Ninja Assassin Movie Press Conference in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con 2008
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Comic-Con 2008: Guy Ritchie, Joel Silver & Dark Castle Panel
By Kevin Kelly on July 24, 2008 at 8:38 pm
(Rain's part scroll down to 6:03)
Gerard Butler and Guy Ritchie from RocknRolla, "Korean music sensation" Rain from Ninja Assassin, and producer Joel Silver present Dark Castle's theatrical and direct-to-DVD slate.
The suddenly massive contingent of preteen female Comic-Con attendees swooned at the sight of Korean pop star/Ninja Assassin star Rain, and 300/RocknRolla hunk Gerard Butler, at Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment presentation. Jeremy Piven threatened to take his shirt off. Crickets.
–Dark Castle is investing in a bunch of direct-to-DVD sequels of moderate horror hits; judging by the reaction to The Hills Run Red, no one cares.
–"Korean music video sensation." Rain is a legitimate sensation. At least with the girls were just still a little turned on from Twilight. Boys hold their hardons for "Gerry" Butler.
–Asking Joel Silver, Jeremy Piven and/or Guy Ritchie for words of encouragement is just about the biggest faux pas you can make as an attendee in Hall H.
–Joel Silver reveals the ten-words-or-less pitch that landed financing for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movie.
–Madonna and Guy Ritchie's relationship was solid enough during filming of RocknRolla that she was tasked with shooting syringes into Gerard Butler's ass
6:39 - Q: Gerard, what's your favorite memory from being on set?
A: "Well, nothing more than getting a shot of B12 from his [Guy Ritchie's] wife Madonna. She was basically like the nurse, she came in and was all ‘drop your pants!’ and she stuck me in the ass."
6:38 - Q: "Gerard, did you get to improv much on the movie?"
A: (from Guy Ritchie) "Nope! I wouldn't allow it!"
The other panelists are begging Gerry to take his shirt off… It’s like an Elvis concert down there in the front
6:37 - Q: "For Gerard Butler, you’ve done a lot of different roles, what are you looking to get into next?"
A: Halle Berry.
6:33 - Ludacris is talking. Zzz.
6:31 - "Rocknrolla is better than sex!" — Gerard Butler
6:30 - Piven is overwhelmed by everyone's dedication, "I celebrate every one of you! I’m in a service position, and I salute every one of you."
Someone nearby "Did he just offer to service the audience?!"
Piven is out of chocolate and promises to take his shirt off. Yikes.
6:29 - Someone asks Guy Ritchie about the Sherlock Holmes movie, which is in preproduction now. "Is it happening?" "Yes!" It has a contemporary spin on it, and of course Robert Downey Jr. in it.
Joel Silver: "t’s like James Bond in 1891!"
6:27 - "How do you prepare for these roles?"
"Well, I get out of bed, I take a shower (sometimes), and I just go to work. You know, I sort of feel weird talking about this, because when I hear other people talking about their method, I sort of just say "Oh, shut up." You just do it. Man, I sound like an American saying that. I’ve done it now."
6:26 - Wow, someone mentioned Phantom of the Opera, and the girl groupies go nuts yet again.
6:25 - Butler wants to know, "DId you like the trailer we showed? Well make some fuckin’ noise then!” Next question: "How do you think people will react to this film? You have such a varied cast."
Butler: "Well, we have a cool group of guys and girls. You lick your lips for this and sit back and go 'Yeah!' It defines cool."
Pause. "Well, the licking the lips thing was a little homosexual. But you get my point."
6:24 - Piven is talking about how he saw Lock Stock "with his good buddy Peter Berg" (cue the namedrop) and that his '77 Bronco broke down on the way from seeing it. Rough roots, rough toots. Piven wanted his role to be different than the character he plays in Entourage. It turned out to be easy because Ritchie had never even seen Entourage.
6:23 - People don’t really know this, but the Comic-Con panelists get little chocolates on their table, and Butler has started tossing them out to the girl groupies. They are going nuts for it.
6:22 - Butler is talking about how much he wanted to work with Guy Ritchie after seeing Lock Stock and Snatch… oddly enough he doesn’t mention Swept Away.
6:20 - Holy trainwreck, Batman. A woman who is clearly on in years is making her "own movie" and she talks about casting and executive producing and writing and directing, and she dramatically says "For the love of god, please tell me that filmmaking gets easier as you you get more experience!" Everyone on stage is bewildered.
Literally. And then everyone passes on answering the question.
FInally Joel Silver leans over and says "No, it never gets easier."
6:19 - "TAKE IT OFF" one girl screams. "You’re funny," he says.
6:17 - Here come the onslaught of questions for "Gerry." "Thank you SO much for being here. I get the feeling that you really enjoyed making movies like this. Do you keep planning on making good storytelling movies?" I mean, honestly, you drive all this way, get up there, and ask that? Butler namedrops 300, and people go nuts.
Next up: "All of your roles have been physical, do you like those kinds of roles? Was this movie like that?"
