Emile Hirsch, star of the upcoming Speed Racer movie, to be directed by the Wachoski Brothers (The Matrix), discussed what it was like recreating the classic cartoon series in an interview with MTV News.
In talking about the film, Hirsch enthusiastically spoke about the visual aspect of the upcoming movie. "I think when they see the kind of visual aesthetic of the races and the way that the film is actually going to look, it's going to surprise people," Hirsch says. Creating that aesthetic was a challenge in and of itself. "We were on a green screen for 60 days using prototype cameras where there are only four of them in the whole world and we were using all of them! We were doing things that I didn't even think you could do. It's very stylized. It's comic-booky."
As gratifying as it will be to fans to know that the races involving Speed and the Mach 5 will be done right, the big question remains "What about Chim-Chim (Speed Racer's pet/sidekick chimpanzee)?"
"Oh yeah, Chim-Chim," Hirsch says. "Well, his name is Kenzie and there was another one named Willy. They were a lot of fun. I mean, it was crazy. It was like you were sitting around and there's a chimpanzee sitting at the table in suspenders rocking back and forth going [he makes loud chimpanzee noise]."
Speed Racer is set for a May 9, 2008 release date. In addition to Emile Hirsch, it also stars Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman.