AN INTERVIEW WITH GARRETT HEDLUND
FOR TRON: LEGACY
Hi Garrett! How does it feel to be
the star of TRON: Legacy?
It feels amazing, but it’s also
really nerve-wracking. I’ve never done a movie where I’ve been in
every single scene!
Did you have fun filming the movie?
The film shoot was awesome. There were
lots of stunts, shoulder rolls and crazy moves. It was quite a show
for everyone watching the action from the side of the set.
Was it hard work?
It was extremely intense, but I
wouldn’t change a thing. I had battle scenes, disc game sequences
and loads of scenes that involved a lot of imagination, agility and
focus – but I’m really proud of the finished film. It’s been an
awesome project to work on.
What was the scariest stunt you had
to perform for the movie?
I had to do a lot of wirework for the
film. You get hoisted up into the air. It’s not the most
comfortable experience in the world!
How long did you spend in the
I spent an eternity in the harness! It
What did you get up to between
Well, there were a lot of play fights
on the set of TRON: Legacy! Whenever we were given our weapons
from the movie and some spare time between set-ups, you’d find me
battling it out with [co-star] Olivia Wilde.
What was it like to work with Olivia
Olivia is fantastic. We met about seven
years before we started work on TRON: Legacy, so it was
amazing that we got to experience this crazy film together. It was
great working with her. I have a lot of respect for anybody who can
do a high roundhouse kick in 4-inch heels!
What was it like to work with Jeff
I’ve always been a huge fan of Jeff
Bridges, so I was really excited to (play) the role of Sam Flynn in
TRON: Legacy. Jeff has such a wonderful charisma and he’s an
amazing actor – and I knew I’d get along with him from the start.
He’s been great to me.
Can you tell us about the light suit
you get to wear in the movie?
The light suits were amazing! I’m
used to working in jeans and a T-shirt, so it was strange to put on a
skin-tight suit that lights up by itself. You feel very special
wearing something like that.
How hard is it to act in a light
It’s pretty difficult because it’s
really tight and you can’t run around easily. The helmet also gets
in the way sometimes. You have to learn to walk again wearing all
this crazy get-up.
Can you tell us about the special
effects in the movie?
You’ll see a lot of light cycles in
the movie, which are the most high-tech, amazing, futuristic
motorbikes you’ve ever seen in your life. You’re going to be
blown away when you see them in action. They are amazing.
Were they easy to ride?
I had to learn how to ride a motorcycle
for the role, but I was fine once I knew the basics. To be honest, I
had to learn a lot of things for TRON: Legacy. I had to learn
how to ride a motorbike, I had to learn fight choreography and I had
to learn hand-to-hand combat. I really enjoyed the physical training.
I got really fit by the end of it all!
How tough was all the training for
It was extremely tough, but it was also
exciting. I started off my day with 90 minutes of motorcycle training
before heading over to work on the fight training. After that, I’d
have a break before another 90 minutes of exercise with the guy who
trained the actors from the movie, 300.
How long did the training last?
I did about two months of training.
After that, I was ready for anything!
How would you describe your
character in the movie?
Sam Flynn is a guy whose father
mysteriously disappeared 20 years ago. Sam is the biggest shareholder
in a huge company called Encom, but he’s turned his back on money.
He lives an independent, secluded life – but he’s about to embark
on the adventure of a lifetime!
What happens to him?
A friend of the family called Alan
Bradley motivates Sam to go and seek his father. That’s when Sam
starts to figure things out and he puts pieces of a puzzle together…
He ends up entering a whole new world filled with light bikes, discs
and a crazy game grid.
Does Sam like action and adventure?
Of course he does! Sam is into all
kinds of extreme things just because he can. He’s very
interested in base jumping and motorcycles. There’s even a great
chase scene with his bike at the beginning of the movie.
What was your toughest challenge
during the film shoot?
Everybody likes to talk about how
difficult it is to work with green screen because you have to act
with your imagination. Personally, I think we were lucky on TRON:
Legacy because there were also a lot of sets for us to work on.
Did you enjoy working on the green
Whenever we worked on green screen
scenes, we had great direction from our director, Joseph Kosinski. He
knew exactly what he wanted, which really helped, and he was always
thinking ten steps ahead of us. He made the film shoot such an easy
and enjoyable experience. He’s the best!