A Perfect Getaway stars Milla Jovovich and Steve Zahn as a couple hiking Hawaiian trails on their honeymoon. But their idyllic trip turns deadly when they meet up with two other couples, and discovers there's a killer amongst them. We hit the film's red carpet premiere in Los Angeles last night, where we spoke with director David Twohy and stars Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant (pictured), and Kiele Sanchez about their less-than-perfect Getaway. Read what they had to say after the jump.
What was the impetus for A Perfect Getaway? Were you just looking for an excuse to work in a tropical locale?
Twohy: I was already on vacation! I was in Kauai. And as I was hiking the Kalalau Trail, I started thinking to myself, "Could you ever imagine making a movie outdoors, on this very trail? Could you do it very guerilla – not many people, not many cameras. A crew of twenty twenty. Could the actors sleep in tents and do their own makeup? Could you focus on characters, but still have twists and turns in the plot?" It grew into something bigger than that, but that's how it started. I still had 50-60 crew members, so we couldn't all fit on the trail. I couldn't film the bulk of the movie in Kauai – we had to go to Puerto Rico instead. But it looks like Kauai.
Did the cast actually have to sleep in tents and do their own makeup?
Twohy: They never had to. I thought it was a brilliant idea – they had another take on it.
What drew you to this role?
Olyphant: It was a fun part. As soon as I read it, I thought, "This could be a lot of fun." There were a lot of angles to it. It's always fun when you think, "Well that's a great scene. And that's a great scene. And there's another great scene…" You can stop on a dime or just play around. And you don't get to see that very much in this type of genre. I had a great amount of respect for the stuff that could have just been throwaway details. It all paid off: big moments, little moments – it all paid off.
Zahn: The movie itself, and how David structured it. I thought it was kind of a throwback. I loved the element of nature being an important character. I thought it would be challenging to sustain this story for two hours with only six people. It worked on the page, for me. It totally threw me, how David structured the story, especially after you find out [who the killer is]. The character was very… straight.
It's a thinking thriller. It takes its time, it's character-driven. It doesn't move too fast, too quick. I think a lot of films these days are impatient and they think we're [the audience] all impatient. You really need a story and characters you believe. If you move too fast, it doesn't work.
Sanchez: I thought she was really fun. My character is really free-spirited and it was going to be a challenge for me in a lot of ways, especially with the accent, and being comfortable with my body. And I loved the script.
Did any of those challenges end up being too tough?
Sanchez: No, because David was really clear in all of our meetings. We had plenty of rehearsal time before we started shooting, to really plot out everything and be on the same page. But it's always amazing to see the finished product, to see the movie cut together. I had a blast making it, and I am pleased that that comes across on film.
Is shooting in paradise all it's cracked up to be?
Zahn: Yeah, it's great! Even bad locations are great because you are making a movie, you are a local for three months or six months or whatever. When it is a cool place, it's the cherry on top.