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agosto 11, 2013 entrevista - Kick-Ass 2

Interview in spanish and english below:

TRADUCCIN:

Actuando desde los seis aos, el britnico Aaron Taylor-Johnson es modesto en su xito. Fue visto por ltima vez en Savages, de Oliver Stone y la adaptacin de Anna Karenina de Joe Wright, y se repetir su papel como el aumento de superhroe de Dave Lizewski en la nueva pelcula Kick-Ass 2. Acaba de terminar el rodaje de protagonista en el remake de Godzilla, el prximo mes de mayo. Pero muchas cosas han cambiado en los 23 aos de edad, ya que el rodaje de la primera Kick-Ass en 2010 – no menos importante que su mujer cineasta Sam Taylor-Johnson, 23 aos mayor que l, ha dado a luz a sus dos hijas. Ahora l hace malabares cuentos con xitos de taquilla.

Diez minutos antes de rodar una escena por lo general soy …

Ya sea con mi cuerpo fsicamente preparado y calentado, si se trata de una secuencia de lucha, o si se trata de una escena emocional por lo general voy a estar quieto, va muy profundamente en mis pensamientos. Desde el momento en que dicen “Accin!” Me dejo ir.

Despus de un largo da en el set, me relajo por …

El ir a casa con mi esposa e hijas. Slo puedo volver a la norma, cenar, poner a los nios a la cama y leer cuentos. Voy corriendo a por esas cosas.

La mejor parte de hacer de un superhroe …

No hay vanidad en cuestin. Especialmente haciendo Kick-Ass – es slo acerca de ser libre y ser capaz de tomar el mickey de ti mismo … Ests vestido en un traje de neopreno, con una mscara de GIMP. La situacin es muy divertida.

Trabajar con Kick-Ass 2 con Jim Carrey …

Es increble, improvisa todo el tiempo, te mantiene alerta y es muy apasionado por lo que hace. l cre su mirada desde el cmic y tuvo que conseguir prtesis en la cara todas las maanas como por dos horas. l es muy dedicado.

Lo mejor del trabajo es …

Cuando se puede salir con habilidades nuevas que has aprendido. Hicimos un montn de MMA [MMA] y boxeo y jiu-jitsu. Me encant todo el jujitsu porque era muy disciplinado y complejo.

La sorpresa ms grande que puedo dar a unos Kick-Ass 2 es …

Al final de cualquier pelcula de cmic, slo tiene que esperar hasta el final de los crditos. Siempre habr una pequea escena extendida que te prepara para algo ms … Un pequeo secreto, un pequeo homenaje a todas las pelculas de Marvel.

Si pudiera tener un superpoder sera …

Viajar en el tiempo. Yo estoy haciendo mucho viajar ahora mismo no s ni dnde estoy ni qu zona horaria es.

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ENGLISH:

Acting since age six, Britains Aaron Taylor-Johnson is modest in his success. He was last seen in Oliver Stones Savages and Joe Wrights adaptation of Anna Karenina and is reprising his role as rising superhero Dave Lizewski in the new film Kick-Ass 2. He has just finished shooting the lead role in the remake of Godzilla, out next May. But a lot has changed for the 23-year-old since filming the first Kick-Ass in 2010 not least that his filmmaker wife, Sam Taylor-Johnson, 23 years his senior, has given birth to their two daughters. Now he juggles bedtime stories with blockbusters.

Ten minutes before shooting a scene Im usually

Either getting my body physically ready and warmed up, if its a fight sequence, or if its an emotional scene Ill usually be sitting still, going really deep into my thoughts. From the moment they say Action! I just let go. Its like being that toy, being wound up. Youre sort of winding it, winding it, winding it and then just popping it down and letting it go boom and I go forward, without stopping or knowing what the f I just did.

After a long day on set, I unwind by

Going home to my wife and kids. The best thing about having a family is that its grounding. I can just go back into the norm, have dinner, put the kids to bed and read stories. I rush back for those things.

