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20 February 2013 @ 01:28 pm
Transcript - Karl Urban Armageddon Melbourne 2012 Saturday panel  
Finally got this damn thing done! Underneath the cut is the transcript from Karl's panel on the Saturday at Armageddon Melbourne 2012.


It was asked that the panel not be videoed and they would be looking out for red lights so we would get a much more honest panel from Karl as he doesn't have to watch what to say if you are videoing. They never said anything about audio recording so...

We had placed my tribble on one of the bench seats as Karl had said in Melbourne in 2010 that he does not like the episode of the Trouble with Tribbles. He pointedly ignored the tribble when he came out, which amused us. When each question was asked of him, he would often repeat it back in case the audience hadn't heard it. I will not transcribe those bits. Onwards with the transcript.

Karl: How you doing, alright? It's a bit lounge bar isn't it? How you guys doing?

Audience: yeah!

Karl: Good to be back here in Australia, or the West Island as I like to call it?! [laughter] Hands up if you were at Supanova a few years ago. Right, I'm going to tell exactly the same jokes. Yeah, put your hand up, just normally do that in life. [A guy in the audience had quietly started to say something] Hey, ah, what do you guys want to know?

Person in the audience: Everything!

Karl: Who wants to know about Star Trek 2? [Cheers] Can't talk about it! I'm sure I will tell you a few little tidbits. So any questions? Yes, sir?

Q: How did you end up getting Judge Dredd?

Karl: Well, ah, I was on holiday with my family and I got an email from my agent saying that they have done a new script of Judge Dredd and would I be interested? I was interested in Dredd as I read it as a kid, so I said I was, but I was a little nervous about it as the previous film for me didn't quite capture the character as I saw it. [laughter] Very diplomatic eh? [more laughter]

So, I read the script and it was written by Alex Garland and I found it was a really strong character driven piece and at the heart of the story it's about the relationship essentially between a senior cop and a rookie and it's quite a two-hander. And I liked that. There was a lot of good dynamics with the character and the action was good and it's quite contained. Like most if it happens in one building. To me it read a little bit like Die Hard meets Training Day in a way. Most importantly, the character of Dredd was treated with authenticity and respect. I later found out that Alex Garland had collaborated with John Wagner in the writing of the script and that sort of explained a lot and I got to the end of the script and I was relieved that Dredd kept his helmet on! Okay, so that's a good sign.

So from there I hopped on a plane and went to LA and I met with Alex, Allon, Adi and Pete and we had just a very good meeting. I think part of it was them sitting there going [mimes putting his hand over the top half of his face and the audience laughs] and part of it they sort of said, 'look, now we just want to make sure we are okay with the fact that he never removes his helmet?'. I replied with, 'I wouldn't be taking this meeting with you if the helmet was off.' I think that kinda went a long way and it was clear to them we were collectively on the same page.

So at the end of the meeting I thought it went pretty well, went really well, and it was a day or two that I got a call from them inviting me to join the party, so to speak. And that's when [does in Dredd voice] the pain began.

I got hold of everything single Dredd comic that I could. I just started hitting the gym and every day I would come back from the gym and there would be this 'roided beast of a man glaring at me from the comics so I felt the real, you know, pressure to get there. It was just twelve weeks of hell working out twice a day, to get into, I got into the best shape of my life and ironically you don't see it in the movie, but it made me feel [laughter once more because of one of his ridiculous faces] but it made me feel like the character and that was really important.

From there we were shooting this in Cape Town, so we went to Cape Town and we did like a two and half week military boot camp and that was a lot of fun. Except for the fact I was wearing full leather motorbike outfit and body armour and a helmet and we were in the South African summer so it was 'moist'. [more laughter]

Audience member: Chafing.

Karl: Yes, chafing, thank you. Good to share that one. [laughter] I thought I would leave it at moist, but 'chafing'.

And yeah, had this really quite cool exercise where we were in full Dredd outfit and we had these pistols that were mocked up as lawgivers, which is the weapon that Dredd uses, his gun. The real lawmasters were fully functioning weapons, 9 mm and our practice ones were actually air pistols, like semi soft air pistols or whatever. One day we were doing this exercise and we were going through the set, Oliva Thirlby and myself and unbeknownst to us they had put a couple of stunt men on the set with the same weapons. So we would walk into a room and start clearing it and these fuckers start firing back at us! [laughter] So we started to engage and it was great. It was a real indication on what the endgame would be, so started to engage in this firefight and it was as close to reality as I ever want to get and it's always fun.

And then it's like a few lessons on learning to deal with the lawmaster, the motorbike that Dredd rides, which was a beast, but a lot of fun to ride, especially in a straight line. Corners, neh! [laughter]

Then we started shooting and it was an interesting shoot. It was a tough shoot. The South African crew was brilliant, some of the best in the world and I never thought I would hear myself say that. But they are. You know, it's a rugby thing. It's hard to get past that. Yeah, let's talk about the World Cup. How good was that? Good on yah! Yeah, and it was a really amazing shoot because we had so many crazy, amazing people on it. We shot this film with 3D cameras, so it's not just some cynical ploy by some Hollywood studio as a revenue generating stream. This film was made by people who actually care about the character and the material and we treated it with respect and it truly was incredible.

