Zombieland Effects Legend Dishes Out


Tony GardnerEffects Guru Tony Gardner has been in the biz for a long time.  He was the one responsible for Gwyneth Paltrow's weight gain in Shallow Hal and even helped create the unique look of Michael Jackson's Thriller.  Needless to say, the man knows his effects.  So what's he up to lately?  Well MTV caught up with him to talk about one of his new projects called Zombieland.  We've given you some reports on this movie in the past, but here we have some cool inside dirt!

"Basically, it's the end of the world; the entire nation is zombies," Gardner told MTV, "And the humans are trying to get from the east coast to the west coast." 

Zombieland sounds like your basic, end of the world type movie, something like "I am Legend", but Gardner insists that it's more comedic than that, stating an example of a shoot with over 160 zombies, in prosthetics, on set in an amusement park. 

Zombieland has a pretty cool cast, featuring Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone (Superbad), Abigail Breslin (Nim's Island), Amber Heard (Pineapple Express), and Mila Kunis (That 70's Show).  So, who's getting zombiefied and who's not?  Well, Harrelson is not, according to Gardner.

"He's one of the humans trying to make it across the US", he reveals, "They're fleeing to this amusement park where they think they are going to be safe."

On the other hand, hottie Amber Heard will go through some zombiefication. 

"Amber Heard, who's stunningly beautiful in real life," Gardner laughed.  "She wasn't [after going through makeup].  Seeing some of the characters in their makeup for the first time is a little off-putting."

So what does Gardner think of the design and working with first-timer Ruben Fleischer?

"We are just trying to be real extreme with it," he continued, "and trying to balance the scares out with the comedy."

Personally, I'm really looking forward to this one.  There's a great cast, and I love zombie movies that go the way with a bit of comedy ie Shaun of the Dead.  Watch here for more details prior to the October 2009 release date.


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