Hitting theaters tomorrow is Deliver Us From Evil, a new supernatural crime thriller that writer/director Scott Derrickson describes as “Serpico meets The Exorcist.” While this may seem like the most unlikely pairing since Abbot and Costello first encountered the Wolfman, it’s actually a pretty good assessment of the film’s tone and style. The Jerry Bruckheimer production tells the very-loosely-based-on-fact story of Ralph Sarchie, (Eric Bana) a hardboiled Police Sargent from the Bronx who, – with the help of a knife-wielding partner (Joel McHale) and the guidance of a Priest (Edgar Ramirez) carrying a dark past of his own – slowly discovers that the perp in his latest murder investigation just might be Satan himself. As the walls close in and the bodies pile up, Sarchie and his cohorts race against time to find the culprit and protect his own family (Oliver Munn).
Last week, Collider sat down with Ramirez to discuss the origins of his character, the concept of strength through suffering, real life ghosts, Olivier Assayas, the upcoming Point Break remake (he says it’s “going to keep the subversive, rebellious spirit of the first one”) and more. Hit the jump to watch.
- In this movie you play a very unconventional priest. Was it always written that way? What did you add to it.
- The character really gains a lot of his personal strength and faith through his suffering. Do you think that faith is stronger if it comes from suffering or if it comes from something more pleasant?
- Have you ever personally seen a ghost or a demon? Are you open to the idea?
- Recently you did a tremendous film with Oliver Assayas called Carolos - that was listed on IMDb as a miniseries – are you planning on working with Assayas again and have you been offered any interesting TV series that you’d turned down.
- The Point Break remake you’re working on, can you tell us anything about the tone of that? What is the style you’re going for?
- Are they going to update the president masks?