About The Casting
With the sea creatures being designed to cause cinematic mayhem, "Deep Rising" director Stephen Sommers began his search for the right actors who could fully bring his characters to life and convey, with terrifying realism, the horror of the creature atta
With the sea creatures being designed to cause cinematic mayhem,
"Deep Rising" director Stephen Sommers began his search
for the right actors who could fully bring his characters to life
and convey, with terrifying realism, the horror of the creature
"When I set out to make this movie, I knew I needed fine
actors," comments Stephen Sommers. ''I love those '50s science
fiction and horror films, but to me, the number one problem with
believing those stories was the acting in them. There were so
many wooden people walking around in those movies that you really
can't believe the creatures. I think the best horror/monster movies
are the ones where the actors manage to convince you that those
creatures are real. So I was determined to get accomplished actors.
When I had the opportunity to get Treat Williams-who is a fantastic
actor and completely believable in any role he plays-I went for
Williams-who plays smuggler John J. Finnegan-says he was "thrilled"
to take on the role. "When I read the script, I saw the chance
to do a firstrate fantasy film," he offers. "I
grew up on films like 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' and
'20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,' and saw this as an opportunity
to continue that tradition."
As Sommers says of the characters in the film, "All of the
heroes in the movie are bad guys, some more and some less. Which
I found amusing to create. Our leading lady is a jewel thief.
Our leading guy, Finnegan, played by Treat, is a smuggler. Our
other 'heroes' are pirates and thieves and bandits. And they're
the good guys here.
"Finnegan is a guy who lives on the cusp of the law,"
he continues. "He's a guy who will never admit that he has
any morals or any sense of values. But when he's put to the test,
he's going to do the right thing. I did not want the typical actionhero
toughguy who doesn't get hurt and who doesn't feel pain.
This guy is quite human. All too human. He's a lead character
that you will hopefully really root for throughout the film."
Williams says his challenge was to find balance within his character.
We're all in harm's way in one way or another. We're all afraid
of dying. But we knew that this film had to be fun and entertaining-and
scare the pants off of you as well. We had to find ways of having
the audience be comfortable with watching our heroes get in and
out of lifethreatening situations and yet always find it
within the realm of possibility. Make it edgeofyourseat
and really frightening, but not unpleasant to watch. And that,
I think, comes from Stephen Sommers' writing and direction. He
always made sure some humor came through in the most unexpected
places and at the most unexpected times in the film."
Starring opposite Treat Williams is international film sensation
Famke Janssen, who plays the role of a glamorous jewel thief on
board to break into the ship's vault. Janssen, who was widely
acclaimed starring opposite Pierce Brosnan in "Goldeneye,"
felt that playing the role of Trillion would be an "exciting
Yet as she further observes with obvious good humor, "When
I looked at the script, I never thought I would spend so much
time being wet and under water! But it was actually a great deal
As Sommers notes, "Wha
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