The Reddit AMA with David Michôd and Guy Pearce was pretty cool! They answered some of our questions as well as other great ones about The Rover. The official account for The Rover shared new stills of Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce as well.
These Q&As are only about The Rover. You can read the entire Q&A in the links at the bottom.
Q (From TheRoverFilm!): David, should I be treating my infected bullet wounds with gasoline now? This is a survival tip I never would have guessed…
David: i’d get to a hospital pronto
Q: Great film! I was curious as to whether either of you thought the relationship between Eric and Rey had any lasting effects on Eric. Or did he just go forward as a solitary man as he was before?
David: i’d like to think rey had a lasting effect on eric. definitely. what happens to eric after the movie has finished? good question.
Q: David – what drew you to Rob for this project? As a longtime fan of his I’ve felt like all he ever needed was a great director to guide him and show what he’s truly capable of. Where you surprised he had it in him? Obviously you knew he could be good, but were you expecting him to be THAT good?
David: really simple – i didn’t know much about him before he came in and did a beautiful audition for me. it wasn’t surprising. it was just really impressive and exhilarating because i could see the movie coming alive.
Q: what has been your biggest on set problem and how did you fix it?
David: every day is a problem. that’s what film sets are – big problems that need constant fixing. they all blend into one for me. but in solving problems, beautiful new things always emerge.
Q: Did you do any vfx work to make The Rover seem more post apocalyptic?
David: a company called FUEL in sydney did a fair amount of work breaking things down. removing lines on the road – that sort of thing. stuff that, hopefully, no one will really notice.
oh and by the way – the movie isn’t post-apoc! it’s post-catastrophic economic collapse!
Q: Why is it called The Rover?
David: all sorts of reasons!
Q: David: Given that you filmed The Rover in the desolate, deserted Australian Outback, which scene from the film presented you with the most technical challenges?
David: ironically the scenes we shot when it rained (in places where it hadn’t rained in more than a year) – right in the middle of the scene in which rob and guy buy ammo and fuel, it started raining torrentially – if you’ve ever been to marree (where we shot the scene), you’ll know how surreal that experience was.
Q: Hi David, what was the biggest challenge of directing The Rover and what was the most rewarding moment on set? 🙂 Best of weeks, Lena X
David: everything is challenging on set. that’s what’s fun about it. the most rewarding moments involved watching guy and rob bring these characters to life. it always felt beautiful and vulnerable and powerful and special.
Q: David, has The Rover been an idea for a long time? And have you always considered using Guy since the start? Hearing nothing but amazing things and looking forward to seeing the film!
David: the rover has been cooking for a few years and yeah, i wrote it for guy. i always find it useful, where possible, to have an actor’s voice in my head when i’m writing a character.
Q: David, will there be a featurette on the making of The Rover or any deleted or extra scenes on the DVD? I find these fascinating and love knowing what considerations went into the filming process. Thanks!
David: there might be a behind-the-scenes thing. not sure yet. won’t be any deleted scenes though – (a) because i don’t like putting them on dvds (it’s like showing your dinner guests the mess you made in the kitchen when you have them over for dinner) and (b) because there’s only one tiny one anyway.
Q: David: You’ve mentioned in an interview about studying philosophy at Uni. As someone who is studying phil right now I’m curious to know if Philosophy is something that you utilise in your filmmaking/writing or if it even comes into the equation?
David: i’d like to believe it’s made me a more rigorous thinker than i might have been otherwise, and i hope it has somehow made the movies more interesting than they might have been otherwise, but i don’t consciously try to squeeze that stuff into them.
Q (From TheRoverFilm!): David – you said in an interview that you did a few takes of Rob singing a southern, gospel tune he made up in place of Pretty Girl Rock. Would that be something that could show up as DVD special features?
David: one day it’ll rear its little head, i’m sure…
Q: Thanks for doing this and congratulations on another really great Aussie film. You’re both gems of the local industry. Questions for David: 1. When I watched The Rover at the State, there were quite a few laughs throughout the film, and definitely more than I remember from Animal Kingdom. Did you set out to make The Rover to some extent funnier than Animal Kingdom or was it unintentional? 2. Pictures of you on set of both Animal Kingdom and The Rover show you sporting what look like mullets.Why? 3. Speaking as a Blue Tongue fan, is the sequel to Spider and Bear ever going to happen, and are you going to team up with Nash again to write it?
David: 1. i knew it would be more heightened than AK and heightened can frequently lead to chuckling. 2. when i start getting pulled into the giant vortex of the movie, i stop caring about things like haircuts. 3. we’ve been talking about it. just need to find the time.
Click HERE to read ALL of David’s Q&A!
Now for Guy, who also answered a question from us!
Q: I have read great reviews of this movie both from the Cannes showing as well as in the LA Times. I am a big fan of both of you in the movie Animal Kingdom. Question for both of you one of the big points of interest was the casting of Robert Pattinson in what would definitely be considered an atypical role. For David how did that casting take place and for Guy how was it like working with a teen idol in the hot Australian desert?
Guy: It was great watching Rob deal with the flies, whilst not having to deal with ANY paparazzi!
Q: Two questions for each of you. Guy, has there ever been a role you wanted to play but weren’t offered or the project hasn’t come about yet like an adaptation of literary work? What got you in character for The Rover (special clothes, research, drinking)? David, any interesting technical challenges on The Rover? How far along in the process do you get an idea for the locations, are there places you had in mind in the writing process or does it all come about during the scout? Thank you both in advance.
Guy: The Talented Mr. Ripley… But certainly no hard feelings because thought Matt Damon was great. And to get into character … Lots of discussion with our writer/director David Michôd!
Q: Mr. Pearce? what makes David Michod a great director?
Guy: He’s honest, has great skill, and great vision!
Q: Hi, and Welcome to Reddit! To Guy: In your acting career, which movie did you like working on the most? Also: Who would be your dream actor and or actress to work with?
Guy: Would love to work with Gary Oldman. And favorite movie to work on? THE ROVER, because of everyone involved AND where we were.
Q (From TheRoverFilm!): Guy – what scenes in The Rover stands out as one of your favorites and one of the more challenging scenes to shoot?
Guy: One of my favorite would be when Rob (Rey) confronts his brother played by Scoot McNairy towards the end of the film. I can’t think of what was the most challenging.
Q: Mr.Pearce, loved the movie Two Brothers. What inspired you and drew you to the script The Rover and what was the most challenging part in the movie for you?
Guy: It was a highly original screenplay, and knowing David & having worked with think before meant I knew it would be an interesting film.
Q: Guy, who do you think is gonna win the World Cup? Also, if I were to watch one of your movies tonight, which one would you suggest?
Guy: Is the World Cup on??? You should go see The Rover tonight (twice), or on Friday (twice) if it’s not open in your city til then!
This was the final message on the Reddit AMA:
Thanks Everyone!! We wish we were faster typers so we could have gotten through more of these. Hope you had fun – Now go see THE ROVER twice!!!
Very happy David and Guy did this. It was a great opportunity for fans to reach out and ask some fun and intriguing questions.