Actor Guy Pearce has had a very versatile career. From historical dramas to action flicks to psychological thrillers to science fiction, he has not slowed down and shows no sign of stopping.
His newest film ‘Zone 414,’ shows him playing private investigator “David Carmichael, who is hired by android developer Marlon Veidt to find his lost daughter. David teams up with the highly advanced Jane to track down the daughter. Moving through the dangerous iron jungle, they rapidly piece together the mystery, uncovering a crime that leads them to question the origins of Zone 414 and the true purpose behind the ‘City of Robots.'”
Pearce recently sat down with Collider to discuss the film and how it plays into the “man-versus-machine” trope.
“I never do a huge amount of research in order to feel like I can play the character I’m going to play. I feel like if I have to do a whole lot of research in order to play the character then we’re in a bit of trouble,” Pearce explained. “Because usually, my spontaneous response to a script is all I need in order to play the character.”
He continued, “I certainly have to do work sometimes on finding the voice, or finding how a character might move, but that’s more finding the truth of the person that I’m delving into.”
“So that often doesn’t connect to what you might call general research about the world or the history… it depends obviously on the role you’re playing. And for David in this world, for example, he’s a total outsider. So in a way it was kind of good for me to just be the outsider and go, ‘What the f*** is this world I just entered into,” the ‘Memento’ actor added.
He went to praise his co-stars and the direction of the script while explaining how his character reacts to the cybernetic world.
“Ironically, with the advent of modern technology, it’s easier and easier to avoid having to expose our true feelings and having to be vulnerable, etcetera,” Pearce said. “And so I think the film sort of speaks to that in a way. And as an actor, obviously, I’m fascinated in emotions and feelings, it’s a truth I have to deal with all the time. So I just thought the setting of this film, and the themes, were well realized, and it just sort of took my fancy.”
‘Zone 414’ was released in September 2021 by Saban Films. Check out the trailer:
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