, really try not to call it a horror film. I call it a horrific thriller.
BG: Because its got the horror elements that I think fans of films like HOSTEL and SAW will really enjoy but its also very much a thriller in that its about survival and theres a lot of action and a lot of kind of slow build up which I think is different than a lot of those films. Ive always been a huge fan of horror films but Im a big fan of old-school horror films
What are some of your favorites?
OW and GB: THE SHINING.
GB: I love THE SHINING. I think THE SHINING is still the scariest movie Ive ever seen.
GB: And its more about what you dont see than what you do see. And whats the worst thing that you could possibly imagine. I like the original TEXAS CHAINSAW [MASSACRE], which is, you know, not so much blood and guts. Its more about what you can imagine.
Theres no blood in the original.
GB: Yeah, theres no blood.
OW: Exactly. Now its about blood and guts.
OW: Now its about, how gory can you get; I love that were not, I mean, we do have that element but were not about that, its not about lets see how much blood, its can we spook you here, can we spook you here
GB: Well, those films psychologically, its all about making you think, okay now youre in this situation, whats the worst thing that could possibly happen and what would you do.
OW: Because, what would you do? If you had everything taken from you, what would you do?
What comforts of home did you miss the most?
OW: My dog, my family. There werent any comforts; like I missed running. At the beach at our hotel, you had to hit it at the right time to cross the river, to get to the beach. Otherwise youd have to cross it yourself and swim. Because there was a little boat and a guy that ran the boat and after it got dark, hed leave. And so youd have to swim and it was really kind of weird and scary. So I wouldnt run. I missed that and I missed my dog who is like my kid and my family. No comforts though, I was fine without all the hoopla.
What about you?
BG: Ive never really felt homesick, my parents are both investigative journalists and everyone in my familys been constantly traveling. I never really have felt that, I guess Im lucky. But I think that I immediately felt like I was with my family with these actors.
How much with whats going on in the world right now, we see a lot more movies like this; did you feel that political climate while making the film?
OW: In Brazil?
OW: I definitely felt that because of the nature of South America which is becoming slowly, slowly more revolutionary. And more Socialist as these different elections are going on and I think that Brazil is one of them, they have a very strong stance about Americans coming into their country and what they have to pay and the visa that they need, that no one else needs. And they say that because, hey, you make us do this coming in to your country, youre going to do it coming into ours and their very strong about that; and so Ive always respected that about Brazil.
I think also, on-set there was the difference in hierarchy between American filmmaking and Brazilian is that here the actors are on a higher pedestal with the director and the crew is at the bottom. There, the director is at the top leading the ship but the actors are at the bottom with the crew and that was an entirely different way of shooting a movie. Not only do we not have trailers, which is unnecessary, but it was the type of things you expect when youre freezing cold in a bikini, maybe hog-tied in a dog kennel, you kind of wait there expecting someone to bring you a hot towel.
BG: Tea or anything.
OW: Oh wait no Im totally spoiled by the American Film Industry. And Ill get myself my towel. And they were very serious about that and they would say things like, Hey, why does she get that? The cameraman would say, If she gets that, I get that. And that was the revolutionary spirit; I felt it kind of brewing there. They definitely had that spirit and I have a lot of respect for it and I
BG: And we had to listen. You know, were on their level and we had to listen to them, Okay. Youre the crew. Alright... They call the shots.
OW: I think it was good for all of us. I went to my next job
BG: With a little more respect Respect for everyone.
So there were no divas on the set then?
BG and OW: You couldnt be a diva.
OW: I couldnt even imagine if someone tried you wouldnt go very far.
BG: Honestly, the crew would just be like Well, were not gonna shoot then. Well walk. And were like, okay great.
OW: They actually wouldnt work
BG: No OT. No overtime.
OW: No more than twelve hours a day. Which is cool, its kind of like France saying thirty-five hour work week, thats it. Its really a beautiful way to live your life. I think that the main difference between America and Brazil is that in America we work really, really, really hard and we dont live very much. Whereas there its all about living, so there was defiantly that sense of, you cant buy us out. We need this time to spend living and well work twice as hard during those twelve hours. And thats true, you never saw anyone milling around.
BG: And these guys would literally carry these huge cameras up steep hills, it was like, muddy and they carried everything by themselves. Its like, oh my God, theres no transpo. We were in the middle of a jungle, its guerilla.
OW: Its a great way to shoot a movie.
Beau, whats youre role in THE FANTASTIC FOUR?
BG: I play Frankie Raye, shes a military brat. Grew up in the military, she works under General Hager whose played by Andre Braugher, this incredible actor and we come in to collaborate with the fantastic four to stop these events from happening that put the world at stake. And its our trying to save the world and then she becomes a super hero, so Ive been told. It doesnt happen in the film Im shooting but the character in the comics, she throws fire I think. Somehow, human torch and her are actually related, theres something with their father I dont know if youre aware of the comics but Im not so aware, its just what Ive learned through people on set that are huge comic fans, and she does have a fire power, she throws flames.
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