THE BOURNE LEGACY – Production Notes - I Watch Mike
RACHEL WEISZ as Dr. Marta Shearing and writer/director TONY GILROY on the set of The Bourne Legacy. body longer. From that time on, it has ended up our main public utility vehicle. That’s iconic Manila.” Each painted in a bright, unique style to entice passengers to hop aboard, jeepneys are ubiquitous throughout the country, numbering around 100,000 in Manila alone. The long and narrow vehicle is a cheap and easy form of transportation, ideally shaped for navigating narrow roads that full-size buses cannot. Open windows provide its only form of air conditioning, and its passenger seating consists of two padded benches facing each other in the back, each seating six to 10 people. When the seats are full, additional passengers ride outside, hanging onto the back as best they can. Jeepneys are featured in a key chase sequence with Renner, Weisz and Changchien that was filmed on one of Manila’s major roadways, Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, the main route to the presidential palace. Approximately 90 cars and more than 300 extras were used for the sequence, which shot on a mile and a half stretch of Magsaysay Blvd. through three major intersections over several weekends. Helping manage the shoot were local authorities including the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Manila Traffic Bureau and the Presidential Security Group. – 36 – “Just on the MMDA, there were about 120 guys working with us—not just in the area, but in the peripheral surroundings to control and help ease the traffic,” Juban recounts. “The Manila police have a contingent of about 50, and the Presidential Security Group has about 20, and then there is the local barangay [district] police.” A densely populated city of more than 11 million people, Manila was not the easiest place to shoot. “Manila’s a tough city to work in: There are traffic jams, and it’s hard to move around,” ends Crowley. “But the people are so gracious and excited about films. They know more about the Bourne movies than I know about the Bourne movies.” **** Universal Pictures presents, in association with Relativity Media, a Kennedy/Marshall production—in association with Captivate Entertainment: The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach, Oscar Isaac, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn. The film’s casting is by Ellen Chenoweth, and its music is by James Newton Howard. The action-thriller’s costume designer is Shay Cunliffe, and it is edited by John Gilroy, ACE. The film’s production designer is Kevin Thompson, and its director of photography is Robert Elswit, ASC. The executive producers are Henry Morrison, Jennifer Fox, and the film is inspired by the “Bourne” series created by Robert Ludlum. The Bourne Legacy is produced by Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, Jeffrey M. Weiner, Ben Smith. The story is by Tony Gilroy, and the screenplay is by Tony Gilroy & Dan Gilroy. The film is directed by Tony Gilroy. © 2012 Universal Studios. www.thebournelegacy.com
ABOUT THE CAST Two-time Academy Award ® nominee JEREMY RENNER (Aaron Cross) starred in the 2009 Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Winner of six Academy Awards ® and inspired by true events, The Hurt Locker is the story of a bomb disposal team in Baghdad that has volunteered for one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. In his role as the self-assured Sgt.1st Class William James, Renner was awarded the Breakthrough Actor Award at the Hollywood Film Festival and the Spotlight Award at the Savannah Film Festival, and he received Best Actor nominations at the 2009 BAFTAs and the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Renner also garnered nominations for Breakthrough Actor and Best Ensemble Cast at the Gotham Independent Film Awards; Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture from the Screen Actors Guild Awards; and Best Actor at the Academy Awards ®. The following year, Renner was nominated for an Academy Award ® for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Warner Bros.’ The Town, directed by Ben Affleck. An adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel “Prince of Thieves,” the film, which centers on a thief (Affleck) and his best friend, a member of his gang (Renner), was released in the fall of 2010. For his role in The Town, Renner was also honored with Supporting Actor nominations from both the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes. In December 2011, Renner co-starred opposite Tom Cruise in Paramount Pictures’ global hit Mission: – 37 – Impossible—Ghost Protocol, directed by Brad Bird. In May 2012, Renner starred as Hawkeye in Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s The Avengers, the third highestgrossing film in history. In 2007, Renner was seen in three different features, including Warner Bros.’ The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, directed by Andrew Dominik, in which Renner starred, alongside Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, as Wood Hite, a key member of James’ gang. He also starred in 28 Weeks Later, the highly anticipated sequel to 28 Days Later, and Take, opposite Minnie Driver. In 2005, he also starred in the acclaimed independent film 12 and Holding (which was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards), demonstrating his dramatic range in the role of Gus, a firefighter who moves to a new town after the haunting loss of a young girl in a fire. Renner’s other film credits include the independent film Neo Ned, in which he starred opposite Gabrielle Union. Neo Ned was screened at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival and swept the feature film category at the 2006 Palm Beach International Film Festival, where the film was awarded Best Feature Film, Best Director and Best Actress and the Best Actor Award went to Renner. The film was also awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking and the Best Feature Film Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April 2006. These awards came after the Audience Award at the Slamdance, Sarasota and Ashland film festivals. Renner starred opposite Julia Stiles in A Little Trip to Heaven, where he refined his skill for dark, troubled char acters as the diabolical con man Fred. Renner also appeared in The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, directed by Asia Argento and adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by “JT LeRoy”; Columbia Pictures’ Lords of Dogtown, for helmer Catherine Hardwicke; and Aura Entertainment’s independent film Love Comes to the Executioner, written and directed by Kyle Bergersen.