Dylan McDermott and Rick Yune Talk OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, the Rating and Violence, Preparing for the Action, Script Changes, and More

     March 19, 2013


Opening this weekend is director Antoine Fuqua’s (Training Day) White House actioner Olympus Has Fallen.  The film stars Gerard Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent called back to duty when terrorists take over the White House and capture the President (Aaron Eckhart).  The film also stars Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Robert Forster, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Rick Yune.  If you’ve been waiting for Butler to return to action, you’re going to be very happy watching Olympus Has Fallen.  Not only is the film a hard R for graphic violence, it features Butler kicking ass in some great action set pieces.  Watch some clips here.

During the recent New York City press junket, I got to speak with McDermott and Yune.  We talked about how the film is a hard R realistic take on what could actually happen to the White House, the way they prepared for their roles, the action scenes, how Olympus Has Fallen is a hard R with blood and guts, script changes, and future projects.  Hit the jump to watch.

Finally, here’s my video interviews with Gerard Butler/director Antoine Fuqua and Aaron Eckhart with Angela Bassett.

Dylan McDermott and Rick Yune

  • How did Fuqua ask them to prepare for their roles
  • Olympus Has Fallen is a hard R with blood and guts.  Were they ever pitched a version that was PG-13
  • How did they prepare for the action scenes
  • Did the script change during production.  They say it changed a lot.
  • Future projects talk


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