‘The Losers’ Talk Robotech, Blue Tights & R-Ratings

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 3:50 am,

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At Wonder Con, we were treated to a high-octane trailer for director Sylvain White’s adaptation of The Losers. Afterward, this Screen Ranter got to sit down and chat with the Losers themselves about the film, the Con experience, and other movies they have in the works (Robotech? Captain America? Geek out). You’ll be able to tell which questions are the ones I asked, because they are extremely nerdy.

As cast members Columbus Short (Death at a Funeral), Chris Evans (Scott Pilgrim), Oscar Jaenada (Trash), Zoe Saldana (Star Trek), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, ) and director Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard) filed into the press room, the journalists were told in no uncertain terms by Ms. Saldana, “‘We were sweating Oscar all summer, you guys.”

Mr. Short added, “This is the coolest man you will ever meet.”

Mr. Jaenada proceeded to sit in absolute silence for the rest of interview, seemingly content to emit a never-ending wave of mystery. He may in fact be the coolest man you will ever meet.

From the get go, the camaraderie of the cast members was palpable, and the sit down was filled with as many inside-jokes and as much rapport as the audience had just seen during the panel. Along with a sharp and interesting visual style, the promise of a dynamic cast with great chemistry seems a guaranteed part of The Losers experience.

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Many projects here have what could be diplomatically describe as a tenuous link to comic books. How does it feel to be a part of a project that is steeped in them?

Chris Evans: Comic books can suck it.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan: It’s great to be here. You know,  this is a great world to be in, and as actors you get all these scripts and what’s great about it is, the stories are original.  There’s this kind of ebb and flow in Hollywood, you get the same scripts over and over, every romantic comedy reads exactly the same, and in the world of graphic novels there’s originality there, and some great characters.

Zoe Saldana: You get to expand your craft and be more creative.

JDM: Yeah! So it’s way groovy to be here, we’re all happy to be here, or we wouldn’t have done the movie. That was a crazy question!

Sylvain White: I think particularly for me as a filmmaker, and a graphic novel fan since I was a kid, it’s an absolute delight to be here among my peers and present what I’ve done with a graphic novel that’s so cool like The Losers and that’s so original in tone. And I think that’s what Jeffrey’s saying, there’s a lot of derivative material out there and now graphic novels are kind of re-boosting Hollywood in that sense, kind of giving them original stories that are sort of untapped.


SW: There’s two things that I focused on that I knew worked extremely well in the graphic novel, the first thing is the tone: the graphic novel has a unique tone combining really gritty visceral action with a really strong humorous tone. The characters are really fun to navigate the action with, so that’s the first thing. The second thing is that aesthetically, the graphic novel is amazing. And I really wanted to reflect that in the movie.

You know you can’t necessarily replicate frames out of the graphic novel, I don’t think that helps anybody, but there’s certain things that I talked about  with Jock in terms of the use of colors and the graphic design of the novel that I really wanted to translate into the movie, so we have a kind of comic book aesthetic, but it doesn’t hit you over the head with it.  It sort of eases you into that world.

Jeffrey – how much of the original comic do you bring to the role?

JDM: With Watchmen, that was so kind of iconic, that needed to be exactly so close to the comic or people would have ripped us a new one. With this, this was a great foundation to use. For Sylvain, invaluable. For us as characters – invaluable! Because it gives you a really great place to start and jump off. Jock and Diggle did such a good job with defining these characters, and Sylvain allowed us as actors to kind of take what we gathered out of those graphic novels and bring to life what we thought of those particular characters, and relationships, and so we got to play around a little bit more than say I did in Watchmen.

Chris, could you talk about your connection to comic books?

CE: I’m not a big comic book reader, I don’t really have a big history and a love for comic books, I didn’t grow up reading them. But they’re fantastic for films! I was saying earlier in the giant room that they’re great for films in the sense that it’s an intangible thing, you have all these different creative people coming together, trying to make something, and the director is the quarter back, trying to bridge the gap of all these different artists, together, with words.

And a lot of times the message can be lost in translation, not all the time, but the beautiful thing about comic books are, even movies based on novels, you have like a blueprint. You have a tangible thing to say this is the world we’re going for, especially in comic books,  you have like a color palette, you have a visual home base to kind of root yourself in. As an actor, it’s knowing at least that the people that are behind the visual element of the film have this kind of  blueprint to work off of, and as an actor you have something to go off of too, so it’s a treat, it’s always nice working off a comic book because you know what you’re getting into beforehand.


Chris – CAPTAIN AMERICA CAPTAIN AMERICA CAPTAIN AMERICA? (This question paraphrased from necessity due to a glitch in the audio.)

CE: [Flummoxed sound that defies transcription].  Aaaaah, I don’t know, I really don’t know. It was… eeh. It was just. Ah.

[The other cast members collapse into laughter.]

CE:  I think Marvel is doing a lot of good things right now.  And it’s a fun character – I think, even if it wasn’t a comic book, I think just the story of Steve Rogers is great, he’s a great guy. Even if it was just a script about anybody, I would wanna do it. It wasn’t necessarily about the comic itself, it was about -

ZS: It was about the tights.

CE: Any time I can get in blue tights. Um – it’s just, he’s a great character to play. Just so happens to be a comic book.

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  1. I am starting to get really worried about Chris Evans playing Captain America. From the looks of that interview he didn't feel to confident in himself.

  2. I think it was more a product of having been told firmly by the studio to deflect any Cap talk so that they could focus on The Losers. The casting rumor fervor has been such a cluster cuss, I'm not surprised he wasn't anxious to talk about it at a con, in a roundtable for another property.

