As Sergeant Epps, Tyrese Gibson was on the frontline battling against the Decepticons. Now, as Revenge Of The Fallen gears up for release, SciFiNow catches up with Gibson to talk about his new role in the robot blockbuster.
Was this a considerably bigger movie to be a part of than, say, its predecessor?
Everything was big. Everything. Like no two days on the set was the same. A lot of our careers had changed from the first one. There was a bunch of new guys in the cast and we had to make them feel comfortable with being a part of something we kind of made on our own. So it was just big. I’m just honoured to be a part of it.
What was the most physically draining day for you on set?
There were so many. You know, the thing is, and I’ve said this to Michael, I said, “Yo, how do you walk up and say that the biggest stuff ever is about to happen and you say it so casually?” You know like, “Listen, Tyrese, that whole mountain is going to disappear when we do this scene. You got eight F-16s and stealth bombers coming through, we got this helicopter that’s gonna crash and burn, and all this is gonna…” You know. I mean, it’s a lot going on but he’s casually saying it. It’s very casual, but yet it’s so big. And then after it’s over you’re not able to go up to Michael and say, “Yo, baby!” because he’s already moved on to the next shot.
Why do you think people like the movie so much? What is the attraction?
It’s fun, man. It’s fun. And the thing is there’s a lot of movies with a lot of special effects and CG and this and that but things in this movie seem so real. It’s so well done. My daughter is about to turn two, but she’s already watching the first one and she loves it… whether she’s understanding everything that’s going on or not, it’s just fun for kids to look at it, visually.