SXSW 2011: Exclusive Video Interview - James Gunn and Rainn Wilson Talk Super
One of the more delightfully badass flicks that was featured during the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival is writer/director James Gunn’s Super, which stars Rainn Wilson as a deranged self-imposed superhero who bashes people with a wrench in an attempt to thwart crime.
Super wowed standing-room only crowds at SXSW during both of its screenings, and Wilson himself even took to the streets of the festival at one point dressed in costume as The Crimson Bolt to fend off any evil that was lurking about the streets of Austin. The cult hysteria surrounding Super that has been steadily growing since Gunn announced the project in late 2009 reached a simmering boil as the film was warmly received by filmgoers and critics alike during the festival.
Dread Central had the opportunity to sit down with both Gunn and Wilson the morning after Super’s premiere and chatted with the pair about the love that went into the project, Gunn’s desire to keep true to his indie filmmaking roots, and how Wilson deals these days with fandom, both within the horror community as well as with mainstream audiences.
IFC Films is releasing James Gunn's Super (review here), starring Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon, April 1st in New York and Los Angeles and will expand from there to top markets nationwide.
When sad-sack loser Frank (Rainn Wilson) sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler) willingly snatched by a seductive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he finds himself bereft and wholly unable to cope. But soon he decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt. With a hand-made suit, a wrench, and a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page), the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife. The rules were written a long time ago: You are not supposed to molest children, cut lines or key cars; if you do, prepare to face the wrath of the Crimson Bolt!
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