Video:Get Smart - Anne Hathway, Get Smart Writers, Trevor Rabinwith Rebecca Murray
Anne Hathaway looked positively radiant on the red carpet at the world premiere of 'Get Smart.' Hathaway took time to sign autographs for fans before joining the cast and crew to discuss the comedy movie.See Transcript
Transcript:Get Smart - Anne Hathway, Get Smart Writers, Trevor RabinRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the World Premiere of Get Smart.
Anne Hathaway ('Agent 99')
You wear high heels and yet you're running around like crazy in this movie. How difficult was that for you?
Anne Hathaway: "Well, honestly this movie was a break because on Devil Wears Prada I wore heels that were just as high, but I had a broken toe. So this movie was positively blissful."
How easy was it to take someone like Agent 99 who will always be recognized as Barbara Feldon and make her your own?
Anne Hathaway: "It became a lot easier after I talked to Steve [Carell] and we both said, 'You know what? We're never going to be them. We're never going to be as good as them. Let's just come at it like we are, like we love them but it's a different moment in the world and let's just see what happens.'"
Screenwriters Tom J Astle and Matt Ember
How tough was it to capture the tone of the show into a feature film?
Tom J Astle: "It was daunting."
Matt Ember: "It was daunting. It's a beloved series. You know, you're just trying to come close."
Tom J Astle: "We both are sufficiently aged that we remember the original series really well, and we remembered it fondly. I watched every episode when I was a kid so you want to approach it as a fan first, you know, so that you can bring some appropriate reverence to it. If you're going to do Get Smart, there's no point in doing it unless you're going to put in the Cone of Silence and the shoe phone and 'Missed it by that much,' and all that stuff that everybody that grew up with it liked and remembers, so that's what we did."
But you also have to entertain a whole new generation of fans who don't know that show but know Steve Carell. How tough was it to get that balance?
Matt Ember: "That is the tough part. That's kind of why we chose to do the story that we chose, which is how he becomes an agent, to educate the audience as to what it is, as opposed to just assume they know everything."
Tom J Astle: "Because about half the audience doesn't know the show at least, and you want to bring them into that world and explain what CONTROL and KAOS and all those things are so that then once they're in, then they're along for the same ride as everybody else."
Matt Ember: "By the fourth or fifth movie they'll know everything."
Composer Trevor Rabin
Tell me about working on this because you had not seen the series.
Trevor Rabin: "I hadn't seen the series but before I even met with the producer or director Peter Segal, who was fantastic on previous movies, I watched the YouTube stuff. I was like, 'Man, this is amazing.' And then I got the entire series before I had my meeting and I just fell in love with it just completely fell in love with it. And it was just a blast. It was absolute fun from start to finish."
It seems like looking at your resume you do a lot of action movies. Is that something that you personally like to do?
Trevor Rabin: "That's a great question because you know in this business you get pigeonholed. I've done, I mean Remember the Titans isn't really an action movie, but a lot of the other stuff is so there were a lot of composers who wanted to do Get Smart so when I originally said I really want to do this, it was only through the luck of the fact that Peter Segal liked what I had done on National Treasure that led me to do it. And I really wanted to do it because it's hard to go and convince people that your timing and your clipping can be right."