Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
Interstellar Review
The Making Of The West Wing
Get 12 Issues For Only £25 Today
The perfect gift this Christmas
London Film Festival 2014
Our round-up of the galas, films and interviews
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Seth Rogen In Talks To Be Steve Wozniak
Jessica Chastain also up for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs film
First Look At Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
Switchblade sisters
Neil Marshall Will Tell Tales Of Halloween
He's part of a new horror anthology
Fede Alvarez Finds A Man In The Dark
A new horror with Sam Raimi and the Evil Dead team
Gal Gadot In Talks For Ben-Hur
UPDATE: She's no longer in talks
Kelly Reilly Joins True Detective
Abigail Spencer, Michael Irby and Leven Rambin also set
Hugh Jackman Finds Lion
Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel also set for real-life tale
Lucy Liu Starring In Snakehead
A human trafficking drama
New Poster And Trailer For The SpongeBob Movie
Sponge Out Of Water
Alex Garland's Ex_Machina Trailer And Poster Land
Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander set heads to 'trip'
Michael Bay Clocks 13 Hours
The director plans a Benghazi drama
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
27 October 2014
New Exodus: Gods And Kings Posters Land
Christian Bale is destined to lead
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Avengers: Age Of Ultron
24 April 2015
Exodus: Gods And Kings
26 December 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
The Boxtrolls (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Mr. Morgan's Last Love (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Robocop (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Ender's Game (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Turbo (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Callan McAuliffe Talks Kite
And Our Robot Overlords

05 November 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Exclusive

submit to reddit

Last weekend, Stan Lee’s Comikaze convention hit Los Angeles. One of the films to show off footage and bring guests to the show was anime adaptation Kite, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Callan McAuliffe and India Eisley. Empire took the chance to sit down with McAuliffe to talk adaptation issues, working with Jackson and his other recent job, Jon Wright’s Our Robot Overlords.

Kite, as you may be aware, is the live-action remake of the anime known for its intensely violent action and decidedly NSFW sexuality. As McAuliffe points out, director Ralph Ziman and his team made adjustments for their version. “I suppose in an effort to make it a little more accessible, it's been toned down a tiny bit, but it is still exceedingly violent and there is a lot of the original material in there. It's definitely not something that young children should watch! It still maintains a lot of the elements that fans will be happy with. There are things it's impossible to get across with live action, such as the expressiveness of the characters, which would be overly theatrical in live action. So it has a more cinematic feel to it.”

McAuliffe plays Oburi, best friend to Sawa (Eisley), the trained young assassin who seeks her father’s killer with the help a mentor (Jackson). Oburi is essential in providing the emotional support she needs in a dark and violent world, even if it means clashing sometimes with Jackson’s character.

Working with Jackson proved to be everything McAuliffe hoped it would, even if he had to get over some initial nerves. “There is a level of intimidation that is there whether they're a nice person or not just from the get go. The sense of you knowing them already without them knowing you and you wanting to leave a good impression. He's so into it whenever they called action, but then once they called cut, he was making jokes and just being Samuel L. Jackson.”

An entirely different experience was shooting in Belfast and the Isle of Man for Our Robot Overlords, Jon Wright’s follow up to Grabbers. The tale of humanity ruled by technology run amuck, it follows Sean (McAuliffe), who finds a way to escape the house arrest forced upon mankind and heads out in search of his father. “The world is in peril, but there's always got to be comedy in things like this because if you take yourself too seriously, especially with a film like this it can show,” says McAuliffe. "My character, though, is supposed to be a semi-stoic lead, which I try not to do! I tried to make him interesting and Jon made that easy for me. We'd improvise and throw jokes around.

“It was a laugh from the beginning to the end. There is such a difference working in the UK. The only people I interacted with on the Isle of Man were the people on the crew and on set. Usually with such a big crew, you wouldn't get to know everyone so well, because you're busy. But everyone was so friendly and they couldn't give a shit who you are and talk to you.”

There was also a chance to work with Gillian Anderson and especially Sir Ben Kingsley, who took a shine to McAuliffe immediately. “He's very professional and he comes across, when you first talk to him, as sort of a god,” says McAuliffe. “You feel like you shouldn't talk to him, and that he's lived for 300 years. But he's so friendly - or he was to me. He bought me a present at the end of the shoot. We were shooting a few scenes at a castle and there was a gift shop at the back. I was admiring these little pewter knights that they had, and said I wanted to get one. He said, 'Don't worry, old chap, I've bought you one already!'” A knight from a knight? Not a bad keepsake…

Both Kite and Our Robot Overlords should arrive in 2014.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Jon Favreau To Re-Open The Jungle Book
He's in talks to direct the new version
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 48% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire Meets Mike Leigh
On Mr. Turner, 007 and liver in lager

World War II Movies That Win At History
Seen Fury? Here’s what to watch next...

The 25 Shatneriest William Shatner Moments Of All Time
Prepare. For. Many. One. Word. Sentences.

Marvel Announces Phase Three Film Slate Up To 2019
Photos from the event and have a look at all the new movie logos

Lists Of Our Lifetime: Empire's 25 Greatest Scares
Monsters, ghosts, horrible old ladies: the scenes that have kept us hiding behind the sofa for the last 25 years. Warning: contains spoilers.

Empire's Interstellar Review
Read our official verdict on Christopher Nolan's science-fiction epic

The 40 Most Fearsome One-Man Armies In Cinema
When you absolutely, positively have to kill every last mutha in the room...

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)