Karl Urban and Bruce Willis Talk RED
Published: October 8, 2010 - 1:37pm
Stars of the upcoming action/comedy RED, Bruce Willis and Karl Urban talk about trying to kill each other; plus Urban drops a possible Star Trek sequel filming start date.
The film RED, which stands for Retired Extremely Dangerous, is about retired CIA operatives being hunted down by the younger generation of special intelligence with Urban leading the youthful ops team as the movie's antagonist.
"Well, no, it's not so cut and dry. I mean, I'm the antagonist yes, but essentially, I play CIA agent William Cooper, and I get given the job to hunt down and kill this guy here...(Bruce Willis walks into the room).
Yes, it's my job to hunt down and kill Frank Moses (Willis), but the great thing about William Cooper is that through the course of the film, the interactions that I have with Frank, I come to realize that there is something else going on here and the character's also not the stereotypical hitman. You actually get to see this other dynamic to him where he has a family and that to me was very interesting," said Urban.
Willis reaffirmed that the heroes and villains of RED aren't so cut and dry in this movie's world.
"I can tell you one thing about what Karl was just saying is that there's a lot of grey area in the story that's not, "Ah, God, I don't understand why that happens," but it's not bad guy-good guy… I used to kill people, too. I used to do just what he did and to see your character have kids and not be some raving maniac lunatic and go, "Yeah." That's just the job, that's just what you do, and it's really good to not have to say "bad guys" "good guys"-there's a lot of grey area, and look, it's the job that you pick up a gun and you do what in any other world would be a crime," said Willis.
Urban went on to say that he's been a fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr. Who and Dungeons and Dragons when he was growing up and didn't plan to have such a presence acting in these types of genre films but says he's happy with his career path. He even dropped a hint to a possible start date for the next Star Trek film, in which he plays fan favorite crew member "Bones" McCoy.
"Yeah, I think we're going to start that film mid next year, May or June, going to start the next one, and I'm super-excited about that. Obviously, the first film was phenomenally received and I just can't wait to see what J.J. and Roberto and Alex are going to cook up for the sequel," said Urban.
RED hits theaters everywhere October 15 and will be rated PG:13