Three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone brings to life this ferocious, sexy epic. In a glittering California beach town, two best friends’ innovative marijuana business has come to the attention of the ruthless Mexican Baja Cartel. As a seemingly unwinnable war unfolds around them, they’re forced to take part in a savage battle of wills to save the girl they both love. Starring Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Benicio del Toro and Salma Hayek, Savages is “a stylish, violent, hallucinatory thriller.
I wanted to see this movie so bad when it came out in the theater, but somehow I missed it! Now I’m going to get my chance to see it in my own living room – in HD!
Here’s a preview!
I heard a LOT about Blake Lively’s performance in the movie. She plays a very different character than she’s used to in this film. Back when the movie came out, she opened up about the film’s “awkward” sex scenes.
The film, which is an adaptation of Don Winslow’s best-selling novel, is about two Laguna Beach marijuana dealers and their shared girlfriend who gets kidnapped by the Mexican drug cartel.
“This is a movie about what happens inside the trade,” Stone said as he made his way down the red carpet with his wife Sun-jung. “It’s definitely corrupted. The big money has gotten so big that a lot of people play games and kill people for money and power.”
Like many of Stone’s films, Savages has a political undertone and discusses the drug problem in North America today. “It’s an issue that needs to be brought to the table and discussed by two people not one. This is not just Mexico’s problem, this is a problem on both sides of the border,” said Bichir, who grew up in Mexico City. “It needs to be talked about, and this film could tell you that clearly.”
In preparation for their roles, Stone had the cast shadow many real-life characters that were involved with the marijuana industry, including ex-cartel members. Travolta spent time with a former DEA agent, and Lively met with a young girl who had been abducted by the cartel.
“We got to meet people that were living our stories in all different ways so it really helped us understand that world,” said Lively, who donned a stunning black and cream Zuhair Murad gown.
Lively plays O, a free-spirited flower girl who has a polyamorous relationship with two best friends played by Kitsch and Aaron Johnson. She shares steamy sex scenes with both leading men that were shot during the first week of filming.
“It’s really not as exciting as it looks on screen,” Lively said. “There’s crew members and then there’s these naked men walking around. It just makes for an awkward environment.”
But the trio’s relationship is not just about sex, it’s also a love story. Stone said, “It’s an interesting theme to the movie because at the beginning Blake says she loves two men equally and Salma Hayek questions it. And by the end of the movie it resolves itself in an interesting way.”
In the film, Salma Hayek gets the chance to play the villain, which is not something the little actress is all that used to!
“It was amazing to work with her as a villain because we were such good buddies personally,” Lively said. “It was always fun to see how talented she is and she’s such a tiny lady so to see her just take control and take the power, that was remarkable.”
Despite her small stature, Elena is able to command the men who work for her, including the bloodthirsty Lado (Del Toro). In one intense scene, Hayek strikes Del Toro in the face.
“You wouldn’t think such a tiny hand would do so much damage!” joked Bichir, who was also in the scene.
But there’s more to Elena under her cruel exterior. “Elena herself creates a character. That’s not who she really is,” Hayek explained in her emerald Gucci gown. “She has to psychologically detach herself from the character of Elena that everybody knows and keep this kind of humanity when nobody is watching.”
Who’s excited to see the movie!! I’m so stoked it’s coming out on DVD – TOMORROW!! Go get your copy tomorrow!
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