The sci-fi action thriller “Edge of Tomorrow” (formerly titled “All You Need Is Kill”) unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (played by Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop — forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (played by Emily Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.
At 2013 Comic-Con International in San Diego, Cruise made a surprise appearance at the annual convention for entertainment fans. It was Cruise’s first Comic-Con appearance, and he was part of the “Edge of Tomorrow” panel and “Edge of Tomorrow” autograph session. As is customary at Comic-Con, sneak preview footage was shown to the public for the first time. Here is what Blunt and Cruise said on the “Edge of Tomorrow” Comic-Con panel.
Emily, “Edge of Tomorrow” is your first big movie where you have to do a lot of stunts. What kind of training did you do?
Blunt: I think I can say it’s the hardest thing I’ve done physically. We did a couple of months of training beforehand, and I learned Krav Maga, this amazing martial arts. I learned gymnastics, weight training. I mean, I did everything you can imagine. And then we came to London and had a month of stunt training and rehearsals — really, every day we’d have to get pumped up. So Tom and I saw each other at a most unglamorous 5 a.m. in the gym on the rower, trying to get warmed up, because the suits were really, really heavy to wear. So if you didn’t stay fit, you were going to throw your back out.
Was the suit you had to wear about 70 pounds?
Blunt: I wish!
How did that affect you?
Blunt: I will say this: Our personalities did a 180 when we had the suits on. We went from being gregarious to … We were much nicer out of the suit.
Tom, you’ve done a lot of sci-fi movies. What attracted you to “Edge of Tomorrow”?
Cruise: I always wanted to work with [“Edge of Tomorrow” director] Doug Liman. I think when you see a Doug Liman film, it’s very unique, in terms of he turns it on its head. And Chris McQuarrie’s script and how he deals with the structure is very unique. As you see, the alien-invasion film has become a trope where people understand the language of this genre. Now, we can get into this fun caricature. I know the film is dramatic and is emotional and has a tremendous amount of humor and a tremendous amount of action.
To work with Emily and this character is such a unique, great … You’ll see. Her character is Sergeant Vrataski … The soldiers [in “Edge of Tomorrow”] call her the Full Metal B*tch — affectionately. But it’s a great romantic story also. Erwin Stoff is a great producer.
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