We used an Oscar winning DP Anthony Dod Mantle, who won the Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire, so he was a really creative powerhouse and he definitely put his signature stamp on the movie. There is this drug in the movie called Slow-Mo and he literally actually shot it and developed an effect in a way that you literally feel like what it is to be on that drug. And that's pretty incredible. He actually puts the audience in the movie.

Then we had Alex Garland, [someone starts to leave and I do know who it was and they had explained to Karl when he was standing outside that she was going to walk out on his talk and not be offended. He seemed to have forgotten it...] It was really interesting wasn't it? [laughter] No, I know toilet, it's okay.

So we get Alex Garland the whole time on set and for me as an actor that was really valuable. So whenever I had a question I could turn to the guy who wrote it and ask him what was in his mind. It was probably one of the most collaborative experiences I have ever had and I thoroughly enjoyed it. How did you get Dredd into the life story of the movie. [laughter] Pretty good.

Q: Saw the movie, you are amazing.

Karl: Thank you.

Q: How long did it take for your jaw to unclench?

Karl: What are you talking about? [laughter]

Q: You had the perfect Dredd mouth!

Another Audience member loudly: Big mouth!


Karl: Heard that before! A lot of exercises went into that...yeah, bad joke. It was important for me that the character be visually Dredd. If you have ever read a Dredd comic, the guy doesn't smile much. Mostly it was just stuff that was born out of the moment. As an actor it was a little bit of a terrifying experience in terms of the fact that, you know, you have to try and figure out quickly how to communicate with an audience without the use of your eyes. And what was really important was coming to the understanding that it's amazing that just having a thought and feeling the emotions does actually come through to an audience and that was good. It was a very, very important, I learnt a lot of important lessons.

Q [child]: When you were in Star Trek, what was your favourite part that you did?

Karl: Well, G'Day sweetie, how are you? Wonder woman! Nice to meet ya. In the first movie? I think my favourite, first of all my favourite part of making Star Trek was just being there with those guys because they are all incredibly talented and they are super funny and when we get together we just have an amazing fun time. I think that is overall what is the most important thing to me. If I have to pick out a scene it would probably be the scene where I meet Kirk on the shuttle for the first time [audience approval]. And I love the scene where I get to say to Spock, [goes into Bones voice] 'Are you out of your Vulcan mind?'. [laughter and applause]. Thank you.

Q: G'day Karl.

Karl: G'day [looking straight ahead]

Q: To your left.

[Karl looks one way]

Q: Other left.


Karl: Doctor! Long time, no see! [audience member dressed as Doctor Who] From one doctor to another [laughter]

Q: Okay a medical question then, how was it getting your butt kicked by Bruce WIllis on RED?

[Karl laughs along with the audience]

Karl: Good question! You know that fight read differently on the page. [laughter] That's all I'm gonna say. It was fun. You know I had a lot of fun working on it. Just working with the likes of John Malkovich and Helen Mirren and Bruce...[Karl stops and looks at an audience member taking photos - not me btw!] How many photos are you going to take? Nah, no offence, but I was like [Karl makes photo taking noises] What are you going to do with them all? [audience laughs] Say no more! Um, honestly keep taking them.

So it was a fun time. Malkovich is quite the character. He really is. He has a clothing designer label, not only does he direct, he acts. He is quite extraordinary and I can tell you this one story about Malkovich and he was coming through the customs, coming back from where ever he got these samples of these clothes he had designed and he is bringing them back to America.

And the customs officer looks at him and says, 'You haven't declared how much these are worth. What are they worth?'

Malkovich [Karl goes into his imitation] 'Well, that's an existential question.' [laughter]

Right there you knew he had pissed this guy off.

'Cause you see, I designed these clothes, and I like them and they have value to me. But if no one buys them they are not worth shit.'

Customs obviously confiscates the lot! That's Malkovich for you. Smart guy.

Q: Hallo! Here.

Karl: Hallo!

Q: You have been in a number of geek movies like Dredd and Star Trek, are you a bit of a geek yourself?

Karl: Yes. [laughter] There you go I confess. I want to make movies that I would like to see. It's a lot more fun than making movies that you don't want to see. [laughs] I grew up watching, you know, watching Spielberg and Lucas and the Star Wars films and Indiana Jones and I ate it up. So for me, I do enjoy it. I don't choose my projects over genre, I don't say I have to work in Sci Fi and Fantasy, it just so happens that quite a few of the films I have done do fall into that category. But I am equally as proud of stuff that is not, like RED and Bourne Supremacy and a little New Zealand film called Out of the Blue and things like that. Probably to be honest going forward I will be looking for more projects that are not necessarily grounded in science fiction. I think I've got science fiction ticked! [laughter]

Q: Hi Karl, this is a Lord of the Rings question I have been dying to ask you for ages and ages should I ever meet you. In Return of the King there is a scene with you and Eowyn in the aftermath of the Battle of Pelennor Fields, which I absolutely love cause it is so emotional when you find her prone body. I was just wondering how was that for you to film?

