Robert Zemeckis talks returning to live-action with Flight

Robert Zemeckis talks returning to live-action with Flight

By Andrea Miller on October 29, 2012

For the last 12 years, director Robert Zemeckis has favoured testing the limits of motion capture and brought audiences books and fairy tales come to (truer-than) real life in movies like The Polar Express and A Christmas Carol but he ditches the pretty veneer of hyper-reality for this month's Flight, a gritty human drama about a troubled pilot whose heroic deed brings his darkest secrets into the open as those around him demand answers.

Denzel Washington stars as pilot Whip Whitaker, a charismatic puffed shirt with a drinking problem whose fast thinking saves lives but who soon stars to drown in the aftermath of his actions. Zemeckis, the man who helmed Back to the Future I through III, Forrest Gump and Cast Away among others, brings his technologically-proficient touch to his return to live-action and creates a tale of redemption and hope amid the ruins, coaching an Oscar-worthy performance from an excellent Washington.

We got the chance to sit down with Zemeckis to talk about his casting choices, getting back to live-action and that terrifying crash scene.

Watch our interview now. Flight, co-starring Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman and Bruce Greenwood, opens at Cineplex theatres November 2.

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