Posts Tagged ‘Centurion’

Trailerama: Centurion

February 12, 2010

Writer-director Neil Marshall squandered much of the goodwill he earned with The Descent on the terrible Doomsday. His stab at a sword and sandals film suggests that filmdom is still getting the better of him. There’s the wode-painted warrior-goddess from King Arthur, the flaming balls of pitch from Troy, the seven warriors of 7 Samurai and the cold-blue patina of Gladiator. Are references enough to breathe new life into a genre temporarily revived by 300? On the basis of the trailer, the best we can hope for are some chewy performances from Squally faves Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Olga Kurylenko.

Kevin MacDonald on the State of State of Play

March 19, 2009

state-of-playState of Play director Kevin MacDonald is interviewed on his home territory of Scotland, which allows him to get a few digs in at Brad Pitt, the star who walked out of the political thriller.

Kevin said: “In a way, I was lucky it didn’t work out with Brad.

“The relationship between the journalist and the politician was meant to be between somebody who feels inferior, who’s a bit of a schlump, who kind of can’t get a girlfriend, and somebody he’s looking up to and admires – his polished politician friend.

“That is not the dynamic of Brad Pitt.

“He’s not looking up to anyone thinking, ‘Oh, I wish I could have your girlfriend.'”

Russell Crowe stepped into the breech, and MacDonald couldn’t be happier. “I think he is the only A-list movie star who has no vanity,” the Oscar-winning director says, although we can think of at least one hotel clerk who would disagree with him. He also talks about how a trip to Argentina got him started on a career that resulted in films like One Day in September and The Last King of Scotland. Next up for MacDonald is Eagle of the Ninth. The film is a low-budg Roman epic from Rosemary Sutcliff’s young adult novel that deals with similar material (feral legionnaires) to Neil Marshall‘s forthcoming Centurion. State of Play opens on April 17.