[Movies] Director Spike Lee and Cast Talk About Oldboy Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.22.2013
From the set...
- During a visit to the set of Oldboy, Coming Soon spoke with director Spike Lee and the cast of the film. Here are highlights:
Spike Lee on not considering the film a remake: "I call it a reinterpretation. You could have Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'My Favorite Things,' but when John Coltrane played that, that sh*t sounded different. It's different, you know? It's different. The original is a great film and this a reinterpretation of it. It's not Julie Andrews singing 'My Favorite Things.' It's John Coltrane playing it. That's the way I look at it."
Screenwriter Mark Protosevich on why he signed on: "For me, I loved the source material. I love the original. This really was an opportunity to really challenge myself as a writer. I became incredibly obsessed with it and became very passionate about it. I feel that it's the best thing that I've done. I feel that everybody here, to a certain degree, is really putting their heart and soul into this project. It's kind of rare to have this opportunity in this business. But this one feels different. It just feels right. It feels like the reason you got into this business in the first place. Hopefully that comes through in the writing."
Josh Brolin on getting Chan-wook Park's blessing: "I had tried to get him for 'Jonah Hex,' and he almost did it. I had him. I really had him. Then I let him go at the last second. I said, 'Look, if your heart is not in this, we'll work on something else together.' That was a mistake. But we became good friends and we'd talk every couple of months. Spike and I have been friends for a few years now. When this came up, it sounded like a good idea but I felt like I needed to get the blessing of Chan-wook Park. I called him and said, 'What do you think about us doing this?' He said, 'Absolutely. I f--ing love remakes.' He said, 'Just don't do it the same.' I think that was a kind of paranoia we all had."