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THE MOVIE: The Island

THE STARS:
Ewan McGregor • Scarlett Johansson
• Michael Clarke Duncan • Djimon Hounsou • Sean Bean
DIRECTOR: Michael Bay

No island paradise… THE CONCEPT:
In the mid-21st Century, life is in a carefully controlled environment. The only way out is to be chosen to go to The Island, the 'last uncontaminated spot in the world'. But Lincoln (McGregor) and Jordan (Johansson) discover a trip there is a death sentence, and they must escape the facility and run for their lives.

U.S. RELEASE: July 22 2005, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

EWAN McGREGOR:
“I’m always looking for something different, and this was a big American action film, but with something at the heart of it, which isn’t always the case. I thought the exploration of Human cloning taken to extremes was really interesting in and amongst a full-on action film, and it’s the kind of role I haven’t really done before.”

SCARLETT JOHANSSON:
“When I met Ewan I knew we were going to have a great time together. He’s a wonderful guy. He’s very easy to get along with, super charming. He’s a family man. He’s got a lovely wife and two beautiful kids. I think either the chemistry is there or it’s not there, you can’t rehearse that kind of thing.”

MICHAEL BAY:
“My mo is to keep the energy high, especially when you’re doing action stuff, because with the intensity you have to keep it there. I don’t do 16-hour days; I do 12-hour days because I think it’s counter-productive to keep long days.”

JOHANSSON:
“[Ewan and I] were totally exhausted through the whole production. But Michael took care of us, which you really appreciate, because actors, in certain situations, can be very disposable.”

WALTER F PARKES (Producer):
“Michael’s made some fabulous movies, but he was looking to do something he hadn’t done before, and from our point of view there really is a magic moment to get certain directors out there that can mount a big production, but there are very few of them that aren’t overwhelmed by a big production. “

BAY:
“I wanted to make a fun, enjoyable summer movie, but there is also a very human core to the story that deals with the whole question of, if we could have a clone, would we? We definitely did not intend to beat people over the head with it, but I wanted to give audiences a taste of the moral question … and then take them on a ride.”

McGREGOR:
“Lincoln discovers [the Island] is all a huge lie. The people who win the lottery don’t go to The Island. The Island doesn’t exist. When his friend Jordan is chosen to be the next to go, Lincoln knows he has to get her out of there.”

PARKES on the title of the film:
“We had all these fascinating, thematic ideas, and then the art department said, ‘But there’s no island, what are we supposed to do with this title?’ We did discuss changing it, but I think it was the best title for the movie.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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