Oct. 5, 2009, 4:44 a.m. CST
Oct. 5, 2009, 5:02 a.m. CST
It's funny, Jesse's insecurity comes through sometimes as he keeps asking Quint for reassurance that he liked the movie. And personally, I was kind of sad to see Murray get shot. For some reason, I would have rather he was eaten by a horde of zombies while heroically fighting them off to protect the others. I know it's a comedy, but still, Bill Murray doesn't go out like that.
Oct. 5, 2009, 5:03 a.m. CST
I love interviews like this, very entertaining.
Oct. 5, 2009, 5:07 a.m. CST
by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl
Very nice interview Quint.
Oct. 5, 2009, 5:44 a.m. CST
by Ronald Raygun
The basic idea of having Bill Murray playing himself as a survivor of a zombie apocalypse only to get shot during a practical joke is brillant. The fact that he quotes Ghostbusters, apologizes for Garfield and has a long, unfunny death scene is just shameless pandering to fanboys (not in a cool way, more in an annoying, Kevin Smith won't stop referencing Star Wars kinda way). As a matter of fact, the whole movie was kinda just shameless pandering to fanboys.
Oct. 5, 2009, 5:55 a.m. CST
You talk about a cameo, and blow the surprise without a spoiler warning??? Would've been nice, dontcha think?
Oct. 5, 2009, 6:02 a.m. CST
Mick's the reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle and since he didn't like the movie very much he seemed to see no problem in blatantly talking about the cameo. Hence, according to this interview, he should be punched in the face. Sorry, Mick.
Oct. 5, 2009, 6:06 a.m. CST
Same to you, buddy. Spoiler warnings are considerate thing. Thanks to Quint, I won't be surprised. Thanks to you I know exactly what happens. Nice.
Oct. 5, 2009, 6:13 a.m. CST
There is a spoiler box around the headline and I did wait until after the first weekend of release. I even mention in the headline that we talk about the cameo... not to mention my blatant spoiler warning in the intro. Sorry you got spoiled, but aside from installing an age gate-like "Are you sure you want to read this interview?!?" pop-up I did everything I could to get this interview published and protect those who might not want to know.
Oct. 5, 2009, 6:22 a.m. CST
They're idiots. They don't deserve a response.
Oct. 5, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST
They're just being sarcastic bastards.
Oct. 5, 2009, 6:34 a.m. CST
by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl
Still won't beat Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift which showed off the Vin Diesel cameo a week before it was even in theaters. <p> As for spoilers... I was pretty certain that this article had the spoiler box wrapped around it when I read it.
Oct. 5, 2009, 6:42 a.m. CST
Well-put. Not to open a continuing coax fight over here, but the movie had that aggravating Family Guy feel to it, as if random pop-culture references (Ghostbusters, Caddyshack) and slobbering fan service (see also: Robot Chicken) are inherently funny by themselves.<br /><br /> I thought Zombieland was well-meaning, but underwhelming and mostly unmemorable.
Oct. 5, 2009, 7:26 a.m. CST
...especially someone working in the movies, needs aintitcool explained to them! it the most famous and notorious movie website in the history of the internet! anyway, can't wait til wednesday when i'm going to see this.
Oct. 5, 2009, 7:42 a.m. CST
by The InSneider
No mention of the Kingpin reunion between Woody and Murray? And I wish you'd asked Jesse about The Fuck-Up, an adaptation he was attached to that he;d be perfect for. Otherwise, good stuff.
Oct. 5, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST
..and i don't mind spoilers before a film, this site pretty much invented them, but although the interview itself was very good quint i was totally frustrated for you :-) having to explain the site and that whole bit about them not understanding the difference between the zuckers and the wayans shit had me pulling my hair out! i love both as actors, and jesse seemed quite switched on, but does woody live in a cave?
Oct. 5, 2009, 7:54 a.m. CST
The tangents read as conversational banter. It doesn't seem like a publicist rushed Q&A, but like you're sitting down drinking…<br><br>No mention of the movie's opening titles and pre-credit sequence? That was a great introduction to the world. Also, the voice-over was pretty damned funny…
Oct. 5, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST
by Red Dawn Don
Woody Harrelson Not Knowing About the AICN Website is kinda lame. However, one of my biggest pet peeves is when some actor gets a sweet starring role in a show and then tells how they have never seen the earlier shows. Kate Mulgrew did that with Star Trek: Voyager. Ruined that show for me. Plus I had my heart set on hottie Genevieve Bujold playing Captain Janeway. Not Mrs Columbo by way of the Ryan's Hope soap opera.
