That was changed?
FARRELL: Well yeah, who knows what’s going to be in? There was stuff covered and stuff like that, I mean, this will be a film that genuinely… Len will have such a wonderful and I would imagine, complicated journey through in the edit. It really will. The mental work he has ahead of him with all the coverage that he’s got and with the options that he has. I’ve never seen before cleanly, how two or three films can be made from what we’ve already have in the can. So it’ll be fascinating to see.
FARRELL: In this one, not only have they robbed Quaid psychology of his experiences in life but they’ve changed him physically as well. So with that in mind, Melina represents the resistance and there are a lot of trust issues at stake. The most obvious one is me not knowing who the fuck I am, so thereby not knowing who I am in relation to anyone else. And if I’m told, which I am initially in the story in the 15 minutes that my wife is not my wife, that my job is not my job, that my friend is not my friend, that nothing is what it seems. Well then, this woman comes into my life carrying herself like she knows me, well then of course, the most obvious point of distrust is from me to her, but it works mutually as well in this where it didn’t in the first one.
That’s probably the biggest change in terms of characters.
FARRELL: That’s a really big one.
BIEL: Huge, huge one. Right, because he sort of has to trust me just because he’s dreamed of my face before. That’s the only thing when he first sees me that he can remember…
BIEL: … And I’m starting to get to him in different ways because of different physical attributes that maybe haven’t been changed or I’m inspiring some sort of feeling. More than a memory, it’s a feeling that’s growing in his brain and in his body that he just feels that he can trust me.
FARRELL: That’s what the whole film would ideally be, would be a kind of treatise. I mean it’s an action film, right? It’s supposed to be enjoyable and that’s predominantly the best thing. If it moves and people are gripped by it and it’s exciting, we’ve succeeded. But it can also be somewhat a treatise on the idea of the emotional intellect over just mental, than that’s a cool thing as well because Quaid doesn’t ever get to a stage where he’s given back his experiences, where he’s given back his mind necessarily… maybe, maybe not, I’m not sure (smile). But certainly, he comes to a place of resolution with elements of his past, the greatest element being the woman that he loved loves.
Is the face and the bomb going to be in this?
FARRELL: No. Yeah, yeah, yeah. There’s things like that that as a fan I say ‘oh, can we’? but it was like, it was done and done brilliantly. I literally ran into a trainer one day with fucking YouTube, saying ‘look at this.’ You know? That goes back to what you were saying, it’s one of the hardest things to shut that off and go this is different. It’s inspired by the same concept but it’s very, very different.
But do you get to say, “If I’m Not Me, Then Who The Hell Am I?”
FARRELL: I do get to say that line and I do get say a variation on “consider that a divorce,” something about being separated from my wife. But I couldn’t get my head, like literally could not wrap my own feeble mind around saying in a scene with Kate Beckinsale as she dies, “consider that a divorce.” It would be like ‘what the fuck?’ That’s a different film. You know what I mean? It’s kind of really good ground for me. No, he wouldn’t say that. I wouldn’t say it. But Arnie could come out and say ‘consider that a divorce’ and it’s brilliant. We have a variation of that.
I have a few quick questions from some of our readers, first for you, Jessica. The A-Team, Our readers want a sequel, can you make it happen?
BIEL: I can’t. I’m not powerful enough like that to make that happen.
Colin, In Bruges, would you do a prequel?
Back to you [Biel]. With Blade 3, there was a potential for a spin-off with Ryan Reynolds’ character. Is that something that would have interested you?
BIEL: Definitely! I had so much fun doing that movie, It was a blast! We would have loved to do that.
And last for you [Farrell], In Daredevil you played the villain, would you consider playing the lead in the remake?
FARRELL: Would I? Nah. I don’t think I could. Could I? No. Possibly. No, I’m done with remakes. I’m officially done with remakes.
FARRELL: Yeah yeah yeah, reimagined. How’s that? (laughs). Retelling? (laughs). I’m done, I’m two now, two in and out. But you hear so many things, everything. There are remakes that are better films than some original films, of course. Something doesn’t live and die by the fact that it’s inspired by a story that went before it, or is a retelling of a story that went before it. It really doesn’t. I mean, there are some: The Thing, The Fly, there are some wonderful revisitations. Jeff Buckley singing fucking Hallelujah, I’m not saying I’m comparing this to that you know, I mean interpretation is equally important as original concept. Because I’ve read great scripts that are shit films and I’ve read shit scripts that you get someone who interprets it in a particular way, a director who’s really able, and they make a wonderful film. My point being, I heard they are making Robocop and I’m like ‘ohhhh, wow.’ Brilliant, what a Greek tragedy that is, and that character and what he goes through. Talk about life taken from him and for what cause? Oh my god, it’s such brilliant stuff.
BIEL (to FARRELL): So, if they were to do a Goonies remake, which by the way, I might have to kill somebody.
FARRELL: I’m really telling you…
BIEL: You can’t mess with it.
FARRELL: Give me three years, I’ll feed the shit out of myself and I can do the fucking truffle shuffle.
BIEL: I was going to say, what is the truffle shuffle of 2012? What is that?
FARRELL: It’s just not as much fun.
BIEL: It’s just not as much fun. Don’t mess with it. (laughs)
The interview concluded with fun banter with the pair imitating each other with compliments, exemplifying the high spirited and fun nature of this shoot. That same can be said about the entire crew and everyone we met on the production. For more on that, read my full Total Recall set visit report.
Total Recall stars Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy, Ethan Hawke, John Cho and Bokeem Woodbine. It is directed by Len Wiseman off a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback.
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Total Recall opens in theaters August 3, 2012.