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THE MOVIE: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Jude Law • Gwyneth Paltrow • Angelina Jolie
DIRECTOR: Kerry Conran

Giant robots! THE CONCEPT:
Only the actors are real! Playing the entire movie in front of blue screens, Gwyneth Paltrow portrays journalist Polly Perkins who when gargantuan robots trample the New York City streets enlists the help of her old flame, Captain Joseph Sullivan, aka Sky Captain, an ace aviator with daredevil flying skills, to save the day.

U.S. RELEASE: September 17 2004, Nationwide • Rated: PG


“I was thrilled when I first saw the film, and incredibly proud, because rather than being something that I had developed, it was something that I stepped into and perhaps for the first time felt the responsibility of giving my name to something to empower someone, a first time director, to see this thing through.”

“I was thrilled when I saw the movie, because obviously when you do a film on blue screen you have pretty much no concept of what it’s going to be. I had an idea of how it was going to have this retro-futuristic illustrated beauty to it, but I didn’t know how it was going to be in the context of an entire feature-length film, and I was very thrilled with it because it has so much style and it looks so beautiful - it’s a fantastic popcorn movie.”

“I just thought as an artist it was original and hadn’t been done before and so it was a brave place to be. Films these days lose that sense of fun and adventure and, ‘let’s try something that hasn’t been done before,’ so for that just to be a part of it was exciting, but I loved my character too.”

“Not having any scenery makes it easier to watch yourself on screen, because you disappear into the world that wasn’t there. You’re too busy looking at the universe on the screen to start to pick your performance to pieces.”

“I loved the way I look in this. I had so much fun with the character, with the hair, with the Stella McCartney suit, with the camera, with the hat – I just loved the whole look of it, and it was a lot of fun for me to go to work and get all dressed up. I felt like a movie star from the 1940s.”

“There was one moment when I was just sitting on this cardboard box and wasn’t in a plane or anywhere, pretending that I was sitting on something completely different. At first it felt very silly, but then I thought it was great to get back to what’s fun about this business. It’s creative and you try things that aren’t safe, get to be silly again and be bold with your choices, which was nice and refreshing.”

“We are already inventing prequels and sequels, it’s the kind of world that once you step into it and play along with it, you can’t help but start thinking about what Sky Captain’s done in the past, and how they all met. But we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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