Alexander Skarsgård attended the Battleship panel on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at WonderCon along with co-star Brooklyn Decker and director Peter Berg. Wondercon was held in Anaheim, CA at the Anaheim Convention Center.
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UPDATED with video from madbeanz (Tack!):
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Here are a couple of Live blogs from today’s panel:
COMING SOON LIVE BLOG:
Battleship is beginning with director Peter Berg and stars Brooklyn Decker and Alexander Skarsgard.
Berg is talking about how important the Navy was to him and his father as he grew up.
He wanted to make a movie about the whaling ship Essex, which was the basis for “Moby Dick”.
That boat sank and all the men had to resort to cannibalism.
He said he found trouble getting that film studio-funded.
“Frankly, it doesn’t lend itself as the most logical thing to adapt into a film,” he admits.
That last comment was about “Battleship”.
But he says that the thrill of getting a hit and then trying to kill the opponent as quickly as possible makes great DNA for a movie.
He says that, first and foremost, “Battleship” is supposed to fun. “Popcorn madness,” he puts it.
He’s introducing a clip. It’s the intro of Taylor Kitsch’s character, on the character’s birthday.
He’s in a bar drinking with his brother, Skarsgard’s character.
There’s something on the news in the background about a SETI-type program being launched in Hawaii.
Brooklyn Decker walks in just as he’s about to make his birthday wish.
Skarsgard tells him not to waste it on a girl. He doesn’t care and blows out the candle.
Decker is having trouble at the bar. She wants a burrito, but the bartender slams shut the microwave.
“Kitchen’s closed,” he tells her.
Kitsch tries to make the bartender cook a burrito, but he won’t.
Kitsch runs out to a convenience store to buy one, but the store has just locked up. He can still see one through the window.
The next part of the scene plays in security cameras with the “Pink Panther” theme playing.
Kitsch breaks into the store through a ceiling panel.
He finds and cooks a burrito, leaving money for it on the counter.
He has trouble getting out, though and falls, smashing an entire aisle of food and falling on his back.
Back at the bar, we hear sirens approaching.
Kitsch is running with the burrito, chased by cops.
He’s rushing to Decker to give it to her, but gets hit with a taser.
As he’s being tased, he crawls forward, getting the burrito to Decker before falling unconscious and ending the scene.
Another clip is coming up and Berg is introducing.
He’s talking about the aliens. They were written in because he watched a Stephen Hawking documentary and became fascinated with Goldilocks Planets.
They’re planets that are similar to Earth, based on their proximity to their own suns.
Hawking said that it’s a terrible idea to try and contact these planets because what comes to Earth may not be something we want to deal with.
The rest of the film is years later. Kistch is in the Navy now and on the verge of proposing to Decker.
Something has just responded to one of Earth’s signals.
The aliens are called Regents.
Before the clip starts, Berg is talking up Rihanna, saying that she’s amazing, likening her singer-turned-actress roles to Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston and Tim McGraw on his own “Friday Night Lights”.
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The last clip was really long…
It opens with Kitsch looking in a mirror. He’s in a Navy uniform and he’s clearly troubled.
Another officer enters and reveals that, after an attack, Kistch is now acting Captain of the battleship.
What’s more, they have the body of one of the aliens.
Kitsch goes to inspect it. It’s a huge metal suit and is lying unconscious. It was found after an alien ship crashed in the ocean.
Kitsch removes its helmet and we see, for the first time, the alien’s real face.
It’s human-like, but also somewhat ape-like.
Kitsch opens its eyes and we see that the eyelids open in reverse to human eyes.
It has a beard, but it’s thick hairs like a walrus.
Suddenly, the creature wakes up and attacks. It’s not dead afterall.
A blast knocks everyone down and the wall is torn apart.
There’s an alien vessel that has come down to rescue the Regent.
It takes the creature away, but the crew says that their scans show that more have come aboard.
A number of officers — Kitsch and Rihanna included — go on the hunt.
A door bursts apart and one enters, bending the metal of the stairs as it descends.
They attack it, but guns are useless. It throws a man across the boat, knock down Kitsch and punches Rihanna.
Kitsch leads it upstairs, where it tries to attack him again.
Meanwhile, Rihanna has gone around and made it to the on-deck cannons.
Kitsch distracts the Regent while she blasts it, saying “Maholo, mother f-ers!”
The panel ends with a new trailer, set to debut before “Wrath of the Titans” which includes a lot of the footage from the second clip.
