Cloud Atlas will soon grace the theatres worldwide and people are already excited with this new Sci-fi/Adventure film starring Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Jim Broadbent and Hugo Weaving. As of date, Cloud Atlas is starting to garner 79% fresh ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and 89% of their users would like to see this new film. The story of Cloud Atlas will certainly depict different events in a person’s life and will bring about their future, existence and how it is connected. Hugo Weaving recently gave an interview on his experience in Cloud Atlas, let’s take a look on what he has to say about their upcoming film:
“Interview with Hugo Weaving On His Role In Cloud Atlas
Australian actor Hugo Weaving is probably best known as one of pop culture’s most dastardly villains, thanks to “The Matrix.” Despite being a perfectly nice guy in real life, he’s re-teaming with directors the Wachowskis — along with co-director Tom Tykwer — in “Cloud Atlas” to double-down on his bad-guy image, playing not one but six antagonists. We quizzed the Australian actor on taking jobs away from other actors, why the Wachowskis think he’s so good at being bad and what it’s like becoming the face of Anonymous.
What was your reaction to the repertory nature of the production, taking on six different characters yourself?
Very excited, I think. I thought it was a great idea. Because in the book there’s this sense of certain characters having this common birthmark and this idea that souls may be reborn through time, so that’s sort of odd. I mean, now it might seem obvious. “Well, obviously then we can cast actors in each one of the stories.” But actually it’s kind of brilliant piece of thought of a way of expanding the themes without knocking them on the head too much.
But do you feel at least a little bad about taking up so many roles in one movie? There are a lot of out-of-work actors, after all.
This does happen. I remember when I was doing, as a kind of experiment, a production of “Hamlet” as the Elizabethans would’ve done it. The only problem with this idea was that it actually robbed all women of the roles, so it was kind of like this. You think, well these are six characters here and I’m playing all of them. Ah! There’s five actors out of work. It was like, yeah, just because Elizabethan theater didn’t have women onstage, it meant that I was playing Queen Gertrude in a production of “Hamlet,” and it’s a fantastic role for a woman but they didn’t get the gig. So it’s happened to me before. (laughs)
Between the “The Matrix” trilogy and the six villains you play in “Cloud Atlas,” do you worry about what the Wachowskis really think of you?
Yeah, but then there’s the other character I played for them, V in “V for Vendetta.” I mean, he would exist very comfortably alongside a lot of [the protagonists] in this film. No, but ever since I first met Lana and Andy, we’ve laughed a lot and enjoyed each other’s company enormously. So I know what they think of me (laughs), and I’m not concerned that they think I’m like these characters. I mean, Lana did say to me the other night, “Maybe we should find you a more sympathetic character to play next time.”
You can read the rest of the interview at Metro
Cloud Atlas is directed by Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. Catch it at the nearest theatre near you on October 26th 2012
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