Tao Okamoto (Mariko) And Rila Fukushima (Yukio) Discuss Their Roles In THE WOLVERINE
Hit the jump to find out what Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima had to say about their roles in The Wolverine, including what it was like to work with director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman, as well as how their characters differ to the versions created by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.
On Working With Director James Mangold:
Well, I was very worried because I never took any acting lessons, ever. So, I asked him, "What should I do?" He said, "Don’t take any lessons or any advice from others." Because he thought I had some good sense and instincts. I just trusted him and I just listened to only him. He just gave me everything I needed. I was freaking out before but now I’m very confident working with him. It’s just great.
On What She Likes Most About The Character:
I think that the similarity I have with her is that she doesn’t have a normal life and I used to have a very difficult childhood when I was little because I was always like the tallest girl in the school and everybody was staring at me like, "You’re very different." You know? I was struggling at the time and it’s a very different subject but still, she’s trying to find her place in her life. Meeting Logan later on, finding herself, what she wants to have in her life – I think I have a lot of similarity in my life.
On Working With Hugh Jackman:
Actually, he told me a lot of things like – because I didn’t know anything about little system tricks and things. I didn’t even know how the camera was going to shoot. If I’m on camera that’s fine but if I’m off camera, I didn’t know what to do. So he told me, "Oh, you have to stand close to the camera as much as you can to make the eye line for me." I didn’t understand, first of all, because I’ve never done it but he told me very carefully and appreciate because I’m speaking English as a second language. Sometimes I find it’s very difficult to understand things but he’s very patient and listened to me, teach me and it’s just wonderful.
On Recreating Japan In Sydney:
It’s so impressive, it’s perfect, I’m so interested in all the set designs. It’s just so amazing. I keep saying, "I want to do one of the set designer." I was asking the people, "Would you hire me?"
On The Role Of 'Yukio' In The Movie:
My character, Yukio, is working for Master Yashida. That’s the funeral for Master Yashida, so I basically travel to find Logan and bring him to Japan, working for Master Yashida. Yukio is an orphan assassin.
On How Her Version Of The Character Differs From The Comic Book One:
Actually, Yukio has such a great style in the whole film. The costume designer insisted, I think she did an amazing work. I’m pretty sure you guys saw the graphic novel version of Wolverine and I look a little different from the original character. But I think now it’s 2012 and I guess people are trying to make the new version of Yukio. I’m pretty sure there is a similarity from the graphic novels, at the same time there’s a completely different side of Yukio too. I don’t know how much I can talk about the character but that’s something – the story is definitely different from the original comic. Hopefully people can enjoy the different version.
On How She Prepared For The Role:
Talked to Jim and talked to Hugh, also read the script. But I’m trying not to think too much about how to become a character and I’m still really new to acting. This is the first time to join filming, so I’m trying – Yukio is very physical so a lot of things took long but it’s a lot of fun. It has been a very amazing and challenging experience. I’m having a lot of fun.
On Getting Advice From Hugh Jackman For The Action Scenes:
Hugh is wonderful and he’s super wonderful to work with and he’s super professional, and super nice to everybody, super gentleman. It’s really interesting to see how Hugh spends [time] between the takes. I actually learned how to eat more, because he does stunts a lot and eats every couple hours trying to keep his energy up. Every time I look at him, he’s eating or exercising. I don’t do weights between waiting but I’m eating every three hours trying to keep my energy up, and do a little bit of exercising trying to build my muscle. I actually got – I hope I can show you guys – but I got a little muscle. People are kind of like, "Ooh."
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.
Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine
Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida
Hal Yamanouchi as Yashida
Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida
Rila Fukushima as Yukio
Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada
Brian Tee as Noburo Mori
Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper
RELEASE DATE: July 26th, 2013.
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