Exclusive: Colin Farrell on the Remakes of TOTAL RECALL and FRIGHT NIGHT

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Earlier today I got to sit down with Colin Farrell to talk about Peter Weir’s great new movie The Way Back. Set in World War II, the film tells the true story of a group of soldiers who escape from a Siberian prison and journey across the harsh Asian terrain in order to reach British India.  The film also stars Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Mark Strong, and Saoirse Ronan.  In the coming weeks, you can expect video interviews with a lot of the cast and director Peter Weir.

However, towards the end of the interview, I decided to ask Farrell about those Total Recall rumors (he might be the lead in the remake) and what can he tell people about the remake of Fright Night.  Thankfully, he was more than happy to talk and if you hit the jump you can either read or watch what he had to say:

Regarding Total Recall, Farrell says the “script is cool. Script is smart.”  I then asked him if it’s actiony?  His response was:

“There’s a good bit of action. I don’t know that it’s… it kind of sits on the fence in a really good way. It kind of sticks to one half or the other.  It’s clever. It’s clever and it’s well written. And there’s loads of action. I saw some of pre-visualizations already, that have been done for the world that they’re going to create and it’s wicked man. It’s the first time in years where I went, ‘Wowww, I could be part of that? In that frame?’ It’s gone back to the original. Am I definitely doing that, are you going to ask? I dunno. I dunno.”

Finally, I tried to pin down if he’s definitely doing it.  He said:

“I’d like to. I just don’t know. I’m not sure. I haven’t been home for Christmas. I haven’t made the required calls. I don’t know. I think, maybe.”

Sounds to me like they are trying to work out the contract but nothing has been signed yet.

And for those wondering about Fright Night, Farrell told me he didn’t want to like the script and he wanted to make fun of Hollywood for remaking it.  But after reading the script, that changed his mind.  He said:

“I didn’t want to like it when I read it.  I really didn’t.  Cause I wanted to be able to go, “what they’re remaking Fright Night…Hollywood.”  So I read it and I liked it.  So fuck it, I’m going to go to work.  And I’d seen Lars and the Real Girl and really liked that.  The cast was incredible in it.  So…entertainment.  If it’s not that than it’s not…but it’s not in competition with the original.  It doesn’t negate the existence of the original.  The original is still around.  It might find a new audience.  If it’s not an hour and fifty minutes of entertainment than we screwed up.”

Here’s the part of the interview where we talk about Total Recall and Fright Night.  Below the video is the full transcript.

Finally, while I was only scheduled for a 4 minute interview, Farrell and I spoke for almost 7 minutes.  That’s the reason I was able to get so much info on these two projects.  Needless to say, a huge thank you to Mr. Farrell for giving me so much time and answering all my fanboy questions.

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There are a lot of rumors about you doing Total Recall.

Farrell: Yea. You’re a big film fan.  What do you make of that?

I love the original.

Farrell: Yeah, same here.

I’m curious about a remake.

Farrell: Same here. And look, I got to be curious every time I go to work. And if I or any actors had a formula for what was going to be artistically successful or financially and commercially successful and all those things, we’d all score out of the ballpark critically and out of the ballpark financially every time. Or at least you’d choose one and you’d be cognizant of which one you’re choosing and you’d be a success at that of the two. There’s no formula. I’m curious every time I go to work.  I’m curious to go to work on Total Recall as well. Script is cool. Script is smart.

Is it actiony?

Farrell: There’s a good bit of action. I don’t know that it’s… it kind of sits on the fence in a really good way. It kind of sticks to one half or the other.  It’s clever. It’s clever and it’s well written. And there’s loads of action. I saw some of pre-visualizations already, that have been done for the world that they’re going to create and it’s wicked man. It’s the first time in years where I went, ‘Wowww, I could be part of that? In that frame?’ It’s gone back to the original. Am I definitely doing that, are you going to ask? I dunno. I dunno.

So you’re on the fence?

Farrell: I’d like to. I just don’t know. I’m not sure. I haven’t been home for Christmas. I haven’t made the required calls. I don’t know. I think, maybe.

What can you tell fans about Fright Night?

Farrell: What can I tell them about Fright Night?  Did you visit the set?

I did.

Farrell: We talked.

I’m under embargo still.

Farrell: So am I! So I have to break down the validity of the remake.  Come on!  Oh man…I hope it’s entertaining.  That’s all.  I want to be very cautious that I don’t get in the realm of disclaimer and I don’t get in the realm of apology and that stuff cause it’s easy to do when your ego tells you anything that is a remake lacks originality enough to make them cool.  I don’t know.  I didn’t want to like it when I read it.  I really didn’t.  Cause I wanted to be able to go, “what they’re remaking Fright Night…Hollywood.”  So I read it and I liked it.  So fuck it, I’m going to go to work.  And I’d seen Lars and the Real Girl and really liked that.  The cast was incredible in it.  So…entertainment.  If it’s not that than it’s not…but it’s not in competition with the original.  It doesn’t negate the existence of the original.  The original is still around.  It might find a new audience.  If it’s not an hour and fifty minutes of entertainment than we screwed up.




