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The Best SciFi Scanner Interviews of 2009

Before we forge ahead to a whole new year, we look back on the scifi lessons of 2009, as told by the geniuses who created it. Herewith, the best of SciFi Scanner’s interviews with the true masters of science fiction.

1. Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings)
“I never really draw a distinction between playing live action characters or CG… It’s still done with the same amount of acting.”

2. Billy Dee Williams (The Empire Strikes Back)
“Nobody else could have played him the way I played him. Nobody else would have made him as memorable as I made Lando.”

3. Ron Perlman (Hellboy)
“He’s an old-fashioned dude who doesn’t want to muddy it up too much. It’s a question of brute force, ya know?”

4. Transformers Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci
“With a director like Michael [Bay], who’s extremely specific about what he does and does not like to do, our job is to backstop him to a large degree and keep on him about plot and logic and emotion.”

5. District 9 Director Neill Blomkamp
“For me, it’s a case of one side of my brain that’s filled with video games and science fiction and all of the pure geekery of it.”

6. Dennis Quaid (Pandorum)
“What was fascinating about the movie and the script is that the audience finds out along with the characters in the film what’s going on and who they are.”

7. Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica)
“There are still some questions that are not answered. And that’s OK.”

8. The Box Director Richard Kelly
“There’s still plenty of mystery and ambiguity — it still feels absolutely like it’s from my wheelhouse — but it’s a much more accessible story.”

9. 2012 Director Roland Emmerich
“I don’t know what people think of me, but I’m not that kind of guy who’s like ‘Ooh, what else could I destroy?'”

10. Sherlock Holmes Director Guy Ritchie
“Conan Doyle clearly created an icon that’s endured for centuries, and Holmes was an action man as well as an intellectual genius, which was really why I was attracted to this project in the first place.”

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