Exclusive Video Interview – Karl Urban

     February 13, 2007

I usually hate doing interviews when I haven’t seen the film that the star is promoting, but when 20th Century Fox offered to let me sit down with Karl Urban for fifteen minutes on camera yesterday, I jumped at the chance.

Perhaps you don’t recognize Karl’s name. But even if you don’t know it, trust me, you know his work. He’s been in a few small independent movies like Lord of the Rings, The Bourne Supremacy and Doom. For those who might be familiar with LOTR, he played Eomer.

But the reason he was in town yesterday was to do some early press on his upcoming movie Pathfinder. Since the film doesn’t get released until April 20th, yeah 4/20 for all you stoners, I didn’t get a chance to see it.

What I decided to do is start the interview asking him about the new movie. From there I asked why he thinks Chronicles of Riddick didn’t catch on with moviegoers. Of course we covered his work on LOTR and I was going to ask him about the Peter Jackson and New Line problems in working something out on The Hobbit, but before I could ask he answered on his own. At the end of the interview we spoke about what he’s working on next and went back to a Pathfinder question.

While the sound is not perfect as my voice is a bit low on the recording, I think the interview might be the best one I’ve done yet on camera.

To watch the interview click here

If you wan to save it and watch it later, if you’re on a PC just right click the link and save it to your hard drive.

And since I haven’t seen the film that he was promoting, here is the synopsis from 20th Century Fox on the film Pathfinder:

In an untamed, primordial America, 500 years before Columbus will reach its shores, unfolds an epic battle between love and hate that will change one man’s destiny and the future of a nation: PATHFINDER. This action-adventure saga recreates one of the most riveting, yet never-before-seen, eras in human history – when Viking “dragon” ships from the mysterious Norse lands arrived out of nowhere to invade a pristine North America. Inspired by historical findings, yet forged with the magic and style of a modern graphic novel, PATHFINDER comes to life in a cinematic experience filled with intense and primal action.

The legend-like story of survival begins with a Viking child who becomes the lone survivor of a shipwreck, after his marauding Norse clan raids a coastal Native American village for slaves. Despite his blonde hair and strange language – and concerns that evil will follow the boy wherever he goes – the ten year-old is adopted by the local Wampanoag Indians, who raise him to become a skilled hunter and warrior.

But fifteen years later, the pale young man known to his tribe as Ghost (KARL URBAN) is still trying to escape his past. Now, as the Vikings return to storm America again, this time they will carry out a barbaric attack that will annihilate Ghost’s beloved tribe and endanger the woman he loves (MOON BLOODGOOD). Once again a survivor on the run, and thirsting for blood vengeance, Ghost comes under the guidance of the Pathfinder (RUSSELL MEANS), a powerful shaman who foresees the enraged young man’s unexpected destiny: as the hard-won hero who will wage a one-man war against the Vikings and becomes his people’s savior.

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