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THE TRON: LEGACY PODCAST INTERVIEWS
 

 

Rob Vaux of the Sci-Fi Movie Page speaks to everybody involved with the upcoming Tron: Legacy – right from the stars, writers and director to the designers and the guy who mopped the floors (er, just kidding) . . .


Bruce Boxleitner self-effacingly describes himself as a “jumped-up TV actor,” which belies his long and distinguished history in the medium: starting with The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1973 and reaching all the way up to the just-cancelled Heroes. Most people know him as Lee Stetson in Scarecrow and Mrs. King, or as Captain John Sheridan in the cult classic Babylon 5. He also made a mark playing the titular role in the movie TRON, which he revisits in the new sequel TRON: Legacy.

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Michael Sheen
has quickly developed a range of notable movie roles, from Tony Blair in The Queen, The Deal and The Special Relationship to a werewolf prince in the Underworld films. He all but steals the show in TRON: Legacy as a flamboyant computer program bearing a more than passing resemblance to David Bowie.

The two actors sat down in tandem to talk to the press during the Legacy junket. Boxleitner was then kind enough to speak one-on-one with The Sci-Fi Movie Page in an exclusive interview. Podcasts of both Q&As can be found below.

Excerpt: "Ziggy Stardust" and "a Facebook page for our dog" . . .

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Steve Lisberger may not have been entirely aware of what he was launching when he helmed the original TRON in 1982. The film went on to become a cult classic, and twenty-eight years later has produced a sequel, TRON: Legacy. Joseph Kosinski was chosen to direct the new film after making a mark for himself with a number of notable commercials. Lisberger served as a producer for the new film, along with Sean Bailey, whose other production credits include The Core, Matchstick Men and The Emperor’s Club. The three recently spoke to the press about Legacy. Afterwards, Lisberger kindly sat down for an exclusive interview with The Sci-Fi Movie Page. Podcasts of both can be found below.

Excerpt: "Tron didn’t pay the bills . . ."  

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Along with his brother Beau and father Lloyd, Jeff Bridges represents one of Hollywood’s most prominent acting families. He has starred in a huge array of movies over the past forty years, including Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Last Picture Show, Starman, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Fisher King, The Big Lebowski, Iron Man, and Crazy Heart (the latter of which netted him his first Oscar). The role of Kevin Flynn in the original TRON remains a favorite of his, and he was eager to revive it—as well as Flynn’s nemesis CLU—in the new sequel TRON: Legacy. He talked about the part during the film’s press junket. A podcast of his comments follows.

Excerpt: "White leotard with black dots" . . .

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Writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz cut their teeth on such shows as Felicity and Birds of Prey before hitting one out of the park with the modern classic Lost. The success of that lead them to the long-delayed TRON sequel, where they were able to crack the code of how to bring another story in the original film’s computerized universe to life. In an exclusive interview with The Sci-Fi Movie Page, they talked about the film and their approach to it as screenwriters. A podcast of their comments follows.

Excerpt: "I'm not like a Tron fan who grew up with it . . ."

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Daniel Simon (TRON: Legacy Vehicle Concept Designer)
grew up in Germany, where he made a name for himself as an automotive concept designer. His book Cosmic Motors presented an array of high tech designs, which led the producers of TRON: Legacy to task him with creating the vehicles for their film. Simon—already a devotee of Syd Mead, who designed the first film’s iconic vehicles—took to the project with gusto. In an exclusive interview with The Sci-Fi Movie Page, he discussed his work on the film, and how he was able to bring his own vision to a previously established universe.

Excerpt: "Not interested in a remake!"

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Not many sci-fi fans know the name of costume designer Christine Bieselin Clark, but they certainly know her work. She helped develop the outfits for some of the most prominent genre movies of the last few years, including 300, Watchmen, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and TRON: Legacy. She recently sat down with The Sci-Fi Movie Page for an exclusive interview, in which she talked about the challenges of bringing the film’s sentient programs to life.

Excerpt: "I don't know how to do this!"

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