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Capone Interviews Ozymandias! Matthew Goode Talks BRIDESHEAD REVISTED and WATCHMEN!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. Thirty-year-old British actor Matthew Goode is still a relatively new face to most filmgoers. In fact, there's a very good chance many of you have never actually seen one of his movies. He seemed destined to play the love interest to some very beautiful actresses, including Mandy Moore in CHASING LIBERTY; Piper Perabo in IMAGINE ME & YOU; and Scarlett Johansson in Woody Allen's. But Goode seemed determined to break free of his handsome, nice-guy roles when to took on the role of the absolutely evil Gary Spargo is last year's THE LOOKOUT (rent it immediately if you haven't seen it) from writer-director Scott Frank. It was thanks to this film that I got to interview Goode for the first time (along with Frank and Goode's costar Joseph Gordon-Levitt). This time around he was out promoting his latest work, the film adaptation of the preeminent piece of British literature, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, in which he places Charles Ryder (for those familiar with the original miniseries, this was the breakthrough role Jeremy Irons played). And while we certainly do discuss this film, my mind was already racing ahead to the next time we'll see Goode on the big screen: you see, he plays Ozymandias in next year's WATCHMEN movie (you get one nice shot of him in the recently released trailer). My first statement to Goode was meant as a joke, but boy am I glad he thought I was serious. Matthew Goode is one of those actors who I absolutely know will be a huge deal in the near future, so important he probably won't grant interviews to the likes of us any longer. But he's one of the most personable, funny, often-salty gentlemen I've ever interviewed. And he uses a word during our conversation that I've never actually had to transcribe. Enjoy Matthew Goode… Matthew Goode: [Taking a look at my digital recorder] That's a fancy-pants one. That is good. I like anything with graphics. Capone: That's funny you say that because when we met last year, I had a fairly large cassette player, and you were fascinated by it and you said how you loved it because it was old school. MG: Well, I do. I kind of switch between the two. Because that [points to recorder] just looks really sexy, but there's a real appeal to the older machines. It's like people who like vinyl. That shit in-between: don't like it. One way or the other. Capone: So you realize I'm only going to be asking you WATCHMEN questions, right? MG: Perfect! I'm so happy to do that. Capone: So are you going to San Diego for the big ComicCon presentation? MG: Yes, I am. Capone: I'll probably see you there. Do you have any idea what [director] Zack Snyder will be showing? MG: I would imagine, considering the trailer is going out with DARK KNIGHT. That makes good sense for Warner Brothers. So I'd imagine they're going to be showing extra material, otherwise people who made the effort to get down there will go, "I'm pissed. This is the shit we've already seen." I haven't seen anything myself really. I've had to looping, some re-recording of sound on one or two tiny scenes in it, so they've either cut me out of the movie or the original recording was as good as it needs to be. So I've seen so little, but the stuff I've seen has been "Oh, fuck me! Wow! There's Bubastis; there's my fucking cat!" Because there's very little CGI in it. Capone: I noticed that just from the video diaries that Zack put on line. I wasn't seeing, like he did with 300, the green screens every single shot. Everything looked very real and practical. MG: Well, we had these huge, huge sets. There's so much attention to detail, and they had this massive backlot, which was New York. It was incredible. And thank God because it is the CITIZEN KANE of graphic novels. It needs to be visionary and real. We're actually not as accepting of false things these days. We want to go back to old school and the scale of a CITZEN KANE. I fucking hate CGI. Capone: You mentioned DARK KNIGHT a minute ago, there's hardly any CGI in that. MG: Yeah, we want the sets, we want the kind of old school visionary. And the minute some crap CGI comes on [in other films], it takes you right out of the story. Obviously, when we have things like a 100-foot Dr. Manhattan, sorry to disappoint you, but that's CGI. Having not seen it myself and having spoken to Zack, he said, "The running time is about three hours right now, and what Warner Bros. don't really get yet is that I've made a three-hour arthouse film." [laughs] "That sounds great!" So I think his integrity with it, and even the color palate he's using, it's trying to serve only the novel and the fans. It's not something he's come on board and reinvented. Obviously, you have to have your own vision, but you've got it storyboarded there, right there for you. He's done as much as he can with the way he's cast it and give as much of the budget as he can to fulfilling the vision of the film. And there were other directors attached like Paul Greengrass [and Darren Aronofsky and Terry Gilliam], who have a great back catalog, and with Zack, other than 300, he's very new. He's been working with a camera for however many fucking years, but to the film world, he's only done two films. But I honestly think we've got the best man for the job. Capone: Zack was kind enough to bring a nearly completed 300 to our Butt Numb-a-Thon a couple of Decembers ago, and I know more than a few of us are hoping he bring WATCHMEN this year. MG: The movie is cut now. He's just doing the CGI now. I could imagine by December, it could well be done. It goes out worldwide in March. It just depends on how secretive they're going to be. Capone: It must have been pretty much impossible not to want to play the smartest man in the world. That's not a title that is bestowed upon many actors in their lifetime. MG: My God. And it certainly won't be when this interview comes out, will it? [laughs] It's one of those weird things, I didn't have any knowledge of WATCHMEN. It's not a world where I came from. And a lot of my friends did have knowledge, and I'd say, "I've been given this job. I'm playing this guy called Ozymandias in WATCHMEN." And they're like, "I fucking hate you." "But I don't know anything about it." "READ IT!!!" It was only after I read it that I was like, "Oh my God." I then understood the enormity of what I was undertaking, because it's the best graphic novel out there. I don't have a huge amount to compare it to, but the depth of the story, the way it's written, the peculiarities in the structure of it. It's the most thought-out, deeply intelligent of the lot of them. So you sign on. And I was one of the last to be cast, and knowing the interest of other, much larger actors who wanted the role, combined with the fact that Zack just gave it to me on a plate really, I would have been an idiot to turn it down. I was scared, for sure. Capone: Your character is one of those classic comic book villains who isn't evil per se; he thinks what he's doing is for the greater good. He does see some righteousness in what he's doing. MG: For sure. He's morally ambiguous. He's kind of a crossover to Rorschach really, because people go right to him; he's the character people love. And by the end, people realize there's a sociopathic-ness between both these characters, but really you just want to be right and you would forsake the world's safety because of that. As opposed to Ozymandias, who's like, "I get it, but we needs someone to be fucking practical about this." It's the reverse of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. I've done it, I save the world, and I've done it in the way, but it's pretty much the only way it could have been done. I don't know about you, but I've sat around and joked with people about how it's going to take some outside force for the whole world to unite, which is giving a little bit away. It may or may not be this rather large creation of Adrian Veidt that comes to attack and kill people. I loved the character, and I love that you don't know anything about his real backstory, and that may or may not upset the fanbase. I mean, you know his parents were very wealthy, you now that he gave that wealth away and went on a trip, and he took some hash, and he had these vision with the Ozymandias, the King of Thebes. But we said there has to be some understanding with it. And I came in to Zack one day because I'd gotten quite drunk--I find that always really helps, as I learned from Paul Newman, go get drunk and think about your character on your own--and I said to him, it would be interesting in a very comic book kind of way to ask why did he give his parents' money away? Perhaps it's because his parents were Nazis, and he was ashamed of that wealth. And also it would be a way to challenge his own intellect. Did he live in Germany before? Wouldn't it be interesting if he did come over here post-WWII after having grown up there as a child? He speaks the German language, and he has an accent. So when he comes over, he works himself up into being this very successful man when we first see him, but how can we distinguish between the public and the private persona? That way, he's the epitome of the American dream. He's built himself up as a self-made man effectively. So the entire world knows him as this guy who speaks with a perfect American accent…hopefully [laughs], but actually with the Watchmen, there's a hint of German, which grows a bit stronger. But that's more from a technical standpoint for me. But having that sort of duplicity made it much more layered and interesting. Capone: Is that something you came up with or something you and Zack did together? MG: My idea, but he let me do it. Capone: Something else I remember from the last time we spoke, you