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Julian McMahon on Premonition

Published March 14, 2007 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Columbia Pictures.
Sandra Bullock has a tough job in Premonition, playing a character living days out of order and having to keep things straight as a character. Julian McMahon only has to be the husband who dies in a car crash in the middle of the week, so he just let go of trying to make sense of the chronology.

Julian McMahon Talks Premonition

"I don’t think, to be honest, I got it at any point and time," he said. "I still don’t think I get it, really. But I like the concept of it and, more than anything else, I was kind of touched by the story of the family. The story of the family was kind of the integral part of the movie to me because without that you didn’t have kind of the body of the movie. You can do the psychological drama thing, you can do all that kind of stuff, you can make it look fancy and all that kind of stuff but if you don’t have some kind of basis, some kind of reality behind it, I think you’re missing something. And so for me it was really more kind of about this couple, this husband and wife that you know hadn’t communicated for a very long period of time and really didn’t know how to communicate any more. And you know there was this kind of void in their relationship, and at the same time they’re taking care of two kids. One of them is doing one thing, taking care of the house and the kids, and the other one is taking care of the finances and all that kind of stuff. It was just something that I kind of felt that I could relate to and I felt was kind of very sad."

With Bullock admitting to emotional turmoil throughout the shoot, McMahon confirmed that it was palpable. "The mood was very variable. It depended on what was kind of going on. I had a lighter schedule than her, obviously, because you know she’s in kind of every frame of the movie, right? So, she was there everyday, all day, so, I had to be a little kind of careful, just because I’d be out playing golf, sampling the local cuisine or whatever, you know what I mean? And I’d come in and go, ‘Hey, there’s this fantastic restaurant down here!’ and they’d be like, ‘Get out of here.’ But you got to be a little sensitive to the fact that she’s going through what she’s going through. So sometimes it was tense. Sometimes it was tense when the two of us were on set. We had pretty intense scenes."

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So intense sometimes that they had to reshoot them. "The scene that kind of got cut down to a pretty small scene, but that scene where I’m cleaning up the glass, was an intense scene and the mood was bad. It was bad all night long. And it was so bad that we didn’t even get the scene right we don’t think, and we went back and re-shot it, because we didn’t feel like we got it. And everyone was so angry and the scene was a lot longer and a lot more kind of intense or whatever. Then the first scene in the movie was like the first scene we actually shot, and that was just kind of a giddy kind of scene. So that was fun, we were just laughing around and having a good time, plus it was our first day of shooting."

McMahon felt a little left out though, when both Bullock and the director would converse in German. "They did that a lot. Whenever they felt like they wanted to leave me out of something they would talk German. It was very upsetting and it was very annoying, so I came up with this whole character. It was Hitler’s coiffeur that I started to become so I became Hitler’s coiffeur and I came up with this German accent and I was commenting on Hitler’s mustache and how he should cut it a little shorter, a little tighter."

Premonition opens to theatres on March 16th.

For the poster, trailer and more movie info, go to the Premonition Movie Page.

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