Video Interview: Sharlto Copley and ‘HARDCORE HENRY’ filmmakers on the magic of their POV splatterfest


IMG_2768Preston 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.

Read our full review of HARDCORE HENRY here.

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.

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Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.