HOLLYWOOD, CA (FOX44) – it's one of the most expensive movies ever made, costing a rumored $250-million. Disney's "John Carter" takes a 100-year-old story to another world. The sci-fi fantasy follows a civil war veteran who gets mysteriously transported to Mars and thrust into a brewing war. For its star, bringing the tale to life was a daunting task.
Kitsch says: "I loved that Edgar Rice Burroughs was so ahead of his time and so much of his writing is so applicable to today and i think no one is going to put more pressure on it than myself to do it justice."
Making his first live action feature, after helming "Finding Nemo" and "Wall-E", director Andrew Stanton was at home with all the CGI animation.
Stanton says: "There are more animated shots in this movie then there were in 'Finding Nemo' or 'Wall-E,' so it basically was making an animated movie plus a live action movie."
For the actors making 12-foot high, 4-armed aliens look believable took some imagination and a little help from the voice talent.
Kitsch says: “It's difficult because there are takes you are acting against nothing but before we do that I get to work with a Willem Defoe or Thomas Hayden Church, so it was a lot of fun working against those guys."
And creating a realistic red planet was made easier with the help of technology.
Stanton says: "We now have mars rovers that are on the planet taking photographs, you can actually Google mars and see what it looks like from any iPhone so we had very accurate views, like wow it really looks like a southern southwest kind of a desert, like oceans used to be there and gone away."