Karl: Thank you, yeah, Do you guys know the scene?

[Audience says yeah and Karl starts on the "noooo" and is joined in by the audience. Laughter once more]

No, I like the scene. Very proud of it. Yeah, that was one of those...Lord of the Rings for me was an incredible experience and in relative terms it was pretty early on in my career and here I was working with the likes of Viggo and Ian McKellan and you know actors and Peter Jackson and people whose work I had appreciated and respected for years and to be one of their colleagues was a huge privilege and a pleasure and responsibility. I remember that day that I certainly felt that the pressure is on.

When you are filming, especially when you are filming that scene we are filming it outdoors and time is money and time is limited and it was literally, 'okay kid you're up.' You literally have minutes to get in there and do your thing. I remember being particularly nervous and I know that some of the guys, like VIggo and that were actually watching me film it and stuff. There was a sense that it went down really well. The less takes you do the better. It means you nailed it or sometimes the less takes you do mean they are running out of time. [laughter] Thank you, I really appreciate the fact that you enjoyed that. Thank you.

Q: I noticed this quite a while ago, but what was it like being responsible for Xena's crucifixion three times?

Karl: [looks confused] What was it like being responsible for Xena's crucifixion?

Me: [being helpful] Three times!

Karl: Three times! Do I crucify her three times?

Audience: Yes!

Karl: Really? [laughter] Seems a bit excessive, doesn't it? Three times! I might have to rewatch that. Yeah, it was bloody good, eh? [more laughter]

I had a great time working on Xena. It was a lot of fun, firstly and talking about again pretty early on in my career to have the benefit to work with someone like Lucy and see how she would approach her work. I guess the professional attitude that she adopted and she really carried that thing on her shoulders to the point that some days she would be, not yelling at the crew and not shouting at them, but just like spurring them on. Like, 'lots to do today, let's keep this moving,' and really when you are a lead actor, Producers and AD's they love that.

Making a film is like trench warfare and you are up against it. Time is money and you have a limited amount of time and she was a huge inspiration to me. That's why I crucified her three times. [laughter]

Q: Hello, Karl.

Karl: G'day mate, how are ya?

Q: I'm alright, welcome back.

Karl: Cheers cobber. It's good to be here! [laughter]

Q: I ask this, not having seen the movie as it's not out here yet.

Karl: It's bloody good mate. [laughter]

Q: I want to know what it was like working with Olivia Thirlby and developing the relationship between Dredd and Anderson. I have read about her being the emotional core of the movie as Dredd can't be while still being faithful to the source material. What was that like?

Karl: Thank you for your question. Working with Olivia was incredible. So once I was cast I went to London and we did a wardrobe fitting type of thing and we bought in about five actresses to test the role of Anderson and Olivia had already taped herself when she was making a movie in Russia and sent it in. The boys were really impressed with it and she came in just completely nailed it on the day. She didn't need any direction. If she was asked for a subtle change, she could incorporate it. She won the part fair and square.

We got on the ground on Cape Town I was relieved to find out she was up for it. She was right in there. Every day she would suit up. We had about two and half weeks before we got on set and she was wearing her full costume two and half weeks before filming like I was. She was committed.

Then going into the actual filming itself we realised that we spent 80% of the scenes that we have in the movie are with each other and we kinda acknowledged that it was going to be important for us to work as a team. Every day we would meet up before we would go on set and discuss what it actually was that we were doing that day and where Dredd and Anderson were in terms of their relationship.

To me, that is one of the most important elements in the film is that relationship between Dredd and Anderson. They don't like each other much at the beginning and they are put in a hell of a situation and through the course of the day they have to figure out how to work with each other. Dredd's kind of perception of her changes and to me, as a character, that is very interesting. It would be a mistake to walk into this film and think that there is no arc for him because there is. Anderson's arc is a lot more clear or overt where Dredd's is quite subtle. It's about making it as a Judge his job is to make decisions on people and sometimes those are life and death and it's interesting that in this instance, in this movie, Dredd sees things very black and white but on this day he comes to discover that there is this grey area because he discovers that there is something about her character at the beginning of the film and by the end he changes his mind. This represents a huge fracture in Dredd's world view.

Long story short, Olivia was brilliant. She's a good mate and you are right she is the emotional core of the film because Dredd can't be. He is an individual highly trained to keep his emotions in check. In the vein of those old school heroes in the man with no name or Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, or whatever, or Connery's Bond, they keep their emotions in check. She was an amazing, amazing asset and a good friend.

Q: G'day Karl, how are ya?

Karl: Captain America, how are ya?

Q: Not bad. Yourself?

Karl: Pretty good, mate.

