In the movie “Journey Home”, Luke Mercier (Dakota Goyo, Real Steel) discovered a young polar bear cub that was separated from its mother, Luke knows he has to do something to help. Despite the warnings of his family and friends, Luke speeds off on a snowmobile with the cub into the frozen wilderness. But when a violent storm closes in, Luke’s mother (Bridget Moynahan, “Blue Blood”) and family friend Muktuk (Goran Visnjic, “ER”) frantically search for the daring pair as they defy starvation and below freezing temperatures so both boy and bear can complete their own journeys home.
Goran Visnjic discussed the film in an interview with Jae Monique on Examiner.
Jae Monique: How did you get involved with Journey Home?
Goran Visnjic: Read the script. I heard where we were planning to shoot the locations. That was one of the biggest things about the movie… I wanted to do a kid’s movie, I have three kids. In the original ice age, I was playing one of the characters. My kids loved it and wanted to see me do another kid’s movie. The script was pretty interesting.
JM: What were your initial thoughts when you read the script?
Visnjic: I liked it. I liked the story, where the story was going and what is was about.
JM: Tell me about your character Muktuk.
Visnjic: Is the guy who’s been one of the best guides in the area and he’s been used by the scientists to lead them on the ice pack and exploration. He’s very reserved. He’s the guy who keeps to his own. There’s a glimpse of something that happened in this past on the edge of the city. He’s the guy who has all these dogs and he’s still using huskies for the sleigh rides. He’s been out of town because he doesn’t want other people complaining. He’s a loner.
JM: Where was this filmed?
Visnjic: In Churchill in Manitoba. Then we moved even further north in Rankin Inland. It was in spring time…just turning spring in May.
JM: How long did it take to film?
Visnjic: Two months.
JM: What was your favorite part of the movie?
Visnjic: I have to say enjoying the nature while being on the film set. I never drove a snowmobile on ice before.
JM: What challenges did you have, if any?
Visnjic: In the beginning, it was very uncomfortable on the snowmobile and looking into those cracks. They teach you certain things so you learn how to do things.
Journey Home was released on DVD September 22, 2015.