Hey guys. I called my good buddy and co-producer from CTTV’s “Downtown” and “Green Lantern” series, Kris (who happens to be the head of 21 Century Cat Pictures) Greet, and asked him if I could do an exclusive interview with the minds behind “The Butcher,” which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Rogue’s TCW series), Shia LaBoeuf (Frey), Harvey Keitel (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), and Bill Murray (Pinball Wizards). Kris was kind enough to grant me access to his studio’s post production facility where I was able to watch as Paul Verhoeven, the film’s director, and MadShangi, the writer/producer, put finishing touches on a scene.
First things first, I had to ask Paul what it was like to work with The Rock and if he was able to handle the intense action sequences that I’ve only heard rumors about.
“Working with The Rock, was wonderful.” Verhoeven said with a big grin, “And he was more than capable in the physical department, during the film’s brutal action sequences. He’s very big and powerful, but he’s also very fast and graceful. Plus he gives a great performance, in a type of role he’s hasn’t done before. You’ll know what I mean, when you see the movie.”
To prove his point, Verhoeven gestured to the monitor in front of him and pressed play on the keyboard. What followed was one of the most amazing and nasty things I have ever seen in cinema history. I can’t go into detail here in case children are reading, but it involved multiple deaths, gore, the “Butchermobile” (as seen in early posters for the film) and The Rock. At the end of it he turns towards the camera, looking just past us and with a vicious smirk says; “”You just faced The Butcher!”
And I can honestly say that I hope I never have to “face” the Butcher! After seeing that I had to pick Paul and MadShangi’s brains. Did they face censorship from the studio? If they could film and show this, while risking an NC-17 rating, what were they unable to show?
MadShangi was eager to answer this question; “21 Century Cat pretty much let me do my thing.”
Paul continued, “Trax had seen the script when he was in charge of the production, but than he left the studio. Which left us on our own for the most part. It was great. Total freedom.”
Mad continued, “Yeah, when KrisGreet took over, I’ve been pretty much been doing everything by myself. I did a lot of the creative myself, and some other expenses have been coming out of my own pocket.”
“Oh,” Paul stepped in, “if you’re expecting crazy stuff, you’re gonna get it. “The Butcher” is packed with many memorable moments.”
And with that comment, I could see no better place to end the interview, and shake their hands, thanking them for their time. “The Butcher” will see a world wide release this Friday, and I could not be more excited!
Tags: 21 Century Cat Pictures, Bill Murray, Dwayne Johnson, Harvey Keitel, MadShangi, Paul Verhoeven, Shia LaBoeuf, The Butcher