Follow Us on Twitter

Die Hard 4.0 - Justin Long and Maggie Q interview

Justin Long in Die Hard 4.0

Interview by Rob Carnevale

JUSTIN Long and Maggie Q talk about appearing in Die Hard 4.0 at the recent London press conference – and what it was like to work with Bruce Willis…

Q. Did you feel under any pressure coming into one of the most successful franchises of all time?
Justin Long: Well, I’m a huge fan of the first three movies so when I read the script I saw my character as the potentially very obnoxious sidekick. So I was afraid that I could be the one to ruin the franchise – and I still have that fear!

Q. What did you learn from working with Bruce Willis?
Justin Long: Well, this is Bruce’s franchise and I thought he’d be the captain of the ship and we’d all be little sailors [laughs]. But he wasn’t like that at all. He was just so collaborative. The script was in a pretty constant state of flux; there was a lot of re-writing on the day, a lot of ad-libbing. But instead of Bruce being all “I’m John McClane and this is my thing”, he was so open to playing around with everyone. It says a lot.
Maggie Q: What don’t you learn from the people you work with? But there’s something to be said for being around someone who is the reason why a franchise like this is so successful.

Q. What was your initial reaction to the original Die Hard? Were you a fan?
Maggie Q: I was still too young to watch the first one when it came out, so I watched it a few years later. But I was definitely a fan, for sure. It’s a very American type of action movie. I had a brother who was into action films so I knew all about them whether I liked them or not.

Q. How did you find making the action believable?
Justin Long: I have a whole new respect for what Bruce and people like him do – making those action scenes believable. I always took it for granted that an actor shoots at something and then yells. But when you’re actually in it, it’s so stop and go and it takes forever to set up the shot, but then you have to throw yourself into these really extreme situations – there’s not a lot of room for nuance and subtlety. In a way you just have to kind of embrace the extreme nature of these scenes and it was really hard.

I remember thinking the same kind of thing when I did this horror movie [Jeepers Creepers]. But I had a whole new respect for Bruce as an actor… it can be easy to get overshadowed by the explosions going on around you.

Read our review of Die Hard 4.0

Len Wiseman interview