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Nowadays the movies that people are going to see in the theaters are the big-event movies, like Spider-Man or something, or they’re 25-year-old models who are vampires, or they’re very broad comedies, or they’re standard action movies. So if you’re going to work for a studio and do a movie for the budget that the movie needs, those are the kinds of movies you’ll be in.
I don’t know if I’d do an action movie because I don’t know if I could keep a straight face honestly, I just think it’s so silly. Like I love watching them but I can’t imagine me doing one. Actually, you know what I’ve done, just for fun because I didn’t think there was any way that I could be in a superhero movie, so I’ve done a scene in the new Thor movie, just for that. I just do like one scene, which was quite fun.
I don’t like doing action movies. They’re not that interesting… it’s fun to do the physical element but the really fun stuff, like running into exploding buildings, they won’t let you do. There’s too much money riding on you not getting hurt. But yes, there’s something exhilarating in just sitting on a beach with somebody having a real conversation. There’s something exhilarating about being open and honest.
I’m surrounded by a lot of live-action movie professionals, and I’m just taking their lead, as far as what to schedule to do next. I’m guessing the challenge is going to be not having two characters together, and shooting the live-action without having the animation. In animation, you get to get in between every frame and you work it all out together.
They gutted the book, making an action movie for 15-25 year olds. Tolkien became…devoured by his popularity and absorbed by the absurdity of the time. The gap widened between the beauty, the seriousness of the work, and what it has become is beyond me. This level of marketing reduces to nothing the aesthetic and philosophical significance of this work.
I never think I’m capable of any of [action movies]! I’m always terrified, but luckily on this one it was directed by my husband [Len Wiseman]. ‘I can’t possibly do it. I’m too scared, I can’t do it.’ He says: ‘Go on. DO it!’ So it is shocking as I’m not one of those people who finds that stuff easy.
Consequently, pictures are aimed at certain audiences, whether it be a teen comedy or an action movie or whatever. It’s unfortunate, because while it may lead to big opening grosses, a lot of pictures that are a little different and don’t fit so neatly into either a niche market or a high-concept marketing approach can get lost in the shuffle. That’s one unfortunate thing.