‘Cowboys & Aliens’ Trailer Breakdown With Jon Favreau

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 1:19 am,

The innate silliness of the title Cowboys & Aliens aside, director Jon Favreau has selected to avoid going for the cheap joke with his comic book adaptation and aims to deliver a serious but fun romp that revolves around an extraterrestrial invasion of the Old West.

Fans were highly receptive to the official Cowboys & Aliens trailer when it premiered last week – enough so for Favreau to sit down and provide a bit of commentary on the trailer itself.

Favreau sat down with MTV to breakdown the trailer forĀ Cowboys & Aliens, which he approached from the perspective of “if you’re doing a mashup of two genres, like science-fiction and a western, if you play one of them tongue-in-cheek, the combo’s not what’s going to be special.”

He went on to discuss how his decision to cast Daniel Craig as the amnesia-struck loner, Jake Lonergan (get it?), was motivated by the desire for Cowboys & Aliens to feel very much like an authentic western – even before the visitors from another planet show up.

For more about Cowboys & Aliens (including tidbits about why Favreau sees Harrison Ford as the John Wayne of his generation and who came up with the idea for Longergan to be tagged with alien tech), just watch the full trailer commentary below:

We like how seriously Favreau is taking Cowboys & Aliens, which frankly sounds like it should be the title of a goofy B-movie from the 1950s. The casting is spot on (especially with Ford), the action looks like a cool blend of western shoot-outs and sci-fi warfare, and the tone of the film looks to match that of a Sergio Leone or Sam Peckinpah movie.

Cowboys and Aliens arrives in theaters in the U.S. on July 29th, 2011. Are you excited to see this one?

Source: MTV

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  1. looks great to me!

  2. This is definitely my most anticipated movie of 2011 – Favs is the man!

  3. Maybe he’s too old, but i think they should’ve cast Clint Eastwood for Ford’s role if they were going for ‘classic western.’

    • Eastwood definitely would have been a solid choice but I think ford suits the role better because its not just a classic western. He’s playing the “John Wayne” character to both genres featured in the film as he’s participated in both genres during his career. Obviously on the sci-fi side his role in Star Wars sets the precedent but he also starred in the Frisco Kid (and arguably Indiana Jones was westernish).

  4. Really? He’s commenting on his own trailer…? Desperate. For that I will not see this film.

  5. This movie looks bad to me. I like favreau and all but this looks bad.

    • I don’t get how you can be all gaga over the silliness of HP, and you think THIS looks bad??

      • Call it him not being open to different movie experiences Andy. That and he hates comics.

        • Um yeah this looks very BAD when the trailer showed up,ppl at my theater laughed at the title and all,i mean seriously.

  6. its gonna be gooood

    • Atanu,

      Don’t be an ass.


      • LOL, Well said Vic :)

      • yeah,very classy Vic…good one!

        • Atanu,

          Well hold up a mirror, bud. You can disagree but there’s no need to be so bloody rude about it.