NATHAN FILLION INTERVIEW ('Capt. Malcolm Reynolds'):
How much do audiences have to know about Firefly before watching Serenity?
They set up the movie in such a way that somebody just walking in off the street whod never seen Firefly could actually enjoy Serenity. But knowing that theres a DVD set available, I would feel that it would make a lot of sense a lot more sense to go get the DVDs, or borrow someones DVDS, or rent them, however you want to do it, but invest in the characters before you get into that movie because then you can start loving them off the top. You dont have to spend any time getting to know them or getting to understand who they are. You can have a history on everybody and a lot of things will make more sense. Youll just know the characters are being true to themselves, and true to who they are, and true to their relationships, if youve seen the DVDs and know their histories.
How does working with Joss on the TV series compare to working with him on the movie? Was there much a change in how he handled things?
Its exactly the same with the exception of the level of pride we have is far higher. Our sin is pride. We had the sin of pride doing that movie. We were so happy to be back together, number one. And to be doing Firefly or Serenity again.
Speaking of that, why is it Serenity instead of Firefly?
Because Firefly was the name of the TV show, and its no longer a TV show. Its a permutation of that.
Will there be a "Serenity" sequel?
If this first movie does well Were all roped into a trilogy. We all signed for a trilogy so if this first one does well, were going to do two more.
So lets say you do three movies, can you go back and do a Firefly TV series again after that?
I hope so. Daddys got bills to pay!
What was the most exciting day on the set?
Day #1 would be extremely exciting. I got to do a lot of stunts. I got to do a lot of adventurous stuff. On the series we had a little ATV, a little 4-wheeler that we used to ride around on. In the movie, its a big old hovercraft and I got to drive that thing around and smash it up and crash it. We had a great time. I got to shoot people. Its always exciting when you shoot people (laughing). Any kind of stunt day is extremely exciting. Working with Chiwetel Ejiofor, what a talented man. Working with him is always very exciting. And it was always good whenever we had the whole cast, when the cast was assembled together. We would be in the kitchen and it would be just like old times. A couple of things were a little bit different with the sets and whatnot, but it was just like old times.
How did Joss balance all these characters?
Oh, now youre asking a question to me that I... Joss is a brilliant man. Hes one of those guys that is so very, very clever, he can leave you in the dust intellectually. But hes one of those guys that keeps his feet on the ground and doesnt ever make you feel stupid. Hes far more intelligent than I. How he does it? I dont know. If I could kill him and take that talent I would.
Does he allow you to play much with his words, or does he hold you tightly to the script?
The words are completely his. Hes very clever with his words and theres a certain kind of Joss-speak, Firefly-speak, that we were using. What with the Chinese and the old-timey Western talk, almost a Southern feel but no accent. Theres a lot of weird things going on. But the words are all his. Every once in a while I would come up with an idea and say, Im going to try doing this. Hed say, Oh, I love that! or When you do that thing not so much. (Laughing) Or, That was awesome except for the part where you did something on your own. I dont know what you were thinking.
Is "Serenity" going to be Universals big movie of 2005?
Lets hope. Well, we were going to open in April, we got pushed back to September. A couple of big blockbusters I say a couple of big blockbusters but theres like a monumental amount of movies coming out around April and the summertime. And they didnt want Serenity to be that movie that was really great but nobody ever heard of it because it got lost. So they pushed it back to September and said, Were going to push it past all the summer blockbusters. By the time it comes around, everybody will be ready.
How much do you credit the Internet and the Firefly fan base with getting Serenity made?
I credit Joss Whedon number one. I credit the fans number two. I credit the Internet number three with a close tie for third with the DVD series.
Why did they cancel the series so early on when it didn't get a chance to find an audience?
This is the question that everybody asks me. If I knew the whys and wherefores of studio producers and production, Id be a smarter man and get paid more than I do - Which is $50. Thats my going rate (laughing).