The best part of playing a superhero is

Theres no vanity involved. Especially playing Kick-Ass its just about being free and being able to take the mickey out of yourself Youre dressed up in a wetsuit, in a gimp mask. The situation is too funny to be conscious of how you look.

Working with Kick-Ass 2 co-star Jim Carrey

Hes like this raw energy that comes into the room that you just get completely high off. Hes incredible, he improvises all the time, keeps you on your toes and hes really passionate about what he does. He created his look from the comic book and he had to get prosthetics on his face every morning for like two hours. Hes really dedicated.

The best thing about stunt work is

When you can come out with skills, youve learnt something new or you challenge yourself. We did a lot of MMA [mixed martial arts] and boxing and jujitsu. I really loved all the jujitsu because it was so disciplined and complex.

When it comes to making films

I never really had that moment when people are like, Thats when I knew I was going to be an actor. It took me quite a long time to accept that I was an actor. When you fly into a country and they ask for your occupation, I never wanted to write actor because it makes me sound like a right dick. It doesnt seem like an occupation, it just seems like fun.

The biggest surprise I can give away about Kick-Ass 2 is

At the end of any comic-book movie, just wait until the end of the credits. Therell always be a little extended scene that will set you up for something else A little secret, a little homage to all the Marvel movies.

If I could have a superpower it would be

Time travel. Im doing so much travelling right now I dont even know where I am or what time zone it is.

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agosto 11, 2013 Avengers 2 - entrevista - Godzilla - Kick-Ass 2

Interview in Spanish and English below:

TRADUCCIN:

Nos reunimos en la habitacin de un hotel de Soho, donde, extraamente, se ha quitado la cama. Acaba de llegar de Los Angeles, pero se ve fresco y encendido. Es difcil pensar en una gran variedad de actores que han tenido mucho que decir a su edad. Robert Redford, por ejemplo, George Clooney… “He logrado ms que algunas personas en la vida, pero eso no quiere decir que haya hecho todo”, se re Taylor-Johnson. Comenz a actuar a los seis aos, y estaba en su primer largometraje a los 10 aos de edad. Su gran oportunidad lleg con la comedia romntica en 2008 “Mi gato Angus, el primer morreo y el plasta de mi padre”.

Una avalancha de piezas teen-flick entr, as que cambi de tctica, y tom la delantera en “Nowhere Boy”, una pelcula biogrfica del joven John Lennon. El director era Sam Taylor-Wood, la artista britnica y ex esposa del marchante de arte Jay Jopling. Era su primera pelcula, y ella y el joven actor tuvieron qumica instantnea en el set.

Es una historia verdaderamente romntica. Con qu frecuencia lees de un hombre casarse con una mujer exactamente el doble de su edad, con dos hijos de un matrimonio anterior? la llama su “alma gemela”.

l ms tarde admiti que estaba ms interesado en su familia que en su trabajo, pero estamos aqu para hablar de Kick-Ass 2, su ltima pelcula. Es un seguimiento de 2010 de Kick-Ass, una adaptacin del culto de adultos de los cmic del mismo nombre. En aquel entonces, Aaron Johnson desempe el papel principal de David Lizewski, un adolescente de secundaria nerd que se convierte en un superhroe accidentalmente. La pelcula era una curiosa mezcla de violencia y humor. Algunos amaban su kookiness y estilo Tarantino. Otras consideraron preocupante, sobre todo cuando se trata de la naturaleza tan violenta con cuchillo en mano por Hit-Girl Johnson, interpretado por aquel entonces por una nia de 13 aos de edad, Chlo Moretz.

La secuela ya ha generado controversia. Jim Carrey, recientemente se distanci de ella, diciendo en Twitter que lamentaba haber participado en una pelcula con “ese nivel de violencia” a la luz de la masacre en la Escuela Primaria Sandy Hook en diciembre pasado . Tiene Taylor-Johnson tiene ninguna simpata por su posicin? “Puedo ver por qu lo hizo, todo el mundo tiene derecho a su opinin.”

