RAMBO – Graham McTavish – Exclusive Video Interview

     January 10, 2008

Before we get to the interview, you need to know how I got it. As most of you have noticed when you watch a video clip on Collider there are two logos – one is the Collider logo and the other is for Omelete. The reason is Omelete are our partners in Latin America. We’re like two brothers that live in different countries. So when I get something cool, they use it…and when they get something I use it. Like today… when only international press got to do TV Spots for “Rambo.” So with the Omelete guys operating in Brazil, they sent me to do the interviews in their place. So that’s how I got what you’re about to watch, and that’s how all the people who read Omelete will be watching the same interviews. Needless to say, a big thanks to Omelete for making this happen.

And now, the reason you’re here.

Posted below is my video interview with Graham McTavish for “Rambo.” While I’ll usually write what I thought about a movie in my intros, I signed an NDA before the screening saying I wouldn’t write any review before opening day. I’m a man of my word, so hopefully you can tell how I felt by listening to my questions during the interview.

I also don’t know how much I’m allowed to say about the movie as far as the plot…so rather than taking any chances and causing problems, I’m posting the official synopsis as it’s written word for word.

Twenty years after the last film in the series, John Rambo (SYLVESTER STALLONE) has retreated to northern Thailand, where he’s running a longboat on the Salween River. On the nearby Thai-Burma (Myanmar) border, the world’s longest-running civil war, the Burmese-Karen conflict, rages into its 60th year. But Rambo, who lives a solitary, simple life in the mountains and jungles fishing and catching poisonous snakes to sell, has long given up fighting, even as medics, mercenaries, rebels and peace workers pass by on their way to the war-torn region.

That all changes when a group of human rights missionaries search out the “American river guide” John Rambo. When Sarah (JULIE BENZ) and Michael Bennett (PAUL SCHULZE) approach him, they explain that since last year’s trek to the refugee camps, the Burmese military has laid landmines along the road, making it too dangerous for overland travel. They ask Rambo to guide them up the Salween and drop them off, so they can deliver medical supplies and food to the Karen tribe. After initially refusing to cross into Burma, Rambo takes them, dropping off Sarah, Michael and the aid workers…

Less than two weeks later, pastor Arthur Marsh (KEN HOWARD) finds Rambo and tells him the aid workers did not return and the embassies have not helped locate them. He tells Rambo he’s mortgaged his home and raised money from his congregation to hire mercenaries to get the missionaries, who are being held captive by the Burmese army. Although the United States military trained him to be a lethal super soldier in Vietnam, decades later Rambo’s reluctance for violence and conflict are palpable, his scars faded, yet visible. However, the lone warrior knows what he must do…

Now that you know what it’s about, hopefully that gets you ready for the interview.

As always, I listed the questions I asked above the video so you know what you’re going to get. And if you’re a fan of “Lost,” Graham talks a bit about working on the upcoming season. I hope you like it. “Rambo” opens on January 25th. Oh, and one last thing, I just posted a bunch of movie clips and TV spots from “Rambo,” so click here to watch them.

Graham McTavish

  • What was his initial meeting with Sly like?
  • I ask about making the movie and how difficult was it…as it’s all in the jungle.
  • Any close encounters with snakes?
  • He is on the upcoming season of Lost. I ask about his character and what part he plays.
  • I ask about his upcoming projects Pandemic and Sisterhood
  • After returning from the hard shoot of Rambo, I asked what was the first creature comfort he went for.

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