Apparently, there still are a lot of secrets in space. That can be the only explanation why actor Dennis Quaid wasn’t able to give up the goods when recently talking to Dread Central about his upcoming sci-fi/thriller Pandorum.
Quaid did give us a little peek into the world of Pandorum, which also stars Ben Foster and Cam Gigandet, by giving us a rundown on his role of Lt. Payton.
“In Pandorum Ben and I are criminals that wake up after being in hypersleep deep in space,” Quaid explained. “The thing is with hypersleep, you can’t remember who you are or where you are – it’s pretty disorienting. We wake up locked in a room, and I send Ben out of the room to explore the rest of the ship, and of course you’re never really alone. So that’s when all hell breaks loose.”
While Quaid wouldn’t say that he’s only a genre fan (“I love having a broad taste in films that span across the board,” he said), he did explain that what brought him into the world of Pandorum was an amazing script and the vision of director Christian Alvart (Antibodies).
Quaid said, “I thought the script for Pandorum was really different so I was eager to jump on board. Plus, Christian is a guy who’s not afraid of bold and powerful filmmaking so I was happy to get to work with him. He’s not afraid to tackle very dark subject matter either so I knew this was going to be a special project.”
Something else that made Pandorum a must-do project for Quaid was the similarities in the story to one of his earliest ventures into space – Enemy Mine.
“I still love Enemy Mine so much. That movie was all about the human emotions set in a very non-human place, and I saw a lot of that in Pandorum. I know that right now there are a lot of remakes circling Hollywood, but I really hope that Enemy Mine never gets that treatment because the film still holds up after 24 years,” said Quaid.
The veteran actor also has another genre film hitting theaters in January – Legion, starring Paul Bettany, Adrienne Palicki, and Tyrese Gibson.
“In Legion my son has a relationship with this girl who is pregnant,” explains Quaid. “Her pregnancy has something to do with the impending apocalypse, and there’s a small group of us locked in a diner left to fight against the forces of evil. It was similar in shooting to Pandorum because you have a limited cast in a very small space. The only difference is that Legion is on Earth, where Pandorum is otherworldly. But I shot them back-to-back with GI Joe, so last year was definitely a busy year for me.”
Up next for Quaid is The Special Relationship, where the actor will portray none other than former President Bill Clinton.
Pandorum opens in theatres this Friday.
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