Taylor-Johnson, sin embargo, no cree que existe una relacin entre la violencia en el cine y en la sociedad. “Personalmente, no me gustan las pelculas donde la violencia es demasiado grotesca, y es como, eso es repugnante de ver. No disfruto con ellas. Pero cuando se trata de una pelcula de Tarantino, estoy haciendo cola en la puerta para verlas , y estoy esperando a ver algo realmente loco, mucha sangre, y que sea divertido”.

“Yo no dispar un arma de fuego”, aade de Kick-Ass 2. “Yo no creo que nadie lo haga. Al final del da, no es la realidad. Es un personaje de ficcin.”

Lo que es inusual, y entraable, sobre Taylor-Johnson es que puede divagar sobre lo mucho que ama su trabajo, pero al final, no le importa mucho. “Lo encuentro teraputico”, dice. “Es mi libertad de expresin y mi forma de explorar.”

Cuando hago una pregunta banal de cul sera su papel ideal, suspira y dice: “Todo lo mo, mi prioridad es mi familia, mis hijas y mi esposa, que son mi futuro, en realidad no me preocupo de cual ser el siguiente papel. Ese tema no me molesta en lo ms mnimo. Porque, en el fondo de mi cabeza, s que siempre hay algo. No lo digo de una manera arrogante, es como que se puede entrar y salir de l. A veces pienso que me gustara salir por unos cuatro o cinco aos.”

“Y tal vez voy a hacer eso, ya sabes., No estoy conectado a las cosas, no tengo esa cosa ambiciosa que la mayora de los actores de mi edad tienen. Ellos van de trabajo en trabajo, y cuando estoy filmando con ellos , y nosotros acabamos de empezar el rodaje, son como, ‘Oh, qu ests haciendo ahora? ” Y yo soy como, ‘Qu estoy haciendo ahora? Slo tomando un tiempo libre!’ Para m, slo quiero pasar tiempo con las nias. Pero ellos ya tienen programado lo que van a hacer a continuacin. Y eso est bien. Yo tambin pas por eso. Pero yo no vivo para actuar, para ir de trabajo en trabajo, y que est pendiente de mi de todo el mundo todo el tiempo. Yo vivo para mi esposa y mis hijas y me despierto con ellas y eso es lo que me gusta.”

Describe tener hijos como “la cosa ms maravillosa” y dice que aprende ms de ellos que nadie. “Es indescriptible, y hermoso. Es modesto.” Es refrescante, digo, para cumplir con un actor que no est completamente absorto en s mismo. “Muy bien!” , dice, “quiero decir exactamente. Y luego estar rodeado de toda esa gente todo el tiempo! Por eso es bueno alejarse y simplemente estar en casa, hacer cosas normales”. Adems de sus dos hijas, Wylda Rae y Romy Hero, que son tres y 18 meses, respectivamente, tambin tiene dos hijastras, Angelica (16) y Jessie (siete), y un perro de Terranova de tres aos llamado Bear .

Su hogar est, en teora, en Londres, pero recientemente ha estado dividiendo su tiempo entre Vancouver, donde ha estado filmando Godzilla, y Los Angeles, donde su mujer ha empezado a trabajar en la adaptacin del fenmeno ertico, la novela Fifty Shades of Grey que est dirigiendo – naturalmente, se ha visto obligado a desmentir que va a hacer el papel Christian Grey repetidas veces. No van a estar de vuelta en el Reino Unido hasta Navidades, dice, hace poco tiempo, su casa de Primrose Hill se puso a la venta por 15,5 millones de libras, hasta en los 11 millones a su esposa pag por ella en 2010.

