Video:Jacob Vargas, Logan Marshall-Green, Josh Peace on Devilwith Rebecca Murray
The cast of 'Devil'-the first of Universal Pictures' 'The Night Chronicles' series from the mind of M Night Shyamalan-showed up for the film's world premiere in Hollywood ready, willing, and able to chat about everything except who plays the devil.See Transcript
Transcript:Jacob Vargas, Logan Marshall-Green, Josh Peace on DevilRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the World Premiere of Universal Pictures' Devil.
Jacob Vargas - 'Ramirez' in DevilSo are you happy that you're not one of the victims in the elevator?
Jacob Vargas: "I am happy that I'm not one of the victims in the elevator. You know, it was funny. When I first got onboard I was like, 'Am I going to be the first one to die? Is the Latin guy going to get it first?' But, you know, surprisingly enough I'm not the first one to get it. My character is actually a very heroic character, very strong and brave, very spiritual."
[And now we're joined by Danny Trejo]
Jacob Vargas: "The two Mexican heroes of Hollywood! [...]I'm so happy for him. I'm glad that he finally got his big break. He's done a ton of films, super nice guy. You know? I think it also sends a message to Hollywood that it's time for something new and something fresh, a new face on the leading man."
I totally agree. Tell me about working on this set. How hard was it to keep up that level of adrenaline?
Jacob Vargas: "It was very difficult. The film kind of takes place in real time in a way, but we shot it over months. My character's like the one that really is superstitious and really truly believes that there is something evil in that elevator. Just trying to maintain that level of fear and intensity - it really weighed on me. It really was difficult. It took its toll."
Is this the type of movie you'd go see? Are you into horror movies?
Jacob Vargas: "I do love horror movies. This is my kind of movie. I love like The Omen and The Sixth Sense, these films that really play with your mind. That's what I love."
That's better than spelling it out.
Jacob Vargas: "This really just keeps you guessing. Night's films always keep you guessing. You don't quite know what's going on and in the end you're like, 'Oh, okay.'"
Logan Marshall-Green - 'Tony' in DevilTell me about working on this and specifically going to that set every day.
Logan Marshall-Green: "Well, it's an honor to go to the set every day. I mean, because you're going to a set with John [Erick Dowdle] and Drew [Dowdle] and Tak Fujimoto and Night - can't ask for better bosses. It was rigorous. It wasn't a fun shoot, but that doesn't mean it wasn't a great shoot. It was rewarding. It was just really tough because there was a lot at stake if you're going to play the scene as is. The days only got harder so you had to really be ready for anything."
There's no improv, you're sticking to the script and you're confined in that elevator. Does it kind of play with your head?
Logan Marshall-Green: "Yeah. I mean I think I speak for the five of us or really actually the 30 of us - all the crew that had to be in and out - nobody wanted to be in that elevator too long. And even though, yes, there was a script and we stuck to it, the next morning you had to improv all the scenes you did the day before for the video camera because it had its own separate elevator. There was a lot of improv going on there and that was the toughest part was the next morning redoing, reenacting, going back, dropping into those stakes again."
Josh Peace - 'Detective Markowitz' in DevilTell me about this set.
Josh Peace: "This was an amazing set."
Everyone keeps saying that. Why was it amazing?
Josh Peace: "Because the Dowdle brothers are just from Minnesota. They might as well be Canadian."
That explains everything.
Josh Peace: "Yeah. They're just these like two super-friendly guys, never stressed. It was a thrill. It was a totally different experience. The set that they create is just one that's supportive, friendly. They're so excited. They come running. A lot of times on movies a director will sit behind the camera or he'll sit off near the monitors, and he'll just sort of come over and tell you what he wants. These guys would bound to the set and say, 'Perfect! Great! Let's do it again.' It's the energy they bring, you know?"
And that's important when you have to have that energy up the whole time, right?
Josh Peace: "Absolutely. And you know if they were just sauntering over and telling you to do it again or whatever... These guys, they have so much energy that they just infuse everybody with that energy. It's just a totally positive experience."
How tough is it for you working on it to keep it a secret?
Josh Peace: "I know better than to try and spoil something like this. I mean, whenever you've got like an M Night Shyamalan twist or turn, you're not going to talk about that. People have asked me, they say, 'Are you the devil?' I'm like, 'I don't know. You'll have to wait.'"
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