told me that you always create backstories for the characters you play, but that you never reveal them. MG: Well, I'll only be telling you now. This isn't in the script. Capone: When I asked you for a little bit of the backstory for your character in THE LOOKOUT, you got very serious. I thought you were going to hit me for asking. MG: [laughs] No, not at all. It doesn't really serve the story of THE LOOKOUT for me to have told you, and it actually looks a bit self-indulgent as an actor, which I try to stay away from. I don't really talk about process. I can't really describe what goes on in my imagination. We have all one, and I think the more you let someone in there, the more danger there is that they might let you explore that imagination to do other characters. I sound like a dick already. But with this, it needs a little explaining because otherwise people will be like, "What the fuck is going on?" I think they'll get it; I think they will. I hope they don't think I'm being self-indulgent because I think it really serves the film. And it comes from the idea of this comic book world. Capone: The comic book world loves its backstory. MG: Exactly. Capone: Okay, I really didn't intend on opening with WATCHMENT questions, and we can come back to it. But I did want to talk a little bit about BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, because I truly liked it. I remember watching the 11- or 12-hour miniseries in college, and it's such a risky endeavor to condense it and rework it the way that it's been done here, but I think you pulled it off. Did you revisit Jeremy Irons performance, or did you draw more from the novel's version of Charles? MG: I'd seen the series, which I wish I'd never seen, but I was given it about five years previously as a present from my agent. He said, "You should watch this. It's be the best piece of drama that's ever been, and you could learn a lot from it." And I knew the novel because I'd studied it at school, although it wasn't part of the syllabus, I just read it and fuck me. [laughs] Obviously, we had a different script, and it would be weird to say, "Yes, I revisited it." You can't copy somebody else's performance. You've got other actors around you and different lines. But I know what you mean, because you're never going to get a better medium to do a book adaptation with than television, because you have so much time. You could do it chapter for chapter with a narrative structure that you don't have to change, which obviously we did because you need to bring Julia into the story earlier on, which Jeremy [Brock, co-screenwriter] was very aware of. So they sought the permission of the [novelist Evelyn] Waugh estate to do that, because that's quite a drastic change. It didn't sit hugely comfortably with the cast at the beginning. Everyone is kind of a purist when it comes to a novel, especially one of the greatest novels in the English language, and the prose is so fucking beautiful. So I didn't revisit anything that Jeremy did, no, but the way I work, you've only got yourself. Capone: The way you play it seems much more like the novel and less the innocent. He holds himself away from the Flyte family as an observer and is pulled in, and not necessarily against his will. MG: It's [director] Julian [Jarrold's] vision, and it's a shame he's not here to talk about it, because it's specifically what he wanted. And it's a very ambiguous character, as far as his sexuality and far as his ambition, and I think what you have in our adaptation--and it's one of the things I'm most proud of--is that they are very three dimensional and very human, even Lady Marchmain [Emma Thompson]. You feel a huge amount of sympathy because everyone has their losses, their history, but by the time we see them, it just gets worse for them. It's a very sad film dramatically. With Charles, his mother died. He's the loneliest guy on the planet, and he meets this guy, who falls in love with him. And Charles falls in love with him platonically, he knows it's not going to work out, but just how ambitious is he? It seems to me, as someone who loves words, I don't write psychology, the psychology of those two looking alike and acting alike and there being a love between them and Charles transferring his love to a woman because that's his thing, makes perfect sense to me. Capone: I'd forgotten how oppressive this story is despite the large estate and all the location shooting. MG: Yeah. Just life, really. Things don't always work out. Like at the end, some people are going to be walking out wanting things to be tied up a bit more neatly, but one of the things that happens in the book is that you're wanting for an ending, and you get there and there's this sort of sigh. I remember reading it and going, "Okay, good. Someone says to him 'I've never seen you looking so upbeat.'" That idea that he can finally tuck the past behind him and try to get on with his life, even though he's just said, "I'm middle aged, childless, loveless." The past weights heavy. Capone: Did you find it necessary to create a backstory for Charles? It's kind of already there for you. MG: Most of it's there. It doesn't talk about his mother apart from the fact that she went away and was killed in the war. And you can imagine, being English and being so close to post-WWI, but having a knowledge of the class system and having been to a boarding school for the middle class, I've got a pretty good knowledge of where he's coming from. I can imagine it's like the Italian guys who play good fellas, they grew up in those kind of worlds, they nothing they didn't know that they put onto the screen. If you cast someone like Kirsten Dunst in a role like that, another big American actress, I'd imagine it's slightly harder…or not, we speak the same language, we read the same books. I don't know, it's all a load of bullocks really. [laughs] Capone: It's almost unfair that Emma Thompson is in this movie with you, because you can't help but focus every ounce of attention onto her whenever she's in a scene. She's so great. What did you learn from her? MG: That's not unfair; that's a learning curve. I learned grace from her. She's won Oscars for writing for acting, and all she seeks is the truth in any scene, and she doesn't do it at the expense of wanting screen time. She's the least selfish person you'll ever meet. She just loves her job and loves playing around. She's like a mother on set, a very young mother, a very young sexually attractive mother. [laughs] She could make people feel very nervous until she starts laughing around, and then you're like, "Oh my God. You're just brilliant." There are too many superlatives to mention to describe her. She's a class act. Capone: And Ben Whishaw, who I've been seeing so much of lately in PERFUME and I'M NOT THERE, he strikes me as the kind of guy who really throws himself into whatever part he's playing. MG: He's a chameleon. He's twitchy when he's not working. He loves to work, and he's so fucking good. This is the guy, remember, who was reputed to have done the best Hamlet in 40 years on stage. He is a class act as well, amazingly deep, sensitive person. And it was just such a pleasure, and he was someone I knew that I'd know for the rest of my life, and hopefully we'll get to work together again on stage or in film. He throws himself into it, as you say, but he doesn't know how to do anything apart from be right on screen. There's a different kind of masculinity between him and Daniel Day Lewis, but there's that line of Jim Sheridan about Daniel "He's a character actor trapped in a leading man's body." Capone: One thing I remember you saying the last time we spoke--and I thought it was really honest of you to say it… MG: Was it the word 'cunt'? Capone: No, but it will be the next time we meet. That'll look good this time around in print. When we were talking about the script for THE LOOKOUT coming to you, and that it was important to you to make it big in American movies, and that that film was a great step in that direction for you. WATCHMEN is essentially diving head first into them. MG: I'm the luckiest son of a bitch in the world. You do feel like you're taking another actor's job. But what we do is acting, and if you do it well, it shouldn't matter where the hell you come from, particularly since the English film industry is not what it was. We have to come to America and try to gain work, because we're out of work at home. I'm certainly in a position where I still have to audition and take meetings, which I think is great and thank fuck. Otherwise you don't feel part of a project and you feel alienated or that you don't deserve it. You need to talk it through and really get close to the director. I want to work all the time, but I don't see the point in working unless you love the project. And I can say that and a lot of other actors will say, "Well, you're in a fucking lucky position to say that." I am, but I came from a position where I took some jobs, and I'm lucky that they worked out, but I've also went through two periods where I didn't work for a year, and I had to borrow money, because you read some things and you go, "I just can't do that. The idea makes me feel physically ill. It's like selling out." I have my own integrity, hopefully. Capone: Last question: what was it like putting on that costume for the first time and seeing yourself in it? MG: One good thing is that I got a different haircut. I do look completely different, which is kind of nice. So if it doesn't work out or not a particularly good performance, people won't recognize me. [laughs] But it feels pretty good, although it does take 40 minutes to get on every day, with talcum powder. But most of the time I just looked like David Bowie in my suit. Capone: He got a lot of mileage out of that look. Thanks a lot, and hopefully we'll see you in San Diego. MG: I'm sure. Thanks a lot. Capone