“Viajamos mucho, ya sabes, muchos rodajes”, dice cuando le pregunto si Los ngeles es su casa ahora. Deben tener un ejrcito de nieras, digo. “Tenemos una niera, pero no tenemos un ejrcito. Lo bueno es que voy a tomar el trabajo de Sam y har a un lado y viceversa, por lo que usted sabe que siempre hay un padre en todo.” Y el perro? “Ella es descomunal Ella tiene un pasaporte y viene viajando con nosotros en el tren por Europa.”

El problema de tener nios y perros es que no se puede desmadrarse. “Pero yo no quiero desmadrarme” dice. “Todava puedes ir a tomar una copa. No es como que est obligado a estar en la casa todo el tiempo.”

Criado en Holmer Green, un suburbio de High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, de la que estaba desesperado por escapar. l era “muy activo como un nio”, y agradece a sus padres para animarlo a hacer un montn de actividades extracurriculares. “Sin eso, me habra perdido. La natacin, la gimnasia, la danza y la actuacin era slo una pequea parte. Slo me dijeron, ‘Ver si te gusta, si lo hace, grande,. si no lo haces, no te preocupes por eso “. Tuve la suerte de tener esa orientacin y apoyo de los padres “.

Tiene una hermana mayor, a quien est cerca, y dice que los cuatro eran “bastante fuerte como una familia”, cuando l estaba creciendo. Cuando tena 10 aos, su madre dej su trabajo para que lo acompaara a Amsterdam durante seis meses, mientras que l hizo la pelcula Tom & Thomas, junto a Sean Bean.

Disfrut de la educacin alternativa de ser un actor infantil. Le gustaba ser tomado en serio y que tiene su opinin valorado por los directores, mientras que en la escuela nunca se le ense a hablar a menos que se le habla. Me pregunto si se siente en desventaja no haber estado en la escuela de teatro. “Definitivamente pens en ello, pero por alto porque yo ya estaba en una posicin en la que estaba trabajando”, dice. En cambio, l aprende observando el trabajo de otros actores, especialmente de sus hroes, Gary Oldman y Daniel Day-Lewis, aunque admite que podra “apenas conseguir a travs de Lincoln”. “La mayora de lo que sale son basura ahora”, dice. “No puedo recordar la ltima vez que me gust nada en el cine.”

Despus de Kick-Ass 2 y Godzilla, puede que sea una accin exitosa hat-trick: en este momento est en conversaciones para un papel en Avengers de Joss Whedon para la secuela de Los Vengadores. Sin embargo, para todas las ofertas de grandes sumas de dinero, tal vez una de sus mayores fortalezas es que ha aprendido a decir no. “La gente me dice, te arrepentirs no tomar esa parte. Y yo digo, no, yo no lo har. Cmo voy a lamentar pasar el tiempo de salir con mis nias?”

Sospecho que su papel ms importante an est por llegar. Como l seala, la mayora de los actores no llegan a su pico hasta el 30, o incluso ms tarde. Entonces, cul es la prisa? “Cierto. Como dijiste, yo slo tengo 23 aos.”

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ENGLISH:

What a relief, then, to discover he is much better company than that final comment suggests. We meet in the bedroom of a Soho hotel, where, weirdly, the bed has been taken away. He has just flown in from Los Angeles, but looks fresh and switched on. He swears like a navvy, which I don’t notice until later, playing back the tape. He isn’t good at eye contact, and shifts restlessly about the sofa. Behind me is a large mirror, and as we talk, he is sometimes distracted by his own gaze, checking himself out to make sure his close-cropped hair is still in place.

It’s hard to think of many great actors who would have had much to say at his age. Robert Redford, for example, had done some waitering and travelling by 23; George Clooney had only just landed his first part on a sitcom. “I’ve achieved more than some people do in a lifetime, but it doesn’t mean I’ve done it all,” laughs Taylor-Johnson. He began acting aged six, and was in his first feature film aged 10. His big break came in the 2008 teen romcom Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, in which he played Robbie, the fit one.

