Can you spy Bruce Greenwood in 'Super 8'?

Bruce_Greenwood

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There are a lot of spoilers to preserve in J.J. Abrams’ Super 8, but I have no problem telling you that Bruce Greenwood plays the “monster” that escapes the train-wreck and turns an Ohio town upside down. This isn’t exactly a Kaiser Söze breach, since Greenwood, who starred as J.F.K. in Thirteen Days and worked with Abrams on Star Trek, contributed the performance-capture work for the scary creature. The only real trace of his involvement is in the closing credits, which list his name next to a character named Cooper. But as the Montreal Gazette writes, Cooper was what Abrams and the crew named their mysterious critter. (It might be another nod to the Spielberg mythos: recall that the unreliable shark in Jaws had a name too, Bruce.) OKAY, NOW THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD — READ ON AT YOUR OWN PERIL:

Greenwood’s work isn’t exactly of the Andy Serkis variety. Cooper darts through the shadows of the film, so by the time he finally reveals himself, you’re so excited to finally take him all in, that the identity of the actor behind the character remains an afterthought. Only when you learn that Greenwood gave him his spark do you think back to a certain moment in the film where his character connects with a young boy. There is more than a little Greenwood there after all.

Were you surprised that an actor was responsible for Cooper, and not 100 percent CG animation? If you’ve seen the film, how would you describe Cooper’s appearance? I’m going with a mix of General Grievous and a Ridley Scott’s Alien alien.

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  • matt

    wtf i had no idea

  • rerun

    That’s definitely one thing I noticed. The movie didn’t look CGIey. All the effects looked very natural.

  • anne

    SPOILERS!!!!!: While I was watching the movie, at various points I thought about the Alien alien and also the creature in Pan’s Labyrinth. My thoughts about this movie are still swirling about in my head. The official line on this movie is that it’s Spielberg-esque and I think that’s true in large part, but it’s also darker, grungier, less optimistic and not as intricately plotted as ET, Poltergeist and other early Spielberg movies. I sympathize with the monster’s plight, but he is definitely scary, especially when he’s tearing into the bus. When he was holding Joe, he looked sad and even sweet and he set Alice down gently when the firecrackers made all the racket, but I got the sense that he could turn dangerous very quickly. The two monsters I mentioned above were very bad news, so I guess this monster does have a fair amount of ET in him as well.

    • pastafarian

      def had some E.T. undertones.

  • Dan

    I was actually curious why John Krasinski got a “Thank You” credit at the end.

    • elena

      wait–WHAT? was J. Kras even in super 8?

    • Melody

      Judd Apatow was also thanked at the end. Anyone know why?

      • Sara

        According to the “Trivia” section on the IMDB page, it reported that Judd Apatow watched an early production of the movie and approved. Therefore recieving a special thanks in the credits. Nothing on John K. though.

    • anne

      yeah, me too. anyone know?

  • strickens_girl

    Awesome. I had no idea. Now I’m going to have to see it again.

  • Hmmm

    Very interesting! I didn’t think Pans or Alien. I was thinking the big spider in LoTR.

    • Antoinette

      I was thinking something along the same lines but the thought that came to my mind was the cave troll in the mines of Moria.

  • Diana

    I read this while I was waiting for ‘Super 8′ to start. I couldn’t ‘see’ Bruce in the monster, but there was definitely a connection between it and the kid. The movie is fabulous storytelling. Well done, JJ!

  • Cecilia

    I thought I recognized those eyes!

  • shane

    Noah Emmerich, Greg Grunberg (JJ’s bff) and Michael Giacchino also make cameo appearances.
    Everyone cool wants to work with JJ !

  • jesse

    Gee thanks for spoiling it for me in the first paragraphs BEFORE you wrote spoiler. Jerk.

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