Neveldine/Taylor Talk GHOST RIDER SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE, Deleted Scenes, Nicolas Cage, What’s Coming on the Blu-ray, and a Lot More

     February 17, 2012

Neveldine Taylor GHOST RIDER 2 SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE interview slice

With Neveldine/Taylor’s Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance opening today, I recently interviewed a lot of the cast in New York City.  In the sequel, Johnny Blaze (Cage) is hiding out in Eastern Europe when a motor-cycle riding warrior monk (Idris Elba) recruits him to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the Devil (Ciaran Hinds). The film also stars Violante Placido, Anthony Head, Christopher Lambert and Johnny Whitworth. For more on Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeace, here’s my Romania set visit, on set interviews, new images, five movie clips, and 12 minutes of behind the scenes footage from when the production was filming in Europe.

During my exclusive video interview with Mark Neveldine and Brain Taylor, we talked about how they got involved in the project, working with Nic Cage, the stunts and action sequences, deleted scenes, test screenings, what will be on the eventual Blu-ray/DVD, filming in Eastern Europe, and so much more.  If you’re a fan of Neveldine/Taylor, you’re going to love the interview.  Hit the jump to watch.

As usual, I’ve time indexed th einterview so you can watch the parts that interest you.  Finally, if you missed my video interviews with Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth, click the links.

Mark-Neveldine-Ghost-Rider-Spirit-of-Vengeance-imageNeveldine/Taylor Time Index

  • 0:40 – Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor talk about their favorite movie, actor and director.
  • 2:10 – Neveldine/Taylor reveal their go-to karaoke songs.
  • 2:40 – The directors talk about getting involved with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and the opportunity of working with Nicolas Cage. They also discuss the hazards of filming in some inhospitable locations that lend themselves to the insanity of the film.
  • 4:30 – Taylor comments on Cage’s performance as the Ghost Rider before the CG transformation, as Cage was in full zombie make-up with black glass contacts while they were filming in the middle of Eastern Europe.
  • 5:15 – Neveldine/Taylor reflect on the level of on-set sobriety during their past films and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
  • 6:00 – Neveldine/Taylor reveal the trade secret to their insane action sequences: stunt directors.
  • 6:35 – The directors comment on the toughest stunt and action sequence to film.
  • 7:35 – They talk about the monstrous construction vehicle used in the film.
  • 8:35 – Regarding deleted scenes, they’re just about done with the editing and plan on having six or seven scenes, including the Nic Cage performances without CG (Neveldine suggests the “Rental Car” scene.)
  • brian-taylor-mark-neveldine-image9:15 – Taylor comments on the Nic Cage performance feature on the Blu-ray, in which Cage showed up on set in his own zombie make-up with black contact lenses and refused to talk to anyone before filming.
  • 10:50 – Taylor talks about the excellent work the CG crew did on capturing Cage’s performance and the difficulty of expressing emotion on an eyeless skull.
  • 11:45 – Neveldine/Taylor give advice for budding filmmakers, including commentary on Christopher Nolan’s directing style.
  • 13:40 – The directors talk about their upcoming projects…sort of.
  • 14:35 – A commentary from Neveldine/Taylor will also appear on the Blu-ray.
  • 15:40 – Neveldine/Taylor comment on the usefulness of test screenings.
  • 16:45 – They discuss directing Cage in a scene in which he struggles with his transformation into the Ghost Rider.
  • 17:35 – Neveldine/Taylor talk about capturing Cage’s “craziest fucking takes.”
  • 18:55 – Taylor comments on Cage’s performance and how controlled his insanity actually is.
  • 19:50 – Neveldine talks about being able to see Cage transform into the Ghost Rider through his performance alone, without the aid of CG.


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