Wondering if a grandmaster was a Cloverfield movie was also fun for the actors



When Jovan Adepo first read the Overlord script during the audition process, he was excited. "I thought to myself:" This is an incredibly ambitious film ", the actor told GameSpot during a recent interview.

Overlord follows a small squadron of parachutists from the Second World War on a mission to destroy a radio tower on the eve of Normandy's famous landing in 1944. In a small French village they discover horrible experiments committed by evil Nazi scientists . Adepo plays Boyce, a member of the team and the protagonist of the film.

Of course, in addition to the ambition of the film, Adepo also found one of the names in the film: producer J.J. Abrams. "When my agent told me about it for the first time and he told me who was involved, you know, I was clearly intrigued," said Adepo. But it was more than just working with Abrams. Adepo spent much of the production wondering the same as many fans: whether Overlord would become a Cloverfield film.

"I am a digger, man, I came from the background of a journalist, so I am naturally very curious," said Adepo. "I looked at Cloverfield Paradox right after the Super Bowl and I was very curious how we would be connected to them, or whether we were at all."

The question was treated internally as a mystery, just as for people outside the film. At one point Adepo asked: "It may not have been the smartest, but whatever – I just went to one of the producers and I thought:" Hey, are we part of the Cloverfield universe? " "Eh, Jovan, I do not know & # 39 ;, and I know he knew, but he just did not want to tell me, but I mean, that's what you expect Bad Robot is very good at keeping everything this & # 39; mysterious box & # 39; until it is the perfect time. & # 39;

Adepo said that if there were Cloverfield connections in the early version of the script he saw during the audition, he never noticed them. And apparently the script has only undergone minor changes, such as changing Boyce's background after Adepo was released. Adepo said that the producers allowed the demand to remain well in production. But in the end they came clean for the cast.

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"There was a moment, of what I can remember, when we did a few pickups, which they knew we were very curious about the whole thing, and they said like this:" No guys, we're just a little bit of you teasing, "Adepo recalled," We were just pulling your leg. We really wanted this to be the case. "Because when it was conceived, it was his own thing."

Of course, not every production of the Abrams Bad Robot studio will come to an end, being a secret Cloverfield film, such as 10 Cloverfield Lane and Cloverfield Paradox. The potential place of Overlord in that canon felt both probable and unlikely; On the one hand, a film set during the Second World War would take place long before the events that triggered one of the other Cloverfield films, but on the other hand, the mix of Grounded Action and Sci-Fi horror from Overlord is just the right kind weird to fit.

Adepo said he was intimidated to work with Abrams anyway-until he met him. "It was a really fun experience, and it was really cool to meet him, because you only see him in video & # 39; s and in interviews and so, he is so intimidating to me," said Adepo. "But to meet him in person, he is one of the nicest people I have met, and he sincerely wants you to do well."

Abrams visited the set in England several times to check the production and to offer his own creative input. "It's so cool to see him walk around and just smile at himself and nod his head, and he says," Show me the next thing, because I think you're doing a good job, "said Adepo. from Los Angeles to England to see the work on the film and he just smiles all the time, you do your work. "

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He said that Julius Avery, the director of Overlord, deserves a lot of praise for having a clear vision and executing it, while also keeping the studio's demands in balance. "[Julius] ran on the first day of pre-production with this idea of ​​the type of film he wanted to make, "said Adepo. This is a man who is in love with action movies, the classic robbery film – that's something like his jam. His favorite movie is Heat, for heaven's sake. So when he entered this movie, he knew exactly what he wanted to do. And of course, when you work with the studio, you have to learn to work together and be efficient in your collaboration, because everyone brings great ideas to the fore. You just want to try and mix it as much as possible and still come out with your movie. "

Cloverfield tie up or not, Adepo thinks that the people who will enjoy the movie most are those who understand what it should be. "I've heard people talk about it like it's one of those classic B horror movies," he said. "Do not get me wrong – you know, my first film was [1950s period drama] Fences. I get so much, the importance of increased drama and, you know, a good movie. But like, you want to be able to go to a movie and enjoy a movie without talking about the social climate of what's going on right now, or whatever it might be. You know what I mean?"

"We get enough of it every day in the news," he continued. "You want to have a moment where you can go to the movies, take some popcorn with your friends or make a date, and just see a really nice movie with a high energy that keeps you involved, and that's exactly what Bad Robot is willing to do this movie and I think we have achieved that. & # 39;

Overlord is now in the cinemas.


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