Callan McAuliffe Talks Action in "I Am Number Four," Futuristic Weaponry and "Red Dead Redemption"
Thu, 16 Dec 2010 10:32:48
"Going from shooting my friends online to actually shooting and blowing stuff up in I Am Number Four was pretty cool," laughs Callan McAuliffe.
Callan got to live out every modern guy's dream with his role as Sam in D.J. Caruso's I Am Number Four. He gets thrust into a paranoid, pulsating thrill ride rife with intense action and super cool weaponry.
I Am Number Four centers around John [Alex Pettyfer]. John has got something very special inside of him, but there's a deadly enemy that wants to make sure he never realizes the full scope of his power. Three have already been knocked off, and he's Number Four. Sam's the outcast in John's high school that's along for the journey.
In this exclusive interview, Callan McAuliffe talks about I Am Number Four, getting to fire off some futuristic weaponry, favorite video games, film score and more!
What instantly resonated with you about Sam?
I'm open for any role I can get. A job is money, and that's fantastic [Laughs]. Also, I have a lot of fun doing it. To move from this guy who's really popular that everyone loves in Flipped straight to an action film where my character is picked on and he's an outsider was great. Flipped was a romantic beautiful film but it was awesome to do something different.
Was the paranoia and suspense palpable in the story line?
Definitely! That really resonated strongly for me. I think acting is about being able to morph into something else. You don't want to play the same role over and over again. I definitely like to do different things now and then.
Did you read the book before you began filming?
I read it afterwards because I had some down time on my hands. During the film, I didn't want to get out of touch with the character. I didn't want to go to anybody and say, "Oh, this scene is in the book. Why isn't it in the movie?" You can't perfectly translate a book to film. There are things you can't do. They might mess something up or make it lag too much. I think they stay true to it really well.
What music do you think would fit the final movie?
I'd definitely like to see some epic music in the film. I'm an avid gamer and movie lover. The thing that really builds the atmosphere and sets the scene of the film is the music. If you change the music, it changes the film completely. It'll definitely be interesting to see what sort of music is in this. I'm really into soundtrack music from movies and games particularly Hans Zimmer and the other orchestral composers—not so much classical like Beethoven. I like those really epic theme scores. On my iPod, I'll be sitting in the car with the window down and I'll play something like the score from Pirates of the Caribbean. You'll feel like you're in an action movie all of a sudden [Laughs].
What are some of your favorite film scores?
Pirates of the Caribbean is definitely one of them. The scores to all three films are definitely good. I've got so much stuff on there. I have a few tracks from Inception, and they're great, particularly a track called "Time."
As a gamer, are there any recent games you're into?
Being an avid Halo fan for the story, atmosphere, gameplay and music, I was a little disappointed with Reach. Red Dead Redemption was a fantastic game though. The music really sets the atmosphere for Red Dead Redemption as well. I love those free-roaming types of games. When are they bringing out number bloody five of Elder Scrolls: Oblvion? [Laughs] I really need a great story when I play games. A lot of people seem to buy them for the multiplayer nowadays.
Do you have any favorite sequences in I Am Number Four?
This is kind of an embarrassing part. We all had to run away from a big scary thing, and we're running across a football field. Everyone had to turn and look at the monster, and then turn back and keep running. Everyone else successfully turned and looked back and kept running. I had a huge alien shotgun in my hand. I turned and looked back. Then, I fell over and rolled twice. That's not the best part though. The best part is after we successfully got that scene done, every single person on set went over to the TV monitors for playback and watched me rolling on the ground in slow motion [Laughs]. It was really cool! It won't be the film though.
What other cool weapons do you get to wield?
Of course, I played with all the weapons on set. In the film, I only get my hands on a few of them though!
Will you be seeing I Am Number Four when it hits theaters February 18, 2011?