RED Movie Comic Con 2010 Panel (Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary Louise-Parker, and Karl Urban)
The RED panel featured lots of great actors including Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary Louise-Parker, and Karl Urban, as well as producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and comic book creators Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer.
We got a chance to see the brand new trailer for the movie, which was lots of fun. John Malkovich looks freaking hilarious in this by the way, unfortunately he was not at the panel.
Here are some of the highlights from the RED panel, as well as some photos:
– RED is a fun movie from beginning to end. There is lots of action and lots of comedy (you can watch the teaser trailer here to get a taste of the movie).
– “They had the Queen and then they had God” – Helen Mirren joking about the threesome of Mary-Louise Parker, Bruce Willis and John Malkovich getting to work with herself and Morgan Freeman. (If you don’t get the joke, check out Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman’s filmographies).
– When asked why she was interested in the role, Helen Mirren explained that it was a very different role than what she usually does, and that she always want “something that’s going to kick your last role to the curve.” She was also a fan of both Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis. In addition, she’s happy to find a new audience with this film that the people that would normally see her films.
– Karl Urban plays the role of William Cooper, a CIA officer, whose job is to kill Bruce Willis’ character, Frank Moses. He is the guy with the family trying to do a job, it’s not so black and white. And as you get into the story he finds out more about Frank and what’s really happening.
– “It’s not everyday that you get to throw one of the biggest action heroes across the room.” Karl Urban on his fight with Bruce Willis.
– Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker joked about their inability to run with a straight face. The first thing they told the director was “We can’t run.”
– Helen Mirren talked about learning how to shoot a gun. Turns out the hardest thing to do when you shoot a gun on film is to shoot the gun with a straight face, it’s hard not to make a weird face when you shoot. (I might have to try this myself).
– Warren Ellis explained his role in the project as pretty much staying out of the way and collecting the money. Ha! He did make an interesting statement though: “It’s an adaptation not a translation, they are free to go and do what they want with it.”
– As for pitfalls, here’s what Warren Ellis had to say about those: “The pitfalls? They were none, they gave me money man, I told you.” Ha!