July 15, 2013 | 7:20 a.m.
Actor Robert Kazinsky is, as they say, having a bit of a moment. The English thespian who appeared on the BBC soap “EastEnders” has been wooing Anna Paquin’s part-fairy telepath Sookie Stackhouse on HBO’s vampire saga “True Blood” this season, and he can currently be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” as Chuck Hansen, the talented Jaeger pilot with an outsized ego who comes into conflict with heroic Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam). Even Kazinsky seems to be having a difficult time getting his head entirely around his good career fortune. In a recent phone interview, Kazinsky, calling from London, repeatedly marveled at finding himself working with Del Toro on a sci-fi project — he considers himself a “massive” fan of the genre. And that “True Blood” gig? That’s not so bad besides. HC: It’s been a great year for […]
July 14, 2013 | 3:42 p.m.
So, how was it for Guillermo del Toro to get behind the camera once more with “Pacific Rim” after a five-year gap since directing 2008′s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”? “It was like riding a bicycle,” the writer-director said last week in an appearance at an advance screening of the film at the Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 & IMAX in Long Beach, part of the Hero Complex Screening Series. “Except,” he added with a smile, “I seldom ride bicycles — but I remember when I did.” “Pacific Rim” is set in a near future in which a shifting of tectonic plates has unlocked the portal to another world. Kaiju — the name and the genre come from the strain of Japanese B-movie cinema sired by Toho’s original “Godzilla” — pour through the rift, and before long coastal cities have […]
July 14, 2013 | 11:03 a.m.
“Pacific Rim,” the new film from director Guillermo del Toro, offers moviegoers plenty of crowd-pleasing spectacle with its visually stunning sequences of giant Jaegers battling alien kaiju in a near-future world. In an appearance last week at an advance screening of “Pacific Rim” at the Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 & IMAX in Long Beach, part of the Hero Complex Screening Series, the filmmaker discussed his approach to designing the wild creations in the movie, which features an ensemble cast that includes Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Ron Perlman, among others. “Any time I want to design a monster, the last thing I want to reference is a monster,” Del Toro said, explaining that the creature designs grew out of the classic “man in a suit” tradition. “If I was making this movie in 1968, you could […]
July 13, 2013 | 7:58 p.m.
“Pacific Rim” writer-director Guillermo del Toro invests each of the films he makes with specific emotions or character details inspired by his own experiences; his latest, the big-budget Jaegers versus kaiju epic invading theaters this weekend, is no exception. Speaking at a special Hero Complex advance screening of “Pacific Rim” on Wednesday at the Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 & IMAX in Long Beach, Del Toro said there’s one specific aspect of the life of heroic pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) that matches up to his own. “I made it a point that Raleigh had been out of a Jaeger exactly the same time I had been out of the director’s chair,” said Del Toro, who hadn’t directed a film since 2008′s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” In the story, Raleigh, of course, finds his way back into the cockpit […]
July 13, 2013 | 1:14 p.m.
There’s been plenty of speculation about how Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” will fare at the box office this weekend, where it’s going up against the Adam Sandler comedy “Grown Ups 2″ and the animated family film “Despicable Me 2.” But should the new film about humanity’s battle against an invading species of monsters called kaiju perform well enough to merit a sequel, the writer-director has got plenty of ideas for future stories set in the elaborately rendered world. Del Toro shared some of those ideas at a special Hero Complex advance screening of “Pacific Rim” earlier this week, appearing on stage for a Q&A at the Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 & IMAX in Long Beach. Readers can watch the beginning of the conversation above, but beware, the clip does contain spoilers. “I think where we would go [in […]
July 11, 2013 | 10:27 p.m.
“Pacific Rim” didn’t even exist as a full screenplay when Guillermo del Toro signed on to produce the Jaegers-versus-kaiju epic from that opens in theaters Friday. But Travis Beacham’s outline for the story of a future world that is forever changed after massive monsters attack, forcing humanity to build equally hulking robots to fight back, struck the filmmaker as something he wanted to be a part of. After his deal to direct his long-planned H.P. Lovecraft adaptation, “At the Mountains of Madness,” fell apart, Del Toro agreed not only to produce and co-write “Pacific Rim” with Beacham but also to direct the movie. In a recent interview with Hero Complex, Beacham described the Oscar-nominated writer-director as a “generous” creative partner — in addition to the film, their collaboration yielded a prequel graphic novel released this year — and went on […]
July 09, 2013 | 5:17 p.m.
“Pacific Rim” fans can pilot their own Jaegers and fight alien kaiju in an upcoming mobile game inspired by the film. The action fighting game is set in the universe of “Pacific Rim,” the kaiju vs. robots film from director Guillermo del Toro, out Friday. The game, developed by Reliance Games, allows players to train their Jaeger jockeys from rookie to ace in story mode, or to outlast as many monsters as possible in endless survival mode. Players will be able to build up combat skills and customize their Jaegers with different equipment and technology. Click through the gallery above for a look at some of the action. The “Pacific Rim” game will be available before the film’s debut on platforms running iOS. Plans for an Android release are also in the works. Hero Complex caught up with Manish Agarwal, […]
July 09, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.
Comedy fans might know Charlie Day as the manic presence that animates much of the silliness on the long-running FX series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” or from his turn as the man sexually harassed by Jennifer Aniston’s lascivious dentist in 2011′s “Horrible Bosses,” among other featured roles. But “Pacific Rim,” Guillermo del Toro’s new film set for release Friday, showcases a somewhat different side of Day, as the kaiju-obsessed Dr. Newton Geiszler. “It was refreshing to get to play a character that had some intelligence,” Day said. The actor recently spoke to Hero Complex about the challenges of providing some comic relief in the sci-fi blockbuster while staying true to character, and what it was like to work with cast member Ron Perlman and to be directed by Del Toro, whom Day described as a cinematic visionary in the mode […]
July 08, 2013 | 5:13 p.m.
There are plenty of larger-than-life creations in “Pacific Rim,” the new big-budget sci-fi epic from Guillermo del Toro that opens in theaters Friday. While towering Jaegers and monstrous kaiju might get top billing, not to be overlooked is Hannibal Chau, Ron Perlman’s outrageously attired black market dealer in alien artifacts, a role that Del Toro dreamed up specifically for the actor. The two have enjoyed a long artistic partnership that dates back to the filmmaker’s feature debut, 1993′s “Cronos,” and of course, includes the two “Hellboy” movies in which Perlman starred as Mike Mignola’s oddball demon child. Perlman recently spoke to Hero Complex — the actor called during a round of golf on a Los Angeles course — to describe his rapport with Del Toro and his work in “Pacific Rim.” HC: How much input did you have into the […]
July 05, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
In “Pacific Rim,” the new film from Guillermo del Toro that storms into theaters July 12, Charlie Hunnam plays the talented Jaeger pilot Raleigh Becket who must overcome personal heartbreak in the hopes of saving the world from an invading alien race of kaiju. With its $180 million budget and live-action anime trappings, the movie isn’t necessarily the sort of project the 33-year-old English actor usually finds himself drawn to — Hunnam, of course, is best known to American audiences as the tough but sensitive biker Jackson “Jax” Teller on “Sons of Anarchy,” the gritty, critically acclaimed FX drama revolving around the members of a California motorcycle gang, but his resume also includes turns in such films as Alfonso Cuaron’s “Children of Men,” the indie drama “Deadfall” and the cult comedy “3, 2, 1… Frankie Go Boom,” among others. But […]