Friday at Comic-Con brought megastars to San Diego. Columbia Pictures brought three movies each with all star casts. First was Total Recall, the remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic. Colin Farrell now plays the hero who doesn’t know whether his adventure is really happening, or is just a memory implant he paid for. Farrell joked that Schwarzenegger won’t return his calls.
“You know, he doesn’t write, he doesn’t call, he won’t even send a pigeon, nothing,” Farrell said. “His phone keeps ringing, it doesn’t go to voice mail, I don’t know what to do. He’s busy though. He’s got his own stuff going on.”
Kate Beckinsale plays the Sharon Stone part, Farrell’s “wife” who turns out to be a double agent. Since her husband, director Len Wiseman, cast her, she joked that it caused some friction at home.
“Well, Len and I are still not really talking from the first conversation of ‘There’s this part that’s the bitch wife I’m really thinking of you for,’” Beckinsale said. “That’s still a prickly subject in our house.”
Next up was Looper, a sci-fi film in which Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a young Bruce Willis, assigned to kill his older self. The filmmakers used prosthetic makeup to make Gordon-Levitt look like the Die Hard hero.
“One of the highlights of the whole thing was Bruce seeing me for the first time and tripping out a little bit,” Gordon-Levitt said. “He’s a sweetheart, he’s also it’s hard to rattle him. He’s seen a lot and he’s an understated man. To get any reaction out of him is pretty exciting. I remember him doing that, just like that so I was thrilled about it. There was also one point when we were shooting one of our scenes together, just in between takes, just really quiet, he’s like [looks and cocks his head,] like that. I was like ‘F***in right!’
Gordon-Levitt’s mom visited him on set and found the experience a tad confusing. “It was interesting,” Gordon-Levitt continued. “My mom said, ‘When you stand next to me and I don’t look at you, you’re yourself who I know. Then as soon as I look at you you’re not my son anymore.’ She was a little disconcerted.”
Finally, Columbia presented Elysium, the next film from District 9 director Neil Blomkamp. Matt Damon stars as an earthling in the future, while Jodie Foster plays a politician on a space station for the rich. Foster reflected on modern times and looked ahead to the future.
“This is an extraordinary time,” Foster said. “Lots of futurists, they were called futurists, trying to figure out where we’re going to be in 40, 50, 60, 100 years. That’s the great thing about science fiction. Look at The Matrix 15 years ago. I feel like we’re living that now. Obviously, it was allegorical so it took it to a different extreme but we are plugged in and living virtual lives and have all of our connectivity done virtually. We don’t have body connectivity anymore and that’s actually true, which I thought was amazing that they came up with that before any of that stuff was really going on. What the digital age could offer us in terms of connectivity and transparency, all these people from weird places in the world are all talking to each other at four in the morning and sharing ideas, with more openness than has ever been known so that’s pretty cool.”
Saturday at Comic-Con brings Quentin Tarantino and Jamie Foxx for Django Unchained, Marvel will surprise audiences with a new film and stars of Iron Man 3, and Warner Brothers brings The Hobbit, the long awaited prequel to The Lord of the Rings.