Liam Hemsworth was just six years old when he watched Hollywood superstar Will Smith punch an alien in Roland Emmerich’s 1996 sci-fi disaster epic Independence Day.
Twenty years later, the Australian actor wallops his own extraterrestrial in the alien invasion blockbuster’s sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence (IDR), which opens here tomorrow.
Playing smart-talking US fighter pilot Jake Morrison, Hemsworth said the original scene left an impression.
The 26-year-old confessed to preferring to watch movies over playing outdoors as a kid. He told M at the Park Hyatt Sydney hotel in Australia of his memory of the film: “I was like, ‘My God it’s an alien’. I’d never seen anything like that at the time.”
Hemsworth shares top billing with returning star Jeff Goldblum in IDR. It is set 20 years after the first film, which ended with the annihilation of half of Earth’s population.
He leads a cast of newcomers who are trying to defend our planet from a second, more vicious alien attack.
Of his character, Hemsworth said: “I wanted to make him a real human being, self-deprecating and making mistakes.
“I just didn’t want to be this cool fighter pilot who was going to save the world.
“I wanted him to be Han Solo (of the Star Wars movies) in that way, where he messes up all the time.
“He’s a smart-ass. All these things make him more likeable and interesting.”
Hemsworth, who is best known for portraying Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games franchise, has consistently been on the radar with his big-screen roles in action flicks like The Expendables 2, Paranoia and Empire State.
The couple got engaged in 2012, broke up a year later and were rumoured to be engaged again earlier this year.
Questions about Cyrus were off-limits for our interview and he was curt in his reply about the rivalry between him and his older (and arguably more famous) brother Chris Hemsworth, 32, of Thor fame.
He said: “We are brothers and we are both actors but (comparison) is not something I worry about.
“I can’t control it, so it doesn’t bother me.”
Perhaps IDR could be the film that finally takes him out of his brother’s shadow.
After all, Independence Day catapulted Smith to movie stardom, broke box office records and was the highest grossing film of 1996.
Smith had been in talks with German director Emmerich, 60, about a follow-up for years but was eventually unable to join the cast because he was “too expensive” and had other work commitments, according to reports.
Nonetheless, Emmerich expressed confidence that Hemsworth and the new cast, which includes Chinese actress Angelababy, will attract a new audience.
He said new technology to create a visual effects spectacle was one of the reasons why he made IDR despite being “not big on sequels”.
He added: “It made my career and I was asked (for) years and years and years to do a sequel.”
Hemsworth said he was sold on Emmerich’s vision for the film.
As his character was not flying a conventional fighter jet, he did not need to go through flight training.
Hemsworth, who became a vegan to get in shape for the part, described the challenges of shooting the flying scenes: “You are sitting in a seat and then you have to make the scene come alive.
“The writers were on their mics and they would just yell at us all day long and guide us on each scene and turn.
“They would yell it, and you would react to that, which in the beginning was scary and really difficult.”
He added: “I’ve done a lot of visual effects films. The flying stuff (in IDR) was a lot different from anything I’ve done before… and with this film, it’s go big with everything. You can’t be subtle.
“To have the chance to work with Roland, Jeff and everyone surrounding it is a huge opportunity for me.”
Source: The New Paper
Today (June 30) Liam attended the premiere for ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ at Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, Japan with Director Roland Emmerich, co-stars Jeff Goldblum, Maika Monroe and actor Tatsuya Fujiwara. Check out the pics now over on the gallery. I have also updated the gallery with a few more pics from the ‘Los Angeles’ Premiere so don’t forget to check those out too. Enjoy!
Yesterday (June 29) Liam attended the press conference for ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ at the Tokyo Skytree. He attended the conference with Director Roland Emmerich and his c-stars Jeff Goldblum and Maika Monroe. A few images have now been uploaded to the gallery so go check them out.
‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ stars Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum discuss the possibility of extraterrestrial life and how Liam reacted when he first saw ID4.
Source: Fox News
Will Smith is sadly missing from Independence Day: Resurgence, but there’s a new charismatic hero taking the lead in the form of Liam Hemsworth.
However, Liam told Digital Spy that he’d rather no comparisons be made between him and the Suicide Squad star, who decided not to return for the blockbuster sequel.
He said: “I didn’t really think about that, to be honest. Will Smith’s Will Smith.
“He did a wonderful job in the first film and I didn’t want to recreate anything he did. I just wanted to focus on who this guy was as a character.”
But could Will return for any potential sequels? His character Steven Hiller may be dead, but as any Game of Thrones fan would tell you, if we don’t see them die on screen (and even if we do), anything could happen.
Sadly, director Roland Emmerich dismissed that silly notion, insisting: “No, he’s dead!
“It’s like this. I think the movie is introducing a new generation. That’s how it was meant to be, not that the old generation wouldn’t be part of it, but this was the idea.”
Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Maika Monroe also star in the follow-up to 1996’s Independence Day, which arrives in cinemas on Friday (June 24). Watch a trailer below:
Source: Digital Spy