Wally Pfister’s debut film “Transcendence” stars Johnny Depp as Dr. Will Caster, a foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. The only thing that is becoming terrifying is that there may be no way to stop him. Alongside Dr. Caster’s artificial intelligence is Martin (Clifton Collins, Jr.), who helps make his plan become a reality. EXTRA talked to Collins about the movie, which was released April 18.
EXTRA: What does it mean for you to be part of “Transcendence”?
Clifton Collins, Jr.: It is an honor and privilege to be part of this cast. It’s a dream gig. I was able to do all kinds of research on nanotechnology and singularity, [listen to] lectures and it is completely fascinating. The movie is very relevant.
What can you tell us about your character Martin?
He is a friend of the family. I am the guy that builds the center for them. I engineer, design the whole thing. It is a positive thing for humanity and the human race to do well; not all technologies can be used for the wrong.
How did you feel playing amongst Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall and Morgan Freeman?
It was a blast. When you get in this kind of scenario, being around the legend [Morgan Freeman], he works with you and you sit back and listen. You get to sit with some of the greats and listen to their stories. It was fascinating. Freeman was talking to me and telling me his story. He was very humbling. We are all gifted and talented in different ways. It was a really beautiful experience.
What do you like the most about “Transcendence”?
It’s a great joy to make and be in movies like that. It is informative and relevant to the times today. We had occasional floods that shot down productions. The flash flood is a real flash flood that you see in the movie. That was not PG.
What message do you think the movie is trying to bring out?
How much technology is good, when are we crossing the line and when are we playing the role of God.
What would you like to say to the viewers?
I know they will love the movie. Enjoy it, be open. Do a little research. Your mind will be blown by “Transcendence” and even more by research and how real this could be.
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