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Question: As an actor, is this the darkest place you’ve gone?
Brian Austin Green: Yeah, I think the movie has lent itself to that.
Question: What was it about the project itself that drew your interest?
Brian Austin Green: Rob, initially. When he and I were working on ‘Sara Connor’, I always said to him, ‘If you have something that you need me to come in and work on, then I would love to.’ To be able to act in something like this, and have a character that goes through something, and starts somewhere and ends somewhere, and is as dark and crazy as he is, is fun. It’s kind of an actor’s dream to be able to do something like this and get bloody and dirty and still be able to act.
Question: Who are most of your scenes with in this film?
Brian Austin Green: I’ve done a lot of stuff by myself. I’ve worked with everyone, but I haven’t killed anyone yet. They’ve been using my double for everything. I have been working with Thomas a lot (though), which is fun.
Question: Thomas was talking about working with you and how he’s seen an evolution in that. Can you expand on that a little bit?
Brian Austin Green: That Thomas has seen an evolution in us? I don’t know, I think Thomas is giving me too much credit in what he has seen so far. I don’t know. I think that this has been fun. I love working with Thomas, and I loved working with him on ‘The Sarah Connor Chronicles’. I sort of feel that this has been the exact opposite of what we did before so it’s exciting and new, to go from a show where we were family and I’m taking care of him and I would kill anyone to protect him, to then be this guy, you know, with knives and a mask, trying to kill him throughout the film. It’s a much different experience that he’s had with me than what he had before.
Question: We were lucky enough to see the clip of you getting tattooed, which was really just Nick Principe’s back for the realism (writer’s note: a scene features a shot of Green’s character being tattooed with the ChromeSkull logo, where in reality the clip used actual footage of Principe being tattooed with a logo of the same). Can you talk a bit about that scene where you are being very solitary? Is that a turning point for your character?
Brian Austin Green: It’s the point where in his mind ChromeSkull is done and is never going to function in the capacity that he did before, and the difference between Preston in the original is that Preston is sort of like a spoiled twelve-year-old. There’s a lot of money within this company, and he has the ability to sort of boss people around and do what he wants to do, but this is first sense of the real importance of power, and being able to step into the big boy’s shoes and to do what dad does, and he gets greedy with that, and pushes more and more people within the company away and ends up dying for it.
Question: Your rather bloody scene is today. Are you looking forward to that?
Brian Austin Green: I’m actually looking forward to see just how they do it. It’s exciting for me to be on a set like this because you can’t believe just how they pull off some of the stuff they do, and I’m so impressed with Rob and the company and what they’ve done here, and what they’ve done so far. The gags that I’ve seen, and the ones I saw in the first one, were just really well done, so for me that’s the most exciting part, to see just how it all comes together. ‘Sarah Connor’ was one of the first things that I ever really watched that I ever did where I was excited to see how all of the things, things that don’t exist, come together. You are like any other fan. You are excited to see what it looks like, and what you thought it would look like on set, and how they gel. You hope that in dying brutally in a scene that it meshes and that it all happens.
Questions: Knowing Rob as a horror and FX guy as well as a meticulous director, can you talk about the juxtaposition of the two?
Brian Austin Green: He’s great. I was thinking about that the other day. It has to be difficult for someone in his position who normally would be sitting here doing what they (the effects artists) are doing, to leave it in the hands of everyone else and just be on set as a director and hope that what everyone else has done works the way he knows it can work. But he’s so thorough on set. He knows exactly what he wants and is really helpful. He’s been an amazing director. I had no idea what to expect showing up. I’d never worked with him in that capacity before. He didn’t even do much makeup on me when we were doing ‘Sarah Connor’ so I didn’t spend much time with him in that way, but he’s really good, and I think he’s getting what he wants. I hope I’m giving him what he wants. I hope I’m not disappointing him. I think that’s the biggest fear for me is that he puts me in his movie, and I hope that it ends up being what he wanted, and that he’s not watching it saying, ‘I should have hired someone else instead of a friend.’ That’s always the biggest fear.
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