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Tyrese Gibson on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Published June 29, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Paramount
Saving the world from killer robots is a full time job. Tyrese Gibson plays a soldier in the Transformers films. In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, he’s promoted to the NEST division which rounds up rogue Decepticons with the help of Autobots. Keeping up with the filming also required Gibson to up his usual workout regimen.

Tyrese Gibson on Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

“We worked out twice a day,” Gibson said. “We worked out before we went to the set and after the set we would come and get our five miles in.”

Gibson knew how tough it was to play a soldier, so his preparation helped him ease into the second film. “I would say honestly that the first go-round was so much more intense than the second, because we kinda went into it not knowing too much of nothing about the Air Force, military, Navy SEALS. For me, I didn’t know the difference in the roles, the responsibilities of each one of the soldiers and the categories of soldiers. So I worked closely with someone called a CCT, which is a Combat Controller because I have to have dialogue to communicate with all of the aircraft, so that dialogue is very difficult. With Michael’s overseeing the dialogue, we’ve got to make sure that we cater to the real authentic dialogue of the Air Force but yet create a balance of making sure that the common folks who don’t understand that language can understand it too. So it was a bit of a challenge, especially with all of the explosions and stuff going on around, a little challenge.”

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

By the time of Revenge of the Fallen, Gibson took robot hunting seriously. “I would say compared to even the first one, I think our roles were so much more serious this time than the first round because there are so many moments comedic-wise throughout the film. I guess the outcome was Michael [Bay] wanted us to kind of play it a little more serious to kind of raise the stakes and the pressure of what’s really going on, which was fine. I enjoy doing the funny stuff to try and create a balance but I just overall had fun with the experience and we all vibed and were laughing and having big parties, good energy on the set. It’s so much pressure on the set because Michael runs a real tight ship, keeps everybody on the edge. Everybody’s full throttle. I’m like, look, man, if I don’t do a party, I’m going to go crazy right now. I try to keep everybody, the whole crew, the cast, everybody having fun while we were working.”

In the movies, he may fight killer robots, but in real life Gibson embraces technology. If it’s going to take over the world, he’ll be a part of it. “I love Twitter. I took the fans on a world tour to all six, seven countries we went to, took pictures of all the historical places in Rome and Amsterdam and I took all of them on tour with me. I told them, ‘Pull out your passports, I’m taking you on tour with Twitter.’ I love it. It’s the instant gratification of posting a picture of us just hanging out somewhere or just doing something or all of these different moments throughout these countries. The fans are like whoa, they get to see these images and things that they wouldn’t be able to see unless you saved it on your Twitter. So I love it.”

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen is out in theaters now.

For trailers, posters, stills, review and more movie info, go to the Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen Movie Page.
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