With Gemini Man opening in theaters this weekend, I recently sat down with director Ang Lee for an extended interview. He talked about how he got involved in the project, why the high frame rate in Gemini Man looks so much better than The Hobbit and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, the challenges of filming in 3D and HFR, bringing the younger Will Smith to life, his thoughts on test screenings, which version of the film he’d like people to see, and a lot more.
If you haven’t seen the trailers, the sci-fi thriller sees Will Smith as a retired assassin being hunted by a 23-year-old clone of himself. Smith plays both parts through the magic of modern technology and the film doesn’t shy away from the actor going head-to-head with his own doppelganger. Gemini Man is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and David Ellison and also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong, and Douglas Hodge.
Check out what Ang Lee had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about. Look for more Gemini Man interviews every day this week.
- How the high frame rate in Gemini Man looks so much better than The Hobbit and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
What is the preferred version people should see of the movie?
- The challenges of filming in 3D and HFR.
- What was he most concerned with bringing the younger Will Smith to life?
- How long was his first cut of the film?
- What was the last thing he cut out of the film before they picture locked?
- His thoughts on the test screening process.
- How did he first hear about the project?
- What was it like working with producer David Ellison?
- How he’s worked in so many genres.