Over the past few days you saw all of the new visual goodies from the San Diego Comic-Con, now it’s time to overload your senses with interview after after interview. Yesterday afternoon Bloody Disgusting was on hand at the Battle: Los Angeles press conference with producer Neal H. Mortiz, director Jonathan Liebesman, and the film’s stars Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez, who talked about the forthcoming alien war beginning on March 11, 2011.
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Liebesman, who directed The Texaschainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and Darkness Falls, discussed why Battle: Los Angeles will hit today’s audiences in the right spot.
“There is definitely a feeling of a loss of security these days for people everywhere,” Liebesman said. “Battle: Los Angeles is a very black and white protagonist/antagonist type of film, and I think audiences are very receptive to that kind of story right now. Our aliens represent the unknown we all face every day.”
Eckhart, who plays a Marine Staff Sergeant in the film, discusses his characters purpose. “I think what makes Battle: Los Angeles so powerful is that our alien invasion ends up unifying not only the Los Angeles people, but also the human race. We have a Staff Sergeant ready to retire in the film and a platoon of young Marines where everything is not simpatico between the two. So when it comes time to pull together and fight the aliens, you see us become unified so that we can take them on.”
Rodriguez, who has be making a comeback as a badass chick in both Avatar and Machete, portrays an Air Force Tech Sergeant. The actress described how she adjusted to playing a different type of badass.
“I actually felt relieved that I didn’t have to be one of the brute force characters,” said Rodriguez. “Battle: Los Angeles was a little bit different experience for me as an actress because my character is a little more delicate than I am used to playing. I think my character has to rely more on her survival instincts to survive the invasion so it was a breath of fresh air. I get to kick some ass but definitely in a geeky way.”
The best news was that Liebesman promised fans that Battle: Los Angeles wouldn’t become Independence Day 2, which focuses solely on the aliens taking down Hollywood landmarks.
“Since I’m not from here, I wouldn’t even have known what landmarks to blow up,” joked Liebesman. “I wanted the movie to be more about urban combat and what you’d see happening in the LA area sprawl of communities. That’s how I really think it would go down if a hostile alien invasion were to happen. It’s not about the landmarks. It’s about the realism for me.”
Producer Neal H. Moritz concluded the conference by praising Liebesman’s work.
“Jonathan is the hardest working director I have ever worked with. With the amount of visual effects shots that a movie of this size requires, he’s been working non-stop to keep everything about this project to feel as real as you can get inside a movie theater. This has been one of the best experiences as a producer that I could ever hope for,” Moritz said.
Battle: Los Angeles invades theaters on March 11, 2011.