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Any movie you see, if Tom Cruise is in an action movie or whatever it is, The Avengers, there’s going to be a kick-ass female character. Usually one. And there’s a term for this, but I don’t know what it is. But someone’s coined a term where there’s one female character who’s incredibly tough and strong and just as good as the guys at whatever it is they’re doing, and usually wearing black, skin-tight clothes, and [she] has no personality whatsoever, and is not funny.
I think making a great action movie is one of the hardest cinematic endeavors. By definition, smart characters avoid action. Smart people don’t go down dark alleys, but if you’re making an action movie and you want to have an action sequence, somehow you have to get that character into that dangerous situation.
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.
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.
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’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.