Compiled by: Jack Foley
Q. Yet again, you're showing off your singing talents at the
end of this film. Is there now an additional career beckoning
Alexa Vega: That would be nice! Yeah, Robert kind of came
up with everything, and he said, 'okay, do you want to try this
again?', and I was like, 'oh definitely'. So we tried it and this
time I wasn't throwing up and being sick; we weren't going to
shoot a video, because it was going to take too long and the film
was almost out already, so at the premiere, Robert tells me a
couple of days before, 'do you want to sing this song live'? I
was like, 'what?' But he goes, I want you to sing the final song,
so a couple of days before I even got there that I was also singing
the third song that I did last year, so I was trying to practice
everything on stage and it was kind of chaotic, but fun.
So it'd be nice, and when I got off stage, I told my mum that
I want to be a rock star, because the feeling that you get when
you're up there; you just get this rush, and it's great.
Q. As we are told in the film, you are The Guy. It's obvious
that you had to do much more in this film than the previous two
movies, so did you feel a bit more pressure on you, or did you
think that it was even more fun than before?
Daryl Sabara: It was a lot more fun, because I got to do all
my own stunts in this movie, and I actually liked doing some intense
physical training. It was four months, four hours a day, six days
a week, with running, weight lifting, jumping, obstacle courses,
pretty intense, but real fun; got me buff, so you can't complain
It was just a lot of fun working with everybody else; all the
cast members. I had a great time and I really had a great experience.
Q. Do you play video games?
Daryl Sabara: I play millions of video games, and given the
fact that he [Rodriguez] has video games on set, it makes it more
Q. Tomb Raider?
A. No, not Tomb Raider. I can't really play all those mature ones.
I usually just keep it simple and easy.
Q. We really just want to know how it feels to have cleaned
Lara Croft's clock?
A. [Laughs] You know what? I really don't care. I think that
we should be proud that we got number one [in America].
Q. Alexa, do you play?
Alexa: We used to have a whole lot of video game sets at home,
but then my mom decided that we weren't doing our homework, and
it kind of clocked that idea.
But while we were on set, we played video games and had the Gameboy
while we travel. But you kind of have to have your priorities
straight, so we basically don't really play too many video games
in the household, but mostly just while we're on the plane or
Robert Rodriguez: I have my priorities straight, I play
video games all the time. That's one of the reasons I wanted to
make this movie, to justify all the years I wasted playing video
Q. Did you then play the Lara Croft game?
A. I remember playing an early one, when I had a regular PlayStation,
but I didn't get very far. I play a lot of games with my kids
now, so there's more of a kid factor to it.
Q. How difficult is it when you're giving a performance, when
you know that half the stuff that we don't see, or will see, isn't
there anyway? How much do your imaginations have to run riot?
Daryl: You're imagination has to run wild, because since
we have the green screen, we don't see anything but green, and
Robert just draws up a little picture and tells us, this is what
it's going to look like.
Alexa: You know, everybody around us made it pretty easy
to work in front of a green screen, and all the stunts. Robert
made us really comfortable.
Daryl: The hardest part was that while we were using the
green screen, we had no idea what was going on; and Robert is
just shouting, 'listen, there's a big monster behind you; look
there's a pie coming at you'. He's right there by the camera,
saying all these things, so that's pretty much how we used the
Robert Rodriguez: I guess I just wanted to get a real raw
reaction out of them; I didn't let them see the script forever
- partly because I didn't have it written yet!
But then life doesn't give you a script, you just walk in and
react, so I didn't want them to see a script until the end, which
gave me more time to finish it.
Q. Was it sad for you both to know that this is the end of
your spy career? And do you hope to work with Robert again?
Alexa. I cried like a baby [laughs].
Daryl: I said to Robert, I'm not going to cry, but he insisted
that he'd make me cry.
Alexa: However, on the last day of shooting, Elijah Wood
was on set, so it was kind of nice, having him tell me, you know,
'it's ok'. I was embarrassed in front of everyone.
But it was real sad, because we've worked with everyone for four
years, they've become like my family, they've seen me grow up
into a teenager, so it was really different. But I think that
Robert's given us a great boost and I hope we can go far in our
careers, and work with Robert again.
Robert: You can always show up in one of my other movies,
like all the other actors do. We can have you in one where, as
people figure out who it is, they get killed off, or something..