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At this year’s Comic-Con, I had the chance to sit down with Emile Hirsch for an exclusive interview about Summit’s upcoming sci-fi thriller, The Darkest Hour.  While I could’ve posted the interview a lot sooner, I decided to wait until the studio released the cool looking trailer.  Hopefully you’ve all had a chance to check it out.  What’s important to know is that the movie was filmed on location in Moscow and it was filmed in 3D.  While many movies might film a few days in Russia, the entire production was based there and it was produced by Timur Bekmambetov.  Trust me, The Darkest Hour should be a cool movie and it gets released this December.

During the interview, Hirsch talked about shooting in Moscow, filming in Red Square with thousands of people watching, being at Comic-Con, the Wachowski’s underappreciated Speed Racer (which is one of my favorite films of 2008), Oliver Stone’s Savages, William Friedkin’s Killer Joe, Twice Born with Penelope Cruz (he’s filming this in the fall), and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Emile Hirsch Time Index

  • :22 What does he geek out over at Comic-Con? Talks about looking for Speed Racer stuff.
  • 1:35 Talks about the groundswell of love for Speed Racer.
  • 2:57 The experience of shooting The Darkest Hour in Moscow.
  • 4:12 Talks about shooting scenes at the Red Square with a massive crowd of onlookers.
  • 5:49 He talks about filming in a subway station that was built in the 1930s.
  • 6:46 Upcoming projects. Says he just wrapped Oliver Stone’s Savages, Killer Joe is going to be playing at the Toronto and Venice film festivals.
  • 8:00 Talks about his characters in Savages and Killer Joe.
  • 9:10 What’s the most amount of prep he’s done for any of his roles? Talks about Into the Wild and his approach to research.
  • 10:21 Says he’s doing a film called Twice Born with Penelope Cruz this fall.



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  • dude

    Always great to see Speed Racer love around!

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  • JLC

    Speed Racer was so far ahead of its time, it isn’t funny. Why it failed initially, I will never know. I’m glad it’s rightfully building its own little cult.

  • Melissa

    Steve I so get your fellings towards Speed Racer! I absolutely loved every single second of that movie, I got out of the movie theater in absolute bliss when I saw it, I thought it was gonna be huge! It was so original and unlike anything I had ever seen!!! It still hurts me whenever I remember there’s not gonna be a sequel! Because that movie was genius!!!
    Speed Racer people did not get, but Twilight everyone thinks is the best thing that ever existed!!! Urgh!!!

  • PatLang

    You love Speed Racer!!! I love you, man! LOL

  • Thomasi

    It cannot be said loudly or frequently enough: SPEED RACER is one of the only true art films to come out of Hollywood in the last 30 years. Seijun Suzuki would have been proud (perhaps he is – I hope he saw it).

  • Droncz92

    This kid is one of my fav. actors. I suppose what I like about him is that he isn’t in everything. Pretty much anything I have saw him in was a great film. Alpha Dog was really unappreciated as well.

    I think Into the Wild was my fav.

  • SkaOreo

    Speed Racer didn’t deserve the level of shit thrown at it by critics and the audience. I still maintain that the movie was one of the finest theater experiences I’ve ever had.

    Goddamn I love Speed Racer.

  • wolfbane

    Love Emile and loved Speed Racer. It was my first Blu-ray disc and gets lots of play. Glad it’s getting some much-deserved lovin’.

    • ben

      Haha Wolfbane, it was my first blue ray 2. Really crazy how much I’ve watched it. Totally agree with ya Tom Jones!

  • Tom Jones

    I agree totally! The opening scene of Speed Racer is one of the all time best paced ten minutes of cinema I’ve ever scene and I’m a filmmaker who watches hundreds of movies a year. No matter how many times I see it it never fails to blow me away, and it’s unquestionably one of the best movies you’ll ever see on blu-ray. Unfortunately, it’s also an example of one of the all time worst film marketing campaigns, and it saddens me to see studios repeatedly making the same mistakes in marketing good films with promos that totally misrepresent the tone of the film and over-saturate the airwaves, leaving people feeling tired of a movie before it even hits theaters.

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