ComingSoon spoke with Plane stars Gerard Butler and Mike Colter about the thrilling action movie. The duo discussed playing everyday people instead of inhuman heroes and what genres they would like to tackle.
“In the action movie Plane, pilot Brodie Torrance saves his passengers from a lightning strike by making a risky landing on a war-torn island – only to find surviving the landing was just the start. ”, reads the synopsis. “When most of the passengers are taken hostage by dangerous rebels, the only person Torrance can count on for help is Louis Gaspare, an accused murderer who was being transported by the FBI. In order to save the passengers, Torrance will need Gaspare’s help and learn that Gaspare has more to offer than meets the eye.
Jonathan Sim: Gerard, you started in law school, then moved on to the theater where you got to play vampires, vikings, and saved the president’s life three times. So what made you decide to want to play an airline pilot with this film? What preparation did you make to play the character correctly?
Gerard Butler: The Has Fallen movies are… it’s like this man here in Luke Cage. They are almost superheroes. As much as you want to get into a more interesting character like that, it’s fun to play a regular guy – a regular person. He’s a pilot. Yeah, he needs those skills, but he’s not prepared for the world he’s about to enter. He is not ready to have to go on a trip with an accused murderer who sits in his plane, handcuffed, trying to save passengers from the militia.
It’s something an audience can relate to, you know? These people who are in these terrible situations, but they are doing their best. They make mistakes, they succeed, they make mistakes. I did several trainings for this. I was in simulators as much as I could, and then our cockpit was really… it was a real airplane cockpit. So [I] I spent many, many hours in there because I wanted to feel like I earned my place and not just pretend to push buttons. The audience truly believed he was sitting with two airline pilots.
Mike, you play a prisoner who teams up with Brodie Torrance to rescue these passengers, so you get a ton of really cool scenes. What was the most exciting Plane scene to film?
Mike Colter: Exciting scenes…it was pretty entertaining all the way. I mean, there were times. I think one of my favorite moments is when I’m trying – and not to give too much away – trying to save this man from himself. He does crazy things and it’s just crazy. And I think that dynamic was fun to play because you were watching someone that you literally had to protect from themselves because they wanted to do something that just wasn’t solid, fundamentally. It’s almost suicidal.
So I think the relationship we had, all those nuances and all those moments watching him say, “Okay, wait a minute. He’s almost brave, but he’s also mad. So at some point, I either have to go with him, or I just have to give him up. At some point, I’m just like, “Okay, full steam ahead. And that’s what you do. You jump off a cliff and hope for the best because we’re outnumbered, outnumbered, and we’re in a hostile environment and it doesn’t look like we’re going to survive.
Gerard, you’ve been in the Has Fallen movies and the underrated Copshop. Mike, you are known for playing Luke Cage. Are there any genres of movies you haven’t done yet or would like to do more in the future?
Gerard Butler: I don’t know if there are any genres that I haven’t done.
Mike Colter: Yes. I mean, it’s all very sci-fi and it’s been around for a really long time now. I do not know. Good comedy, good comedy. It’s hard because the comedy…it’s very specific, but I mean, I’m a big fan of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I know it’s weird –
Gerard Butler: Ah! I love that you like this!
Mike Colter: You just want to find a really interesting comedy. These things are sometimes just lightning in a bottle. So yes, we would like to do something like that.
Gerard Butler: For me, Guy Ritchie’s films, like the one I had the chance to do, RocknRolla.
Mike Colter: Like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
Gerard Butler: Yeah, that dark, black comedy. Or more recently, The Menu or The Banshees of Inisherin. Something like that, you know? Truly dark satire that’s also oddly and surprisingly personal. Maybe it’s time to revisit that.