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THE MOVIE:
Collateral Damage

THE STAR:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
with: Elias Koteas, Francesca Neri,
John Leguizamo, John Turturro
DIRECTOR: Andrew Davis

Collateral Damage: a fiery Schwarzenegger
U.S. RELEASE: February 8
Rated: R

THE CONCEPT:
Terrorists targets a building in Los Angeles and innocent people are killed, including the wife and son of firefighter Gordy Brewer (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

The bomb is credited to El Lobo, The Wolf, an infamous rebel leader in Colombia's decades-long civil war. When he is not brought to justice, Gordy takes the law into his own hands and travels to Columbia to track The Wolf down himself.

For obvious reasons this movie, which was meant to open last October, was put on hold until 2002.

Don't miss our coverage of
Collateral Damage in:

Film Review

Review and feature in April 2002 issue

THE COMMENTS:

Andrew Davis on locationANDREW DAVIS (Director - previous credits include The Fugitive and Chain Reaction):
"The delaying of the film was totally appropriate for a lot of reasons. I was relieved because, based upon the events of the world being so tragic, promoting a movie was not the most prominent thing in my life right then. But I feel the film has become relevant and more important because of those events."
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SchwarzeneggerARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER:
"I can be a hero on the screen, but the real heroes are these guys who are out there every day, bravely doing their jobs. This was dramatically demonstrated after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, when we saw so many firefighters, along with the police and rescue workers, risking their lives - and in some cases, losing their lives in order to save others."
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DAVIS on the concept that Arnold can't portray an average man:
"We were originally going to do this film in New York, and I went to fifteen firehouses and got incredible photographs of firemen who probably aren't alive today, and these men literally looked like Arnold. What do firemen do when they're not fighting fires? They're lifting weights, they all have gymnasiums in those old firehouses, and they all admire Arnold."
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SCHWARZENEGGER on stunts:
"I approach the stunts in movies in the same way that I always have done, which is to prepare for them way in advance. The more you prepare, and the more familiar you are with what you have to do, the more confident you feel when you do the stunts. Generally I feel as comfortable doing stunts today as I did ten or twenty years ago."
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Schwarzenegger with Francesca NeriDAVIS on Arnie's character:
"Arnold's never played a reality based character before, he's either a Terminator or his he's pregnant or his bigger than life; he's not (usually) a fireman who has a family and just goes about his business and then is drawn into something. When I said to him, 'You don't have to act tough, just be yourself,' he did that. I think he connects with people more in this movie than he has in the past."
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SCHWARZENEGGER on the terrorist theme:
"After September 11th, video rentals of action movies that dealt with terrorism like Die Hard and True Lies were sold out. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that people wanted a positive outcome, where the terrorist's butt was kicked in the end and the good guys were the winners. As you can see right now, it's much tougher to do in reality."
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Text by Judy Sloane • Back to top

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Film Review, April 2002 cover
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