Actors Josh Hutcherson and Vanessa Hudgens
Is it true that both you’ve been injured on set all ready?
Josh Hutcherson: Slightly. Not injured. Hurt, I’d say. Injury I think is a long term thing. We were doing a scene at this place called Eternity Beach, which is a beautiful location and there’s this little cave that we kind of go in and check out. We got into the cave and did that scene and cut and coming back out they were like, ‘Watch your heads?’ I was like, ‘Oh, I’m not that tall. I’m not going to hit on anything. But I stepped on a little bump, I guess and then I hit the top of my head so hard I fell straight to the ground. I didn’t remember the fall and stuff. I just remember hitting my head and then being on the ground. Then Dwayne (Johnson) was like, ‘Oh, my God, are you okay?’
Vanessa Hudgens: I was a few feet away and heard a massive thump. That’s never a good thing. Then we were shooting a scene down on the same beach and there are just lava rocks everywhere. I was walking backwards. Very smart. Before I knew it, I was on the floor. I got up and brushed it off like nothing happened and then later on someone pointed at my leg and said, ‘Is that real blood or fake blood?’ Now I have a beautiful scar to show for it. We’ll always remember this movie. It’ll always be a part of me.
Luis is a great character actor. How is your relationship with him on and off screen and how did you guys work on that?
Vanessa Hudgens: He is unlike anybody I’ve ever met before. He’s just so funny. He’s always cracking jokes and is always doing improv, which is a lot of fun. He’s just an easy guy to get along with. You talk to him for a few minutes and you can’t help but love him.
Josh Hutcherson: He’s so funny. Brad (Peyton), our director will give him some direction and he’s like, ‘I’ll think about it. I don’t know.’ It’s so funny.
This is the second really physical film for you in a row. Did Sucker Punch and all the training you did for that get you ready for this?
Vanessa Hudgens: It’s completely different. That was extremely choreographed, with all the fight sequences and firing guns. There’s definitely no guns in this one.
Josh Hutcherson: Except for The Rock’s arms. I love calling him The Rock.
Vanessa Hudgens: We’re riding bees in this one. So, no, it’s different. This is fun. This is just kind of like running around and having a good time. It doesn’t requuire as much.
How quickly did you adjust to the fact that you’re sharing scenes with Michael Caine?
Vanessa Hudgens: Oh, my God, yeah.
Josh Hutcherson: There’s a scene we’ve shot, we finish it today and started shooting it yesterday, and he’s so amazing.
Vanessa Hudgens: Epic.
Josh Hutcherson: He comes up and he gets all serious and intense and I’m like, ‘Oh, wow. Sorry.’
Vanessa Hudgens: I get genuinely distracted by him in scenes. They’ll be having a scene together and I’m watching and I just get so sucked in and I’m like, ‘Oh, snap out of it.’ He’s amazing and I adore him.
Josh Hutcherson: We’ve decided that we’re going to ask him to adopt us as grandchildren.
Vanessa Hudgens: We’re just waiting for the right moment.
Josh Hutcherson: You have to ease into that one.