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Complex: First off, let’s state the obvious: You’ve got a pretty batshit crazy movie on your hands, sir.

Patrick Lussier

Oh, obviously. More like a really quiet character study.

Patrick LussierLaughs.

Which is always a good thing, right?

Patrick LussierLaughs.

There’s one clip that’s already online and it shows Nicolas Cage having sex with a hot blonde while in the midst of a gunfight. Not a bad way to sell a movie.

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Where did the initial idea for Drive Angry come from?

Patrick LussierMy Bloody ValentineVanishing PointDuelThe French ConnectionDirty Mary, Crazy Larry

When you sit down to write that kind of script, is it pretty much, “Anything goes”?

Patrick Lussier

During that process, were there any ideas or scenes that you thought were actually too crazy to film?

Patrick LussierLaughs.

Going from My Bloody Valentine to Drive Angry, you clearly have a thing for the 3D medium. What’s so appealing about it you?

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These days, filmgoers seem pretty savvy when it comes to figuring out which films are real-deal 3D and which are sloppily post-converted.

Patrick Lussier

You and Todd Farmer seem to two of the only people in Hollywood who get how to make 3D special. Take My Bloody Valentine, for example; there’s that kick-ass scene where hottie Betsy Rue runs around naked and all her goodies come at you in 3D! Most films these days make you pay extra for the 3D glasses but give you nothing in return.

Patrick LussierLaughs.entertaining

Prior to My Bloody Valentine, was 3D something you were interested in trying?

Patrick LussierValentine

When you’re sitting down to write Drive Angry, and you know ahead of time that it’s going to be shot in 3D, does that seep into the actual writing and storytelling?

Patrick Lussier

Does that make the writing process more difficult, though, or even stifled to a degree?

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Let’s talk about the casting of Nicolas Cage. He’s caught a great deal of flack in recent years for choosing some pretty bizarre roles, but for some reason seeing him in Drive Angry makes perfect sense. Why do you think that is?

Patrick Lussier

It’s reminiscent of his character in Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port Of New Orleans, in the way that he just goes for it and seems to have a blast.


Not to mention, he got to play alongside Amber Heard—all men should be so lucky at work. What made you want to work with her, other than the obvious reasons?

Patrick Lussier

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It seems like she’s really trying to cement herself as a genre queen, with past roles in the still-unreleased horror flick All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, then Zombieland, and next John Carpenter’s comeback film The Ward. You’re a big genre fan—is that something you identified in her, as well?

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Do you see yourself staying within the genre world?

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