Oct. 5, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST
But a fun conversation none the less. It felt more like they were interviewing Quint.
Oct. 5, 2009, 9 a.m. CST
...lol, i read the title of your post and imagined some AICN haters' diatribe about 'why should Harrelson know about your shitty little site' :-) when we all know that it's widely read by the industry as a way of determining the geek pulse.
Oct. 5, 2009, 9:05 a.m. CST
Noone really does these meandering interviews except you guys. This was a really cool one again. Now if you guys could send Quint to do the more artsy interviews as well and not always that asshole Beaks (because he calls himself a cineaste or what? what's the deal?) the site would be even better. but at least with stuff like this it remains the best movie site on the net.
Oct. 5, 2009, 9:28 a.m. CST
That was one of the most rippingly funny deadpan parts of the movie! It was almost like part of Max Brook's Zombie survival guide. It was a great antithesis to Tennessee's kill em all approach.
Oct. 5, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST
by Captain RawBeard
You just spoilt the fact the spoiler is spoiled in this article and now I feel doubly spoiled.
Oct. 5, 2009, 10 a.m. CST
Poor Richard Kelly. <p>If they ever do a biopic on Ted Turner, Woody needs to play him. Also, nobody has mentioned it yet, but Woody in NCFOM was awesome. Great interview, Quint.
Oct. 5, 2009, 10:07 a.m. CST
She was terrible in those initial scenes shot for VOYAGER. I am not making it up-- watch here: http://tinyurl.com/ycwlnad
Oct. 5, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST
that guy's about "out there" as you can get. isn't he always going on spirit quests in those native american sweat lodges while doing crazy amounts of weed and peyote? not that i'm judging...
Oct. 5, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST
I had no idea that every one in Hollywood is supposed to know about this site. I'm not being sarcastic either, I just didn't think this site was a known must read for hollywood types. Here's my questions..... if all of you actors,screen play writers,and producers are reading this,then why and the fuck can't some one make a good Superman movie? Why do you insist on remaking every fucking thing that ever made money? Do any of you know that Channing Tatum sucks as an actor? Why would you put him in anything? I could go on all day,but I just wanted to know how questions like that go unanswered if AICN is read and taken seriously by these people. If your going to read it hollywod atleast take notes.
Oct. 5, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST
...reading this site doesn't make them better writers, directors or producers and it doesn't make them less greedy :-) the people that attain power generally make it there because of a ruthlessness that doesn't go hand in hand with the creativeness that is needed to make good art, eg. films.
Oct. 5, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST
Look, if you made somewhere between high 6-8 figures a year, spent 20-30 weeks of the year on set shooting a film, and those weeks you were not working in Cabo San Lucas fucking underage hookers, eating fish tacos, smoking high grade cannabis and sleeping until noon....you wouldn't even know what fucking year it was much less what AICN is.</p><p>The only reason we get guys like Roberto Orci dropping by is so they can interact with people who actually know who the fuck they are, and maybe steal a few ideas.</p><p>So Woody not knowing what this site is makes sense.
Oct. 5, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST
I've heard just being in the same city as that guy is enough to make you fail a drug test. Being in the same room with the dude would probably put most fuckers in a fetal position.
Oct. 5, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST
Woody is a pretty decent actor. I'm excited to see this movie. I am always curious to hear actors talk about other movies, so I appreciate the tangents, Quint. I think it'd be cool to hear more of them. Like, how about some interviews of actors about totally off-topic stuff.
Oct. 5, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST
He's got his own views on things but he doesn't take it to Steven Seagal type levels. I'd much rather listen to Woody debate the helpful benefits of cannibas than listen to Steven Segal explain how he can heal peoples souls with his music and trust me, I've heard the " message" of Steven Segal. That was thirty priceless minutes of my life.
Oct. 5, 2009, 12:20 p.m. CST
You left out the part of the interview where Eisenberg talks about doing his Cera impression when on camera for EVERY MOVIE HE IS IN. What an idiot.
Oct. 5, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST
Maybe the director can get Eisenberg to FUCKING ACT for once.
Oct. 5, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST
just kidding , i already saw it
Oct. 5, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST
Caught the movie the other night, thanks for not spoiling the big cameo. Eisenberg and Harrelson sound like pretty cool dudes.
Oct. 5, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST
If there was a weird bizzaro world where Bill Murray and Chevy Chase were to start their careers today, my lord, please watch as the lame internet fanboys eat them up..
Oct. 5, 2009, 1 p.m. CST
Your GREATLY overestimate the importance of "fanboys". The director made the film he wanted to and included a hilarious cameo. Way to ruin a movie for yourself by overthinking it. A well written, acted, directed film that didn't insult the intelligence of the audience. How terrible. You are entitled to your opinion, but I have a problem with your reasoning.
