Adam Sandler’s new movie “Pixels,” hit theaters this Friday, July 24 and atombash.com had the opportunity to talk with some of the supporting cast members. The film tells the story of video game prodigies Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage). In the 1980’s as kids they saved the world over and over again in video arcades. As adults they are asked to put their gaming skills to the test in real life, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war. They attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults. Now U.S. President Cooper (Kevin James) must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens. It was directed by Chris Columbus and co-written by longtime Sandler collaborator Tim Herlihy. It was based on a short film by Patrick Jean. The cast took New York by storm this past week with a world premiere in Times Square presented by Dave & Buster’s. They also participated in an AOL Build talk. There was a dinner honoring the women of the film at Upland. Andreja Pejic, Zac Posen, June Ambrose, Iman and Joe Zee joined stars Jane Krakowski and Michelle Monaghan. They also visited the Nasdaq MarketSite. Read what they had to say below:
James Preston Rogers
Tell us about your character.
James Preston Rogers: I play one of the Navy Seals so I had to bring the muscle to the role and it’s fun playing against guys like Josh Gad and Adam Sandler who are bringing the comedic role and then we’re the tough guys. So it was a nice clash of talents. When I read the script I was excited because I knew all of these video games from playing them in the 80’s so I actually knew these characters. So I was excited and the star studded cast it was just phenomenal to be a part of this cast for sure.
Speak about working with Adam and Josh, two very funny guys.
Rogers: Extremely! Josh in between sets and Adam in between the takes. Where they come up with stuff, it’s just, it’s unscripted, it’s off the cuff and there is going to be some outtakes I’m sure from this movie that were phenomenal. There have been moments where we couldn’t shoot anymore, we’re just busting guts, hey guys take a lunch, take a break. It was unbelievable, it was fantastic.
What’s coming up next that you’d like to share.
Rogers: I have a movie coming called “The Masked Saint.” It’s like a pro wrestling movie. It’s actually coming out in January where I play the lead antagonist, the reaper, he’s kind of a clash between the undertaker and sting, so that’ll be out I think January 8th, that’ll be my next feature film.
Tell us a little bit about the role you play.
Brian Cox: I play Admiral Porter, who is this sort of party pooper of the evening. He’s a very straight kind of character. He doesn’t believe any of this nonsense. He believes it’s all a waste of time and tries to prove it’s a waste of time, nearly does prove it’s a waste of time, then it all goes and he is disproved and he has to eat his words.
Speak about collaborating with Chris Columbus.
Cox: He’s great. I mean Chris creates a wonderful atmosphere, you know, he’s used to these big epic films after having done all the Harry Potters for so many years. He has a great relaxation about him. He’s very, very relaxed and very delightful and him and Adam are a great team. Adam creates a huge sort of welcoming atmosphere for people just to go into the film and just say, and he makes everybody feel very special. No matter what they’re doing. He’s a real egalitarian in that sense. He likes people to have a good time and he makes sure people do have a good time. It’s a great quality.
What’s coming up that you’d like to share?
Cox: Well I’m going to be doing “Super Troopers 2,” which is a kind of cult film everybody goes crazy about. I did the first one 15 years ago, so we’re starting the second one in October.
What’s that going to be like for you to reunite with everyone?
Cox: I don’t know, I’m sort of waiting to see because we haven’t worked together, I haven’t seen most of those guys for 15 years. So I think it’s going to be interesting.
What do you think about this culture about bringing out these films and creating sequels that’s been pretty common these days.
Cox: Yea, you know it is. I mean I think sometimes I’d like to see more original work and less sequel work, but the sequel stuff that I’ve done has always been great, you know I did “Red,” “Red 2,” they were great films, sequels, all the “X-men,” of course the early X-men, were certainly very good, the “Bourne Supremacy” and “Identity,” so I’m sort of the king of sequels in that sense, so they’re good.
So tell me about your role in the film.
I’m playing the president’s junior’s aid in the picture. 80’s video games attacking Earth and the president needs a right hand man and that was me.
You have no relation to Adam then?
He’s actually my uncle, yes.
So what’s it like working with your uncle?
It’s incredible. I’ve learned so much from him. I have the best time. Everyone has so much fun on set. I absolutely loved the experience.
Is this the first time you’ve worked on one of his projects?
I’ve done a few. I started in “Grown Ups 2” and I’ve been working my way up, doing other projects besides Adam’s stuff as well. So I’ve slowly been keeping going.
What’s it like working with Chris the director?
He’s great. He’s the nicest guy, always relaxed which is really nice. Yeah, it was a lot of fun. He went to NYU, I’m USC but it was really cool working with him. Yeah the experience was great. His family is great. We had an awesome time.
Can you speak about how the special effects were executed. What was that like?
Yeah. That was cool. I mean it’s amazing to see the movie and see how real it looks and just how incredible everything is. So acting in it you knew what it was going to be so it wasn’t challenging to know how awesome and insane and how everything was going to happen. So I didn’t find it too challenging. Yeah there was a couple of highlines like that, exactly like you were saying. But for the most part we went off on where it was going to be and yeah. I didn’t find any trouble. Everyone seemed to have a great time doing it.
What’s coming up next for you?
After this I’m also in a Western called “Ridiculous Six.” So besides that some other shows that are coming out way down the line but I’m just really excited to see “Pixels” and see how it does. I’m excited for everyone to see the movie.
Tell me about your role in the film?
I play Raj. He’s an Indian teenager who gets kidnapped or pixelated by the aliens while proposing to his girlfriend. And then Adam Sandler and his crew of Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage come out and try to save us.
So speak about working with everyone.
I need to write an essay for you because it was such an amazing and surreal experience. I learned so much within the three four weeks that I filmed with them about acting and comedy, about how to be a good person on set. They were so down to Earth. It brought me back to the reason I wanted to act in the first place and it was just a really good experience. I mean words can’t explain it to be honest.
Speak about working with Chris Columbus.
Oh wow. Christopher Columbus. I mean I watched Home Alone 1 and 2, Baby’s Day Out, Harry Potter. He’s a legend and the dude, to even think that I deserve a spot in this movie was so humbling in that regard. And he’s so helpful. He’s such an actor’s director. He works with you, he listens to you, he encourages you. It was just amazing.
How did you get your start in acting?
I was in a TV show called “Skins” for MTV. I played one of the leads there and after Skins didn’t get picked up I started auditioning and eventually I landed here. So I guess “Skins” was my first big break but I’ve been acting since I was thirteen in theater and stuff like that.
What’s coming up next for you?
Right now nothing but if you have a project in mind let me know. But I’ve been auditioning. I’m in the running for a couple of stuff so let’s hope for the best.
Tell me what were some of your favorite games growing up?
Well I mean I love video games. I played Super Mario Brothers growing up. Zelda I love. Pacman so this fits into all of that and we’re excited to be here.
What’s it like to be out here with your family?
It’s awesome. I get to bring my sister. I can bring my son and we can all hang out and have a good time.
Tell me about your new show.
Yeah so I’m on “Unforgettable”. It’s in its fourth season now but I’m the new girl on the show so it’s going to be premiering on A&E in the fall and I’m also on power which is airing now on the Stars Network.