Q: I just wanted to ask, with Star Trek 2 were there any practical jokes being done while you weren't filming?

Karl: Have you heard about that one?

Q: No I haven't.

Karl: There was a joke played. On me. [laughter] So I guess you want to hear about it? Probably in the last week of shooting we were shooting on location in San Francisco and I was in New Zealand...[some Kiwi's in the audience do a quiet woo! and Karl replies] Woo! And I flew back. Sorry I was in New Zealand, the home of the Rugby World Cup and I flew back. [laughter]

So, the boys had already been there all week and I land that night and they start talking and through the course of the conversation they talk about this public address announcement that they have to do, and I'm 'what's that?'.

'Oh, it's just ‘cause we were filming and it's at this top secret lab facility, you know the type where they fire lasers and shit and do all this amazing stuff. ‘

And then they mentioned the fact that, they start talking about this neutron cream.

I'm like, 'What neutron cream?'.

'Oh, don't worry about it?'

'No, what's this neutron cream?' '

‘Well, it's nothing to worry about but apparently this site that we are working at emits like a very low, low dose of radiation.'

I'm like [pulls a face and audience laughs] But I don't worry about it ‘cause they've got the cream. The next day I'm sitting in my chair and I'm looking around and my makeup artist, she's this beautiful 60 year old spanish woman and she makes me up and then she pulls out this little bowl of cream, which says neutron cream, and dabs dots all over my face.

I'm looking at her and going 'where are your dots?

'Oh, they gave us the pills.' [laughter]

'How come they aren't giving me the pills?'

'Because they make you a bit wheezy.'

So I'm okay, 60 year old woman [laughter] I'll buy that.

So we go up to the set, me and John Cho and it's his last day of shooting and it actually is the last day of shooting, so I bump into him before we get onto set and he's got dots all over his face too. We turn up to set and some of the other cast have a few dots too, so this is what it is. Before that actually--Oh, I've fucking screwed this story up a little bit.

Before I got the dots and I went into makeup we had this thing that is called a block through and we went into this space where the radiation is. Block throughs take about 20 minutes and that is where you figure out what you are going to do. This block through took an hour and a half! By the end of it I'm feeling ill cause I know I haven't got my dots on. So I'm really not feeling well by this point. So we go up to set, and we start working through the day.

Then all of sudden the first AD, Scottish guy goes [very good Scottish accent] 'Alright then, let's shake it out, shake it out!'

And all the crew starts doing this. [Karl demonstrates the shaking to much mirth from the audience]

And I'm like 'what the fuck?'

'Yeah, you've gotta do this to get the neutron, it helps get the radiation and the neutrons away.'

'Oh, okay' So you start shaking [audience pissing themselves laughing] Periodically during the day, I'm not feeling a bit well and I start shaking. [more laughter]

I subsequently find out that people are pissing themselves.

So every half an hour the first AD will stop and the whole crew will do this thing.

So then we break for lunch.

We come back from lunch and then it's time to do this public service announcement and Zach Quinto and Chris Pine, they go first. They've got these huge billboards that they read. It's talking about this facility, this NORAD facility that we worked at.

I remember at one point during I think Chris' reading of the cue card he's talking about, it was something like, 'and despite what you might have heard about out there in the community this place is perfectly safe.'

And I'm thinking 'what the hell is this place?' [laughter] I'm actually a little bit pissed now. I don't feel well, I feel woozy, I've got dots all over my face...[laughter]

Actually just to jump back a step cause I'm really good at telling stories, during the break they had me go and do press with dots all over my face! Talking on camera with dots all over my face! So then it's John Cho and my turn to do the Public Service Announcement and we are making absolute dicks out of ourselves with this 'hey, you have a good time at this radiation nuclear facility ' and they are filming the whole thing and we are doing this address right down the barrel.

'Most importantly, we just want you to realise when you come to this place make sure that it is important to know that...' and they pull the card away and it's 'YOU'VE BEEN HAD' [laughter and applause]

Yeah, they pissed themselves. The entire crew. We didn't work for ten minutes ‘cause everyone was like [Karl cackles] Laughing their arses off. It was funny. The whole thing started, and I'm gonna get him back. It was Simon Pegg. [laughter]

The very first day Simon is sitting in his chair next to Pine and he goes, 'Didya get your neutron cream?'

'What, what neutron cream?'

'You know there's a little bit of radiation. Did you get your neutron cream?'

Pine starts like flipping out. It took about ten minutes that Pegg had Pine going that he thinks this place is...[laughter] and then they all come in on it and they think oh, that's a good joke, so every time a new cast member comes in, the joke gets more and more elaborate.

Neutron chewing gum [laughter]

With Benedict Cumberbatch they made him sign a declaration [laughter] They did! They made him sign a declaration of secrecy about this place. He just signed it.

In it it basically said that this nuclear facility emits no radiation and you are a complete idiot. He just signed it.

He didn't really read it and then halfway through the day they came up to him and said, ‘look some of the crew have been a bit loose with taking photos and stuff and you have a great voice, could you read this out for crew?’

