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The Final Destination Dudes

Published August 27, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of New Line Cinema
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Death is the star of the The Final Destination movies so the actors often find themselves playing second fiddle to them. At least Death is kind enough to give them premonitions, even if they’re ultimately useless because it gets them anyway. Bobby Campo plays the prescient lead in The Final Destination. Except for the opening race track accident, Campo did not know what most of his vague predictive images would look like.

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“That was hard, man,” Campo said. “I had to just figure out what I was going to do. I don't know if this looks right but I’m just going to try this. It was a lot of trial and error. We just got some good stuff out of it. It was hard to figure that out. I had to kind of fill in some blanks. I would take things I would have a response with or I would have some sort of emotional attachment to and use that, imagine that and see that. Then I could act off of that. I could replace the image that you guys are seeing on screen with something else that I was seeing. But you would never know that. Now I just gave my secrets away.”

Nick Zano plays the funny smartass. He often found director David Ellis calling on him to improvise comic relief. “‘What would you say?, that’s something Ellis would do,” Zano said. “‘What would you say?’ I’d say that. ‘Okay, do that one.’ Or Ellis would just leave me out there. That was another classic Dave move. Dave would be like, ‘Just do as many as you can.’ That’s your stomach turning moment while the camera’s on you and you can only come up with four things. It makes you feel like you came up with nothing. You’re like, ‘And that’s all I got David.’ He’s like, ‘All right, cut.’ That’s the worst feeling ever, Dave. What did I do to you?”

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Zano had one of the more challenging Final Destinations to film, getting sucked into a swimming pool drain and held underwater. “Oh, the pool scene was like a whole other beast,” Zano said. “Just heavy water stuff. It was two days. One full day underwater and that’s not coming up. That’s staying down, I think the longest was about an hour and a half staying down. Dave had his speaker underwater and was directing from outside in so you could hear him. But then you’re sitting there and Dave’s a stunt guy so he’s used to you’re in, you’re set up, let’s go. Meanwhile, you have to adjust to the fact that you’re tied down underwater. So you’ve got to give your body time to adjust to that. We went in, he was like, ‘Okay, you guys ready?’ You can’t talk. You can’t communicate. I’m like mm, mmm into camera and they’re like, ‘All right, hold the role.’ Meanwhile, you know everybody’s waiting for you. There’s like seven guys in the water all around you. You’re like relax, you can’t move and you take the thing away and you start.”

Once cameras rolled, Zano learned that acting underwater required different considerations. “You can hold your breath for a minute, but if you like flail, you can hold it for like 17 seconds if you’re truly panicking and move yourself around. You’re just hoping one of the blurry images of people in front of you and he remembers that this means give me the oxygen. So far so good. I didn’t die. It was to the point, I had to get out of my head, so there’s a couple stunt guys down there so I like take ‘em and I throw ‘em. They just watch on video village and you pick guys up and throw ‘em around. It’s just a way of getting out of your own head for a couple minutes. They had me harnessed by the waist down through the back of the bathing suit and tied on a rope with no slack. So the only slack that they had is when they would release it or like the stop of a roll. So you have some room but not that much, but during the take, the stunt guy was there and he would yell action and he’d be like zip, and then he’d like fmm, and like okay, just don’t lose your shit. You’re supposed to be dying. Respect that. It’s going to come out. You’re not gonna die. I was just pruning. And they chlorined the hell out of the water too because it was clear.”

The Final Destination opens to theaters on August 28th.

For the trailer, poster and more movie info, go to the The Final Destination Movie Page.

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