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  • July 21, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by DrafthouseSF


  • July 21, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Slow news day

    by Hawaiian Organ Donor

    We need something to keep me awake.

  • July 21, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST


    by pendergast

  • July 21, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by Phimseto

    The guy handles himself pretty well. I'm still iffy on how he'll do with Ozymandias but the man seems like he'd be a great part of any production.

  • July 21, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Great interview.

    by Nordling

    He certainly likes his f-bombs and c-bombs, doesn't he? But seriously, good work, Capone.

  • July 21, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    I want to have Matthew Goode's babies

    by Queen Liffey

    Seriously, the man is talented (best part of Match Point, brilliant in The Lookout, made Imagine Me and You tolerable), smoking hot and, above all, not an idiot. I've read a few interviews with him and he always comes off as witty, intelligent, funny and genuine. Yeah, I want him.

  • July 21, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Capone interviews Peter from HEROES

    by Squashua

    Dude looks just like him.

  • July 21, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST

    He looks a bit slight to play Ozy...

    by vic twenty

    Where was Brad Pitt when we needed him? Still, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. The trailer looked great. Most of the people at the Dark Knight IMAX screening I went to had no idea what it was supposed to be.

  • July 21, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST


    by Lashlarue

    But, that major gripe aside, I really hope he pulls it off. Don't disappoint me Zack!

  • July 21, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST

    So will he get a story credit?

    by Mostholy

    Honestly, I hope all that backstory he's created doesn't make it to the screen. Apparently, Snyder's already having trouble whittling down the film to the studio suits' liking. No need to keep Goode's extraneous additions.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST

    is this not a huge spoiler?

    by bobbo32

    um, Capone, do you realize that calling Ozymondias "one of those classic comic book villains," is kind of a massive spoiler? not everyone who reads this interview has read the graphic novel, so do you not think you should keep the FUCKING ENDING OF THE BOOK out of your questions??

