Little footage: Nic Cage acting all crazy. "Hell already is walking the earth", he says to a guy before making his car explode. Tagline: He broke out of hell! But hell wants him back! William Fichtner stabs someone with a baseball bat, amazingly enough. Shooting a car as it flies off a ramp to make it explode. Cage's car has an "I Brake 4 Pussy" bumper sticker on it. He apparently is in possession of a shotgun called the Godkiller. The 3D effects are really, really good compared to a conversion; this looks like it has a chance to be one of the best uses of 3D technology in a live-action film yet seen. Going to be a hard R from the looks of the footage. There's definitely some silliness, like Fichtner bending away from a bullet as it zooms by his face.
11:43: Bringing out the cast: the director, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Nic Cage. "It's no secret that I like characters that bring up more questions than answers." The hall's only maybe half-full; big difference from yesterday. I now regret getting five hours of sleep to get here two and a half hours early. Cage says he feels like the director (missed his name!) is a pioneer in 3D camera; he wanted to see how that technology would affect his character.
11:47: Inspirations included Vanishing Point, Bullit, pre-Jaws antihero 70's action vibe. Title of the movie actually comes from Groundhog Day, where Bill Murray says "Don't drive angry!" Interesting anecdote. Audience Q and A time. Oh, it's the twins again! These guys were around all day yesterday. "Did Nic Cage act more like a Big Daddy or a Bad Lieutenant on the set?" Comic-con is not the place where you're going to hear any good dirt; of course Nic Cage is an amazing guy who was a pleasure to work with and we want to work together in the future, etc.
Ah, the old "What attracted you to this script?" We're going to hear that a lot today methinks. "I like 70's movies, and the idea of the film plus the mixture with 3D was too unique to pass up." "Is there any fascination with beating the devil or escaping from hell that draws you to projects like this and Ghost Rider?" "You mean like what's happening to me right now? I'm eclectic and I like to push the boundaries with my acting. If I can play characters that have a bit of the supernatural to them, that opens up what I can do. Also helps if they're really high on drugs, or if the character is completely insane, or just from somewhere else."
11:53: "Was it more fun to shoot this or Gone in 60 Seconds?" "Eleanor is a fantastic car, but the car in Drive Angry is a more beautiful car. But then I had Amber Heard on the hood of the car, so...this is better!" "What's your top 3 all-time movie that you could watch all day?" Cage throws out Kubrick pretty early, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The only movie he mentions! "What was it like to do stunts and action in this movie?" Amber says "it was all part of the appeal: fast cars, big guns, fistfights, but maybe that's just the Texas in me." Fichtner says "The Buffalo, NY in me wished I could be in the 69 charger a little more." It occurs to me that I could be misspelling Fichtner's name every time I type it. The INTERNET!
Nic is asked whether he prefers action or comedy. Somewhat predictably, he says he likes doing them all; "I think I just try to keep it fresh and interesting. My roots are independently-spirited dramas that are small, and I'm going to keep going back to that."
And that wraps things up! Very brief panel, probably because of the late start. They're going to replay the footage. Looks like his granddaughter was kidnapped by some kind of satanic cult for a ritual to open a door to hell. So it looks like the religious stuff is a lot more literal than I originally thought; perhaps Cage's character actually broke out of Hell in this movie. They didn't speak on that too much, so we'll find out together!