Neill Blomkamp Talks ELYSIUM, Deleted Scenes, Filming in Mexico City, How He Doesn’t Watch TV, and More

     August 13, 2013


Now playing in theaters is director Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium.  For those unfamiliar, the story takes place in 2159, and two classes of people are divided: the wealthy live on a man-made space station called Elysium, while the rest of the humans inhabit an overpopulated and ruined Earth.  Matt Damon plays a desperate man who must reach Elysium in order to find a cure that will save his life.  The film also stars Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Wagner MouraDiego Luna and William Fichtner.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Blomkamp.  He talked about filming in a dump in Mexico City and what they had to do to make it work, deleted scenes, how he doesn’t watch TV, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Finally, if you missed my video interviews with Matt Damon or Sharlto Copley, just click the links.

Neill Blomkamp:

  • What does he want to talk about.  Reveals he doesn’t watch any sports at all and hasn’t watched TV in eight years
  • Says his agent sent him the show Utopia because they were thinking about making an American version and it’s one of the best things he’s ever seen
  • How long was the assembly cut of Elysium
  • Deleted scenes talk
  • Since they filmed at a dump in Mexico City, did they ever get feedback saying they couldn’t film there due to safety reasons.  Talks about what they had to do for filming


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