The exhausting filming of ‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’: “It was three months of freezing cold without seeing the light of day”

We speak with Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Tom Hopper, and Avan Jogia; protagonists of the origin story of the famous zombie franchise. The film hits theaters this Friday, November 26.

“It was exhausting. It was a very tough shoot.”recalls Kaya Scodelario in SensaCine about his work in Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccon City. “We shot the whole movie at night for three months. We didn’t see the light of day. And it was freezing cold.”.

The actress and the rest of her co-stars faced a complicated production under director Johannes Roberts. Adapting the first video game of the famous zombie franchise required, as explained by Scodelario, filming at night in Canada, in the dead of winter. To that had to be added a pandemic and the inability to travel with their families. However, the interpreter found the good side to so much problem: “We all felt we had to do our best to get out of there. And that’s definitely what the characters are feeling.”.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, the origin story of the franchise that starred Milla Jovovich, is set in the 90s and arrives this Friday, November 26, to movie theaters. Scodelario gives life to Claire Redfield, the protagonist of the story, a woman who goes to the city that gives the film its name when she learns that it is possible that they are poisoning the water. There he meets the rookie cop Leon Kennedy (Avan Jogia) and with his police brother, Chris (Robbie Amell). All with the zombie outbreak – courtesy of the Umbrella corporation– which is infecting the people of Raccoon City.

Scodelario admits that he is nothing like his character in the movie:

I am very different from her in real life. If I was in a zombie apocalypse, I would probably sit back and cry. She goes with guns. Protects his brother despite the tension between them […] She is also a real tough chick and it’s great to exercise that part of yourself

FANS AND VIDEO GAMES AS PREPARATION

“I had to do a lot of research, which is great because there is a lot of information.”Scodelario tells about his preparation process to give life to the heroine of the film. The actress was lucky enough to come across different versions of the character in video games and movies and also with fan-made Internet pages where “They debate what could be their favorite food, and what is their favorite music”. Scodelario also had to train to be able to carry out the action scenes. “Before shooting it was all about making sure we were physically fit to carry a shotgun for three months every day and ride motorcycles and kill zombies.”, Add.

Avan Jogia and Kaya Scodelario as Leon and Claire.

Amell, for his part, emphasizes that a large part of his preparation process to play Chris was playing video games and talking with the director of the film.

As the actor points out about the construction of his character:

We tried to make the character a little more meaty, because if you take the character straight out of the game it can be a bit flat, a super cop from a small town to the letter. Leaves little to be desired. I think Johannes did a great job building these characters and this connective tissue, and their relationships and giving them flaws and making them more human.

Amell and Scodelario also had to work on their relationship in order to give life to these two brothers with a strange past. “It was great to become friends and get to know each other while shooting the movie. Our characters grow as we did.”, recalls Amell.

Tom Hopper, who plays a Albert Wesker in the film, he also played video games to prepare for the film. And that made him go back to the past, to when he was one more fan of the saga. “That’s the magic of the franchise Resident Evil, which is intergenerational […] I hadn’t been in that world for a long time. But it was a big part of my childhood, “” he begins.

Robbie Amell as Chris.

“Our duties, actually, it was suggested that we go back to playing video games. Go back to the beginning, go back to playing video games, get the feeling of what it’s like to be in the video game. So, I got back into this group of fans. And it was great to go to the sets and see the different ‘easter-eggs’ that you recognize from the video game. And everything, again, was very fresh in my head, “he continues.

A LITTLE HUMOR IN A HORROR MOVIE

Although Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is a horror movie with zombies, the film also finds some moments for humor. One of them occurs with the interaction between Hopper’s character and Avan Jogia.

“There is a bit of fun,” says Jogia. “It’s nice at the beginning of a movie, a horror movie, as we all traditionally know, that this is the time to have a little fun and relax a little.”.

Hannah John-Kamen, Donal Logue, Neal McDonough and Josh Cruddas round out the main cast of the film. On these lines, do not miss our interview with the cast of the film. Check out the trailer below.

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