EXCLUSIVE: Walton Goggins Battles Predators
" One of the most highly anticipated films of this summer is without a doubt Robert Rodriguez's resurrection of the Predator franchise entitled, Predators. The movie promises to be to the original Arnold Schwarzenegger classic what James Cameron's Aliens was to the first Alien film. In fact, Rodriguez actually wrote a version of this film for Fox in the mid-'90s as a direct sequel to the original movie with Arnold reprising his role as Dutch. The future-Governor turned down the film and it was never made but years later, after two disappointing Alien vs. Predator films the studio wanted to reboot both franchises separately and decided to dust-off Rodriguez's old script. Rodriguez eventually signed on as producer and after a few rewrites, production began last fall under the helm of Nimrod Antal (Armored). The movie is a direct sequel to the '80s classic, ignoring all other film incarnations and boasts an impressive cast of actors including Oscar Winner Adrian Brody (King Kong), Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3), Danny Trejo (Machete), Alice Bragga (I Am Legend), Walton Goggins (The Shield) and Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix).
While there have been rumors that a cameo for Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as Dutch exists in the script it has not been confirmed yet whether the Californian Governor will ultimately be involved with the production. However, we did have an opportunity to catch up with actor Walton Goggins at the premiere of his new FX series, Justified, which stars Timothy Olyphant (The Crazies) and begins airing on March 16th. The former star of The Shield was more than happy to tell us all about the upcoming franchise reboot and told us a funny story about returning home after his intense film shoot. "You know its interesting, I ran into Topher Grace at a party after getting back (from shooting the film) and it was like ... we had the biggest hug because we both looked at each other and said, 'You made it off the planet? Oh my God, you're here?' It was like going through a war, absolutely everybody kind of meeting their demise in their own way," explained Goggins. "It was exciting to see that these people exist in a world outside of Predators."
We went on to ask the actor just what fans of the original movie can expect and why he thinks they will love this new version. "I think that you're going to get to see a combination of classic Predators with a modern twist told by very, very competent filmmakers," the actor stated. "I think that the images in this movie are going to rival any other movie in its genre for quite some time," he proclaimed. While those are pretty high expectations for the film, Goggins did agree that the movie features a very talented group of accomplished actors and filmmakers. "Absolutely, it was extraordinary. It really was extraordinary. I think the thing that I'm most excited about is our lack of someone that is really big," explained Goggins. "We're all regular guys. Except ... we do have Oleg Taktarov (Righteous Kill) and he will tell you how big he is, multiple times," joked the actor. "But for the most part we are all average builds and I think that gives people an opportunity to see themselves in this movie. At the end of the day I think the thing that I'm most excited about is it's not just an action movie but it's a movie about these characters that hopefully you will grow to love over the course of the story."
Predators begins hunting on July 7th.