Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a bit of a scoop on Christopher Nolan's upcoming THE PRESTIGE. AICN has a new spy who has dazzled us with his amazing Billiard Ball Manipulation Act. After proving himself as legit with that amazing performance he gave us the skinny on a bit of casting in the film as well as give us a run down on the project so far.
Although known mostly for his mo-cap character work, Andy Serkis is quickly growing into one of my favorite character actors. I really didn't care much for DEATHWATCH, the WW1 battlefield-set horror movie he appeared in a couple years back, however his performance saved the experience for me. I loved seeing him a bit in KING KONG as Lumpy the Cook and the work he did on Kong himself was fantastic.
So, I'm happy to see Serkis getting more high profile character parts... He'll be playing Tesla's assistant in THE PRESTIGE and I, for one, can't wait to see Serkis bounce off of David Bowie.
But I'm already getting ahead of myself. I must surrender the stage to our new spy. Behold the astonishing Swan Cardini!
I can't remember the character's name that Andy Serkis plays, but he's kind of like the igor to David Bowie's Dr. Frankesntein. Tesla and Andy's character have this secret lab out in colorado. they have some wierd deal worked out with this town to provide them with electricity, as long as they can also use the electricity and lab. Something along those lines. Theres really cool scenes with Angier (Hugh Jackman) visiting them and talking with Andy. Theres one part where Andy takes him to this field with thousands of little light bulbs in the ground. Lit up. Angier takes a closer look, pulls one of the light-bulbs and it comes right out of the grass, and goes out. the rest are lit up, just planted in the ground. Andy explains that almost everything is capable of conducting electricity. Even the human body.
Cool little wierd shit is all around in this script. There is an element of magic through all of it. Like magic magic, not stage magic. The theme of the movie, I would say, is that audiences believe in magic. Atleast we WANT to believe in magic. When we go to see magic, we look for the trick, we try to catch the slight of hand, but we don't really WANT to know. We look in the wrong places on purpose. When we do occasionally find out HOW a trick was done, theres always dissapointment. This is all in the story. The main reveal is built-up. You know it could be pure magic. When you find out......even though it is magic-magic-ish........its disappointing. Its better not to know. But you want to know. I was dissapointed in the ending, but its almost as if thats intended. They let the cat out of the bag. I'll stop.