Premiere Magazine has posted an interview with actor John Hurt who is appearing in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which arrives in theatres on May 22. Although it is not known what character Hurt plays in the film, rumor has it that he plays Abner Ravenwood, the father of Marion Ravenwood, played by Karen Allen. Here are two of the questions asked:
How much action does your character see?
Well, I'm all in the second half. I'm one of what I called the Famous Five. You know, [from Enid Blyton's ripping adventure series] "The Famous Five came home tired but happy." [laughs] There was Harrison. There was the wonderful Shia LaBeouf, who also was very impressive. He's very perceptive, smart, again not at all cocky - none of those precocious, unfortunate traits. There was Cate [Blanchett] - ah, no, she wasn't in the Famous Five. It was Karen [Allen], me, Harrison, Shia, and Ray Winstone, who is one of the Famous Five but dodgy.
Are they doing it the old-fashioned way as opposed to relying on CGI?
They shot as much as they possibly could, but they had some massive blue screens. There will be CGI, but it's based on a lot of the stuff that we shot, so it's not pure CGI. It's overlayed and so on. Steven does shoot as much as he possibly can and that's impressive. I mean we shot on five major Hollywood studios. We shot at Downey, Sony, Paramount, Warners, and Universal, either in their studios or the outside lots. We'd do two days here, then trot off and do a week there and then back to this one, while the other sets were being prepared. And the sets were fantastic, full of moving parts and things that all worked. You suddenly realized that you're almost a puppet. You come on and do your bit, and then you're off to the next one.
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