"Buried" director puts Indiana Jones in a coffin

Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:33pm EDT
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By Teresa Larraz

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes' latest film has a sole actor stuck in a wooden coffin for 90 minutes, with just a mobile phone and a cigarette-lighter to try and escape. That's it.

But the last thing Cortes wants audiences to think about his movie "Buried," is that it is some sort of moody, art film.

"When they asked me if this was going to be a dark, experimental, introspective film, my answer was always, "No, no, no. It's going to be Indiana Jones in a box," Cortes told Reuters, referring to the swashbuckling star character in Steven Spielberg's action adventure movies.

"Buried" opened in major U.S. cities this past Friday with Ryan Reynolds playing a civilian truck driver in Iraq who wakes up trapped in a wooden coffin after his convoy is attacked by insurgents.

Cortes, who only has one other film to his credit, said he managed to pitch it to Reynolds during a 40-minute meeting in a Los Angeles restaurant.

"We both knew it was going to be a dance (between) the two of us, and we found out we were a perfect match," 37-year-old Cortes said in Madrid.

After a frantic, 40-day film shoot, Reynolds found himself with burned fingers, a bleeding back and ruined skin, but was "absolutely enthusiastic" about the chance of working with the director again. Cortes called him "an extraordinary actor."

The film -- which had a budget of around $2 million, according to the director -- was ready just in time for January's Sundance Film Festival, where it garnered good reviews in "Variety" and "The Hollywood Reporter."   Continued...