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January 2007
THE HITCHER PRESS CONFERENCE

THE HITCHER PRESS CONFERENCE

Interviews with Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, Sean Bean, and producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller
posted by Wilson Morales

January 15, 2007

With sequels and remakes coming out every, Michael Bay and his co-producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller have decided to redo "The Hitcher" which had Rutger Hauer in the original. Along for the new film are One Tree Hill's Sophia Bush and newcomer Zachary Knighton and Sean Bean as The Hitcher. Making his directorial debut Dave Meyers. At a recent press conference in LA, the cast and filmmakers spoke about making the remake thriller film.

QUESTION: FIRST, WERE THERE ANY CHENEY JOKES ON THE SHOTGUN DAY? AND SECOND, YOU DID A GREAT JOB OF MAKING THIS REALISTIC, EXPLAINING THINGS LIKE GETTING RID OF THE CELL PHONES AND MAKING IT BELIEVABLE. AND THEN ZACH SAYS, “I’LL BE BACK IN 15 MINUTES.” I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD JUSTIFY THE ULTIMATE “I’LL BE RIGHT BACK” MOMENT.

ANDREW: Well, you know, I mean, we had to get Zach out of the room. We had to get him out. Because we debated how we’re gonna get Sean in the room. And, you know, if — the response last night was obviously — I mean, it’s — there was some fun to be had there, and we had a great shower scene. And - you know, it was something that we thought would be -


WAS IT FUN FOR YOU.

DAVE: It was fun for Sophia.

SOPHIA: OH YEAH, I GUESS.

DAVE: So, kind of — I don’t know, we just kind of went with it. I mean, I wish I could give you more — a better answer. You have something to add to that?

ANDREW: No, but it’s tricky. Because, how do you get Zach out of that room and get Sean in? Because we had this whole scene constructed where we did want Sean in bed with Sophia. And we had to get Zach out of that hotel room.

DAVE: And you know Sean’s gonna be in the bed. You know he’s gonna be there. So it’s just kind of, you’re waiting for it to happen. And so we kind of ?

SEAN BEAN: There was a scene where I was in bed with Sophia? [LAUGHTER]


ANY CHENEY JOKES ON THE SHOTGUN DAY?

ZACH: It’s gonna be on the DVD. [LAUGHTER]


SEAN, COULD YOU TALK ABOUT HOW TO MAKE THIS CHARACTER? HE’S FROM EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE. YOU’RE FROM ENGLAND. ARE YOU TRYING TO PLAY AN AMERICAN GUY? AND, THIS CHARACTER’S A REALLY BAD GUY.

SEAN BEAN: I don’t know, there wasn’t a great deal of back history to the guy. There’s not much information about where he came from, which I thought was quite interesting, really. Because it allowed me the freedom to created what I wanted, and to invent him as a person. And I thought it was also more — it was scarier that you don’t know anything about him, or where he comes from. I always find that the less you know about people, the less you should trust them. And I usually like to have something to go on. But for this particular movie, I was pleased that he was like an angel of death. A phantom wandering the freeways, and assumes different identities. And that quite appealed to me. Yeah.


THIS IS FOR THE PRODUCERS. THE FACT THAT WE DON’T KNOW TOO MUCH OF THE HISTORY, EVEN THOUGH IT’S STAYING TRUE TO THE ORIGINAL STORY — IS IT IN HOPES OF MAYBE DOING A PREQUEL, SO WE KNOW WHY HE’S SO DEMENTED?

ANDREW: Can I answer that?

SEAN BEAN: Go ahead.

ANDREW: No. You know, I — we’re not gonna — I don’t see a prequel happening. I mean, we just kind of — as Sean said, kind of give him a blank slate, and let him go and do what he’s gonna do with it. But there was — there’s no thinking of a prequel until you just brought it up, we haven’t thought about it.


SOPHIA, WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES TO PLAYING A GIRL LIKE THIS, AND HOW DO YOU AVOID THE CLICHES OF PLAYING THE KIND OF DAMSEL IN DISTRESS, COME SCANTILY CRAWLING IN THE WOODS THAT WE SEE IN THE END?

SOPHIA BUSH: Right. I think that that — that was a big thing for me and something that we definitely looked into in a lot of moments of filming. Because I don’t want to be that girl, running around whining and irritating. And at the same time, it’s like, I don’t want to come out like Lara Croft with guns blazing, because that’s not quite right either. And I think that something that made it great was — you know, greater for me, rather, was — there’s a lot of — what Zach and I got to do together. Because we spent a week in Texas working on the chemistry of our relationship. And how Jim and Grace behaved and reacted, and the ways that we kind of messed with one another, and the way that — you know, partners in sort of a longstanding relationship do. So what we had, I think that gave me some license to go on the emotional roller coaster, instead of just be one kind of woman or another, was — you know, when Grace wasn’t gonna make it, Jim pulled her up. And when Jim wasn’t gonna make it, Grace pulled him up. And it was a very symbiotic relationship, so it allowed me to show both sides. And it — you know, it allowed me to flip the scales from her being kind of happy-go-lucky, to her being — you know, stripped down, and very animalistic. It let me do that slowly, more in a see-saw than — you know, one quick flip. And I think that that’s — you know, I think that that is a more accurate portrayal of how people change, and how people — you know, tap into their strength.


