Hugo Weaving Talks About the 'Dangerous Adventure' of 'Cloud Atlas'

July 3, 2012
Source: THR, Collider

Hugo Weaving Cloud Atlas

"That was the most extraordinary experience, actually, for everyone." Actor Hugo Weaving is out doing interviews for the US release of his film Last Ride, and a few different sites spoke to him. Both THR and Collider covered topics related to Cloud Atlas, the Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer adaptation that does indeed star Hugo Weaving, who spoke quite a bit about the project, both in regards to plot and experience. We've heard from many different people involved (and not) already, and I'm sure we'll be seeing a trailer soon (since this is out in October), but I love hearing more great buzz for it. One of my most anticipated this year.

As we already know, Cloud Atlas is an adaptation of David Mitchell's novel that intertwines six century-spanning storylines and numerous characters. "[The movie explores] the idea of being reborn and souls being reborn through time," Weaving explains. "What's fascinating about the adaptation of the book was that sense that you get in the book about souls being reborn, a particular soul, and then they thought, 'What if we bring back actors to multiple roles in these stories?' So to take that idea and run with it actually kind of became one of the key propellers for the project." So, various actors will play multiple characters throughout the film, in the six different timelines/storylines. Weaving goes on to talk about that specific experience:

"It was a real treat to work with such an extraordinary cast, and sometimes in any one week you might be working on three or four characters. So it's a slightly dangerous adventure we embarked on, because to be honest you don't know where it's all heading, despite the wonderful preparation. But yeah, it was certainly very exciting."

"Because the film's told in a sort of mosaic way, where all six stories are told at once, at the beginning of the shoot you'd move from one character to another. But as the shoot progressed and it got towards the end, you were seeing more links between the characters. And indeed, there might be a cut from one of your characters to another character, so there's a link between them."

Until we see a trailer, we don't exactly know who is playing who in all these plots, but Weaving says you shouldn't be worried about losing track of any of the characters. "You're fulfilling a particular role, so the six characters I play have a similar thematic arc, similar role to play, and as the film progresses, you get a strong sense of playing one [character] rather than six separate ones." In a different interview, he states, "That was the most extraordinary experience, actually, for everyone. It was a slightly dangerous adventure because it's the sort of film that hasn't really been made before, and I think everyone was mindful of that." That's one of the big reasons I'm particularly anxious for this, I've got a feeling it will be mesmerizing to see.

"It's six stories, six geographies and six time zones, and a number of actors playing up to six roles each. That's a complex thing to try to imagine, even if you've done the most wonderful planning, which they had done. It was something you're not going to quite be able to get a handle on until you see it and until you start putting it together. So, that was the adventure. That was the thing that was dangerous and exciting for everyone involved, I think." For more from Hugo Weaving, including comments on the Wachowskis, Hobbit and Last Ride, visit THR or Collider. We'll keep you updated on more, hopefully a trailer soon, from here.

Cloud Atlas is the ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell's novel, co-directed by Andy & Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, that features six century-spanning storylines, all using the same actors playing characters across time and space. The cast includes Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, Keith David, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, James D'Arcy and Xun Zhou as Yoona-939. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Warner Bros set this for a release on October 26th.

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Agent Smith Elrond V I love Hugo Weaving Can this be another great movie as matrix as be ? Can redefine the genre ? Can this be true winner of 2012 ? Can this shock me ? Can this prove wachowskis are for ever? I am not fan of multiple-director's movie , but I hope so this win truely. eXtremely interest

Ehsan Davodi on Jul 4, 2012


I read your comment, and it totally sounded like Borat in my head... :l

LosZombies on Jul 5, 2012


Why? I love Hugo Weaving and expect this movie not be another big fail for this year. Plus, I love this movie shock me as matrix as shocked me. I don't want something like speed racer. I Wana something worthy and memorable

Ehsan Davodi on Jul 5, 2012


Your non-English accent (guessing eastern European - ex-soviet bloc etc.) comes out pretty thick in your writing and reads a lot like Borat might sound. Your English has definitely improved since you've started commenting though!! 🙂 I pretty much only speak one language though, so, rock on!!

bozo connors on Jul 5, 2012


Good for you mr.civilized man Being Borat is far better than being un-human like you, dude

Ehsan Davodi on Jul 5, 2012


@ehsandavodi:disqus Not sure why you insult me after I compliment you... but... whatevs!

bozo connors on Jul 5, 2012


Really? If I'm some Moran like Borat , what are you then? Azamat?

