Milla Jovovich wished Monster Hunter viewers to really feel ‘like they had been enjoying the sport for the primary time’
In Monster Hunter, Milla Jovovich performs an outsider. Her character, a US Military ranger named Artemis, is mysteriously transported from our world to a fantastical realm stuffed with big and harmful monsters. American troopers aren’t one thing you’ll discover in any of Capcom’s Monster Hunter video games. However Jovovich believes Artemis helped present an necessary perspective — nearly serving as a stand-in for a participant leaping into their first expertise with a Monster Hunter recreation.
“When my character will get transported into the Monster Hunter world I used to be capable of see it with the identical eyes as once I first noticed the sport,” she tells GadgetClock. “I used to be similar to ‘Whoa, it’s so lovely.’ We actually wished individuals to really feel like that after they watch the film, like they had been enjoying the sport for the primary time.”
Jovovich says she was launched to the franchise by her husband, Monster Hunter director Paul W.S. Anderson, who “had been actually obsessive about this property for over 10 years.” Ultimately he received the rights to the franchise, and went by a number of iterations of a script. However it wasn’t till rewriting the story to have Jovovich because the lead that issues actually clicked.
There was additionally one thing concerning the fictional universe that spoke to her. Monster Hunter isn’t a typical kaiju story with big creatures destroying the world. You wouldn’t mistake it for Godzilla. As a substitute, it’s about a spot the place humanity is deeply invested within the pure world round them. Within the video games, you don’t simply hunt monsters to kill them; you employ them to craft meals, weapons, and different gadgets. It’s all about survival, and it offers Monster Hunter its personal distinct vibe in comparison with different motion video games, with gradual, methodical gameplay based mostly on cautious planning and preparation.
“I actually like that feeling of getting to make use of each a part of the animal, and there’s no waste,” Jovovich says. There are even scenes within the movie the place downed monsters are put to good use, similar to within the recreation.
She says she was capable of higher perceive this side of the universe by enjoying Monster Hunter. This expertise additionally helped inform her character’s combating fashion. Within the film, Artemis joins forces with an area hunter, performed by Tony Jaa, and the 2 have very completely different strategies. Jaa wields an enormous glaive, whereas Artemis ultimately adopts a pair of dual blades (which at one level are lit on fireplace). “I actually favored the twin blades, and there are particular strikes that go together with the twin blades that we wished to movie,” she explains. However these two distinct combating types weren’t the unique plan.
“I felt at first like our combating types had been too comparable, within the sense that the choreographer was giving me some actually cool-looking strikes, however they simply felt too movie martial artsy,” Jovovich says. “I used to be like, I simply really feel like my character wouldn’t be capable of do a butterfly kick. That’s not her coaching. Her coaching as a soldier can be rather more close-combat … Whereas the martial arts that Tony does is a lot extra cinematic and exquisite. I felt prefer it was good to let him try this stuff, after which for us to have very completely different combating types. As a result of it’s extra life like, but in addition I assumed it was extra fascinating for our characters as effectively.”
Adapting an present property is all the time a difficult proposition. Followers include preconceived expectations, and it may be robust to fulfill these whereas additionally making issues accessible for brand new audiences. It’s one thing that Jovovich and Anderson are skilled with, having labored collectively on the long-running Resident Evil sequence, which additionally occurs to be based mostly on a Capcom recreation. The brand new film offered a barely completely different problem. For the reason that launch of Monster Hunter World, the franchise is as standard because it’s ever been, however it’s nonetheless not precisely a family title.
“Whenever you’re coping with a 90 minute model of one thing, you’re all the time going to should make sure sacrifices,” she explains. “If this was Monster Hunter the TV present, it could be very completely different. You’ll have much more time to spend on little particulars. A very powerful factor for us when making a film was to have the spirit of the sport.”
Monster Hunter is out there to buy digitally now and can be out on Blu-Ray and DVD beginning March 2nd.
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