Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 24th May 2005 20:15 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews Computer technology has become a major part of modern Hollywood movies. Almost every aspect of them has been passed through various computers and software refining the finished product and delivering astonishing results. But how does this new high-tech reality affects the artists involved? Versatile character actor William Fichtner is with us today to discuss these very issues along with his latest TV & movie projects. Mr Fichtner has become a well-known figure through blockbusters like Armageddon, Contact, Black Hawk Down, Go, Equilibrium, Heat, Perfect Storm, and many more.
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Neat...
by mb on Tue 24th May 2005 20:30 UTC

Good job Eugenia...

I have to say, he played my favourite character 'Go'. A great, transformable actor.

neat
by swpspce on Tue 24th May 2005 21:07 UTC

yes...neat...

Woh
by Chris on Tue 24th May 2005 21:14 UTC

This guy is a great actor. I honestly didn't realize all those different people were the same guy...

Cool beans!
by Jon on Tue 24th May 2005 21:31 UTC

Really good actor indeed. Manages to pull off the most demanding roles. And he seems to be a cool guy too.

movies and computers
by Timo on Tue 24th May 2005 21:34 UTC

Nice reading! I didn't notice (until now) that William Fichtner played all these roles - just great.

About computers in movies I'd have to say that even though I'm a computer geek, I think it's best to use them in movies only when absolutely necessary because you can always recognize the computer-generated stuff - it just doesn't feel real somehow. And even though rendering quality got a lot better over the last decade, I don't think computers will be able to replace scenes shot in the real world in the near future. That being said, where's that beer and popcorn...

funny
by Kakus on Tue 24th May 2005 23:30 UTC

heh, this is that guy from Drowing Mona. Really funny actor!

he's so cute!
by muja on Wed 25th May 2005 00:44 UTC

he's soooo cute!

nice supporting role in Strange Days as well
by MikeC on Wed 25th May 2005 01:47 UTC

He plays half of the corrupt LAPD cop duo with Vincent D'Onofrio. He can sure do cold-blooded! Nice interview/article, OS News.

re: movies and computers
by who's that? on Wed 25th May 2005 02:01 UTC

I duno, Yoda looked pretty real in ROTS

I remember him in Black Hawk Down. I never knew he was in Equilibrium. He's a very good actor. ;)

re"RE: Actor William Fichtner on Technology, Movies & Career"
by netpython on Wed 25th May 2005 05:38 UTC

Yes i know him to from "Black Hawk Down",good actor with a impressive list.

v Huh?
by Anonymous on Wed 25th May 2005 05:50 UTC
asdf
by Botanisten on Wed 25th May 2005 07:04 UTC

He's one of those "hidden" actors i'd like to call it. You've seen him everywhere, but don't know his name etc. but he's great.

v this is truly random
by anonymous on Wed 25th May 2005 14:37 UTC
At the critics
by who's that? on Wed 25th May 2005 14:53 UTC

OS News is morphing to a tech website. this article is about technology from the prospective of an actor who has been exposed to it during his work in the creation of many films and some other media.

SFX
by -=StephenB=- on Wed 25th May 2005 14:59 UTC

The problem with computer generated effects is that they give people like Michael Bay and Paul Anderson the illusion that they're as capable of making "Big" movies as folks like Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, or (pre-Titanic) James Cameron.

Most of today's big directors substitute emotionally-appropriate soundtrack for the actual creation of mood, and substitute CGI effects for creative/unique filmmaking.

Ignore all the whiners
by It's Me! on Wed 25th May 2005 15:15 UTC

This acticle is fun and original. I like it! Beats all the boring "Can Linux Really Replace Windows This Time?" articles ;)

v Whatever
by Smartpatrol on Wed 25th May 2005 17:11 UTC
sfx
by Michelle of the Resistance on Wed 25th May 2005 18:24 UTC

It kind of hit me when Ewan McGregor was mentioned in the article that his best movie was Trainspotting, and it didn't have any computer generated special effects. I tend to watch movies with lots of sfx once and then forget about them. "Go" as a great movie (no sfx either), William Fichtner played that weird cop, the scene with him and his wife trying to sell stuff was hilarious ;)

RE: sfx
by Eugenia on Wed 25th May 2005 19:43 UTC

>Ewan McGregor was mentioned in the article
> that his best movie was Trainspotting.

You are mistaken. Trainspotting was not mentioned, Star Wars and Black Hawk Down were.

RE: sfx
by Kyle on Wed 25th May 2005 20:50 UTC

I believe they were stating that they felt it was McGregor's best movie.

RE: sfx
by Eugenia on Wed 25th May 2005 22:38 UTC

Who are "they"? Neither myself or Fichtner ever mentioned 'Trainspotting' during our discussion.

Good job Eugenia
by LittleLebowski on Wed 25th May 2005 22:46 UTC

Genuinely interesting and a surprise.

RE: sfx
by Michelle of the Resistance on Thu 26th May 2005 02:06 UTC

What I was trying to say was that when Ewan McGregor was mentioned it made me remember that his best movie was Trainspotting and not his movies with lots of special effects (like star wars for example). Sorry about my english but i'm portuguese.

RE: sfx
by Kyle on Thu 26th May 2005 15:50 UTC

"They" would mean Michelle. I used "they" since I was not sure if Michelle was male or female.