Video:X-Men Origins Wolverine - Gavin Hood Interviewwith Rebecca Murray
Gavin Hood ('Tsotsi,' 'Rendition') tackles the biggest film of his directorial career - thus far - with 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine,' the fourth 'X-Men' movie and the first to explore one specific character's origins.See Transcript
Transcript:X-Men Origins Wolverine - Gavin Hood InterviewRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at a special Los Angeles Industry Screening of X-Men Origins: Wolverine .
Gavin Hood – Director of X-Men Origins: WolverineThat leak on the internet, being that we are a dotcom, are you over it? Are we past it? We can forget about it and just go to the box office now?
Gavin Hood: "It's a very good question. You know, obviously when the leak happened it was very devastating and for a simple, personal reason. You're working on something, as all of us do – we all work on things and we have to be graded, either by a boss or by a teacher. Someone you hand in a project and [it] gets a grade. You expect that. It's just you don't want it taken from you before you're ready to be graded, you know? It's like, 'Guys, I'm not done. Oh man!' So it makes you feel a little vulnerable for a bit that a piece of work that's still a work in progress with incomplete visual effect shots, without any of Harry Gregson-Williams' great music, it's just not done. But I want to thank 99.9% of fans and folks on the websites that just said, 'Look, this is not right. It's not done. We shouldn't even comment on it. Please don't review it.' So, we're done now. I hope you like it and I hope that people will go and see it the way that we intended, which is on a big screen, not on some miserable little computer screen. Wolverine should be seen on a big screen."
How do you take something like this where there's been three films, but you have to make it fresh for this one because it's an origin story - and you can't alienate the fans but you have to tell people who don't know anything about X-Men the story? How do you do all that?
Gavin Hood: "Well, I think your point is right. It's a prequel, not a sequel so that was a relief for me because if you've never seen any of the other X-Men movies, that's okay because this one comes before them. So if you like this one, maybe you'll go on and see the others. If you've seen the others, of course thematically we wanted to be part of that franchise. But at the same time, I hope that just like if you look at the comic books and the way that they've evolved… I mean Wolverine's such a mythic, wonderful character. He's been written about and illustrated by so many different writers and illustrators over the decades, and somehow he's always fresh. And so I hope that our movie is that, too. It's by no means going to be the definitive Wolverine. If there's someone who wants to do another one in 10 years, they should. But I think that right now Hugh and I had a fantastic time creating the most powerful Wolverine I believe you've ever seen. Top that in 10 years time somebody."
Are you going to come back and do another X-Men movie? Is that something you want to do?
Gavin Hood: "Sure. The truth is, everything depends on this weekend, let's be blunt. If people enjoy it and they go to see it – it seems to be tracking well… People who have seen it seem to love it. I'm just the endlessly cautious director who's terrified he'll never work again. It's the same on every movie. You're as good as your last movie. We've all worked really hard and I hope the fans enjoy it. And thank you for not watching it on a downloaded lousy pirated version – assuming that you didn't watch it on a pirated version."