Tarsem Singh Talks IMMORTALS and MIRROR, MIRROR

     November 7, 2011

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With director Tarsem Singh’s new film Immortals opening this weekend, over the next few days Collider is going to be overrun with exclusive interviews with the filmmakers and cast.  For those not familiar with Immortals (watch the trailer and clips), the film centers on Theseus (Henry Cavill), a mortal, who teams up with the Greek gods in order to defeat the power-hungry King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke).  The film also stars Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Isabel Lucas, Joseph Morgan, Kellan Lutz, and Stephen Dorff.

During my extended video interview with Singh, he talked about his media training, how the finished film compares with his original vision, the technology that was used making the film, deleted scenes, slow motion, and more.  In addition, we talked about his Snow White movie Mirror, Mirror and if Sean Bean will actually survive for once (he dies in almost every movie/TV show he’s a part of).  Hit the jump to watch.

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  • Tarsem talks about how he went through “media training.”  His approach to interacting with the press: “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and be presumed a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.”
  • 1:40 – The finished product is a “completely different movie” than what he saw in the original script.  He talks about how he changed the nature of the action in particular.
  • 2:50 – In The Fall, Tarsem was committed to only using technology that was available a century ago.  For Immortals, he started with the mandate, “Everything is in the studio.”  He considered only doing medium shots, but that proved impossible with the action scenes.  He cites Renaissance paintings as an influence on the visual style (one scene is inspired the Sistine chapel).
  • 5:10 – He hopes there won’t be deleted scenes on the DVD.  He fights against things that he disagrees with going out to the public.  For Immortals, the things he disagreed with (like including Theseus’ childhood) were cut at the script stage.
  • 6:20 – At the time of the interview, he had no idea what the title of his Snow White movie would be.  Relativity has since titled it Mirror, Mirror.
  • 6:40 – Shooting on Mirror, Mirror wrapped about two months ago for a March release date.  Still, Tarsem denies that this is the most hectic post-production period of his career when compared to his experience in commercials.
  • 7:30 – Most of Mirror, Mirror was shot with practical effects except for what he refers to as the “beast sequence.”  He says there is a certain amount of fantasy required for a “kiddie movie,” but he generally prefers physical interaction between real actors.
  • 9:20 – He denounces the use of speed-ramping as cheap.  He liked it in 300, but feels the effect looks dated now.  He laid out very strict rules for how fast the gods can move versus how fast humans can move in Immortals.
  • 10:50 – Sean Bean is known for dying on screen, but he survives in Mirror, Mirror.
  • 11:15 – He’s reading scripts, and should decide soon what his next project will be.

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