  • July 21, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Did anyone else just skip the Brideshead talk?

    by decypher44

    I saw the trailer for that movie in front of TDK. That was a really strange placement. I have no desire to see it and even less desire to read an interview about it. But that's just me.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Good actor, but I still think he's too young for Ozymandias

    by Freakemovie

    Then again, while I thoroughly enjoyed reading Watchmen, I don't exactly consider it "the best popular fiction ever created" (as Damon Lindelof says on the back of my edition) anyway. Considering all that's set up, the climax doesn't add up to as much as it should. Who knows until March, though -- maybe by then we'll all be screaming about how awesome a guy Goode is.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by frongbak

    No but seriously take an actor's word seriously. Even Tobey Maguire was "excited" by Spider-man 3

  • July 21, 2008, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by bobbo32

    ok fair enough, but hypothetically, if I had not read the graphic novel, and had the ending of both that and the film spoiled for me in this interview, I would be pretty pissed. that being said: YYYYYEEEEAAAAAGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! thats my body snatchers noise.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST


    by Shigeru

    If a Watchmen movie should only be made with Moore's blessing then a Watchmen movie would never be made, because Moore fucking hates movies, and the very idea of adapting his work into film disgusts him.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Moore also hates

    by Shigeru

    run-on sentences

  • July 21, 2008, 1:37 p.m. CST

    I want in on Butt-Numb-A-Thon...

    by Veraxus

    If there's even the tiniest CHANCE of Watchmen being there, I will fly out from California invited or not. You can let me in, or I can break in. You're choice. ;)<p> P.S. I'm as serious as the disappearing pencil trick.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST

    So, nobody is trying to keep secret who the villian is?

    by Wonderboys

    Everybody is spoiling who the bad guy in Watchmen is... sure, I read it 20 years ago and I dont mind, but there's a lot of people that may want to go to the cinema and be actually surprised.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Quality of Watchmen

    by frongbak

    Moore strikes me as a full-on sociopath, probably a mix of Rorschach, Veidt, and the tortured sailor from the inset comic. Neither his opinion or Matt Goode's take on Veidt's Arayan heritage makes me any less ethusiastic about this fil. I am there opening weekend, psyched.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST


    by andtheflesh

    <p> Hopefully, the ending gets spoiled for everyone by the time the movie is released. That way I can be there opening day in a nice quiet theater, devoid of douchebag frat boys yelling out, "Damn yo! Didja just see THAT!!" </p> <p> I'm wishing that the movie fucking tanks. Just give me that 3 hour arthouse pic Snyder mentioned, toss in a little animated Black Freighter, and let the studio weep. </p> <p> I mean, afterall, it's not like we should care if this does well at the box office. We won't be getting a sequel and thank christ for that. </p>

  • July 21, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Alan Moore & Salinger

    by andtheflesh

    I love both of these guys work but have a hard time liking either of them outside of it. Salinger, especially. That fucker just needs to die already so all the shit he's been writing for the past 20 years get a posthumous publication.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST


    by EddieBlake

    So I'm second to Rorschach, huh? figures. I'll have to get some rubber bullets and come visit your Dr. Who loving ass :)

  • July 21, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST


    by Kid Z

    ...yeah but the studio probably forced this idiotic subplot, "He's the bad guy... gotta make the asses in the seats know he's EEEE-VILLLL!" Typical, one-dimensional, Hollywood coke-think... but what can ya do, right?

  • July 21, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Who cares about Alan Moore as a person?

    by palimpsest

    It's all about the work, baby. Brett Ratner's supposed to be a fun guy, but he makes meh movies. Moore's a functioning lunatic in real life, but that's not our concern - the pages he produces, however, is.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Come on Capone, not everybody has read WATCHMEN yet, not even all the geeks that hang around here.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST

    There is a statute of limitations on

    by comedian_x

    ruining endings. Fact is, the book is 20 years old and everyone should have read it by now.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Snyder is seriously troubled if he thinks this is arthouse

    by BurgerKing

    "I'm making a 3 hour art house film". Ohhhh ok Zack, sure you are. Sureeeee

  • July 21, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Moore also hates

    by BurgerKing


  • July 21, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Moore is deliberately eccentric

    by DennisMM

    He admits that when he said, on his 40th birthday, that he would become a sorcerer, he was having a bit of fun. He decided, though, that it was an idea worth exploring. before he turned 40 he wasn't considered a lunatic, just a very wary individual whose appearance happened to be somewhat threatening.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Spoilers ...

    by DennisMM

    as much as I dislike having Veidt's arc spoiled, I would be even more upset if Rorschach's arc is spoiled. Even Moore has said he was surprised when he realized who Rorschach was. Don't let the public be spoiled on this!

  • July 21, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    300 retarded....

    by dr sauch

    Yes. Yes it was. It's not a genius piece of eye-opening philosophy. It's a kick-ass movie with a lot of yelling. It's like going to the gym on speed. I think thats all anyone wanted to take away from it. I don't know why people hate it so much. It was visually arresting and fun.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:46 p.m. CST

    This all hinges on the script

    by dr sauch

    If Snyder is just a hired gun to make Moore's story come to life, then this can't fail. The story is there, I mean the fucking comic book is practically a script.

  • July 21, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Bubastis in Goood, Nazi accent Baaaddd

    by DannyOcean01

    Oh well. And not like the comments about the ending means the squid is out.

  • July 21, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Ozymandias is a Nazi?

    by fiester


  • July 21, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    jesus fucking christ

    by ianrewel

    put a fucking spoiler tag on the title. I`ve read it a bunch of times, but still to all those uninitiated you just fucked up the ending for them

  • July 21, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Fancy Pants Recorder

    by misterk360

    Jesus, the whole trailer has nothing but CGI in it--Most of it very crappy. Also, Mathew Goode looks like a Gay Porn star.

