Angel Has Fallen not only takes Mike Banning into his darkest hour but also his hidden past. Things take a wild switchback into turbulent father-son territory when Banning looks for refuge in the last place on earth he ever thought he’d go- his long-estranged father’s off-the-grid cabin. Here he has to confront a man he has never understood or had the chance to question: the Vietnam veteran who walked out on him as a boy and retreated from his PTSD and paranoia into life as a lone survivalist in the woods.
Creating a sometimes comical, but always compelling, contrast with Butler’s Mike Banning is the casting of Nick Nolte, known for his portraits of characters with tough hides but convoluted innards. Here, he brings a sense of frayed dignity to a man not quite sure if he’s ready for redemption. “There’s a fascinating contrast between Mike and his dad because Mike is driven to keep running into war and his dad is still trying to run from it,” notes Waugh. “What Nick brings is so much more than comic relief. His dynamic with Gerry is very tense and funny, but also very moving. There was a kind of magic that happened between them, and Nick is such a giving person that his passion inspired the entire crew, and me.”
Butler greatly enjoyed the raw and original relationship that erupts between the two characters—both fiercely stubborn, uncompromising men who push all of each other’s buttons. “All along, it’s been a deep regret in Mike’s life that he never really had a father, but now that he needs his father that means he also has to put up with him,” laughs Butler. “He and Clay think they are cut from different cloth, but now that they’re forced together, it allows them to see their connection. And Nick was so brilliantly weird and charismatic as Clay, he gave the relationship just the spark of intensity it needed.”
Nolte came aboard because he loved the idea of putting such a damaged, complicated, razor-tongued character—one who reflects a reality for some veterans—in the middle of the hardcore action. “I was interested in the challenge of this role,” Nolte explains, “and I was also drawn to working with Gerard. That turned out to be a bigger treat than I even imagined it would be because he really is at the top of his game right now.”
For Butler, Nolte’s commitment to a man who has never learned to trust was a thing of beauty. “For someone to have been in the business this long and still bring that gorgeous, childlike energy where he’s always excited about the scene and gives all he can is amazing. In that first scene at the cabin, you can feel so much going on inside Nick all at once: he’s broken, grief-stricken, excited, questioning, wondering, fearful, judging, hoping and more.
You can see Clay’s whole life and struggles coming through in just the way Nick moves his face. As our characters grew closer, we also bonded in a big way.” For more news and updates from the world of showbiz stay tuned to CineBlitz!
Salman Khan – Alia Bhatt starrer Inshallah not happening? Find out!
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah was to release on Eid 2020, but Salman Khan says it is pushed. Will it happen at all?
Super star Salman Khan took to social media yesterday and wrote, “The film with Sanjay Leela Bhansali is pushed but I will still see you all on Eid, 2020. Insha-Allah!!’ Bollywood denizens went berserk after reading this tweet from Salman. According to sources Sanjay Leela Bhansali was to start shooting of the film from this week with Alia Bhatt on a set that is being constructed at Mehboob studios in Mumbai, a stone’s throw from Salman’s residence. Also the locations and local production team are finalised in the USA! Titled Inshallah, the film is supposed to be a remake of the Hollywood hit Pretty Woman.
The film with Sanjay Leela Bhansali is pushed but I will still see you all on Eid, 2020. Insha-Allah!!
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) August 25, 2019
In his tweet, Salman hinted at another announcement of a film for which he is likely to start shooting and plans to take the release date of Bhansali. There is intense speculation that the release date could be assigned to Dabangg 3, shooting for which is already in progress.
Bhansali fans are left wondering what will happen to the film now, considering that Salman has given away the dates in all probability to another film. Hope it is not creative differences that has led to the push of Inshallah! For more gossip from Bollywood’s inside track, keep reading CineBlitz!
Angel Has Fallen is raising the bar of the Fallen Series
Secret Service agents live in a constant state of high alert. At any given second, they have to be ready to thwart a near-infinite number of potential threats that could come from any country, any group, or any person, without warning. Their sacrifices—the persistent danger, the merciless demands on body and soul, the stress on their relationships—are rarely recognised publicly, but they don’t do it for the recognition. They do it because they are driven to serve the highest office of the land and the bedrock of democracy.
That kind of devotion has always defined Mike Banning in the movie Angel has Fallen. On the job, he is a cunning, dogged, laser-focused patriot, but he is also a self-questioning and at times a self-deprecating man who has his dark corners of jagged regrets and frustrations. He has done and seen it all. In Olympus Has Fallen, he rescued the First Family from a North Korean-led kidnapping inside the White House. In London Has Fallen, he kept President Asher from harm during a terrorist attack on world leaders attending the British Prime Minister’s funeral.
Director Ric Roman Waugh jumped right away at the idea of exploring Mike Banning not just in jeopardy but in a chaotic state of mind. He knew from making That Which I Love Destroys Me that a man like Banning would, like so many real-life warriors in the military and law enforcement worlds, have to pay the piper for the mental, physical and spiritual toll of his work.
“What I learned making the doc is that there are a lot of modern-day warriors who have a different kind of PTSD,” explains the director. “It’s not the classic shellshock where they are running away from war. Instead, they’ve become addicted to war, to the intensity of it, and that makes it harder for them to return to society and everyday life. We made the documentary about members of the military, but after it premiered, I started hearing from all kinds of other people, from first responders and law enforcement and more, talking about how they were going through the same thing. So, I felt from the beginning that this would be a very authentic and interesting journey to take with Mike Banning. He is, as he’s told in the film, a lion, but there are consequences to always being a lion.”
Butler loved Waugh’s approach to the action. “Ric’s style is all about putting you smack in the middle of the chaos,” Butler explains. “He sucks you in with a gritty realism—so that even in the most insane scenarios, you feel you are right there in the moment with Banning.” For more updates from Bollywood and show business keep reading CineBlitz.
Scoop! Anushka Sharma cast opposite Hrithik Roshan in remake of Satte Pe Satta!
Anushka Sharma has been finalised to play the female lead in the Satte Pe Satta remake, originally played by Hema Malini
Bollywood has been buzzing with the big news that Anushka Sharma has committed to play the lead role opposite Hrithik Roshan in the remake of Satte Pe Satta. While she has consciously decided to cut down on work nowadays, but the actress is going to honour two big commitments, Satte Pe Satta being one of them.
This is also going to be an exciting and fresh pairing as Hrithik and Anushka have never worked together. Initially, actresses like Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone were approached for the role, but the makers felt a new pairing was needed for the film.
Released in the 80’s, the original Satte Pe Satta itself was inspired by the American musical film Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. The Bollywood version Satte Pe Satta featured Amitabh Bachchan in a double role with Hema Malini and Ranjeeta cast opposite him. The new remake is now being directed by Farah Khan and produced by Rohit Shetty. Stay glued to CineBlitz for more news and updates from Bollywood.
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