A flood of teen-flick parts came in, so he changed tack, and took the lead in Nowhere Boy, a biopic of the young John Lennon. The director was Sam Taylor-Wood, the Brit artist and ex-wife of art dealer Jay Jopling. It was her first film, and she and the young actor had instant chemistry on set. One journalist saw them “dance and laugh like teenagers in love” and said he had “never been on a film set with such a strange atmosphere”. Johnson’s maturation subsequently hit full-throttle: he and Taylor-Wood moved in together, had two children, and last year got married in a secret ceremony in Somerset, where she has a house.

It’s a genuinely romantic story. How often do you read of a man marrying a woman exactly twice his age, with two kids from a previous marriage? He mentions her almost as soon as we start talking and calls her his “soul-mate”.

As he will later admit, he’s more interested in his family than his work, but we’re here to discuss Kick-Ass 2, his latest film. It’s a follow-up to 2010’s Kick-Ass, an adaptation of the cult adult comic book of the same name. Back then, he was still plain Aaron Johnson, and played the lead role of Dave Lizewski, a nerdy high-school teenager who becomes an accidental superhero. The film was a curious mix of violence and comedy, and utterly divided audiences. Some loved its kookiness and Tarantino-esque style. Others found it disturbing, especially when it came to the character of Johnson’s knife-wielding fellow crime-fighter, Hit-Girl, played by the then 13-year-old Chlo Grace Moretz.

The sequel has already attracted controversy. Jim Carrey, who plays the leader of a motley band of amateur vigilantes, recently distanced himself from it, tweeting that he regretted taking part in a film with “that level of violence” in the light of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December. Does Taylor-Johnson have any sympathy with his position? “I can see why he did that; everyone’s entitled to their opinion,” he says. “You know what: he was a huge advocate of it when he stepped on. A major fan of the first one, and of the comic book.”

Taylor-Johnson, however, does not believe there is a link between violence in films and in society. “For me, I can’t watch violence when it’s too grotesque, and it’s just like, that’s revolting to watch. I don’t enjoy it. But when it’s a Tarantino film, I’m lining up outside the door to see it, and I’m expecting to see something really crazy, a lot of blood, and for it to be funny.

“I don’t shoot a gun,” he adds of Kick-Ass 2. “I don’t think anyone does. At the end of the day, it’s not reality. It’s a fictional character.”

What’s unusual, and endearing, about Taylor-Johnson is that he can waffle on about the process of acting and how much he loves his work, but in the end, he doesn’t care that much. “I just find it therapeutic,” he says. “It’s my release of expression and my way of exploring.”

When I ask a banal question about what his ideal role might be, he sighs and launches into this speech: “My whole thing, my priority, is my family, my kids and my wife. That’s my future. I don’t really care about what role is next. That shit couldn’t bother me in the slightest. Because, in the back of my head, I know there’s always something. That’s not in an arrogant kind of way, it’s just like you can step in and out of it. Sometimes I think I’d like to step out for a good four or five years.

“And maybe I’ll do that, you know. I’m not attached to things, I don’t have that ambitious thing that most actors my age have. They go from job to job, and when I’m filming with them, and we’ve just started filming, they’re like, ‘Oh, so what are you doing next?’ And I’m like, ‘What am I doing next? Just taking some time off!’ For me, I just want to spend time with the kids. But they’ve already set up what they’re doing next. And that’s fine. I was like that at one point. But I don’t live to act, to go from job to job, and being in everyone’s face all the time. I live for my wife and my kids and I wake up to them and that’s what I enjoy.”

He describes having children as “the most wonderful thing” and says he learns more from them than anybody. “It’s indescribable, and beautiful. It’s humbling and grounding.” It’s refreshing, I say, to meet an actor who isn’t completely self-absorbed. “Right!” he says, “I mean exactly. And then to be surrounded by all those people all the time! That’s why it’s good to get away and just be at home, to do normal things.” As well as his two daughters, Wylda Rae and Romy Hero, who are three and 18 months respectively, he also has two step-daughters, Angelica (16) and Jessie (seven), and a three-year-old Newfoundland dog called Bear.