So he read the declaration and when he got to that part he was all "aaaahhh!" So everybody kinda got got!

Pegg will keep! [laughter]

I actually, speaking of practical jokes. I had practical joke played on me many years ago by Viggo. Viggo Mortensen, have you heard of him? [sarcasm on full there] So I'm scheduled to go on a plane to shoot Chronicles of Riddick. Viggo calls my agent and speaks to her husband pretending to be me.

[does very bad voice] 'Yeah G'day it's Karl here.' [laughter at the bad accent] Modifying some Australian. [more laughter]

'I can't leave 'cause I don't have my red socks. I need my red socks. I can't get on the plane...[does noises like phone conversation breaking up]

And that's the phone call basically. And this sends my agent into an absolute spin. She's running around. She's afraid the deal is going to fall over, I'm not getting on the plane, I don't have my lucky red socks.

So she calls up to me and goes, 'What's going on? You're not getting on the plane? I'll buy you a fucking pair of red socks. You need to get on the plane!' [laughter]

I'm like, 'Jenny, what are you talking about?' [laughter and Karl paused for a bit and mimed a thought occurring] 'Viggo!' [laughter and applause]

So about a month ago.... [laughter] This was about...Chronicles of Riddick was 2004. See, I don't forget! A month ago I'm in Spain doing press for Dredd. Viggo has a movie called Un Plan which is opening up that same weekend and I'm talking to the Press and I realise my press day happens before Viggo's press day. So here's what I do.

I do my interview and then when the interview finishes and the reporters are going out the door I go, 'Mate, tell you what, I've got a day off tomorrow. Really looking forward to that.'

They go, 'Oh yeah, what are you doing?'

"Well, funny you should ask.' [laughter] 'My mate, Viggo Mortensen, bought a goat farm in Segovia! [laughter] 'He's got about a thousand goats! He's making goat cheese. I'm gonna go and check that out! A thousand goats, have to be pretty bloody impressive mate!' So I say this to every single press person. [laughter and applause]

It makes the six o'clock news. [more laughter and applause] It's reported in the papers! Every single interview that Viggo does the next day is asking him about this goat farm in Segovia! You've got a thousand goats!

So I get the email from him.

Bastard! [laughter and applause]

He says, 'Half way through I gave up denying and I just started to lie and was...I like the spotted goats because they fart less and their cheese tastes sweet.' So he started going with it.

Yeah, Pegg will keep! [laughter]

Q: Basically a repeat of that last question, but I notice a lot of your movies recently, like RED, Bourne Supremacy, you are playing the villain...

Karl: [interrupts] AWESOME!

Q: Do you prefer playing the villain or do you prefer playing the hero?

Karl: I don't mind, you know. You know, it's fun. The thing about those characters, the strong, kind of definitive characters, they know what they are doing. To me, you know, I don't ever feel like I've played just a twirl moustache evil bad guy. Cause they all have an objective. They all know what they are doing why they are doing. And it's fun. It's fun to play characters who dare to do and say what we can't in real life.

To me actually one of the most fun things about Dredd, you know, to me anyway, the challenge to playing Dredd is because he is such an icon of a character, the challenge was to find the man within that. What I, one of the things I saw in the script was that it was his brand of heroism that appealed to me. Because he is type of guy who is walking into the building when everyone else is running out. That to me is very, very interesting. That's not like me in real life. If there is a situation going down, I'm legging it. [laughter] But it is fun to play a guy like that who will be really calm and walk into the blaze. It's why I do what I do, because I enjoy, you know, enjoy dressing up. [laughter] For a living! I play make-believe for a living.

Q: Hi Karl

Karl: G'day

Q: Which is your favourite movie out of all the ones that you have worked on and I think you are the coolest vampire I have ever seen.

Karl: Thank you very much. Thank you. Favourite one? It's really hard. I am really proud of Dredd because it an extraordinary amount of work went into it, not only on set and supporting the film and post and release. So I think I am most proud of that in many ways. It's hard you know, obviously Lord of the Rings, and Star Trek and Bourne Supremacy, films that are very dear to me and the friendships that were made during the making of those films have lasted the distance, as Viggo can attest. [laughter] So yeah, probably all of those three would be my one favourite. [laughter]

Q: G'day, how you going? I was just wondering if you could give us any more information on Star Trek 2 and also what was it like working with Leonard Nimoy?

Karl: Okay, [leans forward] here's what the movies about...[laughter] It's okay. The movie is called 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.

[goes into slight Dredd type voice] Star Trek Into Darkness...[laughter]

Um, that's about all I can say. Really. I wouldn't want to inadvertently reveal anything. It's not in my nature. [tries and fails to look innocent. More laughter]

Sincerely I would love to tell you the whole plot, but that's one of the things I respect about JJ. There is no point in spending 150 odd million dollars making it, another god knows how much marketing it, to get to the point as your audience goes into the film that they have already read the script online, and they have seen the leaked thises and that and they know the story. You know, I totally understand it. It takes the punch out of it.