  • July 21, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Back To Reality

    by itstherudy

    I'm happy to see passionate film makers just trying to concentrate on more props, actual sets, and real actors than blowing up the screen with non-stop, mind numbing CGI. I too hate CGI.

  • July 21, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    American good, German Bad

    by ianrewel

    As much as I`m trying to keep an open mind about it, the character of Ozymandias is giving me some doubts. This whole German thing seems really contrived and black and white. Could be interesting but I usually prefer it when the villain doesn`t get a huge back story. That`S why I loved The Joker in TDK, there were only some hints about why he`S mad, and that's what ruined the book Hannibal for me; the explaining. I know in the comic book Adrian has a back story but none of this German BS; I guess I'm just complaining for the sake of complaining, I'll stop now and hope for the best

  • July 21, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Goode is a good actor but I think...

    by Redfive!

    Hes still wrong for Ozymandias.Plus a german Nazi backstory..fuck that.The suit alone make it cringe worthy more or less a nazi backstory..100% WRONG.

  • July 21, 2008, 3:49 p.m. CST

    capone is one lucky bastard 'cause i read the graphic novel last

    by ev1ldead

    otherwise i would be on a plane this minute. On my mission to kill him for this huge motherfucker of a spoiler!

  • July 21, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Don't worry

    by ranma627

    Don't worry about the fucking back-story. Try reading the whole interview before you jump to conclusions people. It's just something does for himself as an actor and it has nothing to do with the actual film we will see. I totally think Snyder gets the Watchmen and to say he's not capable of adapting this project is baseless. The two films he has made didn't call for anything more than what he gave. 300 was great besides the part where it was pretentious. Spartans weren't people who changed the world. Dawn was a decent remake, too. The loser in the end won't be the fans but Warner Bros. I see no way this film will be a success at the box office but I don't give a shit. I'm a fan of the novel and the film was made for us not for the masses. Unfortunately for Warner Bros., they're going to learn this lesson the hard way but fans get a 3 hour epic and once you add the Black freighter animated film, it's easily a four hour epic when all is said and done. Not only that but we get a hour long Under the Hood documentary, as well. We're in for one hell of a treat. I believe Snyder will have to cut many things that were in the novel but I'm sure he won't add unnecessary shit and I'm positive the ending will be intact.

  • July 21, 2008, 3:53 p.m. CST


    by ranma627

    Trying using spoiler warnings, you idiot. But still if you didn't read the novel you have no reason to watch this film. It's not for you.

  • July 21, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Veidt always had german descent

    by Wonderboys

    It can be seen in Moore's description of the character in the annotations of the Absolute edition, so nothing new here. Stop embarrasing yourselves by demonstrating your thin knowledge of Watchmen and, at the same time, trying to appear like die-hard fans.

  • July 21, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Bubastis !

    by G100


  • July 21, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    He kicked ass in The Lookout

    by PumpyMcAss

    Easily one of my favorite villains in recent years. Too bad he's in Brideshead. Who goes to those suckfests? Seriously? And there's already a miniseries about that is apparently word for word the book. Merchant Ivory style bullshit. The dryest of the dry. I'm tired of those movies clogging up the Landmark Theatres screens.

  • July 21, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Moore is an Anarchist.

    by Lashlarue

    Wonder what he thinks of The Joker in TDK?

  • July 21, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST

    I hear the script ends with...

    by jackson healy

    ...the Bear Jew beating Veidt to death with his baseball bat.

  • July 21, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    He took the role....

    by kungfuhustler84

    without even having read the graphic novel? What the fuck?!!

  • July 21, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Creating backstories

    by kungfuhustler84

    may work for some roels, but in watchmen it just seems so frivolous. He gave up the money because he wanted to prove he could make it on his own. Not because he's German or some bull shit. You jackass.

  • July 21, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    This is the one bit of Watchmen casting I worry about

    by Steve Rogers

    This skinny dude with the obvious dye job doesn't really say 'Ozymandias' to me.

  • July 21, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Hey Brunomac

    by kungfuhustler84

    how did you get the trailer on your ipod? They don't have it available at the itunes store, but I have been dying to have it on my computer to watch whenever I want.

  • July 21, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    oh and I meant *roles

    by kungfuhustler84

    why is it so hard for them to put an edit button on here? Then again, how hard should it be for me to type a fucking sentence without typos? Oh well.

  • July 21, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Capone - How come you didn't pimp your filmspotting appearence?

    by Quin the Eskimo

    It was a good suprise, but I need to know these things. <P> Lauren Bacall, really?

  • July 21, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST

    It's on itunes

    by ranma627

    Go to the itunes store. Click on movies then scroll down and click on theatrical trailers and then click on the watchmen poster and htey have all versions. One for your ipod, small, med large, and even th eones in hd. only the ipod one can be imported to your ipod obviously.

  • July 21, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Yeah I love filmspoting too

    by ranma627

    Glad to hear you on it, Capone.

  • July 21, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Keep trying

    by ranma627

    I keep trying to get people to watch these funny videos. Please watch and be sure to at least leave a rating. I'd love some honest comments.

  • July 21, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    thanks ranma and Bruno

    by kungfuhustler84

    so why the hell didn't it pop up when I typed "watchmen trailer" in the search box? hmmm

  • July 21, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    I'll be your pimp

    by Quin the Eskimo

  • July 21, 2008, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Lot of people saying a lot of things about Alan Moore on here

    by ian216a

    All I'll say about him is that I was working the bar in the back room of one of his regular haunts a few years ago on a New Year's Eve and he pretty much bought me a drink everytime he got a round in. So he's a fucking hero as far as I'm concerned. Night got messy though, but I'll always remember the band seeing in midnight with a 20 minutes funk jam while Lynsey Spense (A king of Northampton) screamed "AULD LANGS SYNE MOTHERFUCKERS" repeatedly into a microphone. Good Times - Good Times.

