On Thursday, the Gemini Man campaign continued in the Hungarian capital. After the amazing concert Will Smith held in front of the St. Stephen’s Basilica, the actor and the producer of the movie held a press conference for Hungarian and foreign journalists and media organisations.
Index reported that the idea of Gemini Man was born back in the ’90s, but the technology could not allow the movie to happen. According to the story, the nearly retired hitman – played by Smith – is liquidated by his own bosses with his 25-year-old clone who is also played by Smith, but it is only a digital version of him.
Because of this digital technology, the creators of the motion picture were able to bring back the actor’s ’90s lookalike, which looks completely lifelike. Moreover, besides Columbia and the United States, several parts of the movie were shot in Budapest.
Smith was completely stunned and charmed by the Hungarian capital, calling it a little jewel in the heart of Europe with a rich and strong history. The actor especially liked that the old historical buildings were shaped into modern ones from the inside, and because of this mixture, the Hungarian capital embodies modern and old history at the same time. In the movie, Smith says the word Vajdahunyad (Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park, the location of the movie) flawlessly, although he had to work hard to make his Hungarian pronunciation perfect.
No matter how hard Smith tried, he reported that Hungarian words could not stay in his mind because of the many consonants in the words.
The producer of the movie, Jerry Bruckheimer, stated that originally, they intended to shoot the movie in Paris, but after seeing some other locations, they immediately fell in love with the Hungarian capital and rewrote the picture’s script to be fit for Budapest. The movie’s biggest challenge was definitely creating Smith’s digital clone; to be more specific, the actor’s charm from the ’90s. They wanted to create the perfect digital Smith for the movie, which was hard work. At the beginning of the project, they even tried to make the younger version of Jack Nicholson, but according to the producer, it was terrible.
When Smith was asked about where he thinks his charm lies, his funny answer was: “In my ears.”
Smith said that his younger version was eventually not created but made with CGI. The actor also stated that if he could, he would not give advice to his younger self but ask from him. They observed the movies he made before Gemini Man and decided what he should and should not do in his new picture to make it perfect. The actor (now 51) would like to make similar movies in the future in the category of action because Smith believes that the desire to make these types of films is still in him.
Smith added that CGI has endless opportunities, even playing with Marlon Brando in his next project.
After the 20-minute-long press conference, the actor received a gift: the movie’s poster created out of 1872 pieces of Rubik’s Cube. Smith stated that he is a big fan of the Hungarian inventor’s famous game.
As we reported, Will Smith is in Budapest to promote his new movie Gemini Man that was shot in the capital. To celebrate his 51st birthday, he gave a fantastic concert in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica yesterday. As the saying goes…Go big or go home!
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