Two time Oscar winning director Ang Lee likes to push himself so when it came time to shoot his latest film Gemini Man it was all or nothing!
The film stars Will Smith who plays two characters: a middle-aged government assassin named Henry Brogan, and his younger clone, Junior, who’s sent to kill his older self.
Gemini Man is not only Ang Lee’s most ambitious film to date but it’s also experimental and groundbreaking!
Smith took on both roles and while stuntmen stood in for Junior during many of the action sequences, Smith contributed to the character through performance capture. Ultimately, Junior ( a leading character) is a 100 percent computer-generated creation from the team at effects house Weta Digital. In addition, Lee chose to shoot with 3D cameras at 120 frames per second, a higher frame rate than traditional filmmaking that gives much sharper images. That raised a challenge for the effects teams, however as the high-resolution cameras meant Smith couldn't wear makeup when he was acting as his younger self.
i spoke with director Ang Lee to discuss his fear of making the film and why two Will Smith’s are better than having just one.
GEMINI MAN IS IN THEATERS ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 12TH