Eli Roth and Lorenza Izzo Talk ‘Green Inferno’ and the Unprecedented Shooting Conditions

     September 24, 2015

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It’s been two years since Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, but the time has finally come. The movie is making its way into theaters on Friday, September 25th! It stars Lorenza Izzo as Justine, a college freshman drawn to a group of campus activists. She joins them on a trip to the Amazon jungle thrilled about the possibility of making a difference, but then her bubble bursts when their plane goes down and they’re captured by a village full of cannibals.

If you dig Roth’s films and some heavy carnage, The Green Inferno is a must-see. I certainly fall into those two categories so it was quite the treat to get to sit down with Roth and Izzo to discuss their insanely unique experience making this movie. Check out what they told me about locking their shooting location with the help of Cannibal Holocaust, the “Hell Hole” set, fighting off tarantulas, and loads more in the video interview below.


Eli Roth & Lorenza Izzo:

  • 00:04 – How they found the shooting location.
  • 01:48 – Getting permission to shoot there; screening Cannibal Holocaust for the village.
  • 02:48 – Was the village comfortable with how they were going to be portrayed in the movie?
  • 03:14 – Izzo on the curse/blessing of shooting in that kind of environment.
  • 04:32 – Does the film reflect the village’s real lifestyle in any respect?
  • 05:20 – Shooting in a location where it could rain at any moment.
  • 06:20 – Shooting in “The Hell Hole.”
  • 07:32 – Can you even get insurance for a production like this?
  • 08:27 – Roth and Izzo on the work they’ve done together prior to Green Inferno.
  • 08:49 – Izzo on Roth as an actor’s director.
  • 10:15 – On shooting some of Green Inferno at Columbia University.
  • 13:20 – Roth on his visits to Columbia when he was an NYU student.
  • 14:20 – Roth on “vanity activism.”

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