Total Recall Remake Set Photos; Plus Bryan Cranston Talks About Playing the Villain
09.19.11 by Ryan
Last month, Colin Farrell was photographed inside a flying car on the set of director Len Wiseman's (Live Free or Die Hard) remake of Total Recall. New set photos have arrived online which again show Farrell inside the flying vehicle, though both the car and Farrell aren't looking so good.
Based on the late author Philip K. Dick's short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale", Total Recall sees Farrell as factory worker Doug Quaid, who, after attempting to take a "vacation" via a memory-implanting company called Rekall, discovers he may be a spy and quickly becomes a hunted man. Farrell takes over the role originally played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in director Paul Verhoeven's 1990 adaptation, though the remake is said to be following the original short story more closely than the Verhoeven version.
Farrell's Quaid will still square off against Vilos Cohaagen, (a Mars Administrator played by Ronny Cox in Verhoeven's version)the leader of the nation state Euromerica, played in the remake by Bryan Cranston (AMC's Breaking Bad). In an interview with Collider, Cranston revealed his approach to the character.
Again, we’re still dealing with an older man/younger man relationship and I did not want to be the desk pounding, “Kill him!!! Grrrrr!” Why? My backstory to him and what I pitched to Len Wiseman was he’s like a son to me. I love this kid and he was my most trusted soldier. Together we were going to do great things, great, important, legacy building things. He is just rebelling so I have to give him tough love, like I would my son who is acting out. When I give him his memory back, we will once again embrace and all will be well. Until then, I have to just contain him, just put him in his place and contain him and protect him at all costs and don’t kill him. I do not want him dead. That’s the twist that I took to it and I think again, it gives a sense of humanizing to it that you can at least understand as opposed to root for.
Total Recall was adapted by Mark Bomback (Unstoppable), James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Kurt Wimmer (Salt). Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bill Nighy co-star.