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Empire July 2020

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WHAT IS A hero? Think of the word, and you might conjure up images of spandex-clad superbeings, able to halt a speeding train with a flex of a bicep. But while muscles are handy, true heroism is about inner strength — the determination to do what’s right, an unquenchable hope that things will work out in the end. These qualities are in evidence all around us at the moment, whether it’s doctors and nurses working around the clock, or anyone carrying out ordinary tasks in deeply extraordinary times. And they’re in evidence in the movies we love too, movies that give us role models and help us keep trucking when things get almost overwhelmingly hard. So when we decided to ask you which characters inspire you the most, we were gratified…

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talk to us

SPREADING THE LOVE Currently in the midst of lockdown in Ireland and reading the Feelgood Issue. While flicking through The Comfort Zone, I decided to YouTube all the scenes and was transported in time with each feelgood moment, especially E.T. and the piano scene from Big. I’m such a kid that every time I acted as a tour guide in NYC (lived there for eight years), I brought loved ones to FAO Schwarz! Thanks for truly making me warm and fuzzy during this crazy time. SARAH McGRATH, VIA EMAIL You’re welcome! Just because we can’t get to cinemas, doesn’t mean cinema love can’t reach us at home. Take these Picturehouse memberships and dance out a celebratory piano scale on us. Picture house Empire’s star letter wins a Picturehouse Membership, plus one for a friend!…

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no./1 inside the mission to reopen uk cinemas

NEVER IN BRITISH history have this country’s cinemas sat empty and darkened for so long. During the Great Depression, they not only stayed open, but thrived. During the Blitz, cinema admissions actually increased. People then, as now, needed movie houses in their lives as a spirit-lifting communal experience. Coronavirus is, of course, not comparable with the Luftwaffe, and a global pandemic is not a world war. As wrenching as it was, there were few who disputed the shuttering of cinemas in mid-March this year. We were hyped for A Quiet Place Part II, No Time To Die and Wonder Woman 1984, but their postponement felt a small price to pay when lives were at stake. As this is the first national (and global) crisis from which we have been unable to seek…

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no./2 the coronavirus vs mickey rourke

A MICKEY ROURKE-fronted horror-fantasy set during World War II, Warhunt inadvertently made some history of its own. When a Covid-19-induced lockdown was announced during the film’s early stages of production in Latvia, director Mauro Borrelli and his cast and crew began working closely with the local government to keep filming. Under strict safety measures, Warhunt, against all the odds, wrapped in April 2020. “We had to ensure that production was as safe as humanly possible,” Borrelli explains. “We were very lucky because we were in the country with the actors already, before they blocked the border.” To make conditions safe, the set underwent a complete transformation, from individual make-up stations and motor-homes for the cast to protective gear allocated to everyone involved. If anyone showed symptoms of the virus they were instantly…

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no./3 secrets of a hollywood tough guy

1. HE FIRST TOOK HEROIN WHEN HE WAS 12 YEARS OLD “I had an uncle that I idolised. My Uncle Gilbert. He was 18 and I was 12, and I caught him using and threatened to tell if he didn’t give me some. He was my role model. My parents worked hard — I’m not blaming them, it wasn’t their fault — but Uncle Gilbert always had a lot of cash and a nice car, and was always dressed to the teeth. That impressed me, so that was what I wanted to do.” 2. HE MADE A DEAL WITH GOD AFTER BEING PUT IN SOLITARY, EXPECTING TO END UP ON DEATH ROW “I was in the hole [Trejo was variously jailed for robbery and drug offences] — I thought I was done with.…

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no./4 why we re-entered the matrix

TRINITY IS DEAD. Neo too, it seems, his body last seen being carried away by machines. Yet, almost 20 years after The Matrix Revolutions appeared to bring their stories to a fairly definitive end, the two of them are back for ‘The Matrix 4’. The whys and the hows and the wherefores of Neo and Trinity’s resurrection won’t be revealed for a while yet — 21 May next year, pandemic notwithstanding — but Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss have both shared with Empire their thoughts on reuniting with writer-director Lana Wachowski for some more quality bullet time. “I never thought that it would happen,” says Moss, somewhat justifiably. “It was never on my radar at all. So then, when it was brought to me in the way that it was brought…