Stinger Apini in Jupiter Ascending
How would you describe the film? It’s a film that’s got everything: action, depth of character, humour, and a very surreal quality; which is understandable considering the people who directed it. I remember Lana saying, “We’re just trying to do something that’s different and original, and we care very passionately about that.” That’s difficult because it’s from a big studio. They’ve got their ideas and then the studio’s got theirs. But they stick to what they truly believe in.
What’s the film’s vision of the future? Pools of people are created in order to feed off them and use them as workers. So they’re a bit like ants. There’s pretty wicked stuff that you can imagine from big companies who take control of everything. It’s got some nasty connotations to it.
Were the scenes on your character’s farm shot on location? Just outside of Chicago… That was probably one of the few real places in the whole film. It was amazing what they did with it. They got about 37,000 bees from some shop or toy factory. But then they had to glue on 37,000 magnets, one for every bee. I actually have some in my house now. I scare little kids when they come around!
You don’t always survive until the last scene… Never. Whenever I get a script I go to the back page. But you’ll have to see what happens in this one! Joseph McCabe