I recently had the chance to speak with actor Ben Foster about his role as Matt "Axe" Axelson in the harrowing action-thriller Lone Survivor, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today, June 3. During our chat, he also offered a few brief updates on two upcoming projects, the video game adaptation Warcraft and the Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic, where he plays cyclist Lance Armstrong, who admitted to using performance enhancing drugs during his his reign as Tour de France champion.
Duncan Jones is directing the video game adaptation Warcraft, which producer Thomas Tull revealed earlier this month employs "next generation" technology in the lengthy post-production process. While Ben Foster wouldn't offer any details regarding the story or his character, he did echo Thomas Tull's earlier statement about how director Duncan Jones is pushing the envelope with the technology they are using.
"It's big (Laughs). I just saw what the ILM guys have brought back, and the technology they're pushing in this film, is unlike anything I've ever seen. (Director) Duncan Jones did a hell of a job of bleeding the line between practical sets, props and performance motion capture. It's going to be, I think, a pretty darn exciting 3D event."
When he was preparing to play Matt "Axe" Axelson in Lone Survivor, Ben Foster got to meet with the actual soldier's family and others in the Navy SEAL community to prepare for this role. To prepare for the Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic, he visited the Tour of Colorado and met with the Garmin-Sharp cycling team.
"I kind of did the rounds. Before I had the job, I went to the Tour of Colorado, and somehow ended up embedding with the Garmin-Sharp team, and then I ended up meeting guys in the community. Guys are still racing, who were a part of that generation. Just getting into those damn shoes is a nightmare (Laughs). I have nothing but respect for the endurance to suffer so specifically like in cycling. Those guys go deep into suffering, in such a controlled way. It's something to behold. It was a first for me. There's so much to the community. I came in as green as could be, but once you get a taste for it, there's a lot to learn."