Once more into the fray. Into the last good Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day I’ll ever know. Live and die on this day. Live and die on this day.
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
The Grey was fucking awesome. Pardon my French, but it’s true. God, what a movie. Pulse-pounding thriller, scary horror movie, emotional drama… this is a movie that mixes genres incredibly well, making something new and badass. It has something on its mind, there are many layers to it… and then you have Liam Neeson who is just on fire in the role of Ottway.
Since Fidel Castro in yesterday’s picture looked so much like Liam and Howard Berger has figured into a few of the more recent BTS images I had to go wit these two shots from the making of The Grey. They actually built some really sweet looking animatronic wolves for this flick.
We have two shots from the making of The Grey for you below. Thanks to Howard Berger for sharing these photos. Enjoy!
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow’s pic won’t stop, ever, until you are dead.
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April 2, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST
I wasn't sure if they used real wolves or fakes in the film. And it was a great movie.
April 2, 2012, 7:10 p.m. CST
by Stifler's Mom
by some terrible marketing, and severe hyperbole on this very website.
April 2, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST
by Mr. Moe
April 2, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST
robbs wolf on got last night...holy shit!
April 2, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST
I love Carnahan's energy and Neeson's intensity. These two great tastes tasted great together in A-Team, I'm just sad I missed this in theaters.
April 2, 2012, 7:20 p.m. CST
Although I liked THE GREY quite a bit, for me, CARNAHAN almost lacked the confidence in the material/fx at times with some dodgy shaky cam spoiling a lot of the action. Still one fuck of a step in the right direction from A TEAM/SMOKIN' ACES though, and better than NARC, so, yeah, his best movie so far.
April 2, 2012, 7:22 p.m. CST
There was no Liam punching wolves in the version I saw. I felt betrayed.
April 2, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST
by The Dum Guy
Marketing and the raging river scene, mainly how it was filmed.
April 2, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST
April 2, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST
April 2, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST
April 2, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST
I respect how other people could have enjoyed it, but I found this movie to be really by the numbers and I agree about the river scene being really silly. The second unit shots of his childhood and the hospital scenes were really poorly matched with the rest of the cinematography. Rarely am I bored at the movies, but between the main character's trite suicidal thoughts and the obvious offing of characters was as interesting and unexpected as the family front of me in the theater with the giant sodas all having to get up and go to the bathroom during the middle of the film. I really wanted this to be good. I also found his father's four line poem (really three lines with one repeated line) to be one of the most mediocre attempts at incorporating another art form in a movie. The purposely bad paintings Steve Coogan shows off in "Around the World in 80 Days" were better than that poem. Also, the Grey's ending was miserably goofy and anti-climactic. Quint, I like your writing in general, so please don't feel bad about my post. I just don't have the same point of view on this particular movie.
April 2, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST
April 2, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST
by The Dum Guy
I've seen in a movie for some time.
April 2, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST
NO! You must always agree with me on movies! All movies! All the time! How. Dare. You. Disagree.
April 2, 2012, 8:03 p.m. CST
I felt those wolves around me. What a terrific movie.
April 2, 2012, 8:07 p.m. CST
Thought that it has some technical issues....such as wolves on the attack in the first place...and after a major swim in ice water the main character just got up on land and chilled out. *sorry...oh no I'm not* .....but seriously...aside from a few technicalities....the grey had me by the balls like a cheap hooker on nad massage special night.
April 2, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST
April 2, 2012, 8:46 p.m. CST
by juice willis
On the surface, a deceptively simple story, but there's so much more going on with each scene/interaction. Much deserved props to Carnahan for adhering to a vision when he could have easily caved to what I assume was some obvious pressure to turn this into a wolf-punching jerkfest. The plane crash is intense as all fuck.
April 2, 2012, 8:48 p.m. CST
THE GREY rules!
April 2, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
April 2, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST
The trailer cheated AND spoiled the ending of the movie making a lesser theatrical experience out of a great film.
by The Reluctant Austinite
Had the trailer just played it vague, icy and scary instead of promising things the actual film never intended to deliver, my first theatrical viewing would have been a better experience. I was with two friends who ended up HATING the movie not because of what the film does deliver but because they felt cheated. Seeing at BNAT ahead of the marketing campaign certainly couldn't have hurt anyone's opinion of the film. Actually, I think it's an amazing film. It just wasn't the film I paid to see on that day.
April 2, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
Sure it had its technicalities, but it packed such an old-school punch. THIS is what I picture and hope for when I hear Walter Hill is directing again. And did I ever hug the shit out of my wife and kids when I got home . . .
