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THE MOVIE: Blade: Trinity

THE STARS:
Wesley Snipes • Jessica Biel • Ryan Reynolds
DIRECTOR: David S Goyer

Cutting… THE CONCEPT:
The iconic vampire hunter Blade returns a second time. Vampire leaders resurrect Dracula, the creature who spawned their race. Known as Drake, the awesome vampire has unique powers that allow him to exist in the daylight. Blade reluctantly teams up with a group of Human vampire hunters, the Nightstalkers…

U.S. RELEASE: December 8 2004, Nationwide
• Rated: R

THE COMMENTS:

WESLEY SNIPES:
“Blade finds himself face to face with his destiny as he encounters the vampire of all vampires. It’s his most difficult challenge yet. It’s a little demanding because we are trying to top ourselves, trying to give the audience more than we gave them previously, trying to be more creative and less repetitive. It requires a little more attention and focus because we have to dig a little deeper.”

JESSICA BIEL on training for the role:
“I was in the gym six days a week for a couple of hours a day, and then an hour of fight training, an hour of archery and a super-strict diet throughout the whole movie. I also did a lot of heavy weightlifting for bulk.”

RYAN REYNOLDS:
“The whole reason I had to get in shape is if my character was just a wisecracking guy, I think I would want to kill him. I wanted him to look like he could actually handle himself. And, it also adds to that vampire mythology. Hannibal was a vampire and was turned, but he still has some of his abilities and I thought it was interesting for him to look that part. It was also important to do it. I wanted to watch the movie and say, ‘I did that.’”

DAVID S GOYER:
“My script meetings with Wesley were mainly about him cutting dialogue. He doesn’t have a lot of dialogue anyway, but he would talk about how could Blade say as much as possible in as few words as possible, so we would trim the dialogue down. Then later on he gets involved with a lot of the conceptualization of the fight sequences, and the design of the weapons. But once you start shooting, he’s Blade.”

BIEL:
“We planned out this amazing fight sequence where I kill 13 guys at once. I showed up, crossed my fingers and hoped I’d get it done, and the punches looked right, because it’s a weird thing to fake a punch. It took two days to shoot, because we shot it in one long master, and it was 13 guys, one after the other after the other. It was awesome, I had so much fun doing it.”

REYNOLDS on how quiet Snipes was on the set:
“Well, he’s Blade. He’s a method actor. Our characters are contentious to begin with. We’re fighting on the same side against a common enemy, but we’re adversaries as well, so it really helped. The less he gave me when I was popping off, the more it fed me, the more it inspired me.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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