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Exclusive Interview: Axelle Carolyn – Star of Centurion, Straw Man, Ghost of Slaughterford and more

Posted by LiveFor on April 13, 2010

Axelle Carolyn is one of those excellent all round type of people who do numerous things well when many of us would just like to have a go at one of them – She is an author (It Lives Again!: Horror Movies in the New Millennium), actress, horror fan and journalist.

She has appeared in many films and will soon be seen in Centurion directed by her Husband, Neil Marshall.

Being a super nice person she took some time out to have a chat with LFF’s Richard Bodsworth.

Your character in Centurion does look like a proper badass, what can you tell us about her?

My character, Aeron, is a Pict warrior. She loves fighting, and unlike most other characters who have higher motivations, she kills Romans just for the fun of it. It was a fantastic part to play: I spent 6 weeks riding horses, shooting arrows and learning how to fight. I only had a few lines (in Gaelic!), so it was all about making her physically threatening and believable.

It’s quite a stellar cast, how was the banter on set?

Half the shoot was on location in the Highlands of Scotland, so we spent a lot of time together in the evenings, hanging out at the hotel. They were such a great bunch! I got along really well with Olga Kurylenko; we spent a lot of time speaking French, so no one could understand our gossiping. Michael Fassbender is one of those guys who can do anything: accents, languages, stunts… and yet remain the most charming and down to earth. And Liam Cunningham are hilarious.

What about that Noel Clarke? He seems like he could be a bit of a troublemaker.

Noel seemed very focused on set, and never complained despite the cold and getting some early frostbite. And he was great to hang out with. If he’s a troublemaker, it’s not a side of him we got to see at all!

 Most of filming took place up in Aviemore, right?  Was it nice and warm?

Ah, the Highlands in February… Yeah, it was really cold. Though I can’t complain too much: I was riding a horse most of the time, and strange as it may seem, they really help you keep warm. There’s a lot of scenes in the film where you can really see how cold we all were, though. All those red noses were no make-up!

Last time we interviewed Leslie Simpson he was going on about how he was “bollock naked” and cold in The Descent, this time you guys were up in the freezing Scottish mountains, does Neil enjoy putting his actors through those conditions?!

Yes he does… yes he does. Although you know, it may not looking like it on screen but the shoot of Doomsday was warm pretty comfortable. We were in South Africa in the summer. What an amazing time that was.

Talking of The Descent, how was it working on the sequel?

I only had a tiny role. I did two days and got cut out. I still haven’t seen the film.

You’re mainly in horror films, do you fancy yourself as a bit of a ‘scream queen’?

I love horror movies. LOVE them. I mean, I wrote an entire book about them (“It Lives Again! Horror Movies in the New Millennium”, from Telos Publishing)! I’d be happy to work in horror for the rest of my days. But I hate the expression “scream queen”. It implies playing victims, and that’s the type of role I’m generally not interested in.  I’d love to play more villains… Parts like Angela Bettis’s in May or Beatrice Dalle in Inside are the kinds of roles I’d love to be given.

What’s your favourite horror film you’ve worked on?

Would it be odd if I chose a film we haven’t filmed yet? I’ve spent the past 6 months writing and developing a feature called The Ghost of Slaughterford, which Neil is executive producing. I love writing, and being given the chance to put a project together is wonderful. We’re hoping to shoot this summer; I can’t wait.

Straw Man

Do you have any updates on Straw Man?

No. I believe post-production is over, but I haven’t seen the finished film yet.

Seemed like that was a chilly set too!

Hell yes. On my last day I had to walk in the sea, with water up to my knees, in a skimpy summer dress. It was minus 10 on the beach and I don’t think I’d ever been that cold in my whole life. The tide was pretty strong and I was nearly swept away by the waves. But the team was great, and thanks to them, I remember it as a tough but really good experience.

How was it working with Leslie? (check out our interview with Leslie Simpson and director Andrew Barker)

Leslie’s wonderful. He’s very intense, almost in a Crispin Glover kind of way – I’m saying almost, because I think Les is much more versatile. By then we already knew each other pretty well, too; we met on the set of Doomsday, and we’d already worked together on a great little short film, I Love You, by Tristan Versluis.

What are you most excited about for the future?

Seeing the Ghost feature I mentioned get made. Developing more of my own projects, and working with talented filmmakers – I’ve got a few projects lined up I’m excited about. I’m also working on two short films: one I’ll be directing myself, and the other Neil will direct.

Right, we usually wrap up with our quickfire questions, so here we go!

What’s your favourite horror film?

David Cronenberg’s The Fly.

What is the coolest film death of all time?

Mmh, that’s a tough one. Dr Hill’s death in Re-Animator? Recently there’s been quite a few good ones in The Crazies and Zombieland, too! And wait until you see Centurion…

If you had to be killed by a movie monster, what would it be?

Freddy Krueger. He’s one of my earliest horror movie memories, so I’ve always had a soft spot for Freddy,

And what would be your final words? 

Thanks for your time!

It Lives Again! Horror Movies in the New Millennium – Amazon.co.uk

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Neil Marshall’s Centurion – Trailer. Unleash Awesome

Posted by LiveFor on February 12, 2010

Written and directed by Neil Marshall (Doomsday, The Descent, Dog Soldiers), the film stars Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko, Liam Cunningham.
The movie speculates on the fate of Rome’s reputedly ‘lost’ Ninth Legion, who in this take are north of Hadrian’s Wall, engaged in a bloody battle and facing a bit of trouble getting out of hostile Pict country.

Looks like some more great action from Mr Marshall. Someone get him the rights to David Gemmell’s Legend. Now that would be cool.

What do you think about the Centurion trailer?