Home is, theoretically, in London, but recently he’s been splitting his time between Vancouver, where he’s been shooting a reboot of Godzilla, and Los Angeles, where his wife has started work on the adaptation of erotic-novel phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey she is directing naturally, he’s been repeatedly forced to deny he’ll be playing its sadistic hero, Christian Grey. They won’t be back in the UK until Christmas, he says; recently, their house in Primrose Hill was put up for sale for 15.5m, up on the 11m his wife paid for it in 2010.

“We travel so much, you know, filming so much,” he says when I ask whether Los Angeles is their home now. They must have an army of nannies, I say. “We have a nanny, but we don’t have an army. The nice thing is that I’ll take the job on and Sam will step back and vice versa, so you know there’s always a parent around.” And what about the dog? “She is ginormous! She has a passport and comes travelling with us on the train around Europe; but when we go to LA, I think it’s too extreme, for a dog her size. They’d have to tranquilise her, and I don’t like the idea of that, so she stays behind with friends.”

The trouble with having children and dogs is that you can’t go out on the lash. “But I don’t want to go out on the lash!” he wails. “You can still go out for a drink. It’s not like you’re bound to be in the house all the time. Personally, I don’t like getting off my face.” Besides, he did all that when he was younger: he left school at 15 and had a rackety few years. He doesn’t talk about what he got up to, though it included various girlfriends and he “got it all out of my system”. He cites his lack of an addictive personality as a reason why he didn’t get into too much trouble. His wife has described him as an “old soul”, and seems a young 46, fizzing with ideas, energy and creativity, so they meet somewhere in the middle.

And now he’s a father, how do his own parents fit into his life? In an interview last year, he said he gets on with them, though he never goes to see them: if they want to see their grandchildren, they come to him. When I ask him when he gets to see them, he simply says, “Well, they don’t live in the country,” and moves on.

Raised in Holmer Green, a suburb of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, he has described it as a “nothingy sort of place”, from which he was desperate to escape. He was “very active as a child”, and thanks his parents for encouraging him to do lots of extracurricular activities. “Without that, I’d have been lost. I did swimming, gymnastics, dance, and the acting was just a small part. I didn’t have pushy parents, it wasn’t forced upon me. They just said, ‘See if you like it. If you do, great; if you don’t, don’t worry about it.’ I was really fortunate to have that guidance and supportive parents.”

He has an older sister, to whom he is close, and says the four of them were “pretty tight as a family” when he was growing up. When he was 10, his mother quit her job to accompany him to Amsterdam for six months, while he played both titular twins in children’s film Tom & Thomas, opposite Sean Bean. He had to play one twin then the other, using a ping-pong ball on a stick as a sightline. He has previously credited his mother with keeping him level-headed, telling how she would “take the piss” out of the other pushy parents. “We would just crack up. That’s why we always got along. We felt sorry for them.”

He enjoyed the alternative education of being a child actor. He liked being taken seriously and having his opinion valued by directors, whereas at school he was taught never to speak unless he was spoken to. I wonder whether he feels at a disadvantage not having been to drama school. “I definitely thought of it, but I bypassed that because I was already in a position where I was working,” he says. Instead, he learnt by watching the work of other actors, especially his heroes, Gary Oldman and Daniel Day-Lewis though he admits he could “barely get through Lincoln”. “Most things that come out are rubbish now,” he says. “I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed anything at the cinema.”

After Kick-Ass 2 and Godzilla, he may make it an action-blockbuster hat-trick: he is currently in talks about a part in Joss Whedon’s Avengers Assemble sequel. But, for all the big-money offers, perhaps one of his greatest strengths is that he has learnt to say no. “People say to me, you’ll regret not taking that part. And I say, no I won’t. How am I going to regret spending time hanging out with my girls?”

I suspect his greatest role is yet to come. As he points out, most actors don’t hit their peak until 30, or even later. So what’s the hurry? “Right. Like you said, I’m only 23.”

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