Director Ron Shelton (White Men Can’t Jump) hasn’t released a feature film since 2003’s HollywoodHomicide, and it’s great to see him back with the comedy Just Getting Started. The feature centers on Duke Diver (Morgan Freeman), the manager of a luxury Palm Springs resort. Though he initially butts heads with military vet Leo (Tommy Lee Jones), a new resident at the resort, the pair team up to uncover the person who’s trying to put Duke six feet under. Rene Russo, who previously worked with Shelton in Tin Cup, co-stars.
“One of the big pluses for Ron is that (when) he writes it, he doesn’t marry himself to it,” said Freeman. “If you have a better idea for a line, fine that’s what he wants . . . so that’s really good because when you get into a flow as actors there comes a time when it’s sort of free flowing and you’re not married absolutely to the text because you can see other possibilities in it and he sees them too.”
Freeman previously worked with Russo in Outbreak, and now he finally gets to collaborate with Jones. Click on the media bar below to hear Freeman talk about being a fan of Tommy Lee Jones as an actor and director.
Filmmaker Richard Donner’s last movie was the criminally overlooked 2006 police film 16 Blocks, and today’s news of the Lethal Weapon Collection coming out as a 5-disc giftset was exactly what the cinema doctor ordered.
If you already have the films on DVD or even the first two installments on Blu-ray, the collection, priced at $79.98, may be worth the cash, since the release contains four featurettes which were previously unavailable in the U.S. The featurettes, found on disc five are as follows: “Pulling the Trigger: Expanding the World of Lethal Weapon,” “Psycho Pension: The Genesis of Lethal Weapon,” “Maximum Impact: The Legacy of Lethal Weapon,” and “A Family Affair: Bringing Lethal Weapon to Life.”
The first three films also contain Richard Donner commentary previously unavailable to the U.S. (there’s also Donner commentary on Lethal Weapon 4). Also included are 2010 interviews with cast members Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo and Donner, plus deleted scenes and the music video for the Sting and Eric Clapton tune “It’s Probably Me” (it was featured in Lethal Weapon 3).
During a previous interview with Richard Donner, I asked him how his early background in directing television prepared him for his career as a filmmaker:
Although Thoractors Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth play rival siblings in the picture, the actors said at a press conference that they formed a tight bond during production.
“It’s quite literally a bromance,” joked Hiddleston. “The ‘bro’ aspect of the word is for real. I can’t imagine having to go through the emotional extremity that we have to go through if we didn’t actually like each other, it would just be horrendous to go to work. The fact that we get along…we just egg each other on between takes. We raised each other’s game. We had a really, really good time. There were so many things that went wrong which were accidents that make you laugh. It’s such a huge journey. We spent two years of our lives working on this film and it’s so nice that there is somebody else who is alongside you.”
Chris Hemsworth, aka Thor, talks about working with Hiddleston in the feature, which co-stars Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins.