If you’re a sci-fan, or heck, even a huge film buff, Elysium is definitely on your can’t wait list for 2013. Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, and directed by ‘District 9’ helmer Neill Blomkamp, the film takes place both on Earth as well as in space.
In a new interview with Matt Damon, he opens up about his role in ‘Elysium’ and what the movie’s about, explaining, “The concept of the movie is that Earth has been ravaged and Elysium is an orbital habitat, 120 kilometers up, where all the rich people have gone.We shot in that human-waste dump for two weeks. What you see on-screen is supposed to look futuristic, but it was actually just helicopters flying over us, kicking up dust that coats you and that you know is fecal matter. We were very careful, but it was unbelievably toxic. It’s the worst location I’ve ever heard of and could have been worse only if we’d filmed in the world’s largest waste dump, in South Korea. What was unbelievable and really sad was the ¬giant community of people who are born, raised, live and die in that dump. They just pick through the trash."
He adds that shooting in such a difficult location is a great idea, saying, “Shooting a big action set piece in a third-world dump was a great idea, visually and dramatically. We did it toward the end of the schedule, and everybody bought in knowing it would be tough but also knowing we would be happy we did it. Between the concept and the script, it’s going to be really good. I genuinely believe the director, Neill Blomkamp, is the next guy—our generation’s James Cameron. I hope I can work with him a lot more."
He also talks about preparing physically for his role in the film, saying, “The script wasn’t just run, run, run. It has real characters, so that was great. I worked with an NFL trainer who said, “I’m going to make you stronger and faster. As a by-product, you’ll look the way you want to.” It wasn’t a Hollywood vanity workout."