PHOENIX – While you might not have heard of the director of a new action movie called “Source Code,” you’re probably quite familiar with Duncan Jones’ father – David Bowie.
Growing up with a music icon father, one might think Jones was destined for the family business. Making music, however, just wasn’t this thing.
“That was my big rebellion growing up,” Jones said, who went by his middle name, Zowie Bowie, as a kid. “I was not into music. I was into film.”
Jones, who also directed the sci-fi thriller “Moon,” has made a name for himself as a director, but even he had his work cut out for him on “Source Code.”
Basically he was working with the same eight minutes – the minutes before a train blows up – over and over and over as his main characters, played Jake Gyllenhaal , Michelle Monaghan, and Vera Farmiga, bounce back and forth through time to try and find the bomber.
“Swivel chair and polyester,” Farmiga laughed. “It was challenging to make this role interesting.
“Duncan is really excitable as a director,” she continued. “He’s one of those directors who doesn’t mind showing you playback.”
Gyllenhaal, who is plays Colter Stevens, is one of the hottest actors out there right now. He’s done drama, action, comedies and romantic films, but “Source Code” combines them all, and adds a healthy dose of science fiction.
“The script that Ben Ripley wrote was so well written that it allowed for variation. It allowed us to play with different things at different times,” Gyllenhaal said. “It was really fun for me.
“We tried to think about almost everything. But we didn’t want to answer everything because we wanted the audience to participate.”
Monaghan said she and Gyllenhaal had not even met each other before “Source Code.”
“We really hit it off,” she said.
If you do go see the movie, which opens on Friday, pay close attention to the voice on the other end of the line when Gyllenhaal’s character talks to his father. We figured out who it is, and it’s a fun story that we’ll share with you on Monday – after you’ve had a chance to see “Source Code” for yourself.