Exclusive: Emile Hirsch Talks THE DARKEST HOUR, SPEED RACER, SAVAGES, KILLER JOE, TWICE BORN and More

     August 3, 2011

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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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