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Centurion – New photos from Neil Marshall’s Roman film

Posted by LiveFor on October 5, 2009

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Finally some more photos from Neil Marshall’s (Dog Soldiers, Descent) all action Roman vs Picts film, Centurion.

Empire had the goods and they are looking very good indeed.

The movie speculates on the fate of Rome’s reputedly ‘lost’ Ninth Legion, who in this take are north of Hadrian’s Wall, engaged in a bloody battle and facing a bit of trouble getting out of hostile Pict country.

Below is Michael Fassbender’s as Quintus with Liam Cunningham

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Source: Empire

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Harry Brown – Trailer for Michael Caine’s tough new film

Posted by LiveFor on September 16, 2009

http _4.bp.blogspot.com__Llxf0Z81zHA_SY2FH4n9rmI_AAAAAAAAD8Y_xzYEw7dHvz4_s1600_harry-brown-michael-caine-EMFL-01This looks very good indeed and nice to see Caine get back into some action again.

Get Carter immediately comes to mind as Caine is once again on the road for revenge, daring the foolhardy to stand in his way at their peril.

Caine is older now, more used to picking up accolades for playing mild-mannered butlers (a la Dark Knight) than gun-toting, head-banging Carter.

But it seems there is still plenty of testosterone in the tank as he now adopts the guise of a retired Marine in this film that started shooting in late January in London.

As Harry Brown he adopts the guise of a retired Marine widower. Get it? Retired, yes, and single to boot, but sitting on a wealth of combat skills.

Caine/Brown begins happily enough, although living a somewhat lonely existence, with only his best friend David Bradley (Harry Potter, Hot Fuzz) for company in a modern day Britain where drugs are the currency of the day and guns run the streets.

The bad news for the country’s lowlifes is that they stupidly murder Caine’s mate Bradley, compelling him to settle the score.

Billed as an urban western, the film is the feature debut for director Daniel Barber, who shot to fame when his 2008 short The Tonto Woman was nominated for an Oscar.

Caine is joined front and centre by pros Emily Mortimer and Iain Glen as well as relative newcomers Charlie Creed-Miles (The Fifth Element), and Liam Cunningham (Hunger, The Wind That Shakes the Barley).

The nasties are drawn from a group of up-and-coming British talent including Ben Drew aka Plan B (Adulthood), Jack O’Connell (Eden Lake), Lee Oakes (Two Pints of Lager and a Packet Of Crisps), Joseph Gilgun (This Is England) and Sean Harris (24 Hour Party People).

Harry Brown was written by Gary Young (Shooters, Spivs) and should be given a deft look by Control’s director of photography Martin Ruhe.

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Brian Cox is The Escapist

Posted by LiveFor on March 16, 2009

Frank Perry (Brian Cox) is an institutionalized convict twelve years into a life sentence without parole. When he learns that his daughter has become ill, he is determined he make peace with her before it’s too late. He develops an ingenious escape plan, and recruits a dysfunctional band of escapists – misfits with a mutual dislike for one other but united by their desire to escape their hell hole of an existence.

The Escapist is directed by first-time French filmmaker Rupert Wyatt and it has a hell of a cast.

As well as Brian Cox it also features Joseph Fiennes, Liam Cunningham, Seu Jorge, Dominic Cooper, Steven Mackintosh and Damian Lewis.

I do like a good prison escape film and this one looks to be pretty damn special.

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Harry Brown – Michael Caine is going to sort out the scum

Posted by LiveFor on March 15, 2009

Get Carter immediately comes to mind as Caine is once again on the road for revenge, daring the foolhardy to stand in his way at their peril.

Caine is older now, more used to picking up accolades for playing mild-mannered butlers (a la Dark Knight) than gun-toting, head-banging Carter.

But it seems there is still plenty of testosterone in the tank as he now adopts the guise of a retired Marine in this film that started shooting in late January in London.

As Harry Brown he adopts the guise of a retired Marine widower. Get it? Retired, yes, and single to boot, but sitting on a wealth of combat skills.

Caine/Brown begins happily enough, although living a somewhat lonely existence, with only his best friend David Bradley (Harry Potter, Hot Fuzz) for company in a modern day Britain where drugs are the currency of the day and guns run the streets.

The bad news for the country’s lowlifes is that they stupidly murder Caine’s mate Bradley, compelling him to settle the score.

Billed as an urban western, the film is the feature debut for director Daniel Barber, who shot to fame when his 2008 short The Tonto Woman was nominated for an Oscar.

Caine is joined front and centre by pros Emily Mortimer and Iain Glen as well as relative newcomers Charlie Creed-Miles (The Fifth Element), and Liam Cunningham (Hunger, The Wind That Shakes the Barley).

The nasties are drawn from a group of up-and-coming British talent including Ben Drew aka Plan B (Adulthood), Jack O’Connell (Eden Lake), Lee Oakes (Two Pints of Lager and a Packet Of Crisps), Joseph Gilgun (This Is England) and Sean Harris (24 Hour Party People).

Harry Brown was written by Gary Young (Shooters, Spivs) and should be given a deft look by Control’s director of photography Martin Ruhe.

The film expects to wrap mid-March after seven weeks on location in London and at Elstree Studios.

Source: BFM

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Michael Caine is The Equalizer…I mean Harry Brown

Posted by LiveFor on February 7, 2009

Empire had these first couple of photos of Michael Caine as the titular Harry Brown. Directed by Daniel Barber it also stars Emily Mortimer and Liam Cunningham.

The shots make Caine look a lot like Ewar Woowar (that’s Edward Woodward without the D’s!) from The Equaliser, but that’s just my opinion.

Harry Brown is an ex-Marine and widow forced to journey through a seedy world of drugs and guns to take revenge for the brutal death of his best friend at the hands of a gang of thugs.It is being described as a mix between Get Carter, Gran Torino and Taken. It all sounds like good stuff.

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