That's the thing with a JJ Abrams movie, you are going to be surprised. You are going to be blown away and surprised. I respect that. This film...you know the great thing about this movie is that it takes all of those characters and those relationships that were established in the first film and it tests them. You know, Kirk...I can't say any more! I'm gonna...[makes beeping noises. Laughter]

Q: Two quick questions, Karl. As a fan of Dredd before you got the part, did you have a favourite fanboy moment of the film where you went I can't believe I get to do this? And secondly, Bruce Willis--Nice Guy or Dickhead?


Karl: First question was about Dredd? Yeah, I did have one of those moments. There are certain points in your career that you can't believe they are actually letting you do what you do!

One of them was on Bourne Supremacy where I was in Moscow. They trained me up to do the reverse 180 in a Mercedes G wagon and they actually let me execute it. It was great!

Another one was actually on Dredd. I'm in my full Dredd uniform and I'm on the Lawmaster during this opening bike chase at the beginning of the film. We are shooting this through the streets of Cape Town. The South African cops have the roads blocked off and I'm gunning it past them. [laughter] Not a camera on display, vrooooooom. That was a good moment. [laughter]

And Bruce is a good guy. He is a very softly spoken guy and he has, I guess, what's the word? He has a presence in person, which you can understand why he is a movie star. He was fun to work with. I have a lot of respect for him. And if I thought differently, I wouldn't tell ya! [laughter]

Q: Hi Karl

Karl: Hey!

Q: Being a bit of a girl I never really followed Dredd...

Karl: [interrupting] Just a bit love! [laughter] Just from where I'm standing! [more laughter]

Q: [trying not to laugh and finish her question] but my [inaudible] is a big fan and we have seen the movie already, it just, I just really enjoyed it, even without reading the comics before, so I have become a fan. What I want to know is how you developed the character and what not. Would you like to do a Dredd 2 or 3 depending, or should it be like Gone with the Wind and you should never do another one? Leave it as it is.

Karl: Good question. I would like to a Dredd 3 but not a 2. [laughter] Um, yeah you know what, heres the thing. We basically made this film as a one off film and really this movie is a day in the life of Judge Dredd as he puts his rookie, Anderson, through her paces and see if she has what it takes to become a Judge. We had many discussions during the making of the film whether we should kinda do one of those endings and be oh, and the next adventure is...and leave it kinda open. We chose not to do that.

We didn't want to cynically present it as a money making revenue exercise. Really it is a stand alone film. I don't necessarily believe we are going to get the opportunity to make more, sadly. But, that being said you never know. I would certainly like to, as I had a fantastic time working on it and I know from Alex that they feel the same way. So we'll just see and if it happens, great and if not, you know what? This film is a one off instant cult classic and that's cool by me.


Q: I was interested in the Chronicles of Riddick. With filming the second and third one, wondering what Vin Diesel is like?

Karl: Yeah, the Chronicles of Riddick, that was a movie that was made in 2004. [laughter] So basically I did a day on the new Riddick movie, because the world needs another one of those! [laughter] No serious! I'm not snarking. I mean that in the best way! [audience continues to laugh at him].

I had a great time working with Vin. It was really amazing, ‘cause I worked with him in 2004 and it's been many moons that have passed since that and it was really lovely to get back together and reconnect with him and it just, and David Twohy. And I did one day on the new Riddick movie and basically my character helps transition Riddick out of the old adventure into his new one.

I've seen a bit of the footage and it's really phenomenal. They did an extraordinary job, so I am pretty excited about that coming to the cinemas. It's gonna be more closer to the Pitch Black sensibility than to, you know it's a bit more down and dirty. It's got a phenomenal cast, it's got [pauses] What is the chicks name? I'm blanking on. Starbuck! From Battlestar [audience murmurs] Katee Sackhoff, yeah. Yum! She is gorgeous! [laughter] When I say yum, I mean yum, what a great actor! [more laughter] Yeah, very good.

Karl: Any more questions?

Q: [very quiet] Do you care about [inaudible] from New Zealand [another yeah from a member of the audience]

Karl: Any kiwi's in the house?

[The kiwis in the audience make their presence known]

Karl: Kia Ora

Q: Kia Ora. At what time did you think that you had made it, in the world of movies?

Karl: Dunno, but I'll let you know when I do! [laughter]

Q: Really?

Karl: No, I don't. See, here's the thing. I can say I constantly focus on the here and the now and I don't really ever let myself have the opportunity to have a retrospective look and say 'oh look, you've made it!'

To me there are many more things that I want to do, many more roles that I want to tackle and I still feel like I haven't, like I haven't done...like I still want to work in Australia. [cheers] Some great films, some great television coming out of Australia. So that's something that I would like to do.

I feel like, even though I have done a few films in New Zealand, it's where I started, I still don't feel like I have done the definitive New Zealand film and that's important to me. You know, I started there and that's where I got my inspiration from.