That’s the end of the panel!
HITFIX LIVE BLOG:
3:01 p.m. Peter Berg, Brooklyn Decker (pretty) and Eric the Vampire are here for “Battleship.”
3:02 p.m. Berg’s dad was a Marine and a huge Naval war historian and he grew up visiting Naval museums. His dad used to interrupt the guides at the museums and correct them and he was usually right. Berg always wanted to do a Navy movie and he wanted to do a movie about The Essex, which was the basis for Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Apparently the cannibalism side of the story turned some studio people off. “We have actually done it and we are that insane,” Berg says of basing a movie on Battleship. What drew him to the game was the vicious and merciless side, how after you get one hit, you try to take out the other player’s ship as quickly as possible.
3:06 p.m. Berg says that he likes to work with smart actors. He admits that Brooklyn Decker and Alexander Skarsgård may be good-looking, but “they’re actually really smart, complicated actors.” Berg says that Brooklyn has overcome a lot based on her “physical situation.” Berg says that Decker came in five times and improvised and cried.
3:06 p.m. We’re about to see a character-driven clip. “First and foremost, we want this movie to be fun,” Berg says. He doesn’t shy, however, from calling “Battleship” a big summer popcorn movie in its aspirations.
3:14 p.m. We see a scene in which Taylor Kitsch’s character goes to a lot of trouble to get Brooklyn Decker’s character a chicken burrito. It’s based on that famous “Slapstick Burrito-Retrieving” part of the Battleship game that most people usually skip. We also see that Alexander Skarsgård has a very different accent from Kitsch even though they’re brothers. Color me curious.
3:15 p.m. Skarsgard describes the experience of working on a movie of this scale as “kinda scary.” He recalls a scene in which Berg proposed that he would shoot him in the face with an air cannon. “That’s how much I trust this man,” Vampire Eric says. “I got to shoot guns, so I was a very happy camper,” Decker adds.
3:17 p.m. Brooklyn Decker likes calling people by their last names. And now you know…
3:17 p.m. “I think it’s really fun with somebody like Pete, because it makes it real,” Decker says, recalling a scene in which she was supposed to be scared and Berg jumped out of the bushes with a machine gun.
3:18 p.m. Berg explains that there are aliens in “Battleship” because it’s easier to have fun with intense violence if you aren’t dealing with real people. He had just watched a Stephen Hawking documentary about aliens and he was intrigued by the concept of Goldilocks Planets, which are planets that we’ve identified that have similar orbital relationships with their suns in different galaxies. Apparently we’ve been trying to contact these Goldilocks Planets. Stephen Hawking thinks that this is a bad idea and that we shouldn’t be trying to contact these Goldilocks Planets. So “Battleship” opens with us contacting Goldilocks planets. He asks for this information to stay in this room. I assume he’s joking. If not? Sorry, Peter!
3:21 p.m. Peter Berg says that he has great faith in musicians-turned-actors. “Rihanna showed up and she asked for no special treatment. She said ‘Treat me like an actor,’” Berg recalls. “I think all of us couldn’t be happier for her and we’re huge supporters of her. Now? Time for a clip with Rihanna!
3:32 p.m. That was a pretty good extended action scene. The aliens look a bit like us, except for when they’re in awesome mech-suits. Then they look like they can kick our butts. Rihanna didn’t embarrass herself in her brief moments, though unlike Kristen Stewart, Rihanna runs a little funny. But more exciting than Rihanna? The click features extended screentime for Jesse Plemons, reuniting with Taylor Kitsch. Riggins and Landry together again! Sepinwall will be pleased.
3:32 p.m. “There may be bigger films than ours, but right now I’m proclaiming that we’ve got bigger guns,” Berg says.
3:33 p.m. “Filming a movie in the ocean is the stupidest thing you can ever do,” Berg says, admitting that a month before he began production, Kevin Costner called him out of the blue to warn him about the things they did right and wrong on “Waterworld.” Berg says that he and Costner talked for three hours about ocean-filming strategies.
3:36 p.m. No time for audience questions. Hate it when that happens. [Little "Chuck" joke there.]
3:39 p.m. The new “Battleship” trailer premieres in front of “Clash of the Titans” and that sucker is ALL action, explosions, international destruction and mayhem. If you were wondering, “Will we finally get to see hints at the nuanced performance from Brooklyn Decker?” No. No we will not.
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