Taking a punch from a guy who drives a bug

For the American fans that may not know Dylan Dog very well, I’ll put it out there that this is not an action movie.  Dylan is not an action hero.  He’s not Batman or John McClane, heck he’s not even John Constantine.  I’ll let some of the Italian folks who read this add their own comments, but I see him as the cousin of Chinatown’s Jake Gittes, the younger brother of Casablanca’s Rick Blaine and a distant descendant of Sherlock Holmes.  He’s the hero who doesn’t get the girl.  He is constantly trying to finish his model ship, he plays the clarinet badly and carries his heart on his sleeve.  He’s claustrophobic, afraid of bats and gets motion sickness.  And he drives a bug.  Yes, that’s right, and not even a super new, snazzy VW beetle.  I’m talking a convertible Volkswagen beetle that breaks down quite often and has the license plate “DYD 666″.

I bring this up because some of you have mentioned concern about this being an action movie or a remake of Constantine and that’s probably my fault for talking about being a stuntman in it.  While there are stunts, it’s really not about that.  It’s about Dylan and who he is.  The bug is a perfect example of that.  We were actually pressured quite heavily to change it into something “cooler”.  People were worried about a hero driving such a car.  They were also worried about how it might look silly for the quite tall Brandon Routh to be sitting in a VW.   But, to Dylan (and his fans), the bug is an external manifestation of who he is.  He’s a relic of a different time that refuses to change, because he just doesn’t see the need.  The bug is a classic, like Dylan himself.  That model of that car has stood the test of time, despite having it’s flaws.  Just like Dylan.  It’s appealing because it isn’t flashy or shiny and bright.  It stands out because it’s not.

So while there are stunts, you won’t see Dylan in an amazingly complex kung fu fight against Larry Fishburne.  I do get to take a few lumps from him, though.  I just hope my ego can withstand getting smacked down by a guy who drives a bug.  At least he’s not a vegetarian.  Oh, wait…

-Dan Forcey

Development Exec/Stuntguy/CL (Cheese Lover)

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14 Responses to “Taking a punch from a guy who drives a bug”

  1. AntoBlueberry Says:

    Good to read the Bug is in the movie. Yes, Dylan is not your average square jawed action hero, he’s fearful, caring, humorous, vegetarian and doesn’t like weapons. One thing you got wrong is that he’s the one who gets the girl. Girls, as he falls in love with a different lady in every issue.

  2. deadofnightmovie Says:

    Well, I won’t disagree that he falls in love every issue, but he never seems to “get” them, as they usually turn out to be a demon or they die or something.

  3. AntoBlueberry Says:

    No, most of the time he succeeds in taking them to bed. Very few of them turn into demons or die (Lillie Connolly being the most famous case of dying ones). One of the few recurring ladies is a witch (Kim from the Cagliostro issue, inspired by Kim Novak in Bell, Book and Candle)

  4. deadofnightmovie Says:

    I think we’re simply differing in our definitions of “get”, Antonello. I wouldn’t say he really “gets” Kim, as they don’t really ride off into the sunset together, do they? I completely get your point, though, and think it’s just different perspectives between us.

  5. Stargazer Says:

    “While there are stunts, it’s really not about that. It’s about Dylan and who he is.”

    I love the sound of that! And please tell me, when will we be able to see pics of Brandon as Dylan? Hopefully soon.
    Thanks for taking your time to respond to these fans.

  6. I like your thinking Stargazer.
    Dan, Is it possible to see some pics of the set, the crew or at least Brandon dressed as Dylan.
    Thanks

  7. i agree with DoNmovie. Dylan doesn’t get the girl. He beds them, rescues them, falls in love with them (in every issue!!!), but the next issue, he is always brokenhearted and stuck w/Groucho.

    That’s not getting the lady, that’s getting the shaft.
    Which is the way it is supposed to be. A happy, content and complete Dylan Dog would never be able to catalyze the occult forces that are his bread and butter.

    BTW CANNOT WAIT MUCH LONGER!!!

  8. Stargazer Says:

    @Jim: “I like your thinking Stargazer.”

    Thanks! haha

    “i agree with DoNmovie. Dylan doesn’t get the girl. He beds them, rescues them, falls in love with them (in every issue!!!), but the next issue, he is always brokenhearted and stuck w/Groucho.

    That’s not getting the lady, that’s getting the shaft.
    Which is the way it is supposed to be. A happy, content and complete Dylan Dog would never be able to catalyze the occult forces that are his bread and butter.

    BTW CANNOT WAIT MUCH LONGER!!!”

    Well, that sounds pretty cool to me. And I’m the same like you; I CAN’T WAIT for this movie!! :D And don’t take me wrong, I want Dylan to kick butt and some cool action, but I also want some substance and heart… and some romance! LOL!

  9. ItalianFAN Says:

    I agree with the 2 comments above PLUS:
    EVERY ISSUE(almost). Starts with some murder. THEN then TITLE comes up.
    Then you see someone ringing on DYlan doors (on PORTOBELLO road). GROUCHO opening the door, craking jokes. The CLIENT is usually convinced they have the wrong house.
    Dylan comes rescues the client. Makes CROUCHO get them a cup of tea.
    ANd so ervery(almost) story begins.
    PLEASE BE faithfull at least to the basics

  10. Ivica Serdarot Says:

    Not an action movie? That’s good news but there seem to be a lot of vampires and zombies in the cast list, too many in fact. From one of the other posts I also read that there might be explanation in the movie about why Bloch will not be present and also why Dylan is in New Orleans, not in London. So Dylan Dog is still British. Does that mean Brandon Routh will be speaking in English accent?

  11. deadofnightmovie Says:

    How can you say it has too many zombies when you don’t know the story, Ivica? Heck, once you see it, you might decide we didn’t put ENOUGH zombies and vampires in it. He is the nightmare dectective, after all. :-)

  12. Ivica Serdarot Says:

    True on all accounts :) I was merely speculating on the basis of the IMDB cast list and Munroe’s early comments that there would many monsters or something to that extent. That said, it’s not the zombies I mind as much as it’s the vampires – in most episodes of Dylan Dog where vampires are concerned they are not portrayed in the classic sense (say Dracula or Blade) but mostly as masked opportunists hidden in the more influential layers of society. So take this as a passing comment.

    The question remains – DD is still British, right? :)

  13. texranger37 Says:

    This site is soooo cool!!

    I am very, very excited about this movie and I hope that it gets the hype that it deserves! This is one of the world’s TOP SELLING comics for crying out loud!!
    You guys should do a post at on the comicspriceguide.com boards here: http://www.comicspriceguide.com/boards/. They would love it! Tell them TEX sent ya!
    So, d’ya know when the movie is going to hit theaters?

    EXCITED,

    TEX

  14. Indagatore dell incubo Says:

    Dylan without the bug is not Dylan. There is lot of stuff which is very important for the DD universe, and unfortunatelly some of them [Grocuho, Bloch, Jenkins, H.G. Wells [I love this guy!!]] are not going to be in the movie. So I am really, really happy to know leastwise the bug made it in Dylan´s first cinema adventure.

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