By Fred Topel | Images property of Universal Pictures
Chris Evans is not a psychic but he plays one in the movies. Push casts him as a telekinetic, the son of a product of government experiments. Only he's not 100% with his manipulations.
Chris Evans Talks Push
"The first piece of the puzzle is trying to believe in this stuff," Evans said. "It’s such a fantastical topic. You have to accept that this stuff exists if you are going to act it or portray it. I spent a few days on the internet reading about these people who dedicated their entire lives to this. You can just type in Youtube and get a hundred Datelines and 60 Minutes real life psychics and people who are studying telekinesis. It’s out there. It’s real. So once you kind of accept that its truth, then it’s a matter of getting inside the character’s head and going to Hong Kong and being in that environment definitely lends itself to playing a guy who’s hiding on the opposite side of the world."
He teams up with a girl (Dakota Fanning) who can see the future to stop a government agency who created their powers in the first place. "I think the first day I met her, we kind of hit it off. She can’t get enough of my jokes. She loves my sense of humor. There was an instant kind of bond. I felt an instant ease with her. I’m so wildly immature and she’s so ridiculously mature, that we meet somewhere in the middle. It all kind of worked out."
The two spring into action several times. One of the film's most elaborate sequences is a chase through a Hong Kong fish market. "It didn’t smell great, but we built an extension to this fish market so actually a lot of those shots are the real fish market where we are seeing how a lot of these people live. It lends itself to the actors having a tangible environment to play off of. For the actual exploding of the tanks, it was nerve-wracking. You only had one take to do it, because it takes 24 hours to re-rig. So there was a lot of pressure. Dakota sustained some injuries that day. She took some shrapnel. You can actually see it in the movie, she grabs her arm because this piece of plastic just exploded and ripped through her jacket. But she took it like a champ. She kept on going."
That gritty, dirty style will hopefully distinguish Push from other supernatural action movies. "Most of these movies usually have a pretty glossy veneer. This film felt a little more dirty with the guerilla documentary style shooting. I think this is a pretty interesting way to see this film."
Push is out in theaters now.
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