Joe Alwyn, the lead actor in Ang Lee's latest film, said Thursday it was both exciting and overwhelming for him to work on "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," which was said to have pushed cinematic boundaries with its cutting-edge technology.
At a press conference in Taipei, the 25-year-old British actor said Lee was someone who was always trying new things and "always pushing boundaries."
Starring in Lee's latest film was "on the one hand amazing and I felt very safe in it...but at the same time, because it was such new territory for me -- I've never been in front of the camera and I've never been on a film set before -- it was definitely overwhelming and scary, especially in the first few weeks," the first-time actor said.
Alwyn played the titular character Billy Lynn, a 19-year-old American soldier who was among those brought home for a victory tour and celebrated at the halftime show of a football game because of their exploits during Iraq war.
"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" was shot in 3-D with 4K resolution at 120 frames per second -- the highest frame rate for any movie in history and five times the normal rate of 24 frames per second.
The ultra-high frame rate is said to have produced crystal-clear images that would give audiences an experience similar to looking through a window.
At Thursday's press conference, Lee said he was still searching for the best way to maneuver the technology, and had been preparing mentally over the past year for bad reviews of his latest movie.
"I don't know what the audience response will be," he said.
Despite the groundbreaking technology, Lee said, "in the end, the most important thing is still the story and the performances, and whether they can stir peoples' hearts."
It is very "dramatic, meaningful and anatomical" to examine life from a soldier's perspective, he said.
"We all think that soldiers are brave," Lee said. "In fact, soldiers are very vulnerable."
He said that in some ways, soldiers can arm themselves during battle and can use their faith and great love for their comrades to seal everything off and concentrate on the task at hand.
"But when they are no longer fighting, their senses remain so alert that when you insert that into normal life, it actually becomes quite crazy and irrational."
Mason Lee, Lee's son who is also among the cast members, said the American troops appearing in his father's movie are more racially diverse and therefore more authentic than in some American war films that portray only Caucasian soldiers.
The film will be released in Taiwan cinemas Nov. 11.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel