Collider recently sat down with Mary to discuss Gemini Man. You can watch the interview below. On top of that, they also talked about the roles she did early on in her career, working with co-star Will Smith, director Ang Lee, what it was like working on Birds of Prey with Margot Robbie, why she’d love to see a Scott Pilgrim vs. The World sequel and more!
With Gemini Man set to hit theaters next weekend on October 11, Mary has been busy promoting the film. Back in August, she visited the IMDB Show and though her interview won’t be released until next Thursday, I have added photos from her visit into the gallery.
More recently, Mary sat down with Collider to talk about the movie among other things in her career. In the clip that was released, Mary talked about how she passed on starring in 2004’s Mean Girls. The full interview will be out next week, but in the mean time, you can view the clip below:
With Gemini Man set to hit theaters next weekend, we are slowly starting to get new interviews with Mary promoting the film. You can watch the latest one, which takes you behind the scenes of the movie below. In the interview, she was asked what it was like to work with director Ang Lee and producer Jerry Bruckheimer as well as filming in different locations and the type of stunt work and training she did for the film.
Additionally, I have added two new stills of Mary and updated an old one in the gallery. Be sure to come back soon for more updates!
In a brand new interview with The Wrap, Mary talked about playing the ‘badass’ character of Huntress in the upcoming film Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of the One Harley Quinn). You can watch the clip below and stay tuned as more information will be released as Gemini Man get closer to its October 11 arrival.
Total Film magazine was on the set of Gemini Man last year and during their visit, they managed to snag Mary for a quick Q&A. In the interview, Mary describes her character and how she meets Will’s character Henry, how much she enjoyed playing the role of DIA agent Danny and how Ang Lee described his vision of the film to her. You can read all about it as I’ve uploaded all the scans into the gallery!
“You can expect something really fun and a bit wild and totally unique. Everyday we were there, we were doing something that just felt really weird and funny and unlike anything else I’ve ever seen before in this genre. It was incredibly exciting to get to do that. We really got to work. We just played, and we had fun.”
Just as the title reads, Paramount Pictures has released two brand new behind the scenes featurettes for Ang Lee’s sci-fi/action film Gemini Man, which will hit theaters on October 11. In the first behind the scenes video, we see interviews with the cast and crew discussing why Ang was the perfect director for such a massive film and in the second one, the cast and crew talk about the different filming locations used throughout production. I have also screen capped Mary’s brief moments in the vids into the gallery. Expect more stuff soon!
Ang Lee Featurette
Filming Locations Video
German website filmstarts.de sat down with Mary on the set of’ Gemini Man earlier this year where they talked about the movie. I have copy/pasted and translated the entire interview for all of you to checkout with the rest of it under the cut.
FILMSTARTS: What made you particularly excited about “Gemini Man”?
Mary Elizabeth Winstead: Oh, there are many things. It’s just a fantastic, rare opportunity to make a big, fun and entertaining action movie that has a heart and says something. The film asks questions about life, aging and aging, it is about existential crises. Of course I still have the chance to work with Ang Lee. I was so excited to meet him and to audition.And now I’m allowed to work with him. The combination of Ang and Will Smith, the role and the dimension of the film are terribly exciting for me.
FILMSTARTS: Can you tell us something about the scene you are currently shooting and watching?
Mary Elizabeth Winstead:Naturally. You are really lucky. We are now shooting the first proper week of action and weapons, which is the climax of the movie. It’s going to be dangerous to Will’s character Henry. We are going to flee, but we do not know who we are. This is true for most of the film, but it is becoming clearer and clearer that we are running away from our own organization for which we are actually working. This raises a lot of questions that the characters pose about themselves. Henry is already beyond this point. He is a bit dulled and disillusioned with life and his work, while my character clings to the old ideals of what it means to work for the government and the country. And also to have the pride. She wants to find out what the government really does and why she is chasing this innocent man. That makes them question everything. We’re just trying to survive while the hunters are trying hard to kill us.
