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at "The Core"
by: Lynn B.
AGW: You grew up all over the world (Aaron's dad worked in computers) Where do you live now?
Aaron: I moved back to California to be near my family. I couldn't imagine not seeing my mother and father and brothers if anything happened.
AGW: How do they see your career?
Aaron: They love it. They love I'm successful and happy in doing what I'm doing. My mother's a poet and children's book writer. Her mother was a poet and a writer. We see this as an extension of the Eckhart prose and artistic abilities and hopefully it will continue on.
AGW: What drew you to be in this movie?
Aaron: After Sept 11th I was going to do a movie that was hard and was going to kill me emotionally and I didn't want to do that. I wanted to do a fun movie, that kids and families can go see that has a decent message. I'm not prone to do science fiction but wanted to do it so we could have a little hope, maybe.
AGW: Were you concerned that your character was a science geek?
No. Not all scientists are geeks. I've been told by them to tell you that.
I've always wanted to do an action picture and I would do more. I like
to run around and jump over things. But, I studied as much as I possibly
could. I basically started with Geology 101 and got to page 60, then put
it down. I know a little bit about it. Luckily, the dialogue of movies,
you just have to memorize those words and understand them and you can
AGW: So you didn't have a clue what this guy was saying?
Aaron: I'm fascinated by science and mathematics but I don't seek it out. I never did. I don't have the aptitude for it. I didn't watch Star Trek unless my brother made me. It's funny because I'm not that smart. And I always get these smart roles. I said to my friends, 'I play a geophysicist'. And they say, 'what? You'? That's why I want to run around with nothing to say. A prerequisite for me doing another action movie is a good director and a really hot chick (jokes).
AGW: But you went to JPL to research?
Aaron: I saw that these people aren't working in an antiseptic environment. They're working in closets. I saw the Mars probe and it was sitting on the ground and I almost stepped on it. They said 'we develop things that have never been developed before'. It was like a garage. They may have a great sign outside but JPL needs more money.
AGW: The movie opens with a space shuttle about to crash. Was that a worry? What did you think when the real disaster happened?
Aaron: What a tragedy for the families of the astronauts. That scene wasn't on my mind. [The astronauts in the film survive in a heroic manner]. But science is going to go on and these people gave their lives for that. I think this movie has that message.
AGW: How was it working with Hilary Swank and the rest of the cast?
Aaron: It was great. Hilary is so serene and she's an animal lover and she's knitting all the time and then putting on her helmet and going for it. Also Stanley (Tucci) is a great joker and Delroy (Lindo) is a great actor and all the rest so it was fun. None of us had ever done a science fiction movie before. Even director John Amiel so we were all going 'what are you doing here'? It's tough to make these movies smart. There was a lot of explaining what the core of the earth is. We have to keep the story moving and keep the audience interested.
AGW: Unlike many of your other films, there's no real romance here between you and Hilary.
Aaron: People would say, give me a break. We filmed it. We thought about it for a couple of seconds but it didn't seem right. That's not what the film's about. I like James Bond who gets the girl in the end but it wasn't appropriate for this film. This film is more for the kids. It's entertainment. Why not make it nice?
AGW: How weird was it to work in a space suit with things that aren't really there?
Aaron: We're in a huge warehouse supposed to be a giant geode. It's all quiet and John is screaming 'Now! You can't breathe now!' I'm not a huge fan of the space suit. I had no idea what I was doing. I was holding my breath going 'does it look alright?' Tucci was claustrophobic and it was fun torturing him. He's very funny. Then another scene when we're flying around and rocks are coming towards me. The whales and going by and all you're hearing is Jon Amiel going, Rarrrh.
AGW: The dialogue is fun in the film. Did you have anything to do with it?
Aaron: We decided that in order to make this thing fun for us as actors and rewarding that we should do anything we could to put a little humanity into it. Any sort of humor. Stanley was very good off the cuff. We had to do it or we would have just been robots. We got the basics down and threw in a line here and there.
AGW: What is your next film?
Aaron: My next film is Suspect Zero with Sir Ben Kingsley and Carrie Anne Moss. It's an FBI serial killer thriller. I'm an FBI guy taken to the brink of destruction.
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