Video:Director McG Interview - Terminator Salvationwith Rebecca Murray
McG wowed the Comic Con crowd by unveiling new clips from the action film 'Terminator Salvation.' The film's star, Christian Bale, couldn't be there but it didn't matter as McG skillfully assured 'Terminator' fans the franchise is in good hands.See Transcript
Transcript:Director McG Interview - Terminator SalvationRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con.
Terminator Salvation Director McG
On the set you screamed, "I love this sh*t," and yet I know there's got to be a lot of pressure. So how do you really feel about directing a Terminator film?
McG: "I really enjoy it but there's no doubt it's very, very difficult. It's funny. I mean, I got my start in the music business and when we'd go on tour, a tour would seem very difficult. When you were off tour, you were bored out of your mind and just wanted to be on tour. And making a movie is largely like that experience. It's very, very difficult but it's very rewarding, and it's creative process. I make a point of hiring actors who are passionate about what they're doing. They don't just go out do what I tell them to do. They challenge me on every single decision and I think that's the best for the film in the end. So it's difficult, but it's a great deal of fun."
Now the set looks fantastic. It's dirty and gritty and dark. How do you get that?
McG: "Well, our production designer Martin Laing, we went to great lengths to study a post-apocalyptic world. We looked at Chernobyl. We went to the Eastern Bloc countries. We did everything we had to do to make sure that it was authentic and real, and felt like what it would feel like 10 years after the bombs went off. So, there it is. Plus, we're treating the film in a way where we're shooting in color stock, but we're treating it with three times as much silver as you traditionally would in color. That's giving it a very ethereal patina, as though we're in another world. I think that's servicing the feel of the picture. You know, I gave the Cormac McCarthy book, The Road, to all the actors before we started, and it just got everybody's head right about this existential, detached, difficult world."