Broken City is an upcoming crime film starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. In this new movie, Mark Wahlberg plays the character of Billy Taggart, an ex-cop turned private eye who had been hired by the mayor of New York City, Nicholas Hostetler (Russell Crowe). His job is to investigate the mayor’s cheating wife but instead finds a hotbed of trouble that can bring on a larger scandal. Broken City is written by Brian Tucker and is directed by Allen Hughes. The movie also features noted actors starting with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kyle Chandler, Natalie Martinez and Jeffrey Wright. Check out an interview with Broken City director, Allen Hughes below:
“Allen Hughes Talks About His New Film: Broken City
Allen Hughes spent the past two decades as one-half of The Hughes Brothers. He makes his solo feature directing debut with Broken City, a political corruption drama that stars Mark Wahlberg as an ex-cop who does a favor for the mayor (Russell Crowe) by following the pol’s philandering wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). The results are murder and conspiracy, with Fox releasing the Emmett/Furla Films-financed drama January 18.
Allen and Albert Hughes burst on the feature scene with 1993’s Menace II Society, a wildly profitable slice of violent inner-city life. Together they’ve co-directed the Vietnam-era crime drama Dead Presidents, the Jack the Ripper thriller From Hell, the documentary American Pimp, and most recently the post-apocalyptic thriller The Book Of Eli. They also direct commercials and videos under their Underworld banner. I’ve known the siblings for about as long as they’ve been making features, and always found them to be strong individuals. I never quite understood the alchemy that goes into a two-man directing team, or what happens when one splits up. Who better than Allen Hughes to explain?
DEADLINE: After directing movies all these years as a team, what was the biggest challenge in not being able to rely on Albert?
ALLEN HUGHES: The biggest challenge had nothing to do with the movie-making process at all. When we took meetings, there were two of us. This is a crazy town and there are very cunning people. As the old saying goes, two heads are better than one. There was a certain amount of respect they paid us because there were two of us. And there was a shorthand we had in breaking things down to the last compound, and factoring in every angle. It made quite an impression to have two guys doing that. That’s what was missing this time around, but I felt comfortable with the moviemaking process. It’s naturally a one-man or -woman gig.
DEADLINE: You built your careers as a two-man act. On The Book Of Eli or From Hell, who did what?
HUGHES: Everyone tried to boil it down to this: Allen works with the actors and Albert works the camera. Yeah, on the surface we divided it that way because it was how we learned to do it on the music videos early and it was efficient. It matched our personalities and kept things clear with the crew and the actors. He was way interested in the technical aspects of making the film and I was way interested in the characters and the personalities of the actors. But it’s a misnomer. Albert can work with actors and I know my way around the camera. My brother and I worked together for 20 years, and it’s like a rock group. Inevitably, you gotta make a solo album. That rock group that was The Hughes Brothers made a certain sound. And a movie that Albert Hughes makes solo, or Allen Hughes in this case makes alone, is going to make another sound.”
Check out the rest of the interview at Yahoo Movies
Broken City is scheduled to be released on January 18th 2013 in theaters near you.
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