'Max Payne' Stars Say Film is Different from Video Game
'Max Payne' Stars Say Film is Different from Video Game
The film Max Payne may be inspired by the video game, but its stars insist that it's not a video game film.  The film, which stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Beau Bridges, is more of a detective flick in the tradition of classic Hollywood movies such as L.A. Confidential and Chinatown, and even further back in time.

“You get all the great elements of what the video game is all about, and then we take it to a whole other theatrical level,” explained rapper Ludacris, who appears as a straight-shooting cop assisting Payne (Wahlberg) in his efforts to avenge his family's death.  “You don't have too many movies where a man is avenging his family, his wife and his seed, and that right there makes it very dramatic.”

It probably also helped that, despite some of the stars confessing to becoming fans of the game, they haven't spent much time actually playing the third-person shooter.  “I didn't know it was based on a video game until after I read the script,” Wahlberg even confessed.  “After seeing the game, I was very impressed.  It's [a] very elaborate stories, it's very cinematic, and video games have changed quite a bit since I was a kid.”

Wahlberg is also happy to be playing the lead character, and claims that it's something different for him, despite him having played similar roles in other films.  “This is like the Four Brothers character, who was not a cop but was close to it, and the Departed character times ten,” he said.  “I get to go off and go completely bananas from beginning to end.  My family was brutally murdered, so I have a license to just go nuts on anybody and everybody—and that's a lot of fun.”

Bridges, who appears as Payne's mentor, is also impressed with both the game and the film.  “When I read the script, even the way things were described, I knew it would have a definite style about it,” he said.  “And then I saw the video game, and that impressed me again … All the time through [filming], we were always conscious of who these people were, because I think that's what makes this video game stand out—that it had human elements in it that were important to the story.  I've always felt in anything I've been in that the play is the thing, just like Shakespeare said a long time ago; it's still true.”

Max Payne, which is directed by John Moore, hits theaters today.


-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: MTV News
(Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox)