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We actually interviewed Paul Bettany the other day for the new issue of our mag. I probably shouldn't do this, but seeing as I'm sat here subbing it over the weekend and I'm bored, I thought I'd share his Legion/Priest comments with you...

God has turned his back on mankind and Michael hasn’t, so it’s the next flood. But instead of water he sends the possessed and an army of angels. So, in a little white trash diner on the edge of the Mojave Desert, the last stand of humanity happens. It’s awesome fun. Legion resounds with the fervour and ambition of a first time director getting to achieve their vision on screen. I couldn’t believe how expensive everything looked. There’s much more of an ’80s [James] Cameron look to the film. For years we’ve had blue films or green films but this is Technicolor horror action with amazing visual FX. It’s very character driven with an interesting bunch of misfits who try to save the world together. It was weird because when I read the script I couldn’t believe that I wasn’t the baddie in it. Finally I get to be the hero flying around on wires and shooting guns!”

He described Priest as being 'like Blade Runner meets a western', and referenced Tron too. Very strange.

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He described Priest as being 'like Blade Runner meets a western', and referenced Tron too. Very strange.

Sounds interesting. Of course what you get on screen will probably be very different.

How's LWL doing these days? Due to it being a pretty specialist magazine has the recession hit it hard (if you can/are willing to say)?

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Things are okay. The thing about indie publishing is is that you're kinda set up to survive difficult times by default really. Overheads are lower, and you're more used to dealing in favours and stuff. But it's cool. We're programming the cinema tent at End of the Road again in September, and we're shooting a TV pilot too. Keeping busy! It's all about not sitting around waiting for things to happen, but trying to get out there and do cool stuff. New issue is getting wrapped right now. Looks good.

To Goose: http://www.littlewhitelies.co.uk/look-inside-lwlies/

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I can't really say too much about it. It's just a pilot that we're putting together, but kinda like the mag. The inspiration was very much like the mag. We figured, 'We like films, and we like TV, but we hate film TV shows. Okay, let's do one ourselves then.' It's about trying to get away from the junket, two-camera format of movie interviews and spice it up a bit. The very first thing we shot is online now - it's a JJ Abrams thing: http://www.littlewhitelies.co.uk/tv/jj-abr...trek-interview/

It isn't revolutionary or anything, but we're just starting to experiment with lighting and cameras. There'll be a Vincent Cassel piece online soon that takes it a bit further.

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This ain't great so far. Too many quiet moments, too much self-analysis and not enough angels fighting angels. A lot of clichéd stuff and within an hour we've only had one major fight, and that was pretty one sided. It's trying too hard to be philosophical when it should be an apocalyptical death match.

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Yep, it never really got going, and then it ended. Way to much "I remember when..." and lots of supposedly meaningful one liner from Bethany in relation to God losing faith in man etc. For a film pitched as an apolcaptyical action flick it's surprisingly free of action sequences. There's a short one near the start, one once the siege starts (which as above, is pretty one-sided) and the rest are short sequences involving the bumping off of specific characters - none of which get much of a back-story, leaving you caring less about them than you thought possible - with one decentish one at the end. There's also at least two characters too many in the main group of survivors.

Just disappointing, though set up for a sequel.

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Not really worthy of creating a dedicated thread for this but here is some on set footage of Bettany and Stewart's latest collaboration. This whole partnership is reminiscent of the Ledger/Helgeland pairing a few years ago where a talented actor is utterly wasted by a crap director.

What is up with Bettany's accent?

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I wouldn't expect much action from a film about a siege, to be fair.

Is it worth watching this for Keemy armed with a revolving mace? I am hoping for something along the lines of Chronicles Of Riddick, i.e. completely ludicrous premise propped up by comically wooden acting and dialogue.

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Just watched a blu-ray rip if this and enjoyed the fuck out of it.

Solid B-movie action and more fun than some of the shit I've seen of late.

Unfortunately, it seems that I have to wait until August to buy an official UK release, whereas the US release is out 11th May.

That's fighting piracy right there, Sony...

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Just watched a blu-ray rip if this and enjoyed the fuck out of it.

Solid B-movie action and more fun than some of the shit I've seen of late.

Totally agree with the above up to a certain point. I got a 'Tremors' type vibe with this film. A few genuine laugh out loud moments and a few nice scenes of carnage. I'm not entirely convinced at all by how they wrapped it up. That last scene of the car going up the road makes little sense either.

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