Titus Abrasax in Jupiter Ascending
This is a pretty epic film. Did it feel epic shooting it, or was it actually quite intimate?
It felt pretty epic. You’re working on massive soundstages, you’re taking over the whole of Chicago and flying helicopters through it and swinging actors through the streets. You’re working on a big scale. The crew is five, 10 or 20 times the size of a small independent film, so you feel that scale. But you never quite appreciate what world you’re creating until you see the finished film because they add a lot of it in later. What was working with the Wachowskis like? Did they share responsibilities?
It was the first time I actually worked with two directors so it was a new experience, but it was very seamless. They work together very well. Obviously, they’ve known each other since they were children so they work brilliantly together. They both have their own role but those roles cross over. Were there any bits of filming you particularly enjoyed?
At the beginning of the movie you see Balem, Kalique and Titus on this planet that’s been harvested. It sets the scene for the whole movie. We shot that in Bilbao, at the Guggenheim, which is an amazing museum with beautiful architecture, and they then duplicated that architecture into a whole planet. It was amazing. I’ve known Eddie [ Redmayne] since I was 16 years old, and it was great to exist in this very surreal world together.