It’s important to control your emotions instead of being controlled by your emotions, but tell that to the hot-headed teenager in “Firestarter.” Spirits are racing in this remake of Stephen King. It stars Zac Efron, who looks pretty hot himself.
Sydney Lemmon (as Vicky McGee): “She’s not a robot, Andy. She’s a little girl with little girl emotions that are wildly unpredictable.
Things are heating up in “Firestarter.”
Charlie has more than growing pains to deal with. Whenever this tween gets angry, she lights a fire with her mind.
Zac Efron plays Charlie’s father, Andy. The film is based on a novel by Stephen King.
Zac Efron: “The world that Stephen has created in this novel is just fun, exciting. It really keeps you on the edge of your seat, and it’s sort of the genesis of a superhero, or maybe a supervillain. We don’t really know.
Shannon McDonough (as Mrs. Livesy): “I can help you!”
Ryan Kiera Armstrong (as Charlie McGee): “Liar, liar, pants on fire.”
Ryan Kiera Armstrong plays the horny kid. Thanks to director Keith Thomas, she was able to channel her inner flame.
Ryan Kiera Armstrong: “There are so many scenes where I was a little nervous about doing, because I have to play this kind of unlocked beast inside of me, and Keith was there for me, and he really said to me, like, ‘Whatever comes out like, like, this is what it’s going to be. It was definitely challenging, but amazing.
Ryan Kiera Armstrong (as Charlie McGee): “I’m a freak!”
Sydney Lemmon (as Vicky McGee): “Charlie! Charly !”
The film is a remake of the hit 80s movie starring Drew Barrymore. According to the director, it’s a modern take, but they didn’t use technology for all those hot scenes.
Keith Thomas: “For this movie, over 95% of those fire effects are real, in camera, from flamethrowers to lighting our actors on fire, which is always, you know, always a challenge. “
You know the saying: big balls of fire!
Zac Efron: “As we went through filming, there was more and more fire, and it kind of culminated on the last day, when we burned the whole set in, like, an infernal ball of fire.”
Ryan Kiera Armstrong (as Charlie McGee): “I don’t mean to hurt anyone, but it feels good.”
“Firestarter” ignites in theaters Friday. Here’s a cool little trivia about the movie: Horror director John Carpenter and his son Cody composed all the music for the movie.
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