So, I've done films that have been received really well over there like Out of the Blue and Price of Milk, but for me, you know when I was a young fulla [it's the way he says it!] iI was watching Bruno Lawrence, Geoff Murphy's Utu and Smash Palace and Goodbye Pork Pie and there has been other films since that have also reached iconic status within New Zealand like Once Were Warriors and Boy and to me I want to do one of those. I want to do a film that is really embraced by the country. So I'm on the lookout for something like that.

And then beyond that I just want, there is just so much more I want to do. I guess when I'm a much older fulla I will allow myself to look back and go, yeah I did make it. But not now. Now I'm like in the groove.

Q: I've got the last question over here.

Karl: Oh there you are! Wonder Woman, how are ya?

Q: Hello! There is a G'day Australia over in America and do you ever get a G'day New Zealand or do you just crash the G'day US one?

Karl: A what?

Q: A day where all the Australian actors get together and promote Australian movies in the US, do you get a G'day in New Zealand?

Karl: You read that as a good day in New Zealand? [laughter]

Q: Do you get together like with New Zealand actors?

Karl: Is that at like a pub or a bar?

Q: It's like a swanky do and they all get together. I don't think you would get invited to one. [laughter]

Karl: No, no fair dinkum. I do have the opportunity catch up with fellow thesps and stuff, usually when I see a piece of theatre or something, in the bar afterwards. It's not like, in Los Angeles, I don't know how it has been projected, but there is not a place where we have regular AA meetings. [laughter] or anything like that.

But, it's good to see that there is a few Aussies and Kiwis out there doing well in the International area. Chris Hemsworth, [pleased noises from the audience] I'd like his paycheck! [laughter]

Yeah, no, it's good. Actually you bump into your mates at the weirdest places. Mainly like airports and hotels and things like that in transit. I bump into the Flight of the Conchords guys often in the lounge, Cliff Curtis and (Martin) Henderson. Thanks for your question. One more, we've got time for one more.

[Bill Geradts, the Armageddon organiser from NZ, then asked the final question.]

Q: I'm gonna ask one for the audience, ‘cause you mentioned Chris Hemsworth

Karl: I did!

Q: So if Marvel are doing all these Marvel movie things.

Karl: [interrupts] I just feel like you are gonna fucking fly! [Bill is dressed up in a superhero outfit with a cape, so the audience cracks up]

You're just gonna take off. Can you do three leaps and just like?

[Karl does a not too a bad leap attempt takeoff, (which I gave him a mark out of 7.2 for as I used to be a gymnastics judge), and Bill obliges in return, not so successfully, (probably only worth a 6). Audience applauds though]

What's the name of your character?

Q: Darkstar

Karl: Duckster?

Q: Dark [pause] Star

Karl: Ah, Dark Star.

Q: With all the movies coming out...

Karl: [interrupts] There's a question coming at some stage.

Q: With all the movies like Superman, Batman etc and you had to pick one that hadn't been made, like Marvel are doing Doctor Strange and stuff, so if you had to pick a Superhero movie, and you've just done Dredd which is not really a Superhero movie, but what would you do as a Superhero movie?

[Karl contemplates Bills costume]

Karl: I think that's job taken. [laughter] Don't go there. No I was imagining what I would look like in that.

Q: You know there's going to be a photoshopped picture of that on the net! [laughter]

Karl: Thanks for that!

Oh, one superhero movie I would like to do it would be Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman. No, seriously, look it up! I didn't read many comics in my younger years, but Dredd I read, Frank Miller’s Dark Knight comic I read, and Reid Fleming World's Toughest Milkman.

Q: So with the Justice League movie in the works would you throw your hat in for Batman?

Karl: I wouldn't know. I wouldn't discount it, but I wouldn't know. That would be an interesting one. I don't know. I think that Chris Nolan and what's that actors name that plays Batman? [laughter] You know that guy... [audience yells out many names being cheekily not helpful] They did just a brilliant job, particularly in the second movie. Thought that one. Third one, meh. No, like I enjoyed it. It was alright.

[Does a very good Bane impression] Batman. How do you do it, Batman? I've got one question for yooooou. How do I eat with all these tubes in my mouth? [laughter and applause]

I mean, do you guys realise how much food you have to eat to get that big? Anyway, thank you for your time and energy. You've been a great audience.

[applause while Karl collects the book he had sitting on the bench the whole time he was talking] If you are looking for a good book to read, Richie McCaw, The Open Side! Thanks guys!


All images here were taken by me at the talk and are copyright to me. The full set can be seen here at my flickr.

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treksnoopy: urban addicttreksnoopy on February 20th, 2013 03:28 am (UTC)
*epic fangirl squee* Thank you for sharing this!
nikki4noo: :D karl-minenikki4noo on February 20th, 2013 03:33 am (UTC)
Now I just have three others to still do! The two comic con panels and the Sunday panel from Armageddon, but I am in two minds about that one as it was a VIP only panel so... And uni starts again shortly as well.
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d_odyssey: Touch1 by eonismd_odyssey on February 20th, 2013 03:38 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for taking the time to transcribe the Q&A session and for the great pictures. Very entertaining read. Sounds like a great time. How awesome that you got to see Karl in person.
nikki4noo: karl-lies lies liesnikki4noo on February 20th, 2013 03:41 am (UTC)
You are very welcome.