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  • Billy

    As a fan of the original Total Recall I’d be more than happy for someone as talented as Farrell to be given the lead role. I think over the last couple of years Colin has showcased, in a beautiful way, just how talented he truly is.

    As for Fright Night, I get the impression Farrell sign on mainly for the paycheck.

    Good interview!

  • Hep

    In the interview section, please correct FERRELL to FARRELL.

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  • Chuck Anziulewicz

    A REMAKE of “Total Recall?” Why remake such an awful movie? I went with a friend to see it when it was first released, and 15 minutes into the movie I leaned over to my friend and whispered, “This movie is garbage. I HATE this movie.”

    Of course, as some people may be aware, that movie was loosely based on a short story, “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,” by Philip K. Dick. If the film had stuck more closely to the source material, rather than being just another execrable action vehicle for Arnold Schwartzenegger, it might not have been that bad.

  • Stella

    Farrell is an idiot, stupid bastard. He is not able to be responsible for his life as an adult, as a partner of a woman, and as a father. However he looks like 45 old man, he is like teenager in his head.

  • arlene

    Colin Farrell is the father of a son,James, who has Angelman Syndrome disorder. I was honored to attend the FAST Gala and to see Mr. Farrell spend time with the parents talking to them and the older children. Of course they responded in a non-verbal way to him as that’s part of the disorder. To here him say he”would sacrifice anything to put the words in his son’s mouth. And Stella the Chicago press knew nothing about this so it wasn’t about pr. If you were there you would have seen a quiet, gentle person, who donate much materially and personally. Incidentaly he set up a trust fund of $33million for Jimmy. Kim has never wanted for anything and when Mr. Farrell isn’t working he is a hands on father, Learning how to help Jimmy when he has a seizure, and having a doctor who actually comes to his home, as when Jimmy had an ear infection.

    • Deborah Reis “A Flauta da Lua”

      Hi Arlene…

      You don’t know how much I wanted to be in this event, but I can’t. Maybe next year.
      Thank you for your story about Colin and the children. This doens’t admire me cause I know Colin is a gentle man and a great father, many people has write me about him tell the same…

      a soft kiss as a flute’s note in the air between the sky and the earth…
      Deborah Reis
      A Flauta da Lua

      • arlene

        Deborah, I have admired your work on you-tube and subscribed to your lovely videos. You you have a true talent and perhaps you will someday come to the Us, and Hollywood,perhaps to help bring one of Mr. Farrell’s films to the screen!

    • Deborah Reis “A Flauta da Lua”

      Thank you very much angel, for your words about my videos. I stayed in Los Angeles alredy a few years ago, but I want to stay in LA again maybe in 2012, so pay attention in my page that I will say this.
      I want to stay in Institute Angelman’s Gala too but it’s in Chicago so maybe I will need to chooce.
      Thanks for your reply if you had Facebook, look for me there…
      Kisses and hugs…
      Debh

  • Lob Taylor

    I loved the first Total recall. I thought it was amazing (okay so am an Arnold fan and I’ve watched every thing he was ever in ) I just hope Mr.Farrell does the movie justice (and no am not a fan by any stretch of the imagination of Collin Farrell movies)

  • PD

    I am not a big fan of remakes, and I would also hate to admit that I’m a big Arnold Fan! With that out of the way, I’m all for a remake of Total Recall for the simple fact that the source material is great and the origial film really just goes in its own direction. I would like to see it done right.

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  • JD

    “It kind of sticks to one half or the other.”

    I think what he said there was, “It’s kind of six of one, half-dozen of the other.”

    Good interview.

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  • Joe35

    Putting Colin Farrell in a movie is a sure fire way to keep me from taking your project seriously. The guy is a crappy actor (I’ve yet to see a single movie with him that I liked) and totally wrong for both TOTAL RECALL and FRIGHT NIGHT. I’ll be passing on these for sure.

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  • Deborah Reis “A Flauta da Lua”

    Hi for all!

    The Way Back, Fright Night, Total Recall or witch other doens’t matter, if Colin maked all will be fine, cause he is a great actor.
    In really I don’t like this Colin’s choose, but I can’t to thing cause this is his life.
    Colin angel smile ever… Please don’t let to smile! Your smile shinning my life and I thing that this happen with another person too…

    a soft kiss as a flute’s note in the air between the sky and the earth…
    Deborah Reis
    A Flauta da Lua

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  • frankie smales

    years ago there was supposed to be total recall part 2
    and jonathan frakes(aka will riker from star trek tng)
    was originaly to direct it since he has both the films
    and tv episodes of tng under his directing credits
    among his movie failures both are thunderbirds
    and clockstoppers but the sequel never happend
    but it went for a weak tv series version of total recall
    created by james cameron only lasted one series
    because the show was similar to blade runner ridley scotts
    80′s scifi noir with harrison ford but colin farrell’s minority report
    with tom cruise was a bit total recall but i’m not in favour for the remake because the original with arnie schwarzenegger holds it’s own what movie remake are they going to do next the alamo
    set in 2011 hollywood get real.

    frankie smales

    (frankie smales movie and tv review uk)

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