"Bang, bang" someone shouts feebly off-camera as Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel, hoisted on harnesses and armed with prop guns, are lowered upside down through a doorway while filming an action scene for director Len Wiseman's remake of Total Recall.
Despite the sci-fi film's sobering themes — memory, identity, freedom — and the inherent discomfort of being strung upside down for at least 20 takes on the day we visited the Toronto set last September, Farrell and Biel erupt in giggle fits every time Wiseman yells, "Cut!"
Farrell takes on the role of Douglas Quaid, first made famous by Austrian beefcake Arnold Schwarzenegger in Paul Verhoeven's 1990 version of Philip K.
Dick's story, and offers an everyman approach to the blue-collar character.
Quaid is, after all, a factory worker who visits Rekall for a virtual vacation only to discover he’s not who he thought he was after the procedure goes haywire.
Meanwhile, Biel solidifies her reputation as the go-to actress for tough-lady roles playing freedom fighter Melina, who claims to have had a relationship with Quaid in a reality he can no longer remember.
We sat down with Farrell and Biel between takes to talk about their characters, the film's meaning, and just what's so funny about hanging upside down.... See Complete Article @ Cineplex