*One of the bloodiest films to hit the screen is “Repo Man.” But those involved with the film are less concerned with the appearance of the movie and more interested in the message it sends out.
Forest Whitaker took on the role of Jake because the script was “well-written,” adding, “I’m always trying to challenge myself, to do something new, to try to do something great, whether it’s sci-fi, a drama or comedy.”
Whitaker also like the fact that the film shows some light of the plight of the returning war vets.
“Jake was a soldier and now he has been put back into society. He found a place in the world and then all of a sudden everything is turned upside down. The movie has some covert social messages inside of it. Health care is also an issue and I thought it was right on point in how it dealt with credit. Health care and credit are two of the biggest issues the economy is dealing with right now.”
Liev Schreiber, the “suit” in the film says:
“I love the idea of if you ask the question of what happens to health care if we continue to treat it like a privatized for profit industry, what would be the extreme extension of that question is ‘Repo Man [Laughs].'”
Schreiber expounds on Whitaker thoughts with reference to the virtues of “Repo Man.”
“Clearly the film deals with the credit issue in a very dark way. In terms of returning soldiers the idea that they become Rep Men, that’s a pretty harrowing thought. Those are the elements of ‘Repo Man’ that I like and the fact that they were trying to reference current social and political issues.”
Jude Law, Whitaker’s war buddy and best friend in the film, reiterates the movie’s relevance.
“What’s always interesting about dystopian films, or rather, good dystopian films, is that they don’t hit you over the head with them; they don’t make it the source of the story. To me, the suggestion of what’s going on now is so timely. Don’t forget when we made this film. We filmed this two and a half years ago. So it was an issue, but it wasn’t as current as it is now. It’s just very fortuitous that the world is as messed up as it and plays into the hands of our movie [Laughs].”
Famed rock musician Joan Jett, known for being the first all girl rock band, is this time following in the footsteps of other well-known musicians and having her story made into a movie. So, how does it feel to see your life on the big screen, I asked her?
“It feels pretty surreal. It’s a pretty hard feeling to describe but it’s been pleasant though for sure,” Jett said.
In the 70s Jett and her band, The Runaways, wanted to prove that an all girl band could rock just as well as a male group but did she ever think she would become reach the heights that she did?
“No, I don’t think you can ever project what’s down the line. I certainly dreamed, yeah, that maybe that would be possible but I never thought that people would look to me as a role model necessarily,” Jett mused. “When I started playing I thought that if other girls saw me doing this, that it would inspire them.”
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning were very much inspired. So much so, they braved the pundits and took up their instruments. They not only played guitar but sang in “The Runaways” film. Stewart as Jett and Fanning as Cherie Currie. The Film Strip asked them how close was this movie to their dreams of being a rock star?
“I think I came as close as I would ever be to being a rock star in this film,” Fanning chuckled. “Yeah, I got what ever desire I had out.” “Yeah, I have to agree,” Stewart says. “I don’t have any need to be that sort of performer. So this was the closest that we both sort of got.”
There was some very risqué behavior in the film, nothing like in Fanning’s previous films but her parents approved.
“My mom actually read the script first and told me I needed to read it. So my parents know this is something I want to do forever and obviously, as you get older, there are different things you can do in films and I think they’ve accepted that I was probably going to be doing those things a long time ago. Yeah, my parents like get it; they understand and support me in the choices that I make.”
Stewart’s fan base is a little older and she is not concerned about the tone of the film or letting the huge success of the “Twilight” dictate her future.
“I think it [‘Twilight’] has put me in a position to have choices, but I don’t think it’s affected my judgment. I mean, your job on a movie set is always going to be the same thing as an actor. It’s not like just because one budget is bigger than the other it’s gonna be like, ‘Ahhh, I did a big movie. Now I have to do big movies all the time, or I have to do small movies. I don’t think like that, thank God. ‘Cause that would be too much if I had to map out my career. I would be like really overwhelmed right now. Thankfully, I only do projects that move me in a certain way.”
On a much lighter note, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” is also in theaters this week and The Film Strip was very impressed the two young precocious stars who were in town promoting their film. Zachary Gordon (Greg Heffley) and Robert Capron (Rowley Jefferson) are best friends in the movie, but there are some unkind moments that take place. Explaining his behavior, Gordon says that, “Greg is sort of a manipulative kind of guy but he’s just trying to fit in. He wants to be accepted and have a lot of friends and noticed in Middle School. Everybody is going through all these troubles when they start out their first year. I mean, they’re pretty scared. I know I was.”
Echoing his thoughts, Capron jumps in with, “I think kids will relate to Greg and realize that they’re not the only ones who are going through these types of troubles.”
On the question of parents embarrassing them as was the case in the movie, the wise, young sage Zachary was happy to comment on his mother’s shameful actions.
“Thankfully all the time because my mom keeps me grounded and I wouldn’t be here right now without her on me. She does a lot of work, takes and picks me up from school. Thank God for the parents, they do everything every thing for you,” Zachary attested.