Video:Denzel Washington Interview - Unstoppablewith Rebecca Murray
Denzel Washington reunites with Tony Scott for the fifth time with 'Unstoppable,' the story of a runaway train. On the red carpet, Washington joined the two actresses who play his daughters - Meagan Tandy and Elizabeth Mathis - to chat up the film.See Transcript
Transcript:Denzel Washington Interview - UnstoppableRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the LA Premiere of 20th Century Fox's Unstoppable.
Denzel Washington - 'Frank' in UnstoppableWhat is it about Tony Scott that keeps bringing you back for more?
Denzel Washington: "Well, I was going to say he keeps calling but in this case, actually, I called him to ask him to do it."
What did you do for fun in freezing Ohio?
Denzel Washington: "I went home. That's what I did - I went home."
Why do you still keep doing stunts?
Denzel Washington: "How can you not? At some point or another they've got to have your face in the real situation."
Are you willing to go all in, get a little risky?
Denzel Washington: "We did. We did. That's me. When I'm up there on the train and you see me, that's me up there on the train, running around on the train going 50 miles per hour."
What did you do to get into this?
Denzel Washington: "A lot of praying."
Denzel Washington: "What's my plan to become unstoppable? [To his wife] You answer that one. I don't know. What does that mean?"
Pauletta Washington: "Unstoppable at what?"
To take over the world.
Denzel Washington: "I'm just trying to be good at a movie; I'm not trying to take over the world."
At 55 is it hard to do the stunts?
Denzel Washington: "At any age it's hard to do the stunts. I don't know if there's an age limit for being afraid, or minimum."
Pauletta Washington: "Well I think when you're younger you really have..."
Denzel Washington: "Chris was just as scared as I was. Trust me."
Meagan Tandy - 'Maya' in UnstoppableDenzel's daughters in this movie work at Hooters...
Meagan Tandy: "I know. Isn't that crazy? Well, first of all, how typical? But yeah, I know. When I heard about that I was like, 'What?!' It's all right. I was trying to do my crunches, make sure the gut wasn't hanging out. But you know it worked out okay. It worked out all right."
Tell me about getting to play Denzel Washington's daughter in a film by Tony Scott.
Meagan Tandy: "That's what I was saying. This is my very first feature film. I've done things on TV but to say that my very, very first feature film is with Denzel Washington and Tony Scott is amazing. I'm still... Honestly, it hasn't set in."
How can you top that?
Meagan Tandy: "I know. That is kind of true. You know they say, 'Oh, you just had your first feature film. It goes up from here.' But it's like, 'Wait a minute...is this considered up?' So do I go down? Hopefully I can stay consistent. We'll see."
Well maybe the next one no Hooters will be involved.
Meagan Tandy: "Yeah, yeah. No Hooters. We'll see. Maybe it'll be something else. But hopefully I'll get to work with Denzel again. That'd be great. That would be fun."
Unstoppable is all about this train that goes down the tracks. Are you jealous you didn't get to be on that train and have some fun with the action?
Meagan Tandy: "I kind of am. Honestly, I love action, suspense. I would have loved to even have been like the stunt double. Like that would have been a lot of fun, just to get up there. I mean it's great playing the daughter but, hey, give me some action. I want to go up there and go get blown up or something."
That's the sequel.
Meagan Tandy: "This is great! We're working this out. The daughters save the day."
So we'll see you at the premiere of that one, Unstoppable 2, in 2013.
Meagan Tandy: "Yes, that sounds great to me. That sounds absolutely great."
Elizabeth Mathis - 'Nicole' in UnstoppableYou play a Hooters girl.
Elizabeth Mathis: "Oh wow yes. You know what? You're the first one to mention that! I love it."
Why did they make the characters into Hooters girls?
Elizabeth Mathis: "Okay, and I thought about it too, but Hooters girls - I mean, think about it - they are All-American girls, you know? And that's what it is. That's what this movie's about. It's about a working-class city, a tight community, and that's part of it. That's part of the realness of the town. And Hooters girls are just a part of this town as any other girl."
"But you know it was fun playing a Hooters girl, I have to say. I have a lot more respect for them now then when I started. Because those little outfits and stuff and you're constantly maneuvering. It takes a lot to balance everything. Girls, don't worry. I hear you."
Plus playing Denzel Washington's daughter.
Elizabeth Mathis: "That's just phenomenal in itself. It's one of those things I think every young actress dreams of. For that dream to come true was just...I was elated."
I was asking the actress who plays your sister - there's a train out there, Denzel's on it, Chris Pine's on it, you guys don't get to be on it. Did you wish that you were in the action?
Elizabeth Mathis: "No, no, no, no. I was fine where I was, right there on the sideline, waving like, 'Go daddy!' He was saving the day so I was fine with that. No need for me to get on the train."
We had it planned out that you guys could go save it next time in the sequel, and he can go be the Hooter girl.
Elizabeth Mathis: "You know, I don't want to see my daddy as a Hooter girl. Maybe he could be the mayor. Father could be the mayor and we could save the next train. How about that? That's my ending."
And you've also got Tron: Legacy, right?
Elizabeth Mathis: "Yes, Tron is coming up too so that should be exciting."
Did you do any action in that or what did you have to do?
Elizabeth Mathis: "You know what? We didn't do any action in that but when you see it, trust me, it was good. So when you see it you'll be like, 'Dang, okay, I see.'"
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