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King Kong (and Sam Jackson) Return for Blood in 'Kong: Skull Island

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island” (starring King Kong Returns For Blood in ‘Kong: Skull Island’) — the latest and most thrilling installment of the long-running franchise — reimagines the story of the mythic Kong in a heart-pounding, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”).

During a recent press junket for the film, EURweb correspondent Cory Haywood conducted one-on-one interviews with the cast including Jackson, Hiddleston and Goodman.

In the video above, Jackson describes his experiences on set and with his castmates, as well as the physical and mental fatigue he endured while trekking up steep hills and trudging across rocky, uneven terrain.

“The young guys didn’t feel it too much, but we [he and Goodman] did,” he said laughing. “It was quite an experience [his role in the film]. I remember watching the original King Kong movie as a kid, so finally being in one was kind of surreal.”

Jackson added …

“I didn’t do any coaching on the set. I’m not the kind of person who would go to a young actor and say ‘you know I’ve been doing this for long time right?’ It was a free-flowing environment and I’m happy with the result. It’s [the movie] definitely a must see.”

In the film, a roguish team of military-trained explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is perilous – unaware that they’re entering the domain of the mighty Kong.

The last time we saw King Kong was in the 2005 epic monster adventure film co-written, produced, and directed by Peter Jackson. A remake of the 1933 film of the same name, the film stars Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, and, through motion capture, Andy Serkis as the title character. Set in 1933, King Kong tells the story of an overly ambitious filmmaker who coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island. There they encounter Kong, a legendary giant gorilla, whom they capture and display in New York City, with tragic results.

“Kong: Skull Island” begins by going back in time to 1973, when a secretive organization known as Monarch finds an island that is shrouded in mystery and identified as the origin for new species. The resulting expedition to the island reveals that a giant monstrous ape named Kong is at the centre of a battle for dominion over the island, against the apex predators, nicknamed “Skullcrawlers”, responsible for wiping out his kind. As the expedition crew makes plans to fight for survival against Kong and the other monsters on the island, some of them begin to see that Kong is worth saving.

The movie is a wild-ride packed with tons of scintillating action sequences, intriguing dialogue, a touch of comedic charm, and topflight computer animation. It’s definitely worth the price of admission (which should only run you about 12 bucks.)

“Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “Thor: The Dark World”), Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hateful Eight,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Oscar winner Brie Larson, and John Goodman. It will be available for viewing on March 10.


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