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Nimrod Antal on Predators

Published July 6, 2010 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of 20th Century Fox
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Nimrod Antal won acclaim for his first film, Kontroll. His next two studio films Vacancy and Armored didn’t make many waves, so he hooked up with renegade producer Robert Rodriguez to make his next film. Predators is Antal’s dream project.

Nimrod Antal on Directing Predators


“Clearly being in the jungle was very different than being in the Budapest subway system, but also figuratively, the freedom that I enjoyed in Kontroll was something I’ve never been able to replicate here in the United States just given the system,” Antal said. “This was the first film I’ve ever made, and I think it was because a filmmaker was producing it, I was allowed more freedom and I was given more love and more respect as a filmmaker than I’ve ever been given in the American film system. Control was a gift but Predators is the first American film that I’m like, ‘Yes.’ It also plays into the fact that I grew up with the Predator poster on my wall. Yes, I have action figures and I am a geek. That was a big deal for me.”

It’s a gift for his stars too. Adrien Brody gets to play action hero, not just running from the monster but fighting it too. “His passion was also refreshing. To see someone of his caliber really want something as bad as he did, what I can’t stand is when you have these comfortable actors who have some success and they’re just, ‘I don't know, I don't know.’ This guy came in saying, ‘I want this. Please give this to me. I’ll fight for it. I’ll prove you guys wrong if you have any doubt.’ That was bitchin’. It was our job to make him look tough. That was the other thing. We knew we could do it. That’s our job. If we want to turn a man into a woman, we could do that. If we want to turn a woman into a man, we can do that. We knew the perception of Adrien, especially films like The Pianist and everything, put him in a certain box in people’s mind and we knew tat we could turn him into whatever we needed him to be.”



Antal was less sure about the action heroine placed by Alice Braga. “I wanted to cut her out. It was purely I didn’t want to have a prop running around going ‘Ahhhh.’ I knew that if we were really going to put a girl in there, she’d have to really sell it. My first concern was there aren’t very many theaters of war, there aren’t that many countries which allow women into combat. We were talking about hardened people who have seen a lot of nasty things. So I was a little bit concerned with that. I was worried and Robert actually was like ‘Dude …’ I was like how many great girls have there been and then he started naming them off. He was like, ‘Well, Ripley, Sarah Connor, Nikita.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, I guess you’re right. There’ve been a few good ones.’ It took me a bit to get my head around that, to accept that. And then, we cast Alicia Braga and she’s probably one of the toughest of the bunch. As a character and as a person, she was just awesome.”

Predators opens to theaters on July 7th.

For the trailer and more movie info, go to the Predators Movie Page.

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