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
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" . . .
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
Excerpt: "Tron didn’t pay the bills . . ."
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" . . .
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
Excerpt: "I'm not like a Tron fan who grew up with it . . ."
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!"
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!"