"Not at all, this wasn’t nearly as physical as 300. It was easy, and I looked forward to going to work every day. I got sick making this movie, that was challenging." In response to that, a gaggle of his girlfans down front swoon and go "Awwwwwwwww."
6:16 - Guy Ritchie calls this a "Spillover from Lock Stock and Snatch." It’s a "look into the underbelly of the subculture" in London
6:15 - They trot out Susan Downey, Ludacris (I can’t call him Chris Bridges), Jeremy Piven, "Gerry" Butler, and Guy Ritchie. Joel Silver jokes that “No one knows who Susan Downey is… she runs my company so I had this card made for her.” He whips out a namecard that says "Mrs. Tony Stark" on it.. Does this mean they’re having sex? Ew, Mr. Silver.
6:13 - It looks like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Part 2. But Chris "Ludacris" Bridges actually looks fairly decent in this. Color me shocked.
6:12 - What keeps throwing me is Jeremy Piven in this thing, and I couldn’t stand him in Smokin’ Aces. Do we really need him in another movie
6:11 - RocknRolla trailer rolls. "What’s a Rocknrolla? We want it all." It’s The New School vs. The Wild Bunch, Gerard Butler is part of The Wild Bunch.
6:10 - Now it’s RocknRolla time.
6:08 - Last question is surprisingly for Naomi, and someone wanted to know if she’d like to play the character of Selena again. "I’d LOVE to" she says. Apparently she and Cillian Murphy were supposed to be in 28 Weeks Later, but obviously they weren’t. "I’m waiting on the third movie so I can play her again!"
6:04 - Zzzzzzz. Everyone around me is falling asleep (the Rain gaggle is all up front) while waiting on Gerard Butler
6:03 - Rain is actually pretty shy, which is refreshing. He said "Well, this was a hard movie to work on. My first girlfriend was a sword, my second girlfriend was a ninja chain… They were my family!" When asked "What do you think people’s reaction will be to this movie?" He replies with "Well, I don’t know… I just am trying to do my best." That’s about the fourth time I’ve heard him say he’s doing his best.
6:01 - Someone wanted to know if ninjas only use old school weapons in the movie, and McTeigue said yes, you won’t see them blazing away with guns.
5:59 - McTeigue is telling us how they decided to cast Rain, and throughout the explanation, whenever he says the word Rain, people go nuts. He’s a huge pop star overseas, but apparently I haven’t been watching that channel. Silver said "Jet Li told me long ago [way to name drop, Silver] that martial arts is very similar to dancing." Which is why Rain took so well to the role.
5:56 - The first girl to ask a question says she has one question: "I love you Rain!" Which isn’t a question. She follows up with, "I’ve been following your career for a long time *giggle* and I love you *giggle* and I think you’re great." I keep waiting on her to say she’s been watching him while he showers.
A trio of girls then gets up to ask him why he took this role, and he said "Well, I hope to meet a blonde girl!" Which appeared to be some sort of a joke. Although I have a feeling it’s probably not far from the truth.
5:54 - Here comes director James McTeigue, Naomi Harris, and… "arch rival of Stephen Colbert….RAIN!"
"Wow, it’s like mini-Twilight" someone says behind us when people start screaming for Rain.
Some pics forme the Press Conference
Saw Rain at Comic-Con today
Meeting fans: Rain meets and greets fans at the 39th annual Comic-Con in San Diego
Thanks to kuiper-belt, (a fun) who went to the 39th annual Comic-Con in San Diego on July 24, K-popped! has pics of Rain at the fest.
Looking cute in his new mushroom hairstyle (tung-ku tau in Cantonese) the South Korean sensation promoted his upcoming Hollywood flick Ninja Assassin.
Together with co-star Naomie Harris and movie director James McTeigue
the crew autographed Ninja Assassin teaser poster
Check out what kuiper-belt has to say about her meeting with the 26-year-old star:
Bi was SO sweet when I talked to him. He said hello and asked how I was, and I told him I was fine. And then, (because this is my once in a lifetime chance to tell him!) I told him I was a big fan of his music. He smiled and said 'thank you!' and I started kind of singing 'Nappeun Namja!'.
kuiper-belt said joking with rain : Thanks for liking my music...now like my movie.' :-P :P
Rain smiled and laughed and said 'Oh, Bad Boy!' and he thanked me for liking his music. I said 'Kamsahamnida' for the poster, and he laughed and smiled and told me to be sure to see his movie when it came out.
Ninja Assassin is scheduled for release on Jan 16, 2009 i can't wait!!!!!
the release in 2009
can't wait that long!!
aww kuiper-belt such a lucky and sweet fan
omg so lucky!!
thank you nina
CLOUD and PROUD!
Oh!!! No i'm very jealous what is those fans they are so lucky
my name is "T " i'm a lovely girl and i love Hyun Bin oppa
NOW IT'S FINALLYI COMING OUT....NOVEMBER 25TH..ABOUT TIME...THEY KEPT PUTTING IT BACK AND PUTTING IT BACK..