Video Interview: Sharlto Copley and ‘HARDCORE HENRY’ filmmakers on the magic of their POV splatterfest
Preston Barta // Editor
Perhaps you’ve heard about this film or have seen its brutal and awesome trailer, but for the uninitiated, HARDCORE HENRY is a one-of-a-kind action flick filmed entirely from the protagonist’s first person perspective.
The trailer may highlight all the action and stunts – and boy, they feature some of the best movie death sequences (as weird as it is to say that) – but the film itself unleashes a lot of great comedy. One of the main sources of the jokes comes from Sharlto Copley (DISTRICT 9), who sat down with us, along with the film’s director (Ilya Naishuller) and producer (Timur Bekmambetov) after its regional premiere at South by Southwest last month.
We discussed how they want audiences to experience the film, if there’s a right or wrong way to tell a story and how they found the faith to pull this off.
0:43-2:24 | If they prefer the magic of not knowing with movies or knowing how filmmakers do things to better respect the craft
2:24-3:19 | Does a movie need style to tell a story
3:19-5:41 | Finding the faith to pull off the POV experience
HARDCORE HENRY opens on Friday, April 8.