12 Facts About 2012
We take a journey through Roland Emmerich's disaster epic.
Fact #3: Emmerich Tripped Up the President
The production constructed a massive platform operated on a gimbal for the film's rough-and-tumble earthquake sequences. Danny Glover, playing the US President, was the first 2012 headliner to attempt to manoeuvre his way across the 'shaky-floor' stage but tumbled and fell, prompting Emmerich to dial down the quake factor. "It was incredible -- when this thing went, it felt really like an eight or nine point earthquake," the director chortles. "We actually had to tone it down because people freaked out."
Fact #4: Cusack Was Thrilled to Take the Lead
At first sight, Cusack and Emmerich make an odd Hollywood pairing. But the 43-year-old star insists he was ecstatic when the director approached him. "I liked The Patriot and Stargate," Cusack tells RT. "For me, if I can get a big movie like this every once in a while, I'd love to do it. And then you can use that to leverage smaller movies." Plus, he insists the script, co-written by Emmerich and Harald Klauser, took him by surprise. "In a strange way, it's not a genre disaster movie -- it's much more elegantly written and character-based. It doesn't follow the normal disaster movie formula."