Cloud AtlasBy Premier
From acclaimed filmmakers Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski, the powerful and inspiring epic drama CLOUD ATLAS explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future.
Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future.
Cloud Atlas arrives onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on 1 July. To tempt you, here are a few thoughts from some of the actors involved in the film...
James D’Arcy (Young Rufus Sixsmith, Old Rufus Sixsmith, Nurse James, Archivist) & Ben Whishaw (Cabin Boy, Robert Frobisher, Store Clerk, Georgette, Tribesman) DVD Q&A
How did it feel to be involved in a film based on this wonderful piece of literature?
I think we both felt pretty fortunate to be asked to be involved in something that obviously was incredibly daring, ambitious, courageous, unexpected and different. I think for us as actors the idea that you'd then be asked to play more than one part in that film is like, “Wow, it's Christmas. Great.”
What was it like to play so many different characters in one movie?
Loved it. Actually, it can help sometimes to jump from one character to a completely different character. It sharpens both of them because the differences are clearer, aren't they? It wasn't schizophrenic, it wasn't difficult. It was just enormous fun. We were helped enormously by the fact that we had these incredible make-up designers, Daniel [Parker] and Jeremy [Woodhead] who are spectacularly creative. Costume as well, that was a huge amount of the work really.
Jim Sturgess (Adam Ewing, Poor Hotel Guest, Megan’s Dad, Highlander, Hae-Joo Chang, Adam/Zachry’s Brother in Law) & Doona Bae (Tilda, Megan’s Mom, Mexican Woman, Sonmi-451, Sonmi-351, Sonmi Prostitute) DVD Q&A
What did you like about the story besides working with great directors?
I liked that it's so vast. There's just so much going on in one story. Although it is six different stories, it does sort of weave together to tell one bigger story. So that whole idea of all these different genres actually coming together to make a whole new genre of filmmaking was amazing.
Would you say the film explores the human condition in general regardless of ethnic origin, sexual orientation, historical period?
I think it was really an ingenious idea to have all the actors play different characters because it does bring out that whole idea. It does transcend race and gender and age and all the things you were just talking about.
Doona, how did you like being part of the movie?
It was such an honor being part of it and my character is great. She is so pure and innocent, but at the same time she's got a strong strength inside herself. It was fun to do. Working with them, working with all the cast and the crews and directors. I really enjoyed it. I love it.