For those who don’t know, Olmos has signed on to play reporter Mike Axford in the upcoming The Green Hornet. We got these quotes from SuperHeroHype who got them from the LA Times who talked to Olmos directly and now were passing them on to you. But don’t tell Susie, she’ll blab to everyone:
“I’ll put it to you this way — it’s quite a fun journey… It’s my first time doing this kind of a movie. Blade Runner is the only thing that comes close to this. I’m having a lot of fun. People are really going to like what we’ve done. …”
Olmos also talked about his character, Mike Axford, who both works for newspaper publisher Britt Reid and wants to reveal the identity of The Green Hornet (he doesn’t know Britt Reid issssss Green Hornet!):
“We’re the backbone of the paper…Things go awry, and I end up having to try to sustain what’s going on in our lives. And of course the Green Hornet doesn’t make it any easier. I don’t want to give anything away.”
Olmos also addressed Seth Rogen’s impact on the film as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet:
“I think it’s going to be very exciting. People will find that it’s different than what they expect. Seth is doing a wonderful job. There’s a lot of everything. It’s going to be action-filled, and there’s a lot of humor in the situations. It’s really a well-crafted piece of work.”
Michael Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) is directing The Green Hornet and given his track record, I’m looking forward to seeing his likely-to-be-unorthodox take on the superhero action genre. Not to mention Seth Rogen, who’s work in Knocked Up and Superbad didn’t scream “I’m ready to take on thugs by the dozens!” – although I really liked his easy-going, wisecracking charm in both those films.
Cameron Diaz has signed on as the love interest in the film (obviously) and if she’d be willing to revisit the allure she brought in There’s Something About Mary, I’d go see Green Hornet in the theater three times. Millions already adore Olmos for the understated gravitas he brought to the Syfy Channel’s Battlestar Galactica as Admiral William Adama.
The Green Hornet was originally a radio program in the 1930’s created by George Trendle and Fran Striker. The story has changed in various incarnations, but has mostly followed aforementioned daytime newspaper publisher and nightime bad-guy butt-kicker Britt Reid across film serials, a network television program and numerous comic book series in the decades since. The series has also featured Reid’s driver/sidekick Kato, to be played by four-time World Music Award Winner, Jay Chou, in the upcoming film.
Does hearing Edward James Olmos praise Green Lantern instill you with confidence, or are you still nervous about how this film will turn out?
The Green Hornet hits theaters December 17th, 2010.