April 2, 2012, 9:38 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
...and thankfully wasn't kept waiting for a "wolf-punching" scene that never came. I wish I had the opportunity to go into a movie completely "blind" more often. It's a great film, chilling and engrossing and ultimately deeply moving. Too bad too many people expected some absurd wolf-punching action climax.
April 2, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
It's not so much that there was no "wolf punching," but that the trailer revealed the last shot of the movie. That's kind of like putting the last page of a mystery novel on the back of the book and passing it off as a preview. So I sat there for two hours not seeing that footage, but knowing that footage must come. And then knowing exactly where the film was going by the time it got there just based on the mood and the lines of poetry from Neeson's fathers' frame. It was a let down because I discovered someone had already showed me the last page before I started reading the book, but I just didn't know it was the last page when they showed it to me.
April 2, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST
by The Dum Guy
It did worse, it showed more of what the character was going to do than the film. He never started a dead sprint in the movie. A major marketing bait and switch.
April 3, 2012, 3:27 a.m. CST
Second only to Prometheus.
April 3, 2012, 3:37 a.m. CST
I dug the movie, but it has some of the worst action direction of recent times. And that's saying alot since the bar is so low now that it's a major selling point if the director even made an attempt to shoot the action scenes competently (see: Haywire). I was pretty convinced that no wolf puppets were even on set when the action scenes were shot, IF the action scenes were shot on set. The camera might as well have just been inside a suitcase bumping around in a trunk. Good job on those puppets though, they look great in the photo.
April 3, 2012, 5:20 a.m. CST
All a bit formulaic and predictable though.
April 3, 2012, 5:36 a.m. CST
And surprising scary in places. Great film. Stay til the credits are over for extra badassery.
April 3, 2012, 6:06 a.m. CST
It did not resonate with me. I do not know why, but I just did not get into it. After hearing Liam gave one of the finest performances of his career I was hyped by it, but somehow it did not connect. I will not say it was the worst movie because I have seen plenty of crap, but it did not stand out as anything other than a meh rental which you never see again.
April 3, 2012, 6:44 a.m. CST
Watch the headlines. For a moment I thought that you were discontinuing BTSPOTD. As this is the best thing in this site, please be more careful in the future.
April 3, 2012, 7:30 a.m. CST
It was pretty good, but I can't remember another case of cinematic blue balls like this one
April 3, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST
I think the film did itself a diservice with the caricaturization of wolves. The blending of horror with a survivalist film destroyed the theme which was mostly about the reality of nature. However, I did enjoy most of it, including the rather cardboard characters. I was not happy that they supposedly killed real wolves for this. And the inaccuracies regarding wolf behavior was bullshit. I know a few people that walked out thinking wolves are that agressive to people. Here are two articles that examine the misconceptions and wolf killing for the film. I can't vouch for the reputation of the news outlets, of course. http://www.examiner.com/celebrity-politics-in-national/bad-form-grey-star-liam-neeson-ate-real-wolf-went-back-for-seconds http://www.alternet.org/environment/153905/anti-wolf_movie_'the_grey'_plays_up_misconceptions_about_wolves_--_at_a_time_when_wolves_are_more_at_risk_than_ever/ here is the director's response to some of it. http://juneauempire.com/art/2012-01-26/grey-director-carnahan-wolves-win#.T3sIt-P9Mbk
April 3, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST
Not just Neeson charging and yelling - roll credits. BOOOOOOOOOO
April 3, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST
by Jeremy Jar Binks
Not fun action film weekend fodder by any means. It shook me how brutal it was. I'm glad to see it got some love from other viewers
April 3, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST
by Jon Forbing
But those wolves look amazing and scary as shit. Go practical effects!
April 3, 2012, 10:51 p.m. CST
It was a pretty cool film until it jumped the shark with the stupid cliff scene. One character jumped from the cliff, with a bit of a running start, across to the trees that were about 20 feet away. That blew it for me. Everything was semi-realistic until this guy failed to fall to his death screaming all the way down about how dumb an idea that was. I know we were supposed to suspend disbelief but that was followed by the even less believable traversing the home made rope scenario and then the totally predictable death of the one character who fell. Personally I liked the ending as I am not one who always needs the formulaic film approach of western cinema. I would have liked to seem him get some licks (punches) in before he went down; however, that would have lessened the dramatic effect. The best parts of the film were the wolves and Liam Neeson. The campfire admonishment of the prick character was great.
April 4, 2012, 4:56 a.m. CST
by Gabe Athouse
My generation has such horrible taste in adjectives. Embarrassing.
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