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 Moura, Diego 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.
- 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