Oct. 5, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST
Woody Harrelson would make a pretty good Captain America.
Oct. 5, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST
You know damn well the guy is fucking terrible. And Southland Tales? He was HORRIBLE in that, mugging at the camera with that ridiculous deep voice. The sequence in the arcade with the killers song has to be on of the worst scenes in film history. Its pathetic Timberlake trying to look ooooo scary, dark, and distant by making angry eyes at the camera and pouring beer that is somehow as colorless as water on his head, I bet he ad libbed that one, what a thespian.
Oct. 5, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST
I didn't even see the spoiler warning box, was it there when you first posted? My bad apparently.
Oct. 5, 2009, 1:34 p.m. CST
Seriously, if you have a problem with that, there's no hope for you. Maybe the best sequence in that movie. And holy jebuz, Emma Stone has turned into a Stone Cold SuperFox! Zombieland has it all, I tells ya...
Oct. 5, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST
One of the sorriest pieces of work I have seen in the last decade. Normally when the script is crap the technical issues are at least handled competently. Not in this case. I have seen student films, at community colleges no less, that were shot better than that. And almsot every actor in that film tanked, and these are some really good actors, but you can't give a good performance if you can't make heads or tails of the script. Timblerakes performance was completely superficial but then again that's the best you can hope for with anyone in that role.
Oct. 5, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST
A little suspicious if you ask me.
Oct. 5, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST
The bartender/owner or the bar in ATRANI, ITALY who you're in the photo with says 'HI.' I was just there, mentioned that I have connections to the film world (true) and he pointed out your photo together and said 'say "HI" to Woody if you ever run into him'. I've never met you but if you're reading this, ATRANI is the best place ever! Cheers dude.
Oct. 5, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST
THE CHICK AND GEEK STORY WAS PAINFULLY RETARDED AND NEARLY RUINED THIS FILM BUT I'M SURE ALL YOU HOMOS WILL LOVE IT.
Oct. 5, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST
WHENEVER A SCREENWRITER IS TOTALLY BEREFT OF IDEAS, THEY RESORT TO ADDING A GEEK WHO WILL FINALLY GET TO PUT HIS COCK INTO SOMETHING OTHER THAN A FELLOW GEEK'S ANUS. <P> TRUE STORY, THAT.
Oct. 5, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST
by The Dum Guy
Oct. 5, 2009, 3:31 p.m. CST
...hate speech. anyone?
Oct. 5, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST
Saw it last night, go see it, tell others, it was so much fun. DON'T SPOIL THE GREAT CAMEO for anyone. It also has one of the best intro credit scenes of all time. I'm not usually a fan of sequels, but if they did one for Zombieland (if done right/with same director) I'd be very happy.
Oct. 5, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST
There, I just saved you a wasted movie ticket and 90 minutes of your life. You are welcome.
Oct. 5, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST
Uh ohhhh..! taintlick is secretly in love with a geek and doesn't know how to express himself.. don't worry taintlick, just accept the fact that you are a gay fish, and go and live among Kanye and the fishes.
Oct. 5, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST
by The Garbage Man
All-caps, unoriginal user ID, homophobic, unnecessarily vitriolic, nothing but negativity... welcome back, TITBAG. We haven't missed you. <p>Oh, and newsflash: using "geek" as a pejorative might pack a bit more punch from you if you didn't spend hours at a time trolling one of the geekiest websites in existence. Methinks the TITBAG doth protest too much.
Oct. 5, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST
I thought Zombieland was going to be a funny little flick, but that was definetly in top 10 best movie experiences I've had in my life. I had trouble hearing the dialogue with all the laughter and for good reason.
Oct. 5, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST
scenes in BM's house felt very Hughesian to me.
Oct. 5, 2009, 7:02 p.m. CST
I never knew Ghostbusting was a solo act.
Oct. 5, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST
it's like he just descends on the conversation fro above, interrupting it like a producer in a music studio, but then all he says is "We don't do gossip."<p>for some reason that tickles me. also, that the interjections, like the stage direction in a script, are int he same color. as though to further solidify Kraken's omnipresent character.<p>great interview Quint. I missed this this weekend (saw the Invention of Lying instead) but I'm definitely checking it out this week. I'm glad it made such bank, I hope they do a sequel.
Oct. 5, 2009, 8:16 p.m. CST
"FAGGOTS WILL LOVE THIS MOVIE by PAINTDICK, who bring you this WTF moment.
