Quotes: Van Damme, Moore, Perry, Fisher

“Stallone gave me a part in his next movie, but I ask him about the subject, about the story. He said, ‘You’re gonna make lots of money.’ I don’t want to hear that, I want to hear what was my character. He was unable to tell what it’s going to be…So I didn’t do the movie” says Jean Claude-Van Damme about why he didn’t do the action hero team-up vehicle “The Expendables”

“The main reason why comics can’t work as films is largely because everybody who is ultimately in control of the film industry is an accountant. These people may be able to add up and balance the books, but in every other area they are stupid and incompetent and don’t have any talent” is the disgruntled but valid arguments of “Watchmen” and “V for Vendetta” creator Alan Moore. Check out the fourth page of his article for some quite fiery comments about why he thinks superhero comics have only ever really taken off in America.

“I was set to go to Australia but we couldn’t work out the dates” says Tyler Perry about being offered a role in the upcoming “Wolverine” film. As for his “Star Trek” cameo? “‘m the Commander of the Star Fleet. I run the school. I’m a pretty big guy, literally, and in the film”

“I’m playing ‘Lizard’, but I’m from the south, so I talk like this (in a South Western American accent). Usually when you work on an animated movie… you’re in a booth on your own, just with the director. But the way he [director Gore Verbinski] is shooting this movie is that he’s shooting it like a real movie. So we’re all on stage, Bill Nighy is in it, Abigail Breslin, and we’re all acting on stage and he’s shooting it. So then you go in to the sound booth and record your voice, so you have the memory of the emotions in the scene in your voice” says Aussie actress Isla Fisher about the upcoming animated film “Rango” she’s voicing alongside Johnny Depp and Bill Nighy.

“Despite the very different visual aesthetic, it felt more like Trek than I expected. Cast looks quite good too. Only real problem I could see will be either the story or the chemistry. Humor was quite forced at times. Saldana and Pegg were very natural, Pine was alright too. Others…not so much” says me (Garth Franklin) about the “Star Trek” footage presentation that I saw this week in Sydney when it was rescreened.