The original Spy Kids team up with a whole new crew in this latest adventure, on Blu-ray and DVD November 22nd
Director Robert Rodriguez continues his exciting Spy Kids franchise with the latest installment Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, which finds its way onto Blu-ray and DVD just in time for Thanksgiving this Tuesday, November 22nd.
This fourth chapter finds series originals Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara) teaming up with a couple of new recruits to save the world from the maniacal Timekeeper, who plans on destroying the space-time continuum and thus, life as we know it.
We recently caught up with Daryl Sabara to chat with him about the movie, and what it was like to pass the torch onto a new generation of Spy Kids.
Here is our conversation.
I love the Saturday afternoon serial adventure that this movie offers up for family audiences. It's a lot of fun...
Daryl Sabara: Yeah, as soon as you are done with your Saturday morning cartoons, you can pop it in! And keep it going!
Why haven't they ever done a Saturday morning Spy Kids cartoon? That sounds like a natural fit...
Daryl Sabara: I don't know! I'm on a cartoon show called Generator Rex. It airs on Friday night, but I know they re-air it on Saturday morning. That's as close as I get to doing a Saturday morning cartoon. But I used to watch them all the time. Old Bugs Bunny cartoons, and I just loved it. I don't know why there hasn't been a Spy Kids cartoon. You have to bring that up to Robert Rodriguez and see what he has to say. That would be an interesting thing to do with this series.
What does a day on the set of a Spy Kids movie entail? Is it about having just as much fun as the audience?
Daryl Sabara: Yeah! It totally is. Part 4 was so much fun. It was really strange, for me, too. Because, we had two new kids. It was weird for Alexa Vega and I to see Mason Cook and Rowan Blanchard playing these parts. They are so little. The whole crew is the same. Our movie was ten years ago, basically. Everyone was pointing out, "You were once that small, too!" It was a trip. Robert Rodriguez makes the environment so much fun, and family oriented. We get on set, and we have a blast. We show up in these cool spy outfits, and we just get to pretend to be spies the whole time. There is wirework, and stunts, and all of these cool gadgets. It's the coolest kind of gig. I feel really lucky that I grew up pretending to be a spy for my whole childhood.
How much has the technology changed since the last sequel? The CGI in Part 4 looks better than it ever did before...
Daryl Sabara: The cool thing about Spy Kids 3D: Game Over was that Robert Rodriguez brought back 3D. I feel like he did with that film. Now, every film is 3D. On Spy Kids 3D: Game Over, we had a lot of technical things going on, because it was all still so experimental. With the green screen, the lights had to be brighter. With the 3D, the lights had to be even brighter. With the 3D, we are always testing things to make sure they are as great as they can be. Back then, in 2003, it was a lot different than now. Now, it's like shooting any other film. It's just digital. Now, the 3D process is pretty simple. I know my hair was so long in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World that Robert Rodriguez said, "This is going to be the hardest thing to convert, all of these curls in 3D...}
I think your hair looks great in 3D...
Yeah, that was kind of disappointing. To get the DVD and see that there was no scratch and sniff card...
Daryl Sabara: Oh, really? I thought there would be...Ah, that's too bad! It's a bummer...No!
Some of those scenes, with the baby diaper, you can just smell it coming off the screen anyway.
Daryl Sabara: Yes, you don't need a scratch and sniff card. You can just use your imagination...
Or your own bodily functions...
Daryl Sabara: (Laughs)
At the start of Part 4, Juni has been gone for a long time, and his sister Carmen hasn't seen him. When you shot your introduction, was there a little bit of that going on in real life? Did you hold off reuniting with the cast and crew until that moment where you walk through the door?
Daryl Sabara: That was the coolest part. That was literally the first scene that I shot. I literally had flown into Austin that day. I went straight to set. As a joke for Robert Rodriguez and the rest of the crew, I made sure that when I arrived, I'd kept my beard out. I had grown my beard out for a month, so I had a lot of facial hair. I wanted to joke around, like, Juni has been gone for ten years. He's been in a cage, and now he looks all homeless. I got to set. Robert Rodriguez saw me and cracked up. But then he shaved my beard and let me keep my hair all long. Yeah, they called action, and my first time walking back onto that set was what we shot. I was working with all the same crew. It was crazy. It was really surreal. I had no idea that I would be back there 10 years later. Also, being a young adult now, I understand everything that's going on. Before, I was just having fun. That was the challenge for me, to come back. I don't think I was acting in those first movies. I was just being myself. Now I have to come back to this character ten years later, and have those same character traits. All of that was a fun challenge to playing Juni ten years later.
What about Alexa? Had you seen her since the last Spy Kids movie? Was this a reunion between you two personally, as well as your characters?
Daryl Sabara: We've kept in touch throughout the years. We've seen each other here and there. But, yeah. We hadn't worked together since Spy Kids 3D: Game Over. We only see each other occasionally. Robert Rodriguez might be here in Malibu, and we'll have a little get-together where we all catch up. Now, working together after all this time, and still having the same chemistry together, was so cool. We literally fell back into that groove. We were brother and sister again, on screen. It was crazy. On the first day, we went out to dinner, to catch up. It was like, we used to be these kids, fighting all the time, brother and sister style. Now, we were going out to have a grown up dinner as adults. She's married now. Her husband came. It was so interesting.
Did you have a backstory for where Juni has been all these years?
Daryl Sabara: In my mind, and in Robert Rodriguez's mind, we wanted to establish that he went off by himself to be a secret spy. He would go on his own missions. We didn't have him turning evil, just going solo. He has gone rogue, almost. He comes back to be a team player.
At the end of Part 4, its set up that Juni and Carmen have reinstalled and taken over the Spy Kids organization. Does this mean you guys are going to be making sequels well into the future?
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World is on Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, November 22nd.