A few weeks ago, word slipped that Laurence Fishburne had joined the cast of "Predators," the Robert Rodriguez-produced and Nimrod Antal-directed continuation of the beloved action franchise. But aside from the character's name of Noland, very little was known about Fishburne's role at the time.
Today, we're getting a clearer image not only of Fishburne's involvement in the project, but also the scope and setting of "Predators" at large thanks to actor Louis Ozawa Changchien, who spoke with Gigazine about his role as a Yakuza warrior and the film's setting.
The actor described a large jungle set known as the Hunting Camp, a primary setting for much of the film's run time.
"[Everyone] is suddenly abducted and dropped on the Hunting Camp, so they're not aware of where they are or why they were dropped there," revealed Changchien. "They all gradually become aware of the situation and surroundings."
According to Changchien, Fishburne's character Noland has survived for ten years on the alien planet by living in a cave, demonstrating equal proficiency as a fighter and as an escaper.
"It's a really interesting role, quite different from Morpheus [from 'The Matrix']," described the actor. "A bit shady, crazy, surviving on his own, kind of a ratty character. I didn't know anything about his role, and we all went to see the rehearsal. It was quite a surprise."
For his own part, Changchien plays Hanzo, a Yakuza member that isn't quite a figurehead in the clan but is nonetheless respected as both a gunman and a swordsman.
"I guess he used to be a guy who can murder someone without a qualm, but by the time he arrives to the Hunting Camp, he'll no longer be that kind of person," said the actor. "Those things aren't explained in the script, but you'll get it when you see the movie."
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