Stormy skies ahead

> Ger­ard But­ler bat­tles freak weather in­stead of ter­ror­ists in his lat­est role in the nat­u­ral dis­as­ter film, Geostorm

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sci­en­tists said: ‘Ac­tu­ally, it’s not crazy. We’ve talked about some­thing like that and have asked our­selves if it will one day be pos­si­ble to con­trol the weather’. It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing con­cept.”

What was the ex­pe­ri­ence like film­ing on enor­mous sets? “Our sets were phe­nom­e­nal. I’ve never worked on sets like this and Kirk Petruc­celli, our pro­duc­tion de­signer, did an amaz­ing job. “Ev­ery time, I would walk on the sets, I was trans­ported some­where. There was a quar­ter mile of cor­ri­dors and tun­nels, and even after a cou­ple of months, I still got lost in there. “The de­tail of the sets was ex­tra­or­di­nary, es­pe­cially the load­ing dock on the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, and Nasa Ground Con­trol. It was an in­cred­i­ble place to work and to get lost in. It al­lowed me to re­ally ex­pe­ri­ence this en­vi­ron­ment.”

You have some emo­tional scenes with Talitha Bateman, who por­trays Jake’s young daugh­ter, Han­nah. “Those scenes with Talitha are my favourites. They took me by sur­prise. Talitha was just amaz­ing – she was teach­ing me about act­ing!

“Our scenes to­gether were beau­ti­fully writ­ten; you see how much Jake loves Han­nah and how she’s be­come his friend.

“But at the same time, Han­nah gives Jake a hard time, and he doesn’t quite know how to han­dle her. Jake is not skilled at deal­ing with these sit­u­a­tions.”

What kind of re­la­tion­ship does Jake have with brother Max? “It’s an emo­tional re­la­tion­ship, but Jim and I also had fun with it. The two brothers are highly com­pet­i­tive, and usu­ally an­gry with each other.

“Jake un­fairly blames Max for ev­ery­thing that went wrong in his life, which flips the older brother/ younger brother dy­namic. Here, Jake is like the younger brother. He must grow up and learn to be the older brother.

“Still, that dy­namic also in­volves some fun in­ter­ac­tions be­tween Jake and Max, who make each other crazy as they try to work through their is­sues.”

The team of sci­en­tists and astro­nauts were played by an in­ter­na­tional en­sem­ble of ac­tors. What was it like work­ing with them? “It was an ab­so­lute blast. The in­ter­na­tional cast re­flects the film’s global scale. Ev­ery­body was up for this movie and there were no egos. We melded to­gether beau­ti­fully. We all knew we were mak­ing a big, fun movie, and we en­joyed our­selves.”

Have you ever en­coun­tered any crazy weather? “I was in New York City for Hur­ri­cane Sandy, which was un­for­get­table. I was stuck downtown in my apart­ment for sev­eral days.

“I was in Ice­land, film­ing, and we ex­pe­ri­enced four hur­ri­canes in one month. One day, the roof of the ho­tel next to ours was blown off. Three times our base camp dis­ap­peared. We lit­er­ally came to set and ev­ery­thing was gone, and we never found it. It just blew into the ocean.

“I re­cently biked … through Utah and ex­pe­ri­enced a cou­ple of tor­nado-like storms.”

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