Brianne Randle with khon2 got to sit down and chat with the cast and crew of Battleship (April 29th) to find out what it was like working in Hawaii.
It’s easy to see why the all-star cast and crew of this Summer’s epic-scale action-adventure movie “Battleship” loved filming here in Hawaii.
“I’ve never been out here before. It’s ridiculous – come on, it’s paradise,” said “Battleship” actor Alexander Skarsgard.
For Director Peter Berg, setting the story in Honolulu was a no brainer.
Peter: “You want the real answer or the fake answer?”
Brianne: “Real, of course.”
Peter: “Because I love Hawaii and it’s awesome. There are Navy bases on the East Coast – I could have gone to Norfolk, Virginia, where it’s 42 degrees, or up to Alaska. I could have gone to Tokyo where they have a base, or Hawaii. I’m going to pick Hawaii every time.”
The film’s all star cast includes Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker as well as global music superstar Rihanna making her motion-picture debut.
“It’s an epic, bucket list check-off for me because this is an experience you only get very few times in your life, and very few things would bring you here, and “Battleship” brought me here,” Rihanna said.
Inspired by Hasbro’s classic naval combat game, the film is chock full of spectacular sea battles and special effects.
“The action was my favorite part. I would say the stunts, being able to fire those weapons, cool experiences like that, you wouldn’t have in your everyday life,” Rihanna said.
With Oahu as the backdrop the film showcased Kualoa Ranch, The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl and Pearl Harbor. Fittingly, the team shot on the Battleship Missouri Memorial – “Mighty Mo”.
“To shut down the Missouri, to be on these Destroyers, was incredible, and nothing put you in the moment like that stuff, and every actor will tell you a live setting is the best setting to be on, and to be in Pearl Harbor is incredible,” said Taylor Kitsch.
“Unbelievable, truly a dream come true. The fact that everyone welcomed us with open arms, especially at Pearl Harbor, we’ve been given access no other movie has gotten. I feel lucky to be a part of it,” said Brooklyn Decker.
But for the film’s stars it’s wasn’t all work and no play.
“I love Hawaii, I’ve been here a few times before and after the film, but filming here you didn’t feel like you were at work,” Rihanna said.
The cast even took time to check out some of the best Hawaii has to offer.
“I ate a lot of local food,” said Brooklyn, “did kayaking… I didn’t get to surf – I’m not a great surfer – I only tried a few times so I’m a little intimidated surfing here.”
Alex says he “went hiking, waterfalls, went up to the North Shore, surfed a bit up there, flew to Kauai over the weekend and went to the rain forests over there and the grand canyon, checked that out.”
Movie goers will get to check out the new movie “Battleship” when it hits theaters nationwide May 18.
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