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- Apr 8, 2004
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Empire said:Gerard Butler Talks Black Freighter
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It’s been rumoured for a while now, but Gerard Butler has confirmed to Empire that he will be lending his vocal talents to the animated Tales Of The Black Freighter short that Zack Snyder is planning as a companion piece to Watchmen.
The Scottish actor had been linked with a role in Watchmen for a long time, but when nothing materialised, it seemed likely that he wouldn’t be linking up with his 300 director on next year’s eagerly-awaited blockbuster.
But, when Snyder hatched plans to film the Tales Of The Black Freighter comic-within-a-comic that tells the tale of a castaway’s mental and physical deterioration and damnation as he tries to intercept a ghost freighter headed for his hometown, and include it on the Watchmen DVD, Butler’s name surfaced once more.
And, speaking to Empire just the other day, he told us that he had committed to the project.
“I’m going to do the voice of the captain,” said Butler. “They’re going to do it in the style of a Japanese anime and I’m totally stoked.
“I actually read the script before reading the comic book and I thought it was awesome,” continued the 38 year-old. “Then I read the comic book and it’s great. The little bits that have been added define it so much more. It’s very dark and there’s just something so descriptive and scary. It’s this descent into madness but explained in such a sane way that you totally feel it yourself. By the end, my heart was pumping!”
Although considered extraneous to the plot of the movie proper by Snyder and his predecessor, Paul Greengrass, Tales Of The Black Freighter is a story that deepens the impact of Watchmen’s main plot, mirroring the arc of a character we won’t reveal.
he's probably mistaken. it doesn't make sense making it in the style of anime. it's a comic book. i figured it would just be some sort of limited animation mimicking the style shown in the original book.Well, considering Butler said they're doing it "in the style of a japanese anime", I'm assuming he's talking about the goofy eyes, the abstract backgrounds, and those big tears that always seem to appear over people's foreheads. In all honesty I don't hate all anime, and I haven't seen a ton, I just don't think it fits with this project.
he's probably mistaken. it doesn't make sense making it in the style of anime. it's a comic book. i figured it would just be some sort of limited animation mimicking the style shown in the original book.
My thoughts exactly. Nothing says 1985 comic book about pirates like japanese animation.even aside from the fact that i despise anime, that style is so wrong for this on so many levels. it really bums me out that thats the style they're gonna go with. to the point, where i dont even really care to see it.
The style, the look, the plots and dialogue, the over-the-top nature, its self-seriousness despite it's over-the-top nature, the movement, the character development or lack therof, everything.Out of curiosity, what do the haters of anime hate about anime?
So you're saying all anime is the same. Interesting.
I don't think that's the implication to take from his post. You asked about anime dislike. He gave you structural criticism.
It's genre. It's supposed that all of them share features like those he pointed out, without being exactly the same.