Ehsan Davodi on Jul 5, 2012


@ehsandavodi:disqus Ok... last comment and I'm done because there's obviously a language barrier here that we're not going to cross... I didn't call you a moron (not "Moran"). The other poster said "it totally sounded like Borat in my head." You said "Why?", and I mistakenly tried to explain it and then complimented you on your multilingual capabilities and improvement in comprehension since you've started posting here. You write with an accent - that's all. It's not an insult. I find it quite interesting in fact, because usually people with that kind of grasp on English just write badly, whereas your writing is actually really great, it's just got a super thick accent! It's not a bad thing!! Just a little different! So, keep commenting and don't be so quick to insult people. 🙂 And I have no idea who Azamat is, I'm guessing you're referring to the character in Borat, which I never actually saw. But sure, I'll be Azamat.

bozo connors on Jul 5, 2012


Sorry for misunderstanding dude. I'm just pure movie goer. Just that. Yes, definitely & definitely I'm wrong sometimes. Then if my writing seem boratish , not important for me, I'm in love with movies, doesn't matter been from whom language or country, I like Truffaut , Kurosawa , Kiarostami , Hankel as I like John Ford or Spilberg. If you don't bother please send you email adress for me .Sorry Again. Thx

Ehsan Davodi on Jul 5, 2012


Funny that everyone is trying to outscoop each other with the few hints about Cloud Atlas that Weaving was able to offer (most of which were already mentioned by other actors, though Weaving more specifically confirms that each actor's range of characters have thematic similarities), but no one is saying much about the film he was giving these interviews to promote, Last Ride... which you can actually see right now. 😉 (Props to Collider for printing Hugo's comments about ALL of his films to be released this year, by the way. ) I've loved Weaving's previous collaboration with the Wachowskis and will probably love Cloud Atlas, even if it turns out to be an overreaching mess (I'm still optimistic based on enthusiastic reports of preview screenings.) But I'm already resigned to the fact that Weaving will be playing a bunch of power-mad secondary villains in it. At least two of the confirmed characters he plays (I won't spoil them for anyone who's unfamiliar with the novel) are pretty much guaranteed to steal their story arcs, but they're not multifaceted characters. Similarly, I'm glad he returned for The Hobbit, but Elrond is a minor character in that saga. I'll be amazed if he gets more than ten minutes' screentime. If you really want to see Weaving stretch himself as an actor, see Last Ride. There aren't a lot of expensive CG effects or mind-bending philosophical allegories; it's simply a wrechingly unforgettable film with one of Weaving's greatest performances.

crowjane29 on Jul 4, 2012


We REALLY need a trailer for fucks sake.

mmmmmmmmmm on Jul 4, 2012


I think this might be one best served by purposefully avoiding trailers. In fact, now that I think about it - I actually saw my first screening of the Matrix before I knew anything about it or saw any trailers - so, mind was appropriately blown to pieces.

bozo connors on Jul 5, 2012


Another boring and lame movie since speed racers from Andy and his ex brother!

Stalin on Jul 4, 2012


What a way to jump the gun there... They dont even have a trailer up yet, damn.

LosZombies on Jul 5, 2012


Although I don't know anything about Cloud Atlas, the name is familiar. Big fan of the Wachowskis, so I'm glad this buzz is building up. Keep us posted, can't wait for a trailer!

Marc Callado on Jul 4, 2012


I guess the best way to wrap my mind around this clusterfuck of an idea is to think of it like The Fountain. But bigger. :l

LosZombies on Jul 5, 2012


While I dug the visuals, I don't think it's gonna be that kind of "whacky". Hopefully one I can wrap my head around.

bozo connors on Jul 5, 2012


Ya, Fountain was great, one of my favorites actually. But I can only assume that it will be similar in the idea that played out in the Fountain where Hugh Jackman was living out 3 lifetimes (past, present, future(?))

LosZombies on Jul 5, 2012

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