He Is Legend: Director Francis Lawrence Speaks on Film

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As the ads for Will Smith's latest project, I Am Legend, announce: "The Last Man on Earth is Not Alone."

Well, this applied to the actor during filming, as well: director Francis Lawrence played a key role throughout production of the flick. Below is an excerpt of an interview conducted with him:

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Francis Lawrence: I read one of [screenwriter Mark] Protosevich's drafts before I did "Constantine" and it stuck in my head. I hadn't read the novel before that draft. When I was finishing "Constantine," Akiva and I were talking about working together again and Warners gave him that project to resurrect 'cause they thought it was dead.

I Am Legend Picture

Will Smith, in a scene from I Am Legend. 

He brought it up to me, and I finally read the novel. Even before these projects, I was always intrigued by someone surviving in an abandoned urban environment. Back when I was doing music videos I'd try to do that with some of the artists I worked with. Trying to sell this feeling of isolation and emptiness.

I said, Let's take a crack at it, and we went off with our own take from there.

Click here to read the full interview.

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I Am Legend Quotes

God didn't do this. We did!

Neville

Nothing happened the way it was supposed to happen. We are seeing mutations. Cannabalistic hunger. Typical human behavior is now entirely absent.

Neville