‘Total Recall’ Interview: Colin Farrell & Jessica Biel

Published 3 years ago by , Updated October 2nd, 2012 at 9:57 am,

Colin Farrell Jessica Biel Total Recall Shootout 570x345 Total Recall Interview: Colin Farrell & Jessica Biel


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Jessica, it sounds like when you were talking of the relationship between your two characters, you were holding back a little bit. I learned from Neal (Moritz) that Ethan Hawke is playing (points to Colin).

FARRELL: See, I have no idea how much is known…

I don’t think he was supposed to tell us…

BIEL: (Laughs) I don’t know, I’m always being careful about what to say…

FARRELL: (laughs) Note to self: Neal Moritz.

We can’t write about this for a year anyway, but I will ask, does that complicate the relationship?

BIEL: It does absolutely complicate the relationship.

FARRELL: It’s as much about mutual distrust kind of at the beginning.

(To BIEL) Do you know it’s him?

BIEL (to FARRELL): Have we made this decision yet about the dream sequence?

FARRELL: No, not really (laughs).

BIEL: There’s a big question mark about…

FARRELL: I still don’t understand it by the way so I’m not comfortable talking about it (laughs).

BIEL: A sniper is about to take us all out in about 10 seconds (laughs). It’s hugely complicated and we’re trying to decide. All of us are having conversations about it, but Len [Wiseman] is trying to figure out how do we make it the most clear for the audience, because we’re all having trouble together after we read it multiple times and sitting down speaking about It, constantly checking each other and saying ‘oh wait a minute, we can’t do this because, oh right.’ So we’re having multiple conversations about it and thinking if we’re having a hard time understanding this concept of he looks different in the beginning, how I do know for sure? That’s kind of what I was saying there being a mutual distrust about it. We also might decide to…

FARRELL: (imitates sound and action of shooting a shotgun) If it were a Robert Rodriguez film that’s what it’d be.

At this point, Farrell and Biel felt much more open and excited about their character arcs and were overlapping each other in conversation trying to piece together how it could work and how they’d like it to work.

BIEL: It’s complicated. We’re not sure how it’s going to end up. I guess the one uncomplicated part is that I don’t actually… Melina doesn’t actually have a scene with Ethan [Hawke].

FARRELL: Thank god.

That may have been weird for audiences…

BIEL: So there isn’t a ‘here I am with you before and now here I am with you’

FARRELL: That would be weird? That would be weird. There was nearly a moment, a bit of a flashback to where it was going to go back to, and at the end of it, it was kind of like weird to have the audience get used to…

[Update: Ethan Hawke's role is not in the final cut of the film.]

Next: One-liners, Remakes and fan questions for Biel and Farrell.

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  1. Haha! That was a great read.
    It’s funny how yesterday I was saying how I haven’t been all that impressed with what I’ve seen so far but after reading all these pieces I’m starting to sway a bit.
    Also, I know some people aren’t her biggest fans but I can’t believe Biel isn’t a superstar yet. She’s been around for a while but hasn’t been able to make the jump to that next level.
    I’d like to see her in more.

  2. I’ll skip this one by, unless of course I get offered a paycheque to watch it. Just so I can feel at one with the rest of the paycheque grabbers involved in this movie. Paycheque, paycheque, paycheque!

  3. colin farrell sucks balls

  4. I’m a huge fan of Colin Farrell and I enjoyed the version of Total Recall starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. I look forward to seeing the remake!