A week before Life hits the big screen nationwide, some lucky fans at SXSW got the chance to catch the film at the Zach Theater.
The movie highlights a group of astronauts looking for signs of life on Mars — and the cast says they don’t think a real life discovery is too far off.
“Nothing is in the form that we think it will be, you know? But I absolutely think there has to be life on other planets, and I know we are sort-of headed in that direction, finding water and ice, frozen water, but I can’t see how it’s not possible,” Jake Gyllenhaal said.
“It can’t just be us, you know? And I hope there is. I want to see something else,” Ariyon Bakare said.
The film takes place on the International Space Station. To make it look like the cast was in a zero-gravity setting, they had to learn to act while handing from suspension wires — a task that was anything but easy.
“Running into people, hitting people, hitting the scenery. You’d be getting ready for a scene and kind-of going, ‘I’m about to get into my emotional part of my moment in the scene,’ and you hear bam, bam, bam, bam, bam and, ‘Oh, just Jake. And he’s hit the wall,’” Bakare said.
A couple of actors in the movie found more than they expected while working on set.
“Jake and Ryan has a fantastic, I think they call it a ‘bromance,’” Rebecca Ferguson said.
“We are friends, that is true. And when two dudes are friends, it’s like, everybody says, ‘Oh, it must be a bromance.’ It’s like, their favorite thing to say,” Gyllenhaal said. “But really, he’s a good man. He’s a gentleman. He’s a good dad, he’s a good father, he’s a great friend. And I’m psyched that he’s one of mine.”
“There’s me, there’s me on my own, just singled out, and they’ve kind-of got this bromance, so me and Rebecca, we’ve got — we’re [a] pack now. We’re like, ‘Yeah…we’re better than Jake and Ryan,’” Bakare said.
And while the film really focuses on the discovery of a life-form — known as “Calvin” — which quickly develops incredible strength and intelligence, the cast hopes audiences find a deeper meaning.
“In the name of research, which is beautiful, we have gradually created our own disaster,” Ferguson said. “And I think that is a beautiful mirroring to us and what we’re doing down on Earth as well.”