Shock Till You Drop caught up to actor Shawn Roberts (Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead) at the red carpet premiere of Edge of Darkness to talk about his upcoming turn in Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth installment in the video game adaptation franchise.
"I play Albert Wesker who is head of the Umbrella Corporation who is responsible for the outbreak of the T-virus, or the Uroboros virus," he told us, hinting that this entry may be extracting elements from Resident Evil 5. "It was nice to be in a position of sitting back playing with my puppets as they were. We finished in December and I guess right now it's just about making sure the technology gets into the screen so 3-D can happen."
Written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, and of course starring Milla Jovovich as Alice, Roberts says, "The storyline goes on its own [in terms of its faithfulness to the game]. We made sure we brought elements in. The wardrobe is very similar and as close as we could get it. We have some fight scenes that are taken directly from the game. We're doing it for the fans so we want to do what makes them happy. The dogs come back. They're my pets which is cool."
"My character is such a favorite character in the games," he adds, "so I'm just like 'alright I don't want to piss anyone off.' You make it the best you can. The key thing is that it was fun. I would walk onto set and not even have my wardrobe, but wardrobe comes over and they hand me my gloves and give me my jacket. It just sort of takes shape. I'm a fan and I'm not disappointed."
Stay tuned for more on Resident Evil: Afterlife; we'll have a full set report in the coming months as we near the film's September 10 release. And look for Roberts in Edge of Darkness, opening in theaters this week.
Source: Ryan Rotten, Heather Newgen