Opening this weekend is the action-comedy This Means War. Directed by McG, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy portray the world’s deadliest CIA operatives who are also inseparable partners and best friends…until they fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). Rather than giving up and allowing one of the two to continue seeing Witherspoon, Hardy and Pine put their CIA gadgetry and know-how to work in order to derail each another’s relationship with the girl. For more on the film, here’s six clips and Matt’s review.
During the recent Los Angeles press junket, I was able to land an exclusive video interview with McG. We talked about making This Means War, the battle with the MPAA over rating and what they had to cut to get a PG-13, test screenings, deleted scenes, and what will be on the Blu-ray (it’ll have a Bond-style title sequence). In addition, with McG attached to so many other projects, I got updates on his TV pilot Guilty (about a lawyer that’s been disbarred), Spring Awakening, Dead Spy Running (a spy movie that Stephen Gaghan is writing and possibly directing), Face It (a romantic comedy), Monster Squad (he’s not involved anymore), Medieval (the status is up in the air at Regency), Tink (will star Elizabeth Banks as Tinkerbell), I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President (they haven’t cracked the script yet), Puzzle Palace (a thriller like Die Hard about a boy who has to break in to 1 Police Plaza in New York), Ouija (he’s not involved anymore), The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League (will star Amanda Seyfried as a girl who steals someone’s identity to attend an Ivy League school), and we also talked about the 30 to 40 minutes of deleted scenes from Terminator Salvation and an alternate ending where Skynet wins. Hit the jump to watch.
As usual, I’ve time indexed the interview so you can watch the parts that interest you.
- Calls This Means War a “decidedly populist film.” He enjoyed the experience of making it.
- 1:00 – He put a lot into Terminator Salvation but acknowledges that he made mistakes. Thinks the idea of another Terminator movies is still cool.
- 2:00 – Discusses the MPAA’s prudishness. Violence is okay, but Chelsea Handler’s blue humor was hard to fit in a PG-13.
- 3:45 – They lost the battle to get the original cut a PG-13, so they had to cut the language down in the final cut.
- 4:45 – McG goes to his older sister first with rough cuts, then branches out, eventually reaching public screenings.
- 6:00 – He likes test screenings to “feel the room,” and cites a few examples where public opinion helped inform certain decisions.
- 7:30 – He stands by the theatrical cut, but he will release a director’s cut with 4-5 extra scenes, including a Bond-style title sequence.
- 9:10 – Talks about directing the TV pilot Guilty about a lawyer that’s been disbarred.
- 11:10 – Transitions into talking about future projects. Starts with Spring Awakening, a passion project based on the Tony-winning play.
- 12:10 – Dead Spy Running, a technological spy movie that Stephen Gaghan is writing and possibly directing.
- 13:20 – Face It, a romantic comedy.
- 13:35 – Monster Squad. He’s not involved anymore.
- 13:45 – Medieval. The status is up in the air at Regency.
- 13:55 – Tink, starring Elizabeth Banks as Tinkerbell.
- 14:30 – I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President. They haven’t cracked the script yet.
- 14:45 – A mysterious untitled sci-fi adventure listed on his IMDB.
- 15:10 – Puzzle Palace, a thriller like Die Hard about a boy who has to break in to 1 Police Plaza in New York.
- 15:35 – Ouija. He’s not involved anymore.
- 16:00 – The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League, starring Amanda Seyfried as a girl who steals someone’s identity to attend an Ivy League school.
- 16:30 – McG has “30-40 minutes” of deleted scenes from Terminator Salvation in the can and the alternate Skynet wins ending. He’s not sure when they might see the light of day.