ANDREW 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
on Arnold's role Back to top
"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."
on Arnold's character Back to top
"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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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."
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."