Can you feel it? Can you sense the impending cinematic lunacy of the world's first 3D car movie? Does Nicolas Cage breaking out of hell and putting the R-rated hurt on the Satanists that killed his daughter loom large in your mind? It can only mean one thing: 'Drive Angry' is almost upon us.
We've already spoken with the film's director, Patrick Lussier, and its stunt coordinator, Johnny Martin, and today we'd like to share our chat with 'Drive Angry's' resident hottie, Amber Heard ('All the Boys Love Mandy Land,' 'The Stepfather').
Is 'Drive Angry' as insane as I hope it's going to be?
Amber Heard: Yes! It's innnnnsane. This movie is a full-on, full-throttle, high octane action-thriller. It's myself and Nic Cage saving the world from evil Satanic forces. It's loud guns, big explosions, fast cars and me in daisy dukes, of course. What more could you want?
Was this a project that you heard about and sought out or did Patrick and (screenwriter) Todd Farmer go after you?
I got word that Patrick and Todd had written and were planning to do this movie. I read the script and I think it was by page four that I realized this was something special. By the time I finished reading the first scene where my character had something to do was when I decided I was going to work on this movie. It was too good of a character, too interesting to pass up. I fell in love with the writing first and later fell in love with Patrick's vision.
Since everyone seems to feel completely different about it, both watching it and making it, how'd you feel about making your first 3D movie?
This was my first 3D movie, but I hope it won't be the last. I had a blast making this movie, it was so fun that I hope I get to work on many more. It only affected my acting in the sense that for the first time I got to actively participate in what you imagine the audience to view it as. For example, I was on set and would spit blood into the camera or throw a punch into the lens in anticipation of how, say, the audience in the fourth row would view it. When I'm backing my Charger into the camera, I am actively participating with the audience in the sense that I am imagining the fourth row jumping back in their chairs, which is really cool. Often as an actor you try to not think about how it's going to be received, but in the 3D medium you have a lot more leeway to kind of have fun and participate with the audience.
Is it safe to assume that the stunt work required on your end was a bit more advanced than most thrillers you've worked on?
I had so much action to do. I mean, (my character) Piper is, I like to say, a cowboy boot-wearing, chain-smoking, potty mouth; a Charger-driving, fist-throwing motherf**ker. She is a feisty, independent, strong woman with a potty mouth and a heart of gold. I got to be the heart of the movie while still being such a kick-ass character and a strong woman. Those two things are very hard to find in one character. That's so rare, I couldn't pass it up.
All the stunts I had to do in this movie were just icing on the cake. I'm a big car fan, so a '69 Charger was heaven-sent at this point. (Stunt coordinator) Johnny Martin, as you might know, did 'Gone in Sixty Seconds,' he's super cool, he's the best at what he does in the business, he's extremely respected.
He was a great guy to talk to.
He's doing so much, rightfully so. He's so interesting and he's got so many stories because he's so good at what he does. He took me into parking lots to give me "I don't drive" training to teach me all the things I'm not supposed to learn how to do. In my defense, I take to it pretty well. Let's just say I didn't need a whole lot of training for it.
Well it sounds like you're pretty excited about the whole thing. Was this your favorite role?
Oh yes. This is one of my favorite characters I've ever even read (yet alone) had an opportunity to be.
I assume you've heard the rumor by now, so, 'Red Sonja'? Is that something you're interested in? Were you surprised to hear about it?
I was sort of surprised to hear about it, yeah. I think (producer) Avi (Lerner) even said himself, "She doesn't know it yet." So I was surprised, but also it's something I've been looking at for a while and kind of interested in. I'm definitely interested in being a part of it, but that's all I can kind of comment on right now.
Having just landed the lead role in 'Playboy,' is TV a change of pace acting-wise that you're looking forward to getting back to?
I said I wouldn't do TV unless it was just really awesome and I couldn't resist it and that's exactly what it was. I found a script that I just in good conscience could not pass up. 'Playboy' is 'Mad Men' meets 'Chicago' or 'Sopranos' meets 'Moulin Rouge.' It is a very textured crime drama centered around the 1960's Chicago Playboy Club. It is unbelievably cool and I am so excited to start filming. I'm in good hands.
And as far as future projects go, what's after 'Playboy'? I see you're attached to a movie called 'The Uncatchable Cowgirl Bandits of Nottingham, Texas.' Is there anything you can tell me about that?
It has quite a ring to it, doesn't it? It's a project that's been in development for quite some time. I'm talking to the director, Jess Manafort, now, so all I can say is, "Stay Tuned."