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EXCLUSIVE: Ghost in the Shell Download It On Monday: Major vs Kuze: A Conversation with Acclaimed Actor Michael Pitt

21 July 2017

In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.

When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it.

As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, “The Ghost in the Shell.”

In our interview Micheal talks extensively about his time working on Ghost in the Shell, filming with Scarlett and his stunt double...


How did you get involved in this film?

I got a phone call from, from Rupert. I got a phone call and he said, I sent you this thing. I was like, yeah, I know, I looked at it. I was like, do you want me to do it and he said, yes, I would like you to do it. I was like, when would I have to be there? And he was, he was kind of like, well, I was hoping like a week and a half. And I said, okay, I’m gonna go pack.

It happened that quick then?

It happened quick, yup.

When Rupert called you, were you at all familiar with the manga or the anime?

Yeah. Yeah, of course.

Was it something that you’re a fan of?

Yeah. Yeah, Ghost in the Shell was kind of, you know, it’s, it’s one of the, between that and Akira, those two were extremely influential to everything, to Hollywood movies, to graphic art, to tattooing, to industrial music, to you know, it’s…

It’s actually quite amazing how much it influenced things.

Yeah. I mean, everyone’s been ripping off Ghost in the Shell for like, you know, 25 years.

Yeah, it’s true, even the Matrix.

Yeah, maybe ripping off is not the best choice of words, but like the influence, everyone, you know, it’s been extremely influential. I think, if I remember correctly, you know, I saw the, I saw that, that first film, the animated film. I think I was maybe 14 or 15 and I think I saw it on VHS.

What do you remember about it?

Well, you know, it was, it just, yeah, I, I kinda had never seen anything like it and a lot of the people, a lot of people who I respect and artists that I respected were really in, into it.

Talk about the character Kuze.

I think, I think Kuze is a, a combination between the puppet-master, the laughing man and Kuze the character from the animated series, stand-alone complex, and I, my guess is that they sort of did a you know, an integration of these 3 characters so that you, so that the audience could see Ghost in the Shell and see all the things that they knew but see it in a different way, and so that’s my guess. Is he a villain? I don’t, I, I don’t know. I mean, I think, I think that, I think one of the most interesting things about the script that makes it really unique is the fact that he is sort of viewed upon as, as the villain in the first half of the movie and maybe less in, in the second half.

What’s it like working with Scarlett?

She’s a nightmare. She’s just, you know, like, really demanding, she gives me line readings. She’s never there for my coverage, she’s always complaining about everything. I’m just kidding. She’s been lovely. She’s been really wonderful, really generous and yeah, I think, I think we had a good chemistry. I think it was, because it’s really obvious when there isn’t, when there isn’t, so.

Ghost in the Shell takes place in the future. Describe this world and what the norm is in terms of how people alter themselves?

Well, I, I re-watched the original film and I was really surprised on, on how current it was still. It was, it was almost, you know, it felt very much like you know, it just felt completely current. So the world is complicated and scary and extremely exciting and full of evil and full of good. I mean, it’s, it’s, you know, like the world we live in.





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