SAN ANDREAS Writer Carlton Cuse on Action, Why Dwayne Johnson Is Undervalued, and More

     May 29, 2015

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Now playing in theaters is Brad Peyton’s 3D disaster thriller, San Andreas. If you’ve yet to see any of the trailers, Dwayne Johnson stars as a helicopter rescue pilot who must work together with his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) to save their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) after a massive Earthquake strikes California. The film also stars Archie PanjabiIoan GruffuddWill Yun LeeColton Haynes, and Kylie Minogue. For more on the film, here’s 18 things to know, 30 images, 8 clips, and all our previous coverage.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with screenwriter Carlton Cuse. He talked about how the North Ridge earthquake gave him a personal connection to the story, the way the story changed from inception to the final product, deleted scenes, what he learned researching the project, how Dwayne Johnson is undervalued as an actor, and a lot more.

And if you missed what Cuse had to say about The Strain season 2 or his USA Network show Colony, click the links.

 


Carlton Cuse:

  • :03 – How did the project come about? Says in his soul he’s an “adventure movie writer”.
  • :50 – Talks about how the North Ridge earthquake gave him a personal connection to the story.
  • 2:07 – How descriptive was the script with regards to the destruction that happens in the film?
  • 3:00 – How much of the story changed from inception to the final product? Notes that a number of writers worked on the script, but he created the architecture and Paul Giamatti’s character.
  • 4:20 – Talk about seeing the movie in 4DX.
  • 5:06 – Deleted scenes. Were any big moments removed from the script?
  • 6:01 – Talks about how Dwayne Johnson is undervalued as an actor.
  • 7:00 – Research. Was there one thing that surprised him? Talks about survival tips.

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