FILMSTARTS: The genre cinema is found in your filmography again and again. What motivates you to shoot these films?
Mary Elizabeth Winstead: I just like this physical game, that’s exciting for me. I like characters who know what to do to survive in a dangerous situation. I’ve done horror and sci-fi movies so far and just a few action movies like ” Die Hard 4.0 ” or something.But not so many. This action-drama terrain here is new to me. It’s really refreshing to play someone who knows how to survive and is not just some love interest. That’s why I enjoy finding genre pieces like this, where there are not as many genre stereotypes as you’d expect. I find that very satisfying.
Now that the Off-Broadway play Dying City is taking place, Mary was recently interviewed by The New York Times about what made her want to finally get into the theater world, her work in Gemini Man, and how she enjoyed playing the role of Nikki Swango in FX’s Fargo. Below are some highlights but click the link above to read it in full. I’ve also added photo shoot outtakes into the gallery.
What made you change your mind about doing a play?
I did this PBS show called “Mercy Street” with a cast of theater actors. I came at it with an inferiority complex but they really encouraged me to try. At that point I thought I could do the Williamstown Theater Festival or something, dip my toes in. Then the script [for “Dying City”] came when I had been doing “Gemini Man” and “Birds of Prey,” back-to-back, wall-to-wall action movies — which was really fun, but I was starting to crave something intimate and personal. I thought, “That’s it, that’s what I have to do. I need something new to challenge myself.” It was sort of a no-brainer so I auditioned. I think they were already interested in me but I didn’t realize it and I was like, “Please, let me have this part!” [laughs].
In “Fargo,” Nikki struts around as if she were always in control. Was it as fun to play her as it looks?
I loved [the role] but I was like, “Me? Really? This is what you want me to play?” I was a little bit perplexed because I was expecting some sort of Minnesota-nice character. I guess I was surprised that I would be playing someone so brash and tough and sexy and ballsy — all of those things I never attributed to myself. Usually there tends to be some sort of sweetness in what I’m offered, or bookishness. But I love it when I’m offered something in the opposite direction.
“Gemini Man” is a big action thriller. Did you get to hang from a helicopter? That seems to happen a lot in this type of film.
No, but I do a lot of running around and I get to fight some people. I had to train in jiu jitsu, do a little tactical gun training — there’s some shootouts. “Birds of Prey” was the next level up. In “Gemini Man” I’m a D.I.A. [Defense Intelligence Agency] agent who’s been hired to keep an eye on Will Smith, but in “Birds of Prey” I play this assassin who’s been trained since childhood. It’s all women and genuinely funny and weird. It feels from the ’90s, in the best way.
Dying City takes place at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater, with opening set for June 3 and will run until June 30. (Previews are currently taking place).
You can purchase tickets here and if you’re 30 years old and under, can purchase tickets for $30. More info for that is on the ticket site. There is also a great Memorial Day deal going on where you can get two tickets for the price of $40 using the code DCSM40.
Last week I had mentioned that Mary would be getting an ‘artist of distinction’ award from the Newport Beach Film Festival for her amazing career, and that event took place on Sunday afternoon as Mary and fellow honorees Colman Domingo, Topher Grace and Zazie Beetz attended the event. In the gallery, I added over 20+ photos of Mary there, and have included a few videos of Mary being interviewed on what movies influenced her, acting career advice, and spoke a little about Birds of Prey. Enjoy the new content!
On Monday night, Mary’s episode of ‘Off Camera with Sam Jones’ aired on the Audience Network and I’ve added the photo shoot Mary did to the gallery. You can watch some of her clips below but if you want to watch the whole thing, you can do so on the Off Camera site. You can also listen to a podcast version of the show. She looks SO gorgeous in the photos. I love them!! During her interview, she revealed she almost quit acting in her 20s, how she chooses her roles, and how she viewed acting first as a kid and then as an adult.