Universal's remake definitely adheres to the original, keeping the same plot and even a few of the same fan-favorite death scenes. But the all-star cast and special effects ensure that none of the campiness of the first incarnation remains.
Moviefone talked to stars Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins and Hugo Weaving, as well as makeup maverick Rick Baker, to get the scoop on the reimagining. Watch all our interviews after the jump. Remaking the 1941 classic 'The Wolf Man' is no easy task. Besides making sure you please generations of fans, you also have to find a suitable, believable 'Wolfman' and kick things up a notch with the action and the special effects.
Universal's reboot definitely adheres to the original, keeping the same plot and even a few of the same fan-favorite death scenes. But the all-star cast and special effects ensure that none of the campiness of the first incarnation remains.
Moviefone talked to stars Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins and Hugo Weaving, as well as makeup maverick Rick Baker, to get the scoop on the reimagining. Watch all our interviews right here.
Star and producer Benicio Del Toro tells us what to expect from this revamped horror flick: "We wanted to pay homage to the original, but at the same time we wanted to modernize it and put it into today's speed." He also praises his costars Emily Blunt and Anthony Hopkins, and gives makeup magician Rick Baker props for making the 'Wolfman' face so cool.
An interesting side note: Since his English-born character was raised in the U.S., Del Toro didn't have to work on his British accent ("Thank god!"), but can he do one? Watch and see:
Emily Blunt is the lone leading female in the 'Wolfman' cast, but her character is definitely not boring. "I'm a badass," she gushes. "That's how I wanted her to be." So what was it like falling in love with a wolfman? "She's not prone to listening to village gossip, so she's choosing to disregard the hairy element at this stage."
Blunt also dishes about how much fun they had on set, sitting by the campfire and listening to Anthony Hopkins telling stories of his life and doing impersonations. But don't let that fool you into thinking it's a silly movie -- "Hold onto your knickers, that's what I say."
Anthony Hopkins is a legend -- if the man wants to tell you about a crazy village farmer from his youth, or his father or wearing fake dirty nails, you listen. And we did, happily.
Hopkins describes his 'Wolfman' character Sir John Talbot as "remote, eccentric, very quiet and very cold." Add to that "half-dead" and "already infected" and you've got yourself a meaty role, just begging for someone of Hopkins' caliber to bite into it. So are you ready to be introduced to Anthony Hopkins: action hero? Watch and enjoy:
You see Hugo Weaving and one of two roles comes to mind: Agent Smith from 'The Matrix' or Elrond from the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. But now Weaving is taking a shot at playing a real historical figure: Aberline headed up the investigation of the Jack the Ripper murders, and in 'The Wolfman,' he's the detective after the beast terrorizing his town.
But with period pieces come period costumes ... and shoes. "It was a beautiful looking costume ... that didn't help my feet," he jokes. So what's next? Well he's on a mission to work with all the Sirs in the business it seems. Good goal -- we like his style.
Rick Baker is the best in the business when it comes to special effects makeup -- think of any scary movie beast or monster and it's probably his work. So what drew him to the 'Wolfman' remake? "I'm so fond of the original film. I was really excited that they were gonna do a remake, and I really hoped they wanted to do it more traditionally -- with an actor in makeup -- and fortunately, they did."
So how hard was it to imagine the transformations from actor into beast? "We have Benicio del Toro, who's practically a wolfman, and Benicio Del Toro with a little bit more hair on him," he jokes. Watch our interview for more, and to hear about his painful cameo.