Dennis Quaid Discusses Pandorum's Appeal
09.22.09 by BJSprecher
German director Christian Alvart's latest movie, Pandorum, blends the sci-fi and horror genres to tell the story of two crew members on a deep space mission who wake up with amnesia and discover they are lost, but not alone. Actor Dennis Quaid ( G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) stars as Payton, one of the crew members on the mission, and he told Movieweb that it was writer Travis Malloy's "unique storyline" that drew him to the role.
It is hard to find any movie that is worthy. A lot of these scripts out there are so derivative. When I read a script, it is the only time I get to be an audience member. It's the first time I am dealing with it. I thought to myself, "Wow." I read it in one sitting, and I couldn't put it down. I didn't know what was going to happen until the very end. And it had such a great twist. It surprised even me. It is original, and unique.
Quaid said that Payton was an interesting character to play because of his mental state at the beginning of the movie.
I am very interested in the human condition. That is what I love about acting. I like studying different people and their psychosis. I like discovering what makes them tick. I always find that with any character I play. I need to find out what makes them tick. With Payton, I really had to start off with a blank slate. Because he doesn't know who he is. Then he thinks he knows who he is. Then he finds out something else, and he is in denial about it. Denial has a lot to do with this character. It is one of his qualities as a human being.