Director Nimrod Antal Talks Casting Adrien Brody and Practical Visual Effects for PREADATORS

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ComingSoon recently spoke with Predators director Nimrod Antal about his upcoming sequel to the classic 1987 action film, and his controversial decision to cast Adrien Brody as the leader of a bunch of bad-asses who fight the Predator aliens.  Antal says that it was too predictable to go with Schwarzenegger-type and how the role demanded someone of Brody’s physique: “He plays a mercenary in the film and if you look at the guys in Iraq and Afghanistan today, they’re not ‘yolked-out’ Schwarzenegger-looking guys. They’re all very wiry and thin guys, and I think it’s going to play well.“  Blackwater is the most infamous group of mercenaries fighting the “War on Terror” and here’s a link to a photo with some of them.  Yes, some of them are wiry but that’s an over-generalization and while I appreciate the unconventional casting, the original Predator is set up that you have a group of the toughest, meanest motherfuckers around and they’re getting picked off like they’re nothing by one creature.  Aliens works the same way.  It’s going to be tough to convince audience members that Brody is a man feared enough that we would consider him a worthy challenger against just one Predator, let alone many.

At least as far as the visual effects are concerned, Antal seems to be on the right track by opting for practical effects even though producer and screenwriter Robert Rodriguez wants everything to be CG because hey, ain’t that neat.  Antal also said that Predators will be an R-rated film so at least there’s nothing to worry about on that front.  For those who don’t know, Antal is best known for his 2003 film Kontroll and is currently doing press for his new film Armored, which hits theaters on December 4th.




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  • clockworkpi

    None of the guys in Aliens were big at all, in fact they were all pretty normal build. And three out of the seven guys in Predator were normal build too. I think Brody will do just fine. I’m not a huge fan of the guy, but I like him enough and honestly it wasn’t until I heard he had been cast that I became interested in this movie, even though I love the initial Predator.

  • clockworkpi

    None of the guys in Aliens were big at all, in fact they were all pretty normal build. And three out of the seven guys in Predator were normal build too. I think Brody will do just fine. I’m not a huge fan of the guy, but I like him enough and honestly it wasn’t until I heard he had been cast that I became interested in this movie, even though I love the initial Predator.

  • clockworkpi

    None of the guys in Aliens were big at all, in fact they were all pretty normal build. And three out of the seven guys in Predator were normal build too. I think Brody will do just fine. I’m not a huge fan of the guy, but I like him enough and honestly it wasn’t until I heard he had been cast that I became interested in this movie, even though I love the initial Predator.

  • Axford

    Look at the first Predator, Jesse Ventura, Arnold Schwarzenegger, big guys, big guys that got their butts kicked in one way or the other. Fighting a predator has never been about brute strength its about out hunting them. So I have no problem with Brody. I think it will really help separate the films.

  • Axford

    Look at the first Predator, Jesse Ventura, Arnold Schwarzenegger, big guys, big guys that got their butts kicked in one way or the other. Fighting a predator has never been about brute strength its about out hunting them. So I have no problem with Brody. I think it will really help separate the films.

  • Axford

    Look at the first Predator, Jesse Ventura, Arnold Schwarzenegger, big guys, big guys that got their butts kicked in one way or the other. Fighting a predator has never been about brute strength its about out hunting them. So I have no problem with Brody. I think it will really help separate the films.

  • ORSON

    this film gonna sucks…don’t care who’s gonna be in Ahnuld shoes but what is gonna look like Preds…knowing how ridioulous r Robert Rodriguez CGI critters in his movies I fear the worst…if they do not respect the looks of preds this gonna be a really major crap…what is the soul of the Pred franchise is the great work of Stan Winston creating the Preds, its looks and its background story (alien hunters)

  • ORSON

    this film gonna sucks…don’t care who’s gonna be in Ahnuld shoes but what is gonna look like Preds…knowing how ridioulous r Robert Rodriguez CGI critters in his movies I fear the worst…if they do not respect the looks of preds this gonna be a really major crap…what is the soul of the Pred franchise is the great work of Stan Winston creating the Preds, its looks and its background story (alien hunters)

  • ORSON

    this film gonna sucks…don’t care who’s gonna be in Ahnuld shoes but what is gonna look like Preds…knowing how ridioulous r Robert Rodriguez CGI critters in his movies I fear the worst…if they do not respect the looks of preds this gonna be a really major crap…what is the soul of the Pred franchise is the great work of Stan Winston creating the Preds, its looks and its background story (alien hunters)

  • Hath

    It’s all in the acting. Bad ass is about attitude not benchpress.
    This debate kicks off everytime an actor gets cast out of type. I give you: Pretty boy Heath Ledger as the Joker… Bruce Willis from Moonlighting in Die Hard…Michael Keaton as Batman, etc, etc, etc. Hell, Steve McQueen weighted about 165, and I’d take him every day of the damn week.

  • Hath

    It’s all in the acting. Bad ass is about attitude not benchpress.
    This debate kicks off everytime an actor gets cast out of type. I give you: Pretty boy Heath Ledger as the Joker… Bruce Willis from Moonlighting in Die Hard…Michael Keaton as Batman, etc, etc, etc. Hell, Steve McQueen weighted about 165, and I’d take him every day of the damn week.

  • Hath

    It’s all in the acting. Bad ass is about attitude not benchpress.
    This debate kicks off everytime an actor gets cast out of type. I give you: Pretty boy Heath Ledger as the Joker… Bruce Willis from Moonlighting in Die Hard…Michael Keaton as Batman, etc, etc, etc. Hell, Steve McQueen weighted about 165, and I’d take him every day of the damn week.

  • Callie K.

    Mmm…Predators. I still find Predators deeply attractive for no explicable reason. *stares* ……… Can’t wait!!

  • Callie K.

    Mmm…Predators. I still find Predators deeply attractive for no explicable reason. *stares* ……… Can’t wait!!

  • Callie K.

    Mmm…Predators. I still find Predators deeply attractive for no explicable reason. *stares* ……… Can’t wait!!

  • http://collider.com/ Matt Goldberg

    You guys make good points. I still disagree with his statement that mercenaries today are thin and wiry, but I hope Brody and Antal prove me wrong.

  • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

    You guys make good points. I still disagree with his statement that mercenaries today are thin and wiry, but I hope Brody and Antal prove me wrong.

  • Axford

    I don’t think that the whole cast is going to look like Holocaust survivors. I think the point of that description was to show that the lead doesn’t have to be huge a la Arnold and that a person like Brody could be taken serious as a solider.

  • Axford

    I don’t think that the whole cast is going to look like Holocaust survivors. I think the point of that description was to show that the lead doesn’t have to be huge a la Arnold and that a person like Brody could be taken serious as a solider.

  • robert1968

    I agree this movie is gonna suck big time. Why this movie got in the hands of Nimrod Antal is beyond me. Its kidna sad. He's an awfull director. Had an excellent cast in Armored, and made the actors look like amateurs. Just awfull, and he's gonna kill this movie as well.

  • robert1968

    I agree this movie is gonna suck big time. Why this movie got in the hands of Nimrod Antal is beyond me. Its kidna sad. He's an awfull director. Had an excellent cast in Armored, and made the actors look like amateurs. Just awfull, and he's gonna kill this movie as well.

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