Oct. 5, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST
They're both great in my book. They may be one note, but they play those notes very well, and very differently IMO. And Jesse didn't rip off Michael because he's been playing that type of character since 1999 in the show "Get Real" and the movie "Roger Dodger" (boh great). Michael Cera was what, ten years old when Eisenberg got on the scene a decade ago. He deserves the reccent attention because he worked his ass off for ten years. He didn't get lucky with a great show like "Arrested Development" then ride that glory into the ground and then turn on the fans and cast by refusing to do a movie for said TV show.
Oct. 6, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST
I loved it! It's kind of like Shaun of the Dead but not as scary and a bit sweeter.
Oct. 6, 2009, 1:29 a.m. CST
by Ronald Raygun
Perhaps "fanboy" is not the word I was looking for, since people who use it negatively tend to come off as pompous assholes. All I know is, all the people in my theater were clapping and cheering at mentions of Warcraft and Mountain Dew code red and "double-taps", and I was left there feeling like grnadpa at a Hannah Montana concert wondering what all the hootin' and hollerin' was about.
Oct. 6, 2009, 8:30 a.m. CST
Oct. 6, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST
Really, really fucking retarded and homoerotic for himself. I wonder how he can smell with shit on his tongue? His anal vocal cords are well developed. All that talking out his ass makes good practice.
Oct. 6, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST
Though, a movie about a zombie fucking citizen Kane might be good.
Oct. 6, 2009, 3:19 p.m. CST
WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT
Oct. 6, 2009, 3:19 p.m. CST
MY SENSE OF SMELL IS JUST FINE, THANK YOU.
Oct. 6, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST
why would you post on a board where everyone so obviously hates you?! here we are trying to enjoy film based opinion sharing in quite a pleasant manner and here you come bulldozing in with you immature nonsense. i understand you want to waste our time, but why waste yours?
Oct. 6, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST
Oct. 6, 2009, 4:58 p.m. CST
ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ME OR QUINT?
Oct. 6, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST
by The Garbage Man
If you don't understand it, feel free to take a big sip of reading comprehension and go read it again.
Oct. 6, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST
There are some character inconsistencies that bugged me, and one example is Woody's Twinkie obsession. He goes the entire movie dying for a twinkie and when they come across a box full at the amusement park, Eisenberg has shot a hole in the box and blown the twinkies to bits. But here's the thing, the hole was in the center so there must have been some intact twinkies around the edges or in the corners, but Woody doesn't even look. He just pulls out a handful of Twinkie mush and then gives up. Twinkies were his holy Grail, so why would he give up so easily. <p>. And let's say all the twinkies were blown apart, he could still look for half an intact Twinkie. And even supposing there's not so much as half a Twinkie, why not pick out the buckshot like Eisenberg suggested and eat the Twinkie mush? This guy has decapitated zombies with garden shears, but you're telling me he's too dainty to eat Twinkie mush? It's the apocalypse. Their food choices were gonna get very limited very soon...yet he's suddenly a food snob who won't eat Twinkie mush or look for an intact Twinkie in that box.
Oct. 6, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST
When they meet Bill Murray, they gush over him and they go on and on about how great it is that one of the last people alive with them is Bill Murray, especially Woody. And as an audience member, you're right there with them about how awesome it is, and then, Eisenberg blows him away. None of them are particularly broken up about it, and Emma Stone even laughs. <p> So they broke their own rules. Character consistency was given up in favor of gags. There's nothing wrong with the fact that it's a comedy, but they have to decide what type of comedy they want it to be. If they want a jokey gag comedy where they kill Bill Murray and laugh about it, you can't have a scene 5 minutes later with Woody crying about his dead dog/son and expect the audience the be invested in it. You can't jerk an audience around. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun movie, but it's good, not great.
Oct. 6, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST
And this interview. The movie wasn't quite as scary as I was expecting, but I don't think that was to the film's detriment. Both Woody and Eisenberg seem like pretty cool chaps...unlike Quint!
Oct. 6, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST
he looks just like he did in White Men Can't Jump ( superb film of course )
Oct. 6, 2009, 7:13 p.m. CST
Are some of you people upset that Woody Harrelson doesn't know about this site!? It's a movie geek website. I love the site, but its for nerds. If I was making millions as an actor, the last thing I'd be doing is writing on talkbacks for summer blockbusters.