  • July 21, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Potty Mouth...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    I'll bet HE'S the guy who killed The Comedian! >:O

  • July 21, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I hate Brad Pitt but...

    by P2Rock

    He may have been perfect for this role.... except that he's too well known. i dunno. the dude is a bit skinny and young. remeber veidt had retired by the time the events in the comic unfold so he's mid to late 30's at least

  • July 21, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Moore worships a snake, so fucking what?

    by ianrewel

    A huge part of the population worships a zombie, a voyeuristic puppeteer and a fucking white dove; bottom line Alan Moore is a true talent and should not be judged by his beliefs but regarded for his talent

  • July 21, 2008, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Alan Moore was/is a genius

    by Rupee88

    Who cares about his beliefs...that is like saying Einstein liked cartoons or Shakespeare's favorite color was blue or Socrates fucked little boys...WGAS...they are geniuses who contributed greatly to our world and culture and civilizations. To be as brilliant as Alan Moore, you have to be a little crazy, if not a lot. And for those who love Watchmen, read Miracleman/Marvelman or Promethea or even Supreme...all great stuff.

  • July 21, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Nice little interview

    by Aeghast

    Nice read, too. Thanks

  • July 21, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Please God

    by Mockingbuddha

    Giant Cunting Fuck Shake on a Stick Squid! Blah Blah blah, important themes, blah most celebrated, blah I want to be true to the spirit of the... blah blah blah... earlier drafts had Manhattan changing the past and... blah blah fucking BLAH!!! Nothing but the giant squid will awaken the fucking 12 year old that was joyfully reading above his level with Watchmen behind his parents back, confused but enthralled into nightmare by the pirates, confused and aroused by Dreiberg's failed attempt at sex with Juspeckzyx, blown the fuck away by Rorschach and Ozmandias. And Holy Shit! The Comedian killing the mother of his unborn child! But the how many times can I say it, "GIANT FUCKING SQUID!!!!!" or you have no ball Zack Snyder!!! Also anyone who hasn't read Watchmen by now and is "Waiting for the movie" you have my undying pity and scorn bitches.

  • July 21, 2008, 11:05 p.m. CST


    by Mockingbuddha

    For grammar errors, not opinions, I drink beer tonite.

  • July 21, 2008, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Well, I just read the Alex Tse script

    by Tarantinoholic

    ...and the ending is, indeed changed. And definitely for the worse. **SPOILERS** In the end of the script, instead of unleashing the GIANT FUCKING SQUID(!) on Manhattan, Veidt instead impersonates Dr. Manhattan and huge blue stormclouds appear above eight cities across the earth. From the storm clouds comes Manhattan's voice saying he went to Mars because he was sick of the fighting and war and that he's going to destroy these eight cities or whatever as a 'warning'. Anyway, he does and everyone makes up. Then, Dan actually watches Manhattan kill Rorschach and since he's not around any more to get revenge on Veidt, Dan does instead, fighting him and eventually killing him by having the Owl Ship burst through the roof of Ozy's place and crush him. I'm not feeling so confident about this thing anymore.

  • July 21, 2008, 11:37 p.m. CST


    by Tarantinoholic

    Tom Cruise shoulda played Ozymandias. Reading the graphic novel again and the excerpt from the booklet for "The Veidt Method," all I could think about was Tom Cruise in "Magnolia" mode doing the perfect Veidt. I'm sure Goode will do a fine job, but they really shoulda gotten someone older. Also, Tom Cruise would fit with the whole eccentric superstar thing.

  • July 22, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Mwhahaha-Perfect Ozmindais (spoilers)

    by Mr.LordBronco

    OMFG- That was the utterly perfect talkback from a British Ponce. Which sums up the Watchmen villian in a nutshell! I splooged not a little amount seeing the trailer before TDK. The utter aloof disdain for as evidenced by the hired actor sums up exactly why the villian is so evil. However, he needs to pack on some pounds and work out a little bit to realize the original vision. Yes, He does look like a fruit loop in body armor, but I'm nitpicking. I think maybe that's the genius of the casting. I must retire--said too much, Mr.LB

  • July 22, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST

    OMG! He was in Woody Allen's_______

    by thebearovingian

    Woody Allen's_________is a great movie! Woody Allen's___________ is his best work since Woody Allen's_________.

  • July 22, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST


    by flickchick85

    If that's true, then yeah, it just reawakened all my concerns about this movie. I still think it could be an interesting movie, but I REALLY don't like that ending. <p>Don't suppose you'd be willing to share that script by any chance?

  • July 22, 2008, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Also this whole Nazi pop psychology thing...

    by flickchick85

    is the PERFECT demonstration of Zach Snyder's idea of "depth" versus Alan Moore's, and the reason Snyder can't possibly do this novel justice (well part of the reason - the other being, he has to fit it into 3 hours or less). Sure, Moore's crazy, but he would never create such a trite backstory.

  • July 22, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Flickchick, e-mail me at..

    by Tarantinoholic and I'll send you a copy of the script. And drturing, Rorschach still gets his revenge, if you're referring to the newspaper guy and Rorschach's journal at the end.

  • The title is contained in a RED BOX, with the word SPOILER running down the side!! What more do you want?? Sheesh!!!

  • July 22, 2008, 2:47 a.m. CST

    If they fuck up the ending

    by ranma627

    I will walk right out of the fucking theatre, as soon as Doc Manhattan starts talking form the clouds.

