Cannes 2009: Gambit and Silk Spectre Go Bang Bang

Taylor Kitsch and Malin Akerman on becoming photojournalists in their latest.

This morning's press reception for The Bang Bang Club in Cannes was rather affected by the conspicuous absence of the film's main star, Ryan Phillippe, who pulled out at the last minute due to illness, making it a slightly quieter affair than many had expected. But what the press who didn't attend missed out on were co-stars Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch, who introduced the film with director Steven Silver and sat down with Rotten Tomatoes to tell us more.

Cannes 2009
Phillippe stars in The Bang Bang Club

The project, which has just wrapped principal photography, is the tale of a group of photojournalists in post-Apartheid South Africa who risked their lives to take some of the most iconic warzone imagery in severely troubled times. "I was a young student during the early 90s which is when the film is set," director Steven Silver told RT. "I joined the anti-Apartheid struggle and looked through many of the events described in the book and the film. I remember seeing this group of young photographers who were roughly my age. I'd see them taking photographs in the middle of this chaos. When I read a Time Magazine article about them I thought that it would make a compelling film. I've been pursuing it ever since."

The film is based on a book of the same name, released after the Time article, which was written by two members of the titular club. For Wolverine star Taylor Kitsch, who plays Kevin Carter, who killed himself shortly after the death of another member of the group, taking on the character of a photographer was a challenging process. "I've always been intimidated by the technicalities of taking photos, especially with a film camera -- not just a point and shoot. But getting a role like this there's no better moment to take it in. I look at photography in a different light, now."

The responsibility of bringing Carter to screen was an important one and one that required Kitsch to change himself both mentally and physically. "Taylor lost 30 pounds in this role," Akerman told us, "He was eating fruits and veggies and that's it."

Cannes 2009
Taylor Kitsch, Malin Akerman and Steven Silver join RT on the beach

Explains Kitsch, "I was incredibly moody. I remember being in my room once and the internet connection was slow. I remember I called down and asked them if it'd improve, and they said the internet in South Africa is just pretty slow. I was so emotionally wrecked that I cried!"

For Akerman, the experience of shooting on location was a humbling one. "South Africa was very hard to shake off -- I didn't want to leave," she told RT. "It had such an impact on your soul. We did a film about the end of Apartheid and we'd go to homes of people in shacks and meet children living in poverty and they're not sad. They appreciate that there's peace. It warms your heart and you know you have nothing to complain about in life."

"These war photographers would break up in front of you telling their story," added Kitsch. "That raised your game, your focus and what you put into it. I think for me this is why I do it. It's why you put in the work. You're telling the story of someone who lived and you have to do it right."

The Bang Bang Club is currently in post-production and is due for release next year.

Comments

inactive user

Jared King

"Gambit and Silk Sectre Go Bang Bang"

Don't tease me with great headlines like that!

May 16 - 10:20 AM

dlo2012

Daniel Lopez

lol
i was thinking the same exact thing when i read the title

May 16 - 07:47 PM

dlo2012

Daniel Lopez

lol
i was thinking the same exact thing when i read the title

May 16 - 07:47 PM

Randal R.

Randal Ream

Ugh...Malin Akerman. How does she get roles? Such an awful actress.

May 16 - 08:44 PM

inactive user

Jared King

I agree.

May 16 - 10:08 PM

Jake007

Jake Sundstrom

The same way Megan Fox does...

Ahem.

May 17 - 01:25 AM

inactive user

Jared King

Hey, Megan Fox gets roles because she's hot. Malin Akerman isn't that hot.

May 17 - 09:50 AM

inactive user

Jared King

I agree.

May 16 - 10:08 PM

Jake007

Jake Sundstrom

The same way Megan Fox does...

Ahem.

May 17 - 01:25 AM

inactive user

Jared King

Hey, Megan Fox gets roles because she's hot. Malin Akerman isn't that hot.

May 17 - 09:50 AM

GreenBastard

Craig Storey

ripped off

May 17 - 02:24 AM

BlueLobster

Aaron Dean

The film sounds interesting, I will keep my eye on it.

As for the people complaining about Malin Akerman... well, I cant say I agree or disagree, I mean I don't think people (not necessarily on this specific comment section) need to call her a talentless whore, or something like that, (that title belongs to people like Lauren Conrad, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, etc.), sure she's not an amazing actress, but she isn't absolutely horrific, there are far worse actors out there. Who knows, maybe she'll up the ante in this... maybe.

May 17 - 04:47 AM

Patricia A.

Patricia Aguilar

Let's cut Malin some slack. This is the role she's been waiting for...she's said so herself. I'm sure she gave it her all. If Mariah Carey can put it out there as she's done for the film "Precious," I'm sure a pro actress like Malin can exceed expectations. The standard for performance for "The Bang Bang Club" was pretty high. I've been following a info feed by one of the crew members and she says this film will knock your socks off.

May 17 - 07:31 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Gotta agree, how many films has she been in at this point 4 or 5? Most of which are goofball comedies like Harold and Kumar and The Heartbreak Kids. Just think if people had said that about Tom Hanks. Oh he's just a sub-Chevy comedien and that's all he's ever going to be good for. No Gump, No Philadelphia, No Private Ryan, and No Da Vinci...Well, ignore that last one, but you get the point. She's still very young and could develop into a superstar.

May 17 - 07:57 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Gotta agree, how many films has she been in at this point 4 or 5? Most of which are goofball comedies like Harold and Kumar and The Heartbreak Kids. Just think if people had said that about Tom Hanks. Oh he's just a sub-Chevy comedien and that's all he's ever going to be good for. No Gump, No Philadelphia, No Private Ryan, and No Da Vinci...Well, ignore that last one, but you get the point. She's still very young and could develop into a superstar.

May 17 - 07:57 AM

inactive user

Jared King

Hey, Megan Fox gets roles because she's hot. Malin Akerman isn't that hot.

May 17 - 09:50 AM

tomwaitsjrHAPPYICONOCLAST

Greg Guro

I think Akerman is really hot with the black hair. . . and that skin tight outfit.

May 17 - 12:55 PM

inactive user

Jared King

Yeah, but just about anyone is hot in skin tight outfits...mmmmm. Sex-u-al.

May 17 - 06:31 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I'd sex her up, but then again I'm not a picky man :)

May 17 - 12:55 PM

inactive user

Jared King

Yeah, but just about anyone is hot in skin tight outfits...mmmmm. Sex-u-al.

May 17 - 06:31 PM

pinkincide

jon doe

If an actress is there just for T&A, it would help if she actually had some T&A. When she got nekked in Watchmen I was like WTF? They'd been better off trawling LA gyms and picking the first hot aerobics instructor.

May 17 - 09:21 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Tiny boobed girls need lovin too Pinky. Don't think there's anything wrong with Malin, very pretty girl, great legs too and I think she could have a bright future. pornstars have big boobs, superstars have killer legs. Everybody knows the Oscar committee are leg men.

May 18 - 07:04 AM

Jack F.

Jack Futerman

I saw The Bang Bang Club in preview here in Toronto. I earlier saw The Hurt Locker. I would rate my recent viewing as the more riveting of the two.

Mar 10 - 06:28 PM

Valia

Leena Richarz

I just saw this movie at the Toronto Film Festival. The actors portraying the photographers were exceptional and Malin Akerman was o.k. The film itself was riveting and disturbing all at the same time.

Sep 18 - 11:38 AM

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