July 27, 2004
In other news, the sky is blue and Keanu Reeves ain't that bad lookin'


From SciFi Wire:

Constantine Is Gritty.

Francis Lawrence, who directed the upcoming supernatural film Constantine, told SCI FI Wire that he deliberately avoided shooting the movie in the style of a comic book, even though it's based on the Vertigo graphic novel Hellblazer. "My approach to this from the beginning was to never shoot it like a comic-book movie," Lawrence said in an interview at Comic-Con International in San Diego over the weekend. "I think that's been done before."

Lawrence added, "It was done very, very well with Tim Burton's original Batman. From then [on], I don't think anybody's really topped that. Everybody's built Gotham City again, whether it's called Gotham City or not. Everybody's done the dutched angles and all the bright colors and made things super-campy. And what I wanted to do, and what I always loved about the comic, was it was rooted in a reality and in real places. What I really wanted to do was make it really feel real. And it seems to be working. It seems to be what people are responding to. It's not all hyper-real. It's not super-stylized. It's rooted in a gritty reality."

To play up Constantine's gritty look and feel, Lawrence transferred the action of the story from the comic's London to Los Angeles, scene of many films noir. "I was referencing the movie Training Day, because we were shooting in L.A., and it's sort of this different side of L.A. you don't see," Lawrence said. "It's a little more ethnic. It's a little more realistic L.A. It's not just sort of the landmarks of L.A. I like the colors of that. The feelings and the textures of that. And I actually worked with the production designer of that film on this as well. If you want a reference for [the film's] look, you can go with that. The 'noir' comes more in the tone of the character and the structure of the story and the way Constantine interacts and deals with people and the world around him."

Constantine stars Keanu Reeves as supernatural detective John Constantine, who is facing death by lung cancer and must find a way to stave off the demonic forces that want to drag him to hell. "There are plenty elements of horror in this," Lawrence said. "There are plenty of scares. It's creepy throughout. What's interesting about this movie, and what I'm really proud of, too, is that it's not really genre-specific. It's not a supernatural thriller. It's not a horror film. It's not four kids in a van going off and getting chopped up by an ax murderer. It's not just fantasy. It's this weird blend of all these things."

constantine | from inside the mind of krix at July 27, 2004 07:58 PM .

Picture caption: "I shouldn't have eaten all that CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESE!!!"

Posted by: Mikey2 on July 27, 2004 08:07 PM

how do you make me laugh like that!
really like that aspect of.... nice article!

Posted by: wanda on July 27, 2004 08:25 PM

i meant that cheese comment! cute.

Posted by: wanda on July 27, 2004 10:23 PM

LOL Mikey.

Another caption could be "Watch the teeth!"


Posted by: Tabitha on July 28, 2004 05:35 AM

lol! the cheese comment was my first thought too when i saw this picture. damn, he looks like he might rupture... something!

Posted by: casluvskeanu on July 28, 2004 07:19 AM

Yes John...please "stave off the demonic forces that want to drag him to hell." LOL!

Posted by: shelz on July 28, 2004 07:52 AM

well shelz... i'll just say there will be none of that dragging to hell stuff! nothing staves the darkness...like the light! (and a couple of candles if ya went through that power outage in Vegas last night!) and that amazing holy shotgun!!!!!!
i wonder if they are gonna market that cause I WANT ONE!!!!!!

Posted by: wanda on July 28, 2004 11:17 AM

Tabitha, I thought of that one too...but I figured the rest of you were thinking it on the other end of things. ;) So I waited for one of ya to post it. hee hee

Posted by: Mikey2 on July 28, 2004 03:34 PM

The pic: I really have to goo......

Posted by: vasudha on July 29, 2004 04:55 AM
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