Tron: Legacy star Olivia Wilde talks tech and 3D
The Tron beauty opens up about the future of 3D, and its place in cinema. Is the Disney sequal likely to take Avatar's place as the king of the 3D movie events?
Sexy star of the Hollywood sequel to the timeless classic, Tron Legacy's Quorra, Olivia Wilde, took time out from donning her leather outfit and riding around in the LightRunner to talk to T3 about the future of 3D in film, her tech habits and the physicality of training to be a Tron Grid warrior. Read on to find out what the House actress had to say...
Are you a gamer?
“The game takes place before the new film so it is an expanded filmgoers experience because you can see the film then play the game and feel that you get a little more back story also you can play the game before you see the film and understand a little bit more about the history of the characters and you’ll pickup some references, things that are mentioned in the film that connect directly to the game.”
“As is happening more and more now in film making, we were very conscious of the production of the game as we were making the film and tied into as we were creating the story. It wasn’t just an afterthought or a marketing technique, its actually part of the story.”
“What was fun for me was that all the back-story research I had done for my character before we made the film I was able to use when we did the game because that’s exactly the period in her life that the game is exploring.”
Do you think 3D movies are here to stay?
“When the Wizard of Oz used colour as Dorothy entered the world of Oz suddenly there was this incredible Technicolor which at the time was a new technology and it allowed the audience to feel they had wound up in this alternate universe and they were immersed in it as Dorothy was, it was really powerful for filmgoers at that time. With Tron I think it is a similar experience, once Sam Flynn enters the world of The Grid, the film expands into three dimensions and the audience then feels as involved with it as he is.”
Tron: Legacy is in 3D. Could it have worked in 2D?
“I did kind of enjoy looking into the camera some times and just marvelling at what you can see with all these mirrors inside the lens, I thought that was pretty cool. Being so used to knowing what the inside of a lens looks like from being in front of it for a lot of my life so far, looking into it and seeing this whole other complex world inside was kind of cool.”
Did you do much preparation for the role?
“I was looking forward to it. The day I got cast I called the director and was like ‘When do I start training? Send me in now’ I knew that I was going to crack this character through the physical transformation. I did enjoy it, it was the most challenging thing I have done for a role but I really enjoyed it.”
If you could use one thing from the film in your everyday life, what would it be?
What do you think of the original Tron?
What tech do you use?
“My favourite nerdy app that is very useful for my job is the iAnnotate but I think that for the iPhone my favourite is Shazam, Shazam is the coolest thing, its allowed me to discover so much new music.”
“My worst tech habit is waking up and checking my email straight away, that’s not healthy.”