  3. “comic books can suck it”??? The guy who signed up to play Captain America in 9 movies, NINE movies!

    Maybe you're right and he was discouraged from cross-promotion (losers is a DC book) But still, by the end of his career he will likely be in 12 movies based on comic books. That's a slap at both companies. He should have phrased that differently. Even if he went on to say “they're great source material”…

  4. “comic books can suck it”??? The guy who signed up to play Captain America in 9 movies, NINE movies!

    Maybe you're right and he was discouraged from cross-promotion (losers is a DC book) But still, by the end of his career he will likely be in 12 movies based on comic books. That's a slap at both companies. He should have phrased that differently. Even if he went on to say “they're great source material”…

  5. He was kidding.

  6. I guess I can see that. I just hope you are right about that because I don't want Captain America to suck. He's my favorite comic book character.

  7. I'm sure he was kidding. But that's like me telling my boss “this place can suck it” then saying “hahaha, kidding!”. You can't say whatever you want without raising some concerns.

  8. That's an interesting view and I understand your point. I don't think Evans is either so egomaniacal nor moronic to badmouth his present meal ticket to a group of geek journalists at a comic convention. I read it more as a reponse to the question, which was essentially “what's it like to be in a comic movie?” to a bunch of people who had been in comic movies and were at a comic convention. Ya dig?

  9. I think Chris Evans is going to do research, because he's an actor, and I think he's going to tackle the character well because it's a great character. Evans states, Cap's “a great guy”- I'm pretty sure he understands the appeal of the character and sees the opportunity to play a great character on film, and no one who got interviewed a few months back about their feelings on the reboot of a comic franchise that he starred in can be unaware of the geek-community fervor that's going to follow the Captain America movie. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt, I guess.

    Because I'm such a good person.

    It has absolutely nothing to do with how adorable he is.

  10. Well he clearly doesn't have an interest in comic books. He likes them because they help him translate his role, as he can clearly see who he's trying to portray and what he's doing. Regardless, I'm a TAD worried. A tad. I worry more about his jawline than anything else. It's not Rogers' jaw.

  11. Have you seen what they did to Lautner? Enough milkshakes and super actor serum and they'll fill Evans out well enough…

    It's possibly I just want to believe, very badly, that since all the other choices offered up were SO awful, and since Paul Newman is dead and therefor unable to play the role, and that I've never disliked Evans in anything he's done, that Chris will not just pull this off but fill the role well and give it real life on the screen.


  12. I dig. He's trying to be ironic. I hope the bosses have a sense of humor though. I hope he succeeds as Cap but with the delays and questions involving the movie this one is starting to look like the weakest link. You can't have the linchpin for 9 movies, the “alpha character”, the leader have a rotten movie. To me, it starts with the actor having an understanding of his character and respect and knowledge of the source material.

    His critics just got more ammunition and his doubters will have even more doubt. I'm falling among the latter. And I'm not even a fan-boy of Captain America.

  13. At this point, the least of my concerns for the Cap movies is Evans. My greatest point of concern is having to hope Joe Johnston pulls off some magic, Rocketeer-style.

    It's been a while.

  14. Yeah, so Evans sounds like an idiot. And he's gonna suck as Cap. Bad call, Joe, bad call.

  15. I've said it before that I don't agree with Chris Evans as a proper choice for Captain America…as Zombie Hunter mentioned…he just doesn't have the jaw line for Steve Rogers. I see him as more a Wally West-Flash type character…or at the least (to remain in Captain America's world), Bucky's Cap as in the series now…

    As a military man (Hospital Corpsman for USN/USMC), I see nothing in Chris Evans that would instill or provoke motivation and the desire to follow him over the berm, or any of that other “Saving Private Ryan” sort of mentality. Attractive though he may be to women, it takes more than that to lead a platoon of men against a town full of Nazi soldiers.

  16. To be fair, it's not Evans' job to come across as a strong military man in real life… just on screen. And none of us have seen him try his skills at that sort of character yet, so is it really fair to slap labels like “too wimpy” or “too pretty” on him at this point?

    Just asking…

  17. I apologize if I made it sound as if he is too “wimpy” to pull it off…he is an athletic fellow, no doubt…but Captain America stands at (in most canon) 6 feet 2 inches (+/-), and weighes in at about 225-240lbs, depending on who's writing him. Chris Evans stands at 5 feet 11 inches, and has ranged between 175-190lbs, depending on what his role requires.

    Now…I know heights and weights are frivolous…just look at Hugh Jackman as Wolverine…he's way taller than the comic-book Logan, but still turned in a fine and reasonably convincing portrayal.

    I think what I am trying to get at, from a purely physical standpoint, is that Chris Evans isn't “beefcake” enough for the role. In the comics, Steve Rogers stands almost as tall as Iron Man (6'6″), and his musculature is basically just as wide (sometimes wider). His physique is almost more of a professional wrestler's, with wide shoulders, large biceps/triceps, a strong back, and a defined abdomen. I'm sure there will be TONS of gym training in store for Mr. Evans, and he may be on par with that of the guys from the 300 film…but I will reserve my judgments until I see how he turns out.

    As for the “follow him into battle” aspect…I just don't see it…I know it isn't real, but I've seen Band of Brothers, and The Pacific, and some of those actors are rather convincing in their leadership roles. If I want to leap through the TV screen and follow someone, then I know they are doing a fine job.

  18. I think it has to be taken into account that they're starting from his origin, though. So he's gonna start out as a guy in his early twenties who gets rejected from enlisting because he's not physically fit enough. He'll have to transform across not just the first film, but several, leading up to the Avengers. I think that transformation will be fascinating to watch on screen, and I think he'll be able to do it! I have faith in his ability as an actor.