Geoffrey Rush Explains the Delay of The Warrior's Way
11.29.10 by Ryan
Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush will end the year in two projects that seem polar opposites: One is the British period drama The King's Speech, which many, including us, think will be a lock for Rush to get another Oscar nomination; and The Warrior's Way, a blend of the Western and martial arts genres written and directed by newcomer Sngmoo Lee. The King's Speech opened over the weekend in limited release; The Warrior's Way opens December 3. Rush explained to Movieline the delay for the movie, which was shot in "late-2007 into early-2008."
Visually, it’s an extraordinary piece of work, and we were working within the studio’s set, but I’d say 90 percent of the film happens in a permanent sense of sunset. Because of its very conscious Asian aesthetic, it just has a red, twilight sky throughout it all of the time. I think in post-production the financial crises hit, and the budget kind of went a bit wonky because of the amount of CGI that was needed.
Rush admitted that The Warrior's Way sat "on the shelf for a while" (which may be putting it mildly), but is glad the movie is finally reaching theaters.
I’m glad it’s seeing the light of day because I think Sngmoo Lee, the director-writer, has written a very elegiac kind of piece, even though it has all of the hallmarks of that very elegant, stylized violence that you get in samurai swordplay. I’m glad it’s out there because I got to be in a Western and not have to ride a horse, that was a big plus.
The Warrior's Way follows South Korean actor and musician Dong-Gun Jang as Yang, an assassin from the Far East whose retirement in the American Badlands doesn't go exactly as planned when he is tracked by an army of ninjas. Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston, and Tony Cox co-star.