Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Viola Davis: Shooting ‘Blackhat’ in Asia was Extraordinary (Audio)

viola davis in blackhat
Viola Davis in “Blackhat”

*Last week, the cast of the exciting upcoming action-thriller-mystery film “Blackhat joined press at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. “Blackhat  features some pretty big names including Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, and all-star director Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Collateral, Insider).  “Blackhat” in theaters January 16.

Scroll down to hear an audio  interview presentation with Viola Davis and “Blackhat” star cast members.

Davis, star of ABC primetime thriller/drama “How To Get Away With Murder,” jumped at the opportunity to work alongside Michael Mann.

The reputation of the director is partly responsible. When asked about what made her want to be a part of the project she replies,

I wanted to work with Michael Mann. I wanted to be a part of anything that he was directing. You always want to gravitate toward people who are absolutely great at what they do and go for authenticity.”  Viola Davis

She admits also that the storyline drew her in as well, saying, “Cyberterrorism was a subject that fascinated me also.” Davis jokes, “exotic locations did appeal to me also.”

Viola Davis in "Blackhat"
Viola Davis in “Blackhat”

When asked what she learned from the real-life themes depicted in the film, specifically the threat of cyber-terrorism, she says bluntly, “That I’m a sitting duck.” She continues, “I can’t get ahead of them and they are far ahead of me.”

The film’s various shooting locations, which included Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, made for quite the dream vacation.

“I had never been to that part of the world; I absolutely loved it. The location is another character,” says Davis.

Listen to the whole press conference via the audio links below: 

Watch the “Blackhat” trailer here:

“Blackhat” synopsis:

Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s Blackhat follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.

Directed and produced by Michael Mann, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, and it is written by Morgan Davis Foehl and Mann.  Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce alongside Mann, while Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod serve as the executive producers.

Genre: Action-Thriller

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei, Wang Leehom

Directed by: Michael Mann

Writers: Morgan Davis Foehl, Michael Mann

Produced by: Michael Mann, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni

Executive Producers: Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod



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