I had quite a 'Karl' year last year! Went to four cons and Karl was at two of them! He is very quick witted, funny, cheeky and if he can get away with an innuendo, or even if he can't, he will give it a go! He is one of those guests that has the audience in stitches of laughter from almost start to finish.
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.julianmoore on February 20th, 2013 03:38 am (UTC)

!!!!THANK YOU!!!!
*printing out*

*possibly reading this 200xtimes the next weeks*
nikki4noo: :D karl-minenikki4noo on February 20th, 2013 03:42 am (UTC)
Thought you might like it :D
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erynwen: musicerynwen on February 20th, 2013 09:12 am (UTC)
Thank you for this! Made my morning ^^
nikki4noo: Karl-thumbs upnikki4noo on February 20th, 2013 09:23 am (UTC)
You are welcome!
drinking rum and writing some: sassypants bonestherumjournals on February 20th, 2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
This was awesome! Thank you for sharing! I wanted to leave a comment so you know that your transcribing efforts are totally appreciated and worth it, so thanks :-D
nikki4noo: Karl-thumbs up 2nikki4noo on February 21st, 2013 12:19 am (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you very much. Yeah, I've had a lot of hits on this entry and it is always so lovely to receive a comment.
writer_klmeriwriter_klmeri on February 21st, 2013 02:29 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for this! I read it all the way through, I was so enthralled!
nikki4noo: :D karl-minenikki4noo on February 21st, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
You are welcome! He has always been a great guest with his humour and self deprecation. If you ever get a chance to attend anything with him as a guest, do it!
adafrogadafrog on February 21st, 2013 04:56 am (UTC)
Great. Thanks.
nikki4noo: :D karl-minenikki4noo on February 22nd, 2013 06:18 am (UTC)
You are welcome
RogueAngelrogueangel1998 on February 21st, 2013 05:17 am (UTC)
I knew I loved Karl - but he's reading Richie McCaw's book! My rugby crush! Of course, he's a good kiwi. Who doesn't love Richie. (Well, maybe the Australians, and South AFricans. And the French. And the English. And...well, anyone who plays against the ABs!)

Thanks for transcribing. It was awesome.

nikki4noo: :D karl-minenikki4noo on February 22nd, 2013 06:24 am (UTC)
There was some very good-natured ribbing on the Sunday after he had spent the night up to watch the All Blacks lose. As he said, it comes with the territory!

Every time I see him in Australia, he tells that same joke about the Wallabies :D

You are very welcome!
AQ aka Syredronning: karl_heartsyredronning on February 22nd, 2013 09:01 am (UTC)
This is absolutely fantastic :) Thank you so much for sharing!!!
nikki4noo: karl-approvednikki4noo on February 24th, 2013 06:56 am (UTC)
You're welcome! *hugs*
foxraferfoxrafer on February 22nd, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I'm going to come back and re-read a little later, but what a wonderful post this is.
nikki4noo: Karl-thumbs upnikki4noo on February 24th, 2013 06:55 am (UTC)
You are very welcome! It was lovely to listen to him again, just took a bloody long time to type it up. :p
The Hysterical Hystorian: Karl-scruffy dadabigail89 on May 9th, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)
This story just never gets old. :D
nikki4noo: karl-OICnikki4noo on May 9th, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
Oh yes. It was an epic prank and I loved that the whole crew was in on it, making things etc. ;)
Mijan: Bones Starfleet Emblemmijan on June 13th, 2013 07:07 am (UTC)
How the hell did I miss this?

Oh Karl... so much love.

Thanks for posting this!
nikki4noo: karl-oh younikki4noo on June 13th, 2013 07:52 am (UTC)
Bad Mijan! It took me a while to finally transcribe and edit it, so I was a bit of a slacker too!

The man is completely adorable (will you hate me if I tell you I am seeing him again next weekend?)

You are very welcome!
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(Anonymous) on July 15th, 2013 04:50 am (UTC)
Great read
I was The Doctor on Karl's other left, great, great read, cheers for putting this up.
nikki4noo: Karl-thumbs upnikki4noo on July 15th, 2013 08:32 am (UTC)
Re: Great read
Hee! Silly kiwi boy, I wonder if he thought it was stage left ;)

Thank you and you are very welcome.
j_flattermann: KUrbanj_flattermann on August 8th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
Wonderful. Thank you for posting this. Fabulous read.
Was lucky enough to meet Karl when he was visiting the London Film and Comic Con.
Totally agree, his panels are just the best.
nikki4noo: Karl-thumbs upnikki4noo on August 9th, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
Thank you and you are very welcome. He is so lovely and cheeky!