Ólafur Darri Ólafsson talks working on ‘The Meg’

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One of the most anticipated blockbusters for horror fans this summer is the adaptation of Steve Alten’s novel ‘The Meg’.

We got a chance to chat to Ólafur Darri Ólafsson about his role as ‘The Wall’ in the shark thriller.

Tell us about the audition process for The Meg?

Luckily I didn’t have to audition for The MEG. I don’t mind auditioning but of course it is a joy if someone just trusts you to do the part based on other work.

Shark films have been big hits recently with The Shallows, 47 Metres Down and Cage Dive, how will the Meg be different?

I have always been a big fan of shark movies except for when I was a kid. I remember seeing Jaws and I was quite terrified to go into the water after that. I have to admit that I haven’t seen 47 metres down or Cage Dive but I have seen The Shallows and I really enjoyed that.

The MEG is its own thing, a shark tale of the most epic proportions. I think it will stand up quite well in comparison to other shark movies as well as other summer blockbusters.

Was the shark completely CGI or were models made of it?

Ohh, we had models that were terrifying, a massive beautiful model that you could try and stick your head into. That did not feel good, I can promise you.

Have you read Steve Alten’s novel, and if so how does the story differ from the book?

I have read Steve´s book but that was more than a few years ago so I’m not good with comparison. I loved the book when I read it. Usually when you are shooting a movie based on a book, you loose the comparison quickly mostly because the script is our map.

Your character is known as The Wall, where does this name come from?

The Wall is a big guy that looks like a wall. A big wall. And I’m quite big. So typecast…

Jason Statham described the film as Jaws meets Jurassic Park, is that a fair assessment?

I totally agree with Jason. This is a fun blend of genres in blockbuster form. One thing I know is it will be epic!

Did you have any stunts to perform?

I got thrown a couple of times into the water. Nothing too serious. I enjoy doing stunts, first and foremost because you do it under the watchful eye of the stunt actors. And those guys work incredibly hard.

Who did enjoy working with the most on set?

We had quite a close knit cast. All of us were away from home, even Cliff Curtis who is from New Zealand but he doesn’t live in Auckland.

So we hung out quite a bit, saw some rugby, did go karts, had quite a lot of dinners. We all got on famously both onset and off. They are a great bunch of people.

Describe the Meg in three words?

BIG! BIGGER! BIGGEST!

The Meg is released on 10th August.

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