Oct. 6, 2009, 7:22 p.m. CST
WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
Oct. 7, 2009, 2:35 a.m. CST
for the twinkies, that box looked pretty fucked up to me so I'm not sure if any survived. Maybe he would have gone back and looked for intact twinkies, but I think he didn't want to give up his dignity. As for them not caring about Murray, it's well established in the film that to survive, people have to be brutal and not form emotional attachments, it's mentioned/ reinforced several times at the start of the flick (hell, even one of the rules "travel light" is sort of a take on that idea). So them not being too broken up about the death of Murray is keeping with the logic of the story. Besides, that scene is played for laughs so much that suddenly getting serious about Murray would be a cheat (kind of like how in Shaun of the Dead it's a flat-out comedy all the way through until the last 20 minutes when it suddenly gets really serious). Also, the main point of the flick is that these 4 people form a family, Murray wasn't a part of it and since they're used to loved ones and brutality, it's logical to assume they'd shrug it off. You're supposed to be invested in Tallahasse's story about his kid because that's a character that we're rolling with. Murray is just a wacky side-story moment. And I loved Emma Stone's giggle reaction, one of my favourite parts of the film (also because it's Emma Stone too)
Oct. 7, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST
I thought the Wayans did Scary Movie 1 and 2 with the Zuckers taking over from 3 onwards. <p> Also, maybe laughed at Scary Movie 2 once. Maybe. <p> Finally, any reason why the internet cafe in Seoul I'm using blocks this site with their web filter, forcing me to use a proxy server?
Oct. 7, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST
I haven't seen this film, but am looking forward to it.
Oct. 7, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST
...and loved every second, especially the opening. pure fun. can't wait for the sequel.
Oct. 7, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST
...taintlick, go and play with your power rangers.
Oct. 7, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST
Your joking right? I know of about three people who are familiar with this site. All of them are movie buffs. Outside of the fanboy community this site is nothing.
Oct. 7, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST
The inconsistencies just add up and they sacrifice the weight of situations and characters in favor of gags. Another example is how Talahasee uses a variety of weapons to kill the zombies, like garden shears to take one zombie's head off. That would be extremely messy and difficult, and most people wouldn't do that especially since the zombies are all infected by a virus. It makes sense to keep as much distance between them and you so as not to risk a drop of blood dropping into your eye and getting infected. But as an audience, you excuse it because you see that they are trying to make the point that Talahassee is a badass, but eventually these flaws start adding up. <p>. Like the fact that the girls were surviving in a grocery store full of zombies without weapons, and the fact that the con they pull on the boys was really dumb and risky, and that they risked getting the little girls' head blown off. AND the fact that the only reason the girls were in the movie was so that Eisenberg could have a love interest and so Woody can play Daddy. It's all these big clunky plot devices that come together too perfectly and character logic sacrificed for gags which prevents a good movie from being great...and determines its shelf life and potential for repeated viewing.
Oct. 7, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST
THIS TB IS NOW CLOSED.
Oct. 8, 2009, 9:04 a.m. CST
You say, "Quint: Look at THE BIG LEBOWSKI. Those characters are larger than life, but they are not unrealistic. They are not really anybody that really exists in your world, but you see enough true-life characteristics in the Dude and Walter." <BR><BR>The only problem with that statement is that yes, The Dude was in fact based on a real person, Jeff Dowd, a real member of the Seattle Seven. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Lebowski#Cast_and_characters <BR><BR>Hilarious way to completely miss the ball on that one.
Oct. 8, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST
by Evil Chicken
Great interview. It reminds me of Rolling Stone – and that is a compliment. BTW, the “We love movies, not gossip” was brilliant. Spot on the money.
Oct. 9, 2009, 6:41 a.m. CST
..MY ASS U CHANGED! U STUCK UP DOUCHEBAGS. THIS SITE HAS THE MOST POORLY WRITTEN STUFFS I HAVE EVER SEEN.
Oct. 9, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST
That's an odd comment coming from someone who forgot to turn off caps lock.
Oct. 11, 2009, 9:40 a.m. CST
by hamster factor
I accidentally heard his review of Zombieland - where he takes great glee in casually spoiling the Bill Murray cameo. This is the third fucking movie he has spoiled me on. He always does it suddenly and without warning, before I can react. I'd already read several reviews of the movie - I had listened to the entire Creative Screen writing interview on the movie - even they kept the Murray cameo secret. I will actively avoid Michael Phillips from now on, what a dick.
Oct. 13, 2009, 2:52 a.m. CST
You don't need to tell me about Jeff Dowd. I've spent a lot of time with the man... even passed the pipe once or twice back in my more reckless late-teen years. But if you've ever met him you know that The Dude in the movie is a much exaggerated version of Jeff. He's totally the real life Dude just as John Milius is the real life Walter, but both characters in the movie are far, far more exaggerated. That's all I meant.