From acclaimed filmmakers Andy & Lana Wachowski (The Matrix trilogy, Speed Racer) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) comes the stunning, epic and powerful Cloud Atlas, based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell. Through various genres and time periods, spanning 500 years, and with the actors playing a variety of characters that cross genders and races, the story contains drama, mystery, action and love, interwoven in such a way that illustrates how everything is connected and that the actions and choices in one era can have consequences in another. The film stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Wishaw and James D’Arcy.
At the film’s press day, actor Jim Sturgess spoke to Collider, in both a roundtable and 1-on-1 interview, about the necessity of going into this film completely open to the experience, what he thought of the book when he read it, the themes he connects with most, the process of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, the approach to playing so many different characters, how nervous he was to take on the role of an Asian man, how much fun it was to get to be a bit of an action star, and the process of working with these filmmakers. He also talked about finding work now that’s just as creatively fulfilling, and the appeal of the sci-fi romantic drama Upside Down. Check out what he had to say after the jump.