QUESTION: THIS IS A QUESTION FOR DAVE. DAVE, THIS IS A REALLY LEAN FILM. IS THERE MORE STUFF THAT GOT CUT, TO BRING IT DOWN TO THIS RUNNING TIME? AND WHAT WAS THE MPA EXPERIENCE LIKE FOR YOU GUYS?

DAVE: I had a really great MPAA experience, in that I didn’t focus on violence in the film, even though there is some. Tried to keep everything on thrills and suspense. The — what we cut — we cut most of it out before we actually filmed it, which is sort of how we kept — the budget was extremely low. And we still have huge car action and all that stuff. And so part of the relationship I had with the producers was trying to catch that stuff before we had to film it. And we were just cutting the fat everywhere we could. And I pulled from my commercials and video background, and just keeping things really succinct. So, it’s lean. There’s only one scene that has about five different versions of it, and that hopefully will make it to the DVD.


WHICH SCENE IS THAT?

DAVE: Am I allowed to say?

ANDREW: Sure.

DAVE: The motel scene. We shot that so many times, I think Sean might be mad at me. [LAUGHTER] He’s like, again?


DAVE, I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD TALK ABOUT THE MUSICAL DECISIONS FOR THE FILM. AND I WAS ALSO — I ENJOYED THE SCENE WITH “CLOSER” COMING IN THE BACKGROUND. BECAUSE WE HAVEN’T HEARD THAT SONG IN I DON’T KNOW HOW LONG, EXCEPT FOR, LIKE, MAYBE IF YOU GO TO A RETRO CLUB NOW.

DAVE: I had a play list that I used to inspire me for the characters in the film. And it came from just my exposure to music, and what I loved. And I was distinctly told by the producers that I could never afford any of it. And so I — the film came out, we put it together. It was — and I had all that music in there, as my own personal thing. And then one day Brad called me and said, “Well, guess what?” You know, “The studio likes it. They’re gonna pay for that song.” Because I called Dave Matthews’ people up and got a deal on that song. And then that started it going, and then Trent Reznor signed off on it, and then — yeah, like, two days ago, there — three, four days ago? We — the studio paid for it. And so it’s sort of [LAUGHTER] — we were sort of just hanging onto it, until it was — you know, no, no, no, no, okay.


THIS QUESTION IS FOR SMALL. HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT FILLING RUTGER HAUER’S SHOES? PRETTY ICONIC ROLE. THAT, WHEN I WAS A KID, I REMEMBER SEEING THE ORIGINAL. SO HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO FILL RUTGER HAUER’S SHOES?

SEAN BEAN: Well, I’d seen the film when it first came out, about — it must have been like, 20 years ago, wasn’t it? And it made a big impression on me. You know. It was a very well-constructed film, and — Rutger Hauer turned in a very good performance. And I remember being scared by it. And as I said, it made an impact. But I didn’t really want that running around me head and torturing things up, when we were making our version of it. And so — you know, I think we worked with Dave and Zach and Sophia. I think we created quite an interesting new version. And I didn’t really have any reservations or concerns about being compared to another actor. I just wanted to start from scratch, and do it my way. You know.


ZACH AND SOPHIA, YOU GUYS ARE PRETTY MUCH IN THE SAME OUTFITS THE WHOLE MOVIE, GETTING WORSE AND WORSE FOR WEAR. HOW MANY DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THEM WERE THERE, HOW GROSS DID THEY GET BY THE END?

ZACH: I’ll be back in 15 minutes. [LAUGHTER] It was the same outfit. I wore the same thing every day. And it smelled really bad.

SOPHIA BUSH: Yeah. There — there definitely got to a point where — what did they have? I think they had — you know. For continuity’s sake, they had to keep a couple of pairs of all our clothes.

ZACH: Yeah. Well, there was different stages, when we shot out of sequence.

SOPHIA BUSH: But there was a couple days when we would be in sequence, and we were in the same clothes. And — he looked at me one day and was like, “We smell.” And I was like, “I know.” [LAUGHTER] So, it was interesting. But then again, we were — you know, covered in dirt and blood and filth, so we probably would have smelled anyway. So, I don’t think anyone noticed. Except for us.

ZACH: Yeah.


SOPHIA, ZACH, AND SEAN. HOW WAS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOU GUYS AND SEAN, BEING THAT YOU GUYS HAD TO BE SEPARATE FROM EVERYONE. OR, THE TWO OF YOU HAD TO BE KIND OF LIKE SCARED OF HIM, RATHER THAN ?

SEAN BEAN: It’s quite good, in a way. They’re very scared of me. [LAUGHTER]

ZACH: I’m still afraid. [LAUGHTER]

SEAN BEAN: And — the first thing, I think the first scene we did, in Austin, Texas — it was a night shoot — was the scene in the car where they pick him up at the garage, and we shot the interior of the car. Which is quite a long scene. And it was quite good that we didn’t really know each other by then. It’s [INAUD] whether we liked each other or not.

ZACH: You didn’t talk to us at all. [LAUGHTER]

SEAN BEAN: My usual.

SOPHIA BUSH: It took us a couple of weeks to all get speaking. So, yeah.

SEAN BEAN: Yeah. But it actually worked for the scene, because we weren’t supposed to know each other, were we? So, I’m glad we did that.

SOPHIA BUSH: Our first conversation was about how hard you could push the knife in my face. And I was like, “Hi.” [LAUGHTER] “How are you? Feel free to hit me.”


 

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