'Gemini Man' director Ang Lee felt 'overwhelmed' by tech demands on 'Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk'

Screen | 7/23/2019 | Jeremy Kay
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Ang Lee, whose upcoming Gemini Man has been tipped to premiere in Venice, said he was “overwhelmed” and “confused” by the technology demands of 2016 release Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and felt much more comfortable with the demands of ultra-high frame-rate and picture resolution a second time round on his new sci-fi.

Lee joined Will Smith and Gemini Man producer Jerry Bruckheimer on stage at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday (23) to reveal a first-look at roughly 20 minutes of footage from the film, in which Smith plays Henry Brogen, a disillusioned operative pursued by a cloned, younger version of himself. Paramount will release the film in the US on October 11.

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As was the case on Billy Lynn, the extraordinary clarity of the 120fps rate (frames per second) format took some getting used to, yet the footage drew applause from press and executives. Lee and the film’s effects team stressed that the process of creating Junior, an entirely digital 25-year-old super warrior sent to kill Brogen and manufactured by antagonist Clay Verris (Clive Owen), was not “de-aging” but a new process.

“We’re not de-aging,” said the Oscar-winning director of Life Of Pi. “We thing we’re creating a new character, a youthful Will Smith.” He stressed the film combines action with his specialty, drama, and added: “If you examine your life [and] can live it twice, what would you tell your younger self?”

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Lee cued up three scenes from Gemini Man. The first showed Brogen resting before he spots a mysterious figure (Junior) who then chases him. Brogen cannot believe his eyes when he sees the face of his pursuer.

In the second scene, Brogen rescues his friend (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) from Junior in an underground catacomb and tells the youngster the truth about Verris, before the look-alikes get into a...
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