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Mania Interview: Wahlberg and Moore talk MAX PAYNE

Valkyries and how much CGI?

By Robert T. Trate     October 16, 2008

Mark Wahlberg stars as the new MAX PAYNE(2008).
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Most big genre movies, nine times out of ten, will have a video game to accompany its movie. The marriage of these two mediums seems only natural but it has been harder for a video game to be made into a movie. For each highly successful Resident Evil (2002) movie there is a Doom (2005) that fails to deliver. On October 17th, 2008 director John Moore (The Omen, 2006) will deliver Sam Lake’s highly successful video game character Max Payne into the realm of motion pictures. Max Payne himself, Mark Wahlberg, and John Moore were eager to speak about the movie and their first foray into the video game movie genre.
Mania: Was there any apprehension to this being a video game?
Mark Wahlberg: When I read the script I thought, wow this is awesome. Then I asked, where did it come from? They said a video game. I said, Oh f--- no. I started doing a little research and then when I saw the game, wow. The story is really elaborate and there is a lot going on here. I was surprised that they hadn’t made one [a film] yet. 
Mania: Did you play the game?
Mark Wahlberg: No. My assistant is a gamer. He played the game for me from the start of production ‘till we wrapped. I didn’t want to play it because I have an addictive personality. I have more responsibility then I have ever had with the kids.
Mania: Was Max Payne a tough character to play?
Mark Wahlberg: Yes and No. After doing the Lovely Bones, where I was also dealing with loss and a horrific act of violence, this was great because I was able to do something about it. I remember The Happening just came out and I walked into the editing room and John showed me some scenes and I was just screaming with excitement. My career was saved. See this is the kind of thing I want to do. I don’t want to be told what I can and can’t do. I want to try something different. I want to be able to play a lawyer, play a doctor but I feel more comfortable when I am in a world like this.
Mania: After getting nominated for an Oscar was it harder to do this kind of movie?
Mark Wahlberg: No, because I never expected to get the nomination anyway. You don’t do it for that. If you start doing it for that you start doing knights and prissy English period pieces. I always try and do something different but this is the thing that is most satisfying to me and guys like myself. Guys wanna see a guy kick some ass.
Mania: How does Max Payne the movie differ from the video game?
John Moore: I’d like to think that it moves things forward. I like to think that it is your favorite restaurant with an exciting new dish. You wanna go there and you to try this new thing. I can’t be respectful enough towards the game. It’s a solid game, great action and a great story.
Mania: What kind of visual effects will be in the film?
John Moore: Real stuff. I am bored shitless with CGI. Like everyone is bored with it. There are physical sets, physical action, fights and gun play. I am not re-inventing the wheel here. In the movie there is a great sense of character. His name is his emotion. It’s not an effects movie.
Mania: How much of the Valkyrieswill be in the film? 
John Moore: It’s subtle. For those that know the genesis of the game know that they are a result of a hallucination. But again we have actors in full body make up, prosthetics and things like that. Because I just don’t trust CGI, unless it’s ILM [Industrial Light and Magic], because they all suck.
The cast also includesMila Kunis as Mona Sax, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges as Jim Bravura and Beau Bridges as BB Hensley. Max Payne makes the leap from video game to feature film on October 17, 2008.


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ponyboy76 10/16/2008 2:48:44 AM

Well, there you go Hanso, son. The Valkryies aren't real, but a result of hallucinations. That makes alot more sense to because of the drugs in the game. Looking forward to seeing this.

Dazzler 10/16/2008 4:38:50 AM

Bad reviews at AICN.  But I will be there. 

ponyboy76 10/16/2008 7:08:36 AM

Can't see it this week, I got Quantum of Solace coming out over here, but I might be able to see both.

Whiskeymovie 10/16/2008 7:29:53 AM

This movie will most likely get mostly bad reviews, but I'll bet it is a fun ass movie to watch. I think most reviwers go in trying to base a movie on whether or not it is Oscar worthy as opposed to basing it on what genre it is in. This should be reviewed on the basis that it is a video game movie, plain and simple.

auvischizo 10/16/2008 8:00:54 AM

I tried to tell him!!!  This is Godsonfilm by the way...

hanso 10/16/2008 5:36:15 PM

Boooooooooooo Max Payne & the Vulture People Booooooooooooo! 

Well at least they are hallucinations, although it's kinda weird that everyone hallucinates the same shit when they go on the trip. 

The dude said those who played the game should know the Valkyre are hallucinations.  I played the game a long time ago and I don't remember no vulture people in the game.  Do any of you guys?

THEPIB 10/16/2008 9:58:05 PM
<P itxtvisited="1">I knew it!!!! I told my girl when we first saw the trailer that those "vultures" are just going to most likely be his imagination and only in his head. I shoud have bet her some money on it. lol</P><BR itxtvisited="1" /> <P itxtvisited="1">The reason I thought that originally is because I figured it made sense due to the fact that I specifically remember a hell-ish looking level in the first game that I had a hard time passing back then. It was completely red and you ran around for a while looking for a way out. Don't recall seeing any type of being or anything but I do remember someones voice in the background. Whatever the case, I'm sure this movie will be a decent enough action movie... and not some shitty gar-baj like Hitman was.</P><BR itxtvisited="1" /> <P itxtvisited="1">I guess we all need to replay the game, if you haven't already started hanso. lol</P>
Arby 10/16/2008 10:09:09 PM

Moviemakers who don't like CGI and feel the need to diss it make me wonder. Is it snobbery? Only they know the movie making craft and are in a class all their own? Hmm. I only know that when I pay to see a flick, I want to be entertained. If the moviemaker forgets that I'm paying to consume his product (I have a limited budget, but I still like to go to the movies when I'm able), he or she should bugger off. I like CGI, which isn't to say that CGI will make a crappy flick into a good one.  I wonder whether Moore isn't trying to lower expectations. I know nothing about Max Payne, although I've seen the title. The trailer looked awesome. Are we being duped?

aegrant 10/16/2008 10:29:14 PM

I never played the game (but i might go get it on the cheap now) so i don't know what to expect in the movie. I am going to see it tonight with no expectations - I just want to see shit blow up and some major ass kicking.

I agree with Whiskey - this is a video game movie I am not expecting saving private ryan caliber cinematography here.

Ponyboy where are you to get Qof S this weekend?

ponyboy76 10/17/2008 7:50:31 AM

I`m in London dude. They always release the Bond flicks here first. It must be in the contract or something.

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