In ”Transformers : Revenge of the Fallen” the evil Decepticons return and take hero Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) prisoner, after the young hero learns the truth about the ancient origins of the switcherooing robots. When the dead body of fallen robot Megatron is stolen from the US military by his comrades, soldiers Epps (Gibson) and Lennox (Josh Duhamel) are called in again to help thwart another full-scale attack on Earth.
Actor Tyrese Gibson says it might be a lot of fun to watch, but the ”Transformers” sequel wasnâ€™t a ball to make â€“ in fact, heâ€™s still bathing his sore storks in ice. But, he adds, thatâ€™s largely because ”Revenge of the Fallen” isnâ€™t as light a film as the 2007 hit.
â€œI would say, compared to even the first one, our roles were so much more serious this time than the first round. The first film had so many comedic moments throughout the film. This time, [Director] Michael [Bay] wanted us to play it a little more serious to raise the stakes and the pressure of whatâ€™s really going onâ€, says the musician cum actor, who reprises his role of Sergeant Epps for the highly-anticipated sequel.
Gibson, whose other credits include ”2 Fast 2 Furious” and ”Baby Boy” (his first picture) , says it got pretty serious on set (not unusual for a Michael Bay movie) which is why he appointed himself the unofficial party planner for duration of the production.
â€œThere was good energy. Itâ€™s so much pressure on the set because Michael runs a real tight ship and keeps everybody on the edge. Everybodyâ€™s full throttle. I was like, â€œLook, man, if I donâ€™t have a party, Iâ€™m going to go crazy right now.â€ I tried to keep everybody — the whole crew and the cast — having fun while we were working.â€
Gibson, who kicked off his career as a model, also made good use of the Aircraft carrier that they shot on for some of the movie.
â€˜â€™ Getting there was very unsafe, and leaving was the same thing but we had a big party on the boat, with 5,600 people in the middle of the water!â€.
â€˜â€™Yeah, Tyrese took the night shiftâ€™â€™, adds co-star Josh Duhamel, who reprises his role as fellow soldier, Lennox in the film.
Duhamel, whose other credits include ”Win a Date with Tad Hamilton” and TVs ”Las Vegas”, says they learnt a few bit about the inâ€™s and outâ€™s of being military men.
â€œWith the first one, we had a few days out in Fort Irwin, and the second time, we just jumped into it. I was in New York and we just had a bit of a refresher course, but there are military advisors. Harry Humphries is out there. Thereâ€™s a number of people, from all facets of the military. And, we both took a lot of pride in trying to represent the military, as closely as we could. Iâ€™ve got a lot of friends in the military, so my main focus was to try to represent them all and make them proud. And, if we didnâ€™t, they would let us know, believe me.â€™â€™
When they werenâ€™t partying or listening to military men, the boys were working out.
Gibson says he and Duhamel, â€œworked out twice a day, before we went to the set and after the set. We would get our five miles in.â€
Adds Duhamel, â€˜â€™It was more of a personal competition [between me and Tyrese]. He would spot me and I would spot him. Before we started the first one, I remember Michael told me, â€œCome ready. Be in shape. I demand a lot of my male actors, especially in these movies.â€ So, I did, and I just tried to be as strong and ready to go as I could.â€™â€™
Gibson, attached to play superhero Luke Cage in an upcoming film, is pleased to be able to say he walked away from the production without any major injuries. â€œI sprained my let pinky toeâ€, he laughs.