THE SKINNY: Daily Minutiae From The World Of Nerd Trivia – Michael Shannon Hates Comics – Fassbender On Magneto – Wagner Talks Dredd – Carnahan On Nemesis And Just What Is Anthony Mackie Smoking?

Posted on: January 20th, 2012

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Anthony Mackie, star of upcoming Timur Bekmambatov Vampire flick Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter had some incredibly optimistic words for his new film when he said: “I feel like the great thing about it is being able to do a pleasant mixture. Just recently I was able to do a play, two independent films and one big crazy studio film. But ‘Abraham Lincoln’ is like the ‘Matrix’ of the next generation. It’s going to do to film what ‘The Matrix’ did to film.”

Matrix for this generation you say. I saw Wanted and the Nightwatch films and must thus deduce from this statement, that either Bekmambatov’s improved radically as a director or you sir have been dropping acid!


In other news Man Of Steels Michael Shannon proved that he’s a bad ass by being all nonchalant about comics, to the point where….well he blatantly couldn’t give a shit about them. He couldn’t even be bothered reading one. Not even on….the toilet. Here’s what he said, which is bound to cause tears of misbegotten woe (which I plan to bottle and bathe in):

“There are legions of fans salivating, who will literally spend the next year and a half looking at the clock, waiting for this movie,” the actor added when talk turned to his foray into the world of comic books and the dedicated fan base which comes with it. “That’s They’re out there. And they really want to talk to me about this movie!”

What a fucking hero!

Speaking of heroes, John Wagner, the man behind Dredd gave a recent interview to hero complex (see what I did there) wherein he spoke about the monkey shit 90′s Sly Stallone film outing of the futures toughest lawman (which retrospectively I quite liked). Here’s what Wagner said: GB: How do you view the 1995 Sly Stallone film these days? And is that view any different than it was at the time of its release?

“My views haven’t changed, though apart from my initial viewing I haven’t seen the film since it came out. They told the wrong story — it didn’t have that much to do with Dredd the character as we know him. I don’t think Stallone was a bad Dredd, though it would have been better and lent him more cred if he hadn’t revealed his face. He was just Dredd in the wrong story. I envy their budget, though. Some of the CGI was very good, and the re-creations of the Angel Gang and the robot. The robot actually came from a Pat Mills story and didn’t belong in Dredd, but it looked good. If the plot had revolved around characters like them the film would have been more successful.”

Quite pragmatic I thought, though I did love seeing Hammerstein from the ABC Warriors show up in Mega City One for absolutely no reason (though they tried to explain it in the comic later on….and failed)

Nemesis recently got another mention this week with Joe Carnahan saying how much he’d like to see Oscar Schindler lay the beat down on the anti-Batman in this potentially amazing Mark Millar Adap: “Mark and I had a discussion, because Tony Scott was going to direct it, and I don’t know if he’s still interested, but it was always a project that I was interested in doing,” Carnahan told the site at a recent press junket for The Grey“And Liam doesn’t know it, but there’s the Blake Morrow character, if you see him in the comic, it looks like Liam. And I don’t know if they drew that intentionally or whatever but…”

I’m not sure Steve McNiven drew Morrow to look like Neeson, but if it gets big Liam the role, then fuck yeah he did! That was his intention the whole time!

And on the topic of shit we’d love to see more of, Michael Fassbender, otherwise known as ‘that class actor who gave us wood as Magneto’ spoke about what he loves about the character in a recent interview, saying; “You know what’s interesting about Magneto and Professor X from the comic books as well, is there’s such a complexity to their relationship,” he explained. “It’s not just like clear-cut enemies; they’re best friends as well. In the comic books, even after they’ve had this sort of rift, Professor X asks Magneto to come back and look after the students at certain points.” 

Yes he does indeed. And that’s only one of the fine points that makes Magneto the best villain ever. Well maybe second best after Doom. He’s such a massive boaster you can’t help love the guy.


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