A few months ago, visionary director Michel Gondry landed one of the most high-profile gigs in Hollywood: overseeing Seth Rogen in a comedy/drama update of “The Green Hornet.” Now, the “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” filmmaker is eager to reveal a few of his groundbreaking ideas that will help bring the classic hero into the 21st century.
“[Rogen] actually trusts me, which is quite amazing — I mean, look at my numbers on IMDb, and my average is $10 million and his average is $90 million a movie,” laughed the director, whose amazing visuals are on display again in this month’s “More Videos 2″ DVD, which compiles some of his eye-dazzling clips for bands like Radiohead and the White Stripes. “So I’m glad he’s paying any attention to what I’m suggesting.”
A big reason Rogen is listening to Gondry is because of the fight scene he shot as a demo, which contains moves Rogen had difficulty describing but the French visionary attempted to put into words for us. “It was not elaborate. … I changed the speed of the camera at different spots in the image at different times. So it seems like [Green Hornet and Kato] are in the same world but at different times, and then they’re back together,” he explained. “[The camera] speeds up and slows down but [at] different times for different characters’ images. So one will go fast and the other will go slow — and then they’ll meet. It’s [as if] they’re in different dimensions, but when they touch each other, they come into the same dimension.”
If that doesn’t sound cool enough for you, Gondry also told us that he’s on the verge of casting a household name as the film’s evildoer. “The villain is going to be horrible; he has a gun with two cannons, so he can shoot people in both eyes with one shot,” Gondry explained, denying that the character will be either Mr. X or Dr. Mabouse. “I hope I’m going to get the actor I want; I can’t say his name, but believe me — he’s going to be scary like hell.”
Speaking of the classic TV show, Gondry revealed to us that he’s saving a spot of honor for the 75-year-old actor who portrayed the trench-coat-wearing crime-fighter on television in the ’60s. “Yeah, I think we’re going to have Van Williams; we’re going to find a cameo for him,” Gondry said. “He asked us to. It’s going to be exciting.”
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