Hoyt Yeatman, Bill Nighy, Bill Aikin, Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicolas Cage, and Zach Galifianakis G-Force Press ConferenceWhat research did you do to play a mole?
Nicolas Cage: "You know, the voice was kind of a voice that I would go into when I was - after like weeks of night shooting and I was stressed out or exhausted, or whatever it may be. Rather than using profanity or yelling, I would start talking in a higher octave. And then I would start laughing because of how ridiculous it sounded. And so then everything - I couldn’t take anything seriously anymore. I would start laughing. So when Jerry asked me if I would be interested in doing G-Force, it was the last day of National Treasure 2. And I just went into the voice and said, 'Well, can I talk like that?' And he said, 'Absolutely.' So, that was all the research I needed for the mole."
How about your research, Bill?
Bill Nighy: "The script was so kind of beautiful and perfect, and all the information I needed was pretty much in there. And anything else is kind of an amalgam of figures that you may have come across. And also I was dressed very expensively from Savile Row in London. It makes you feel rich."
And Zach - your research?
Zach Galifianakis: "I just would find other actors to rehearse with and put guinea pig masks on. And that’s how I got into it."
Bill, you said recently you’re too scared to turn down jobs. Was that the case with G-Force?
Bill Nighy: "Did I say that? I turn down work. No, but it always makes me nervous when I turn down a job. You know, I’ve been around for a while and there was a time when I didn’t turn down anything. It’s a luxury, really, to turn down anything, and I’ve never quite got used to it."
"The last part of your question, if Jerry Bruckheimer calls, I don’t really need to hear anything else except the words Jerry and Bruckheimer. Because you have an assurance of a high degree of quality. And as Nic was saying, to be in films that no one’s excluded either by age or background, everyone kind of gets [to] enjoy, it’s a thrill."
Even though it’s a fun movie, there is also a little moral to the story. What would like the kids to take home when they leave the theater?
Nicolas Cage: "Well first of all, I want them to have a great time. I want them to laugh. I want them to be smiling. But also there is a bit of a message in the movie that I think is a good one, especially as it involves my character, Speckles, who, without giving too much away, goes through this kind of arc. He has a real epiphany at the end about family and where he belongs. And Jerry said in another interview which I like was that your friends can be your family, too. I think that’s a nice message."
Zach, we expect to see you as more of a comic character. Were you expecting that also?
Zach Galifianakis: "This was my platform to be considered a very serious actor. That’s what I wanted to use it for. No, to me it was more the comedy was coming from more of the animation than perhaps what I was to do. I was more interested in playing him straight and nervous, rather than over the top crazy. I’ve seen that before and I’ve done that before in things. So, I like to change it up a little bit. So, I think that’s why I did it like that."
Nicolas, what was it like working with Werner Herzog and when can we expect to see Bad Lieutenant?
Nicolas Cage: "Well I’m happy to say that Bad Lieutenant was accepted in competition at Venice Film Festival, and it will be also at Telluride and Toronto, so that’s exciting for Werner, and for myself. I’m not entirely sure when it will be released. I think it’s December 1st. But my experience with Werner was everything I hoped it would be. He’s not like any other director I’ve worked with. By way of example, he does his own slate. He’s in the middle of the whole thing, he’s making eye contact with everybody, the actor, the cameraman, the sound department. And then like a conductor, he says, 'Okay, go, action.' I thought that was interesting. He’s got a real eye. He’s a visionary genius. He’s really something special."
Nicolas, how do you deal psychologically with changing the mood from having a dark part in Bad Lieutenant and at the same time having this comedy part in this movie?
Nicolas Cage: "You know, I try not to think too much about that. For example, with G-Force I think the best work came out of more like a jazz approach where we just had the microphone, and I would start riffing on Speckles. And some improvisation would come in, or just trying to find the right sound and not think about it. Bad Lieutenant is a whole other matter. I haven’t really got my head in that place right now. I’m thinking about Speckles. But it was more of a, 'How do I want to approach that character and what did Werner want?'"
"The first Bad Lieutenant was very much a Judeo-Christian program where there is guilt and repentance and things like that. And in the second, our Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, was more about existentialist. You know, chaos happens. There isn’t always guilt. There isn’t always repentance. And so it was more of a philosophical debate. With Speckles, I was just trying to hear the voice and feel the music. You know, I didn’t want to think about it too much."
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G-Force hits theaters on July 24, 2009 and is rated PG for some mild action and rude humor.