After years of waiting, the remake of Red Dawn will hit theatres this coming Friday. Staring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki and Edwin Hodge, the film updates the 1984 original tale of a foreign invasion for the new millenium. Biff Bam Pop was lucky enough to talk via email to star Edwin Hodge, who updates the role of Danny (played in the original by Brad Savage), about the long awaited release of Red Dawn, his co-stars and much more. Check out the trailer below and then hit the jump to read our interview!
Andy Burns: Congrats on Red Dawn finally making it to theatres! I’m guessing you were eagerly awaiting its release the last few years like the rest of us?
Edwin Hodge: I was! It’s crazy when you put so much work into a film only to have it shelved for three years. I wasn’t sure it was ever going to come out with the complications, but there’s such a huge following from the original film and the anticipation has been building over the past few years. They couldn’t let the film sit to much longer.
Andy Burns: Red Dawn is of course a remake of the classic 80’s film that featured Charlie Sheen and Patrick Swayze, among others. For people that may not be aware, can you give a brief rundown of what the new version is all about, along with your character of Danny in it?
Edwin Hodge: In a nutshell, a small town gets invaded by some outside forces and a group of teenagers led by Jed(Hemsworth), band together to save their families and friends. I tried to play Danny a little different than his portrayal in the first film. He’s an all star wide receiver for his football team, so I wanted to take his confidence from the field and use that as he went into battle. But let’s be real… He is a teenager with no experience in a fire fight, so I had to play up the natural fear one would have in that situation.
Andy Burns: What was the hardest part of the shoot for you?
Edwin Hodge: The hardest part was waking up sore. Hemsworth, Peck and I spent a lot of time in the gym to keep up with all of the rigorous stunts and running around we had to do. Other than that, it was just another day on the job for me.
Andy Burns: Between 2009 when the film was filmed and now, the world has changed in some ways and yet its also remained much the same. What do you think resonates most about Red Dawn in 2012?
Thanks to Edwin Hodge for taking the time to talk to Biff Bam Pop, and to Angela Mach at Platform PR for helping make it happen. Edwin’s photographs by Brandon Showers. Red Dawn opens in theatres this Friday.