Note: Spoilers are discussed during this interview. You probably don’t want to watch this unless you’ve seen Pacific Rim Uprising.
With Pacific Rim Uprising now playing in theaters around the world, it’s time to share the final interview I did at the Los Angeles press junket and it’s a spoiler filled conversation with Charlie Day. If you’ve seen the film, you know Charlie Day plays the antagonist and it was a nice surprise because the switch in his character from the first film felt organic to the story.
During the interview, Day talked about when he first found out he’d be the villain, how the ending sets up a possible storyline for the third film, how nervous he was about speaking Mandarin in the sequel and learning it phonetically, and more. In addition, he talked about the success of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, when we might find out if a certain co-star is coming back for the next season, and the pilot he co-wrote called The Cool Kids which they shot in a multiple-camera setup like The Golden Girls and Cheers.
As most of you know, Steven S. DeKnight directed the sequel when Guillermo del Toro decided to focus on The Shape of Water. The Pacific Rim sequel stars John Boyega as Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first movie, and the story takes place 10 years after the events of Pacific Rim. The Jaeger program has now evolved and expanded into a massive global defense force after the Battle of the Breach, which comes in handy when the Kaiju threat returns. The film also stars Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Tian Jing, Adria Arjona and Rinko Kikuchi.
Check out what Charlie Day had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the official synopsis.
- When did he know he’d be playing the antagonist in the sequel?
- How the arc for his character felt organic to the story.
- How the ending sets up the third movie.
- Was the ending part of the script when he first got it?
- How he was nervous about how much Mandarin he’d have to speak in the sequel.
- Talks about how the language works and sounds and how he had to learn it phonetically.
- How many takes did he have to redo because of the language?
- When did the It’s Always Sunny team realize what they created was something special?
- When will we find out if a certain co-star is coming back?
- Talks about the pilot The Cool Kids which he co-wrote and he’s waiting to hear if it will be picked up by FOX. Says it’s a multiple-camera setup like The Golden Girls or Cheers.
Here’s the official synopsis for Pacific Rim Uprising:
The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising.
John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.
Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.