break down About 25 years after landing in the theater, it is a thriller that continues to surprise director Jonathan Mostow.
The thriller sees Kurt Russell playing a man looking for his missing wife. He disappears after the car breaks down in the middle of where. Made for $ 36 million, break down With domestic box office revenue of $ 50.2 million, it was a significant and commercial hit. Since its release, we’ve been finding new audiences.
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Simon Thompson: I remember seeing it break down At the cinema when it first came out. I lived in England at that time, but I felt like I came out of nowhere and fascinated the audience. We continue to build this loyal and growing fan base. Did you have any thoughts?
Jonathan Mostow: Not at all. I was more afraid of the opposite happening.I first came up with break down As something you can do with an ultra-low budget. I was able to shoot it in the desert, I didn’t have to pay for the lights as we are mostly in the sun, and I didn’t have to pay for the lights because it was in the middle of where Did not need an expensive place. break down Very early in my career, the movie I made just before that was only $ 1 million, so I was planning to make it for $ 4 million in my head. Suddenly it became a studio-sized movie with a big movie star commuting from his home in Los Angeles on a private jet every day, and when this huge crew was there, I started to worry about it. An undressed emperor. I was worried that the movie would come out and the audience and critics would go. It’s like a low-budget Roger Corman movie. Why are you trying to see this off as something more, and are you letting me spend the full ticket price on the ticket for this? Naturally, I was excited when there was a reaction. break down Hollywood’s Beltway seemed to be accepted as there were few antidotes for major special effects. The movie of the big event that has already started has taken root. Kurt Russell’s character was a man running around the desert. There were no special effects. There were no spaceships. We are a generation of Hollywood producers, executives and others who grew up heavily influenced by 70’s films. break down It was the most reversal to that. I think people were happy to know that there were still more commercial homes for the kind of movie that inspired them to start making films in the first place.
Thompson: break down It opened at the top of the domestic box office for $ 12.3 million. What do you remember about that weekend’s debut?
Mostou: One of my favorite compliments about this movie is when people say they remember what they saw. break down In the theater. The movies I remember seeing in the cinema are inscribed in my brain and are in close contact with each other, so I think it’s always wonderful to meet someone I happened to meet in my movie. Like most movies, break down It was released on Friday, and another movie was released against it.That movie was the first Austin Powers.. I remember going around the theaters in Los Angeles and knowing that it was okay and people in the industry would watch the movie, so I made sure the projections weren’t out of alignment.I remember entering the auditorium, I checked, and everything looked okay, and I was like,’It’s Austin Powers The movie is showing at the next theater. I will check it. I don’t want to lose, so I hope it’s not good. So I went in and loved it. I was laughing so hard, but every time I laughed, I thought, “Damn. This will beat us.” Then I met Jay Roach, the director of, and made friends. became. Austin Powers, And found that he was doing exactly the same break down.. break down I started my career. I think the chairman of the studio who handed the script, all the other studios handed the script on Sunday morning. I called my agent and said, “Can I have my client in my office tomorrow morning?” At 7:30 am on Monday morning, I meet this guy who signed a contract at the studio. It was very transformative, both personally and professionally.
Thompson: break down I’ve come to a really interesting point in Kurt Russell’s career.
Mostou: Kurt has always been a very durable movie star, but a few years ago break down, His star was rising fairly exponentially.He was in Stargate, And it worked really well. The studio saw it and they said, “Wait a minute. We didn’t think these movies would work that well. Why did they open so wide?” They said it was Kurt I thought it was Russell’s fault, and it raised his star. Look at your CV in your cart. He has been a star since he was a kid. There may have been moments when it declined a bit, because he was interested in other things, such as when he tried to become a professional baseball player. He is a man who has always cherished his life. He’s probably never been as engrossed in his career as any other movie star at the expense of his personal life. A quality life is essential for him. In fact, that’s why we were flying him every day to set on a private jet. He had an arrangement with his wife Goldie Hawn, one of whom was always at home with the children, so they took turns filming.The cart is over Escape from LA, So he said break downProducer Dino De Laurentiis said it was Goldie’s turn to make the film and he had to wait until the following year. Dino said in his classic way, “No problem. I’ll solve it.” Flying him back and forth was the solution, so every night Kurt went home for a supper. , I went back to bed and the next morning I was flying to Utah and everywhere to do the scene. Go home again.
Thompson: What if the cart isn’t available? Did you have a backup plan?
Mostou: He wasn’t in my heart because he was the guy I wanted, and Dino and Martha de Lorentis backed me up with it. The moment he said “yes”, I felt it in my gut and knew he was the right person for the job, so I thought I would work creatively if I didn’t ruin anything. rice field.
Thompson: break down It was such a success. Hollywood is Hollywood and the ending of the movie is pretty final, but has anyone come up with the idea for a sequel? Perhaps another couple, Kurt character, or someone else has come across a similar activity elsewhere?
Mostou: It’s interesting because people are approaching the producer who wants to remake break down, And they said, “What? No. The breakdown is not a movie to remake.” I didn’t feel like there was a sequel here. I don’t know what will happen. The title of the movie should have something to do with the man who had the worst luck in the world. He survives it, and will it happen again? It’s hard to believe.
Thompson: Many of these films are often forgotten, but they continue to be celebrated, finding new viewers almost 25 years later.why break down Did you stand out?
Mostou: Interesting is when the movie was announced for pre-order on Blu-ray. It happened about 6 weeks ago, and I didn’t even know it was available unless I received a message from Paramount to inform me.I didn’t see any coverage about it, but it became number one on Amazon
Thompson: You recorded these new commentary tracks on Kurt, but did you have a story you forgot or probably never told before? break down??
Mostou: Oh, it was a great experience as we went a lot, and it had this 60ft screen because we were on their biggest mixing stage. Not only have neither of us seen the movie on its big screen since the movie was released, but neither of us sat down and watched the movie from start to finish. When the movie is over, I usually don’t go back and watch it. It was perfect for walking down a memorable path. Both Kurt and I remembered what the other person didn’t remember. It was cool because the cart has a memory of steel traps. The commentary is about two guys who really enjoyed working with each other and come back together to recollect and talk. Kurt has been acclaimed for his commentary track being particularly interesting, and I hope people find it interesting. I know what I did.
break down It will land on Blu-ray as part of the Paramount Presents series on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.