Actor Matthew Goode was in Chicago recently promoting his latest film Brideshead Revisited, and during an interview he dropped a few interesting comments about his Watchmen experience.
No, he didn’t talk about the movie’s ending, the squid or even about the controversial rubber nipples on his Ozy costume — but he did discuss his audition and how he got the role of everyone’s favorite billionaire Adrian Veidt. Sit down, Trump.
I was on the set of ‘Brideshead,’ when I received the pages and actually found that the toilet was the quietest place where I could call back and read. The producers wanted me for the role after seeing me in ‘The Lookout,’ but I had to read for them to make sure of the fit. It was a very surreal audition.
Interesting. Can you picture Goode sitting in a stall on a cell phone saying “I did it 35 minutes ago” to Zack Snyder whose listening in on the other end on a conference phone in Hollywood? Surreal indeed.
Goode admitted that he had never heard of Watchmen before his audition, but that eventually he came to understand that it was considered by many to be the ‘Citizen Kane’ of graphic novels.
I was not aware of the popularity of the comic when I received the script. I was was just blown away by the scope of the story and was intrigued by the character they wanted me to play.
Goode explained that even though he spent six months on the set in Vancouver, he was only involved in 40 days of actual shooting. He also noted that he was part of very little green screen work, but spent most of his time on “mammoth” sets. Karnak, anyone?
He didn't offer any other details or insights into the film, but he did explain that he thinks, “fans of the story will be very pleased with this adaptation.” That doesn’t sound like much, but in a magazine interview Goode did back in October of 2007, he said,
I'm not sure what's happening with the end of the movie. You know there’s an audience who are going to get pissed off if you start fucking around with the story and right now [GOODE REVEALS A BLOODY HUGE SPOILER]. I don’t know if I should say that or not.
I don’t know how you interpret that attitude change, but I say it sounds like sometime between both interviews, the ending to the film was changed to be a hell of a lot more faithful to the graphic novel. I guess we’ll all find out on March 6th.
7.10.08 Source: HollywoodChicago.com
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