Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney have both been on the increase, as actors, of late, with more and more projects stacking up in their filmography. I was lucky enough to get to sit down, with a handful of other journalists, and chat to them both about their roles in this Summer's Terminator: Genisys.
July 11th, 2014. New Orleans. I was already in America, for the Summer, to attend San Diego Comic-con and was lucky enough to get the chance to also head to the Genisys set, in Orleans, to join a select group of journalists in sitting down and grilling the cast on the forthcoming film. The other day, I posted my interview with the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger and will continue posting the rest over the next few days or so.
We got to chat to Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney about their major roles in the blockbuster. Clarke is best known for her role in Game of Thrones but will be playing the young Sarah Connor in Genisys, this Summer. Meanwhile, Courtney played the badass Eric in last year's Divergent and this year's sequel to that, Insurgent. He'll be taking on the role of Kyle Reese for the forthcoming Terminator film. Myself and some other journalists got to sit down at a round-table with her, where we got to conduct the interview. They talked about joining such an iconic franchise, working with Arnold Schwarzenegger and just about about what's in store for us, later this year.
The following is the transcript of the full interview, conducted by myself and a few other journalists, from July:
Was it intimidating taking on these iconic roles?
You have taken on projects that have incredibly big fan bases. Obviously Game of Thrones... Have you guys learned how to just deal with it and just kind of focus on what it is you are going to bring to your performances?
Did you look at previous iterations of your characters when you were characterising?
When we talked to Jason, he was kind of relating this to to Apes in the sense that they are both these big blockbuster films that, to him, have great stories. He was instantly wrapped in it. It had an authenticity. Can you guys talk about what hooked you into this from the script?
What was like it working with Arnold Schwarzenegger?
Did you have a "Holy shit! I'm making a Terminator" moment yet?
Emilia: Yes. Kind of daily at the moment. Every day you’re like, “OK. It can’t get any more insane, or big, or epic, or exciting” and it just does. It just keeps getting more…As we’re kind of building up to filming the end of the movie, as well, it’s getting more exciting.
What is the relationship between your character and Jason's? You are hi left-hand guy but you are also now his father?
Jai: It’s exactly that.
How does that change things from before you got sent back to...
Jai: I don’t know what to drop into with that…
I think it is what it is. It's a topic that you'll see dealt with head on for the first time in this movie and compared to anything you've seen before. Do you guys get a lot of great banter around that subject, you and Jason?
Publicist: The script is not going to dance around the relationship or the fact of it. It’s not going to be like, “Oh, for through circumstances they never actually find out or talk about it.” It will come up and be addressed. It would be a cop-out to do anything else.
Could we talk about their growing up with the movies and loving the movies? I wonder if you guys, before signing on to the movie, came at it from a huge fan perspective.
Emilia: I do! Yeah! She’s going to win an Emmy, I hear.
Have you had a chance to talk to her about it?
Emilia: Yeah, yeah. Dave and Dan, the writers of the show, keep wanting us to fight. So maybe that will happen. I don’t know, take each other on. Yes. We’ve had a bit of banter about it.
Linda Hamilton, especially in Terminator 2, was so iconic, especially because of her physique and arms. When you got the part, did that ever come up on your radar as a worry or concern?
What was it like being in front of the Nikes and the air duster?
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Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.