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Matrix Reloaded - Hugo Weaving Q&A



Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. What were your expectations for the original film? And how has the success of the original and these two films manifested itself to you in everyday life, in terms of fans and things like that?
A.
I think when we were working on the first film, in particular, we got some sense of the material, of what it was going to look like, the attention to detail from the directors, it was very heavily storyboarded, and so after a while it became clear that it was something very special. But I guess, having said that, you can't project too far into the future, you can't know the outcome of what you're going to do. But I think we were aware that it was special.

Q. Ewan McGregor recently said that working on Star Wars was an honour, but sometimes quite dull because it involved working with a blue screen. Is that something you could relate to working on The Matrix?
A.
I think working on The Matrix was probably a very different experience. With Star Wars they were always working with blue screen, but we were always working on sets. Having said that, there are elements in each scene where you transfer to a blue screen effect, but you always had an understanding of the physical world around you, and there was always the actor opposite you. There is an element of blue screen in this film, but by and large what you're seeing are the guys in front of you.

Q. On set, did you feel the pressure of having to live up to the original film?
A.
Well, it wasn't a matter of trying to better the first film, but to continue the story. The story was never meant to be completed in one film, but in three, and that was our focus. And it was great to get back together again. You know, it wasn't even like we were starring in a new film, because we all knew each other. So actually, that took a lot of the pressure off.

Q. What was it like seeing a 100 of you on screen - and did you just pick up the one pay cheque?
A.
Yes, unfortunately, just the one pay cheque! But I thought the idea of it was very funny. Then, when I first started to see dummies of myself, as Smith, and all these other people dressed up like Smith as well, it was bizarre. But I guess after a while I just got used to seeing all these Smiths and I wasn't Smith anymore. My experience of it, actually, was working a lot with other people. It wasn't really until I saw the final film put together, and saw that scene, that I had a good laugh.

Q. What are the key issues of the trilogy?
A.
Is choice an illusion? How free are we?

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