USA Today's First Look Max Payne Photo
Although we already shared with you some remarkably similar photos from Max Payne last Friday after the awesome first trailer hit, USA Today has just debuted one of "their own" photos. And considering the film has quickly become one of the most talked about features, I think it's best we continue to write about it - because the more we present, the better it starts to look. USA Today did also catch up with both Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis briefly and talked with them about playing Max and Mona Sax, respectively. Unfortunately they don't say much, so let's continue to focus on how awesome the trailer looked and keep our hopes up for this movie. Maybe the future is bright for video game adaptations?
Mila Kunis, who sounds genuinely worried, talks about her own fear of video game fanatics. "I made the mistake of stumbling on an internet site of fans and what they thought of the casting," she says. "I hope I don't cross them on the street before the movie. Maybe they'll change their minds when I'm in leather pants and bustier." I'm certain this will be true - have you seen her sitting nude on the bed in the trailer?! If not, go find it now. As for Wahlberg, his story might even be more depressing for fans. He's never played the game himself (what?!), but explains that one of his assistants "plays it all the time, and I probably watched him play more than I should. It's got a story line more complex than most video-game movies." I'm glad he noticed. As long as Wahlberg still holds true to the character, we should be fine.
Max Payne is directed by Irish filmmaker John Moore, of Behind Enemy Lines, Flight of the Phoenix, and The Omen previously, with a screenplay written by first-time writer Beau Thorne. The film is based on the popular Max Payne series of third-person-shooter video games that first arrived in 2001. Fox is debuting Max Payne in theaters on October 17th just before Halloween. I'll be there!