  • July 22, 2008, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Spolier: one change you can see is when Nite Owl

    by Dogmatic

    is screaming NO! in the trailer. from the circular doorway he is standing in and the snow falling this is obviously his reaction to Rorschach getting vaporized by Dr. Manhattan. In the comic he was "doing it" with Silk Spectre when this happened so I dunno where it will go from there...Nite Owl actually tryin' to take the Doc on or just scolding him. Just noticed that is all...

  • July 22, 2008, 3:42 a.m. CST


    by Wonderboys

    I didnt say anything about the accent, its for me as absurd as for you, I was only talking about the people who complained about Veidt having a german backstory. For me Snyder isnt a good choice for this, either, I'd rather go with Greengrass or Nolan, someone with some dept on their own to add. Snyder has the same depth as a piss puddle.

  • July 22, 2008, 3:55 a.m. CST

    I don't get it

    by ianrewel

    If the final solution is a fake Doctor Manhattan, then where the artists and scientists being abducted at all and taken to the island? if not then why the fuck is the comedian so fucked up? what is the final joke?

  • July 22, 2008, 6:11 a.m. CST

    When I read a comic book actor interview

    by David Cloverfield

    I always remember the scene from Entourage where Vincent gives an interview to the Harry parody about Aquaman, and what a great fan he is. Yeah. Aquaman is important. When an actor praises Watchmen like this, I always feel uncomfortable. He couldn't care less me thinks. Also: that backstory thing won't be in the movie morons. He just made it up for himself.

  • July 22, 2008, 6:37 a.m. CST

    "Bullocks?" BOLLOCKS!

    by raw_bean

    I can see how one not familiar with British slang might miss that one, but he will have said it was a load of bollOcks, a slang term for testicles and meaning a load of nonsense in that context. :D

  • July 22, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    This guy's an idiot

    by kiddae

    "I don't have a huge amount to compare it to, but the depth of the story, the way it's written, the peculiarities in the structure of it. It's the most thought-out, deeply intelligent of the lot of them." So, "I haven't read any other graphic novels, but this one is the best". You're a fucking idiot. And he's going to devolve into some cartoon Nazi characterization the more evil he gets? That's bowel-meltingly moronic. Oh god I was nearly excited about this movie for a second there.

  • July 22, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Fake Manhattan? What now?!

    by kiddae

    Holy shit, someone spoil this new ending for me. What, Veidt incriminates Doc Manhattan and the world unites against HIM? That doesn't work for two reasons: a) You'd have to kill the real Manhattan, who can't die. Else he'd have to go along with it, which is completely cunting imbecilic because b) HE'S BEEN IN THE EMPLOY OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT FOR YEARS. The whole point of faking the alien attack is that it's completely apolitical, whereas even if Manhattan was seen to turn on his "own", the rest of the world would just condemn America for their hubris. OH CHRIST SO DUMB

  • July 22, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST


    by kiddae

    I nearly fell for it you crafty son of a bitch!

  • July 22, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    SPOILER: Here's one bit of reassuring news...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    From EW (see last sentence particularly): <BR><BR> "Over many months, and many meetings, Snyder persuaded Warner Bros. to abandon the Greengrass/Hayter script and hew as faithfully as possible to the comic. The key battles: retaining the '80s milieu, keeping Richard Nixon (Moore did consider using an era-appropriate Ronald Reagan, but worried it would alienate American readers), AND PRESERVING THE VILLAIN-DOESN'T-PAY-FOR-HIS-CRIMES CLIMAX." <BR><BR> One would think this last bit eliminates one concern (Nite Owl killing Veidt). <BR><BR> Still: SAVE THE SQUID!

  • July 22, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST


    by Le Vicious Fishus

    From <BR><BR> a November 2007 Starlog Magazine interview, Zack Snyder uttered the now infamous quote, “I’m absolutely keeping the graphic novel’s ending.” Squid’s in, right? How could Zack be any clearer? Hold on.<BR><BR> Just a week later, on this site’s exclusive Zack Snyder fan Q&A, Snyder mentioned in one of his answers that in the film he would show that Dr. Manhattan was working on creating “world universal energy” technology. Something that was not in the original book, but in an early script draft where the squid was taken out and replaced with a completely different ending. So, squid’s out, right? <BR><BR> Well, hold onto your smiley badges. We got another piece of news that seemed to confirm our tentacled friend made the cut in February of 2008 when it was reported that Neville Page, the lead creature designer for the film Cloverfield, was hired to work on the Watchmen film. That's what this guy does — design big scary monsters for movies, just like our squid pal! Why sign him up if the squid wasn’t in? I mean, it’s the only creature in Watchmen!<BR><BR> Cross-eyed yet? No? Well, in the spring of 2008, two individuals who worked as extras on the film shared secondhand information, from individuals they said were reliable sources, that definitively confirmed to them that, “the squid is in.”<BR><BR> Then, just the other day in another Matthew Goode interview, the actor stated, “fans of the story will be very pleased with this adaptation.” Whoa. A far cry from the October 2007 interview where he more or less said, as the ending stood then, fans would not be happy at all. <BR><BR> So, you tell me? Will we see the ink-shooting leviathan on the big screen next March, or will we just get something close — like maybe an ill-tempered octopus? Who knows, maybe the ending will consist of Dr. Manhattan shooting blue sparks out of his ass while somewhere in Northampton a gray-bearded gentleman wearing too many rings exclaims, “what the fuck!” <BR><BR> What do I think? Well, I think Patrick Wilson put it best when he said: <BR><BR> "Ha! I have to say, if you know how much Zack believes in it, you wouldn’t believe he would go that far from the graphic novel. I don’t know how those rumors start, but that’d be a stretch!"

  • July 22, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Squid better be in

    by kiddae

    I'm made as hell and ready to spit! Snort. Snarl.

  • July 22, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    "Mad", even.

    by kiddae

    It's affecting my typing.

  • July 22, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Neville Page isn't THAT promising...

    by kiddae

    ...given that he could've designed the now-confirmed Bubastis. (I'm pretty bored at work, I guess.)

  • July 22, 2008, 10:45 a.m. CST

    The squid better be there...

    by Phimseto

    I get that Snyder is using Watchmen the film as a way to make commentary on superhero movies in the same way the miniseries commented on the comic culture, can still do that without fundamentally altering major scenes. The final scene with Rorschach and the squid have been seared into my brain for twenty or so years. I want to see those things in glorious, hideous IMAX.

  • July 22, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST


    by Le Vicious Fishus

    to the tune of John Denver's "Plant a Tree"...<BR><BR> Save the Squid for the Watchmen<BR> Only Squid can clear the air<BR> Save the Squid, Squid for America<BR> Save the Squid, Snyder, for all the world to scare<BR><BR> Your headache, it's Squid inside you<BR> Make a promise to the fans<BR> Save the Squid, now is the time to<BR> Recognize the Squid for all that it is worth<BR> <BR> Save the Squid for the Watchmen<BR> Only Squid can clear the air<BR> Save the Squid, Squid for America<BR> Save the Squid, Snyder, for all the world to scare<BR><BR> Lovecraftian Squid will pop in<BR> NYC with psychic screams<BR> Plant a horror for the future<BR> For the death of millions will save everything<BR><BR> Save the Squid for the Watchmen<BR> Only Squid can clear the air<BR> Save the Squid, Squid for America<BR> Save the Squid, Snyder, for all the world to scare

  • July 22, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST

    He was great in 'The Lookout'

    by CherryValance

    unrecognizable if you'd known him from 'Match Point'.

  • July 22, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Seems like a nice enough fella...

    by BiggusDickus

    Totally fucking wrong for the part of Adrian Veidt, but a nice fella nonetheless...

  • July 22, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Patrick Wilson Interview

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Doesn't bug me so much. It's a stretch to claim that Wilson's words equal "the squid is out." At any rate, the vast majority of the evidence points to the squid being in...<BR><BR>But just in case...<BR><BR>SAVE THE SQUID!

  • July 22, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    "Seems like a nice enough fella..."

    by Aeghast

    And he curses a lot, which is always a good an actor

  • July 22, 2008, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Veidt WASN'T Doctor Strangelove JEEEEBUS!!

    by G100

    I've been resigned to a fair number of the rumoured changes so far but if a hokey German accent starts appearing towards the end of the film then Snyder needs a good slap.<p> <p>It COMPLETELY misses the entire point of Veidt and turns him into a pathetic Nazi bad guy charicature.<p> <p>Seriously get Matthew Goode back in the studio to redo the pick up dialogue and remove any traces of a preposterous German accent before it's too late.<p> <p>It's a bad idiotic idea on SO many levels. I mean we can just about get over the fact that Goode looks NOTHING like the Watchmen Ozy and has the wrong costume (Nite Owls still stuck to the spirit of the costume) but slapping a German accent on top of it makes Ozy a farcical cartoon bad guy.<p> <p>I hope squiddy is in but completely recasting and redefining the *SPOILER* architect of the entire plot is just stupidity.<p> <p>BTW Goode Ozy has backstory aplenty try using that instead of dreaming up irrelevant "challenges" for your acting.

  • July 22, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST


    by Le Vicious Fishus

    You couldn't be more correct. I apparently repressed Goode's Veidt "backstory" and ludicrous Colonel Klink accent as soon as I read about it. I just... choose to disbelieve. That's fucked. The guy already looks to be the weak link in the cast, and if he actually tries (and is allowed to) pull off an ever growing German accent like some dime story vaudevillain, I will be PISSED. What an idiot. <BR><BR>That stated: SAVE THE FUCKING SQUID! BLOOD AND SOULS FOR MY LORD SQUID!

  • July 23, 2008, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Allergic to Squid?

    by The Reef

    If the squid ain't the ending then ZS should be eternally shunned by all comicbook creators (and everyone else for that matter) and sent to the place where all he can do is make low budget CGI Care Bear movies for saturday afternoon TV and STILL have a moronic exec take it from his sweaty hands and re-edit it to better accomodate adverts for Ex-Lax. This hell is waiting if there is no iconic ending to this extraordinary tale. Be warned.

  • July 23, 2008, 7:51 a.m. CST

    AICN Request: Squid Talkback

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    OK, roving AICN reporters: how about a squid TB. There's a lot of evidence (see one of my posts above) that the Squid IS in, but there are a lot of rumors to the contrary. At any rate, we Squidders deserve a place to ourselves to rant, threaten and dream.<BR><BR>Too bad no one at AICN will ever read this...<BR><BR>SAVE THE SQUID!

  • July 23, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Matthew Goode sounds like a fun guy...

    by THT3000

  • July 23, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    More like a Fungi

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Yuk Yuk Yuk...

  • July 23, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by Le Vicious Fishus

    to the tune of John Denver's "Plant a Tree"...<BR><BR> Save the Squid for the Watchmen<BR> Only Squid can clear the air<BR> Save the Squid, Squid for America<BR> Save the Squid, Snyder, for all the world to scare<BR><BR> Your headache, it's Squid inside you<BR> Make a promise to the fans<BR> Save the Squid, now is the time to<BR> Recognize the Squid for all that it is worth<BR> <BR> Save the Squid for the Watchmen<BR> Only Squid can clear the air<BR> Save the Squid, Squid for America<BR> Save the Squid, Snyder, for all the world to scare<BR><BR> Lovecraftian Squid will pop in<BR> NYC with psychic screams<BR> Plant a horror for the future<BR> For the death of millions will save everything<BR><BR> Save the Squid for the Watchmen<BR> Only Squid can clear the air<BR> Save the Squid, Squid for America<BR> Save the Squid, Snyder, for all the world to scare

  • July 24, 2008, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Watchmen vs. Bloody Roar?

    by kiddae

    That kind of fighting game?