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Hilary Swank • Aaron Eckhart • Delroy Lindo

Ready to save the Earth THE CONCEPT:
The Earth’s inner core has stopped rotating, causing catastrophes all over the planet. Now a small group of scientists must travel to the center of the Earth in order to detonate a nuclear device that will reactivate the core and save the world from destruction.

U.S. RELEASE: March 28 2003, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


“I used to think that Space was the last frontier, but there are actually enormous and unfathomable mysteries just a couple of thousand miles below our feet.”

HILARY SWANK (Major Rebecca ‘Beck’ Childs):
“I love Jon Amiel. And when I heard who my fellow cast members were going to be, I just couldn’t resist working with such talent. Besides, how often does a fascinating character like a terranaut come into your path? The whole concept of the movie intrigued me.”

AARON ECKHART (Dr Josh Keyes):
“Right after 9/11 I was going to do a film that was very heavy and bleak, and I thought, ‘I can’t do it.’ I felt like I wanted to do something a little more heroic. I hadn’t done a genre film, but I secretly felt like I wanted to do an action movie. I just wanted to have fun. This movie’s got a certain gravity to it, but I wanted to make a film that was more wholesome that my whole family could go see, my mother and father, and it wasn’t shocking or embarrassing.”

DELROY LINDO (Dr Ed ‘Braz’ Brazzelton):
“I don’t think of my character as being a hero. Not that he’s not a hero, but that’s not what was going on in my mind. Martin Luther King didn’t think, I’m a hero and I’m going to make the I Have a Dream speech. So there was nobody I drew on, because I was not thinking of my character as a hero, even though I do recognize that he makes heroic choices in the film.”

“Jules Verne [in Journey to the Center of the Earth] envisioned a group of gentle folk in Victorian tweeds walking to the center of the Earth and finding a big lizard, a giant lake and the lost city of Atlantis! We had the advantage of an extra 150 years of scientific knowledge, so we tried so set the record straight. If you’re looking for lost cities, I’m sorry, you’re going to be out of luck!”

“Before I wanted to be an actress, I wanted to be an astronaut [as she plays in the movie]. I would still like to go into Space at some point. It seems very spiritual, bigger than all of us, and I think that’s something to always remember – how small we really are in the whole scheme of things.”

“I spoke with several scientists, and what I was looking for from them was to get a feel for scientists – who are these guys? Scientists are a certain breed, musicians are a certain breed, actors are a certain breed, so I was looking for what makes a scientist? Frankly, I was hoping that something would rub off by osmosis.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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