Ryan Reynolds is buried alive
“It was pretty miserable, let me tell you, physically an emotionally exhausting.” he said. “I’ll never complain again on a film set as long as I live. They strung me up and threw me all over the sound stage in New Orleans for The Green Lantern, but it was nothing compared to 17 days in a box with this dark overlord of oppression (Cortés) standing over me.
Make that seven boxes. That’s how many coffins were built to accommodate different camera angles and the various positions into which Reynolds – playing a truck driver who wakes up inside a buried coffin, and must mentally reconstruct events in his life in order to figure out how he came to be there – had to cram himself.
“On the last day of shooting they put glass over one side of the coffin I was in, and started pouring sand into it, leaving about an inch of air. I noticed there were paramedics on the set, and I asked what scene we were shooting. Rodrigo said, ‘They're here for your safety.’ ”
Despite the apparent horror-flick setup, screenwriter Chris Sparling insisted his story doesn’t belong in the horror genre in which it seems to have found a niche.
“It’s not a horror film, just a horrible situation,” Sparling said. “The underlying idea is the disconnect between people and corporations and government. Everyone has an agenda. Everyone worries first about themselves, and how the actions of others affect them.
“(Reynolds’ character) is an ordinary, working-class guy. He’s not a superhero, he doesn’t have the answers, he’s not going to find a way out. He’s angry and frustrated because all he wanted to do was support his family, and it turned out this way.
“The conceit of a guy buried alive in a box has always been secondary to me.”
Catherine, Queen of Comedy: Some malcontents in her homeland have suggested French movie queen Catherine Deneuve – she appears on the poster publicizing director François Ozon’s latest opus in curlers and a bright red track suit – must be desperate to allow her enduringly noble image to be so debased.
Quite the contrary, Deneuve said at Monday’s press conference promoting the TIFF-scheduled adaptation of the popular 1970s Pierre Barillet/Jean-Pierre Grédy play Potiche. She plays the gone-to-seed trophy wife of a factory owner who finds herself in charge of the business during a strike, confronting a cunning union official played by Gerard Depardieu.
“I love comedies,” said Deneuve, who worked with Ozon on his 2002 film 8 Women. “I love inventive, cheerful comedies. In Europe comedies are much more popular than they are in America. I have so much fun. So I am not ‘going down’.
“Life is not funny enough.”
From Greg Quill