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Michael Pena plays a civilian caught up in an alien invasion in Columbia Pictures' 'Battle: Los Angeles.' Pena, along with his fellow cast members including Bryce Cass, chatted up the sci-fi action movie at the film's premiere.See Transcript
Transcript:Battle: Los Angeles Michael Pena Interview
Rebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the LA Premiere of Columbia Pictures' Battle: Los Angeles.
Michael Pena - 'Rincon' in Battle: Los Angeles
So you didn't have to go through all the training, so how jealous were all these guys of you?
Michael Pena: "I don't think they were jealous at all. I think they were living it up, to be honest with you. Those guys, they were actually pretty stoked to be doing it."
Instead of just being an alien invasion movie, I hear this is more of a war movie. Would you say that's right?
Michael Pena: "I think it's a cross-genre movie, to be honest, because there's different moments. It's not relentless like war. It doesn't...I don't know. Because we're fighting aliens at the same time and when I think of war, I think of fighting against another country, you know? But in this one, I think the world's coming together to help each other. I think it's pretty cool."
We've seen a lot of alien movies. What sets this one apart from every other alien movie out there?
Michael Pena: "I think what sets this apart is that it's shot documentary-style. The genre is a bit different. I think the aliens look really kick ass, which I think is a make or break deal. Like, if the aliens don't look really cool, I don't think people are going to see it."
Are you happy that it's not one of these that's in 3D? Are you a fan of 3D?
Michael Pena: "I've had enough 3D, I think, for the last two or threes. Avatar kicked it off with some fantastic 3D. I like seeing movies without glasses."
And you've got Tower Heist too. Are you still filming that or is it wrapped?
Michael Pena: "I just finished Tower Heist. I've got, actually, Lincoln Lawyer next week. Then I've got 30 Minutes or Less in August, and then November Tower Heist."
Could you be any busier?
Michael Pena: "I think so, you know?"
Of those three is there one you're going to be really excited to go see yourself?
Michael Pena: "I don't know. To be honest with you, I like all four. I haven't seen Tower Heist yet. I've seen bits of 30 Minutes or Less. I'm a big fan of all those guys. You know, Danny McBride is in it, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, and Jesse Eisenberg. And me."
You're right there with all those comedians. You can hang.
Michael Pena: "I don't know about that. 'Yeah, the guy who did Crash? Yeah, he's hilarious.' I don't know about that. My agent actually tried to get an offer for the comedy and they're like - yeah, that's what they said. 'The guy from Crash? We're going to make him audition.'"
Bryce Cass - 'Hector' in Battle: Los Angeles
Tell me about working on this.
Bryce Cass: "You know what? Working on this was so much fun. I got to work with all these great actors and actresses, which was great. It was so much fun just to be in the same area with these amazing actors and actresses, it was great."
Bryce Cass: "Yes! And bomb explosions."
Did it feel like you were on a war movie set?
Bryce Cass: "Yes, it really was because it was so real. Jonathan Liebesman, he made it so real. I loved how he directed this movie. He was great. It was a lot of fun."
So, do you believe? Are they out there?
Bryce Cass: "You know, I don't know. I honestly do believe that we can't be the only ones. But other people have their own opinions and you've got to respect that."
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