fans, be prepared! Action is on the way!
Deep in the secured and heavily guarded Warner Bros'
Studio lot, directly in STAGE 15, The ARNOLD FANS
was fortunate enough to join a handful of journalists a
little while back and witness the filming of what
may be one of the most intriguing Arnold Schwarzenegger
projects in a long time: Collateral Damage!
Warner Bros was
generous enough to offer us this all-access pass, and we
are pleased to present the action to you! So without further
After entering Stage 15's "magic door" (that landed us
into the world of "Collateral Damage"), we approached
a set that had been constructed into a giant elevator
This realistic elevator section spanned roughly 50 feet
in height and was the primary setting for all the action
to be filmed that day. Although the day's originally planned
shoot called for some large explosions (which was ultimately
cancelled,) what we had witnessed was just as explosive.
Arnold and a co-star were strapped in harnesses securely
fastened to their backs.
The actors proceeded to jump around from floor to
floor, level to level as Schwarzenegger
tried to catch his adversary. Loud bangs echoed throughout
the constructed elevator shaft as they landed on one iron
beam to the other.
usual stuntdouble Billy Lucas, who was wearing prosthetic
"Arnold features," handled the more dangerous action.
While the wire harnesses they were suspended from would
be digitally erased in post-production, these shots
already looked terrific on the monitors. It was truly fantastic.
In closing, the only other set visible in this soundstage
was more of a large prop. It was the body of a helicopter
used for filming interior shots of the copter.
It was explained that helicopters appear in a large attack
scene of a Mexican village. ____________________________________________
The ARNOLD FANS's final WB set visit report!
On Wednesday, February 21st, The ARNOLD FANS was invited
on the Warner Brothers studio lot. Our mission: to report on the shooting schedule of
events for Arnold's "Collateral Damage". Our reward: more action and celebrity interviews
than we could hope for. Not only were we able to encounter
the afternoon's explosive filming of the pivotal elevator
shaft scene in STAGE 15, but we also were able to
interview the cast and crew.
Although we have already posted a couple of interviewee's
questions and answers, we thought you might like to know
more than the basics, like what Arnold was doing, how he
was dressed and the total experience of the interviewing
sessions. If you were not satisfied with just and typed
Q and A and you need more...then read on!
With press kit production notes and a backlot all-access
pass, handed out to us by our charming guide, our adventure
would begin. First we came to witnesses the elevator shaft
Interview time! Half a dozen green movie-star chairs
with the film's logo "Collateral Damage" was displayed
on the back. This was the first time we got to see the title's
official logo treatment. It was here, where we were able
to interview Andrew Davis standing next his director
chair. Mr. Davis appeared to be a very happy man pleased
to give his first interview for "Collateral Damage".
The director answered questions on what it╣s like to work
with Arnold and if he is bringing out Arnold's dramatic
side of his acting ability.
As reported earlier, Andrew Davis gave The ARNOLD FANS
some information on the possible film rating.
Other interviewees stepped up to the plate including the
film's stunt coordinator and film producer, Howard Koch.
The stunt coordinator, William Burton Jr. had a few
interesting things to say considering he had worked with
Arnold on a few other film projects including "T2", "Last
Action Hero" and "True Lies". Burton Jr. admitted Arnold
does just about all of his own stunts and has fun with them.
Burton Jr. then described a Collateral Damage stunt
he was a bit proud of that Billy Lucas, Arnold's
longtime stunt double, had performed. "He takes a real
good car hit. When a cab driver is looking at the bombing
he does not see Arnold (Lucas) in the road and SMACKS
Francesca Neri, Arnold's beautiful co-star, was next
to face us. Although Neri is an acclaimed foreign actress
and was currently basking in the success of her blockbuster
film "Hannibal", it appeared The ARNOLD FANS
and the other four journalists with me terrified her. Her
thick native accent, which was slightly trembling, made
it obvious she was uncomfortable and had not yet, thought
of herself as a star. Neri, who was the most gorgeous woman
I had seen in years on the big screen of "Hannibal", looked
nowhere near as sophisticated and glamorous. She now appeared
naughty (in a good way of course) and looked much
younger. Because of her uncomfortable fidgeting and struggling
attempt at the English language, we did not ask her many
questions. But man was she hot and naughty! Neri told us
how exciting she finds Arnold and that she is a fan of his.
Soon a WB rep informed us Arnold is ready. I looked up and
The Oak was now walking towards us ready for his first official
"Collateral Damage" interview. Arnold Schwarzenegger
walked up to us and gave our group a welcome "Hello."
Arnold was then officially informed who we were and I was
ready for his griping handshake and introductions.
Standing just a couple of feet away from us, Schwarzenegger
prepared himself for an interview in front of a "bad light
source" according to the cameraman. To me, Arnold never
looked better. "Ah, It's like bad Terminator 3 lighting,"
Arnold cracked in reference to the horrible Skynet-looking
intense light. The Helicopter backdrop to Schwarzenegger
even looked like the aftermath of a James Cameron nuclear
While Arnold's microphone was being attached to his shirt,
he stood there wearing his massive brown boots, tattered
shirt, scruffy 5 o'clock shadow, and his movie wounds. The
blood on his wrist and forehead made you concerned for a
second but Schwarzenegger's charismatic personality made
me believe he was in top shape-mentally and physically.
Just when we had our questions prepared and were ready to
fire away; Andrew Davis was heard shouting into his megaphone
for cameras to roll. Schwarzenegger told us we better wait
for that scene to finish. It was an awkward moment standing
right next to Arnold and not getting to say anything. It
was like we were just hanging out with him without words
being spoken. "Okay, I think we are ready," said
Arnold turning back to us. The second the cameraman said
"Okay" we all bombarded Arnold with questions.
The ARNOLD FANS reported earlier on all the Schwarzenegger
questions and answers.
Sadly after a little more than five minutes, Arnold was
called back on the set to "work." Before we got the boot
off the set, I had to watch Arnold in action in that elevator
shaft as long as I could. As we all scattered and said our
good-byes outside of STAGE 15, I loitered for a few
more minutes. The "magic door" opened and Arnold Schwarzenegger,
finished with the days' shoot, had emerged. He walked out
with his buddies Billy Lucas and Stan Winston,
master of special effects. Arnold left the magic movie world
and was ready to step back into his daily routine:
Bodybuilder, family man, charity giver and mentor to all.
Debuting in theaters this October in the United States,
Collateral Damage promises to be one hell of a ride!