Roland Emmerich - Returning to an Original Blockbuster with "Independence Day: Resurgence"

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Director Roland Emmerich talks about following up a blockbuster film with its sequel "Independence Day: Resurgence" and discusses normalizing the LGBT community in movies. (4:41)

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-Please welcome Roland Emmerich!

-♪ -(cheering, applause)

(cheering continues)

-Welcome to the show.-Yeah. Welcome.

(giggles)Good to have you here.

So, what do you want to know?(laughs)

You know whatI love most about you is...

I'm a huge fan of your work,a huge fan of you,

and I think whatI love most about you,

you remind me of my dad.

You both havethat German precision

just straight down the line--

yes, no, maybe.


-Yeah. -You arethe original blockbuster man.

I mean, uh, Independence Day was the first film

to gross a hundred milliondollars in one week.

Your movies have grossedover three billion, uh, dollars.

That's, uh,quite a lot of pressure to have.

Do you feel thatwhen you make movies,

like, is the studio, arethey going, "Come on, Roland,

come on... Roland"?

No, not at all. It's, like,uh, I just love movies,

you know, and making moviesis, like, kind of my job,

and... and, you know,and when you, like,

really love, uh... your job,

you know, I think you wouldforget about all these things.

You know, you...just go out there and do it,

and, uh... and, you know,and this movie was, uh,

maybe a little bit more pressurebecause it was the follow-up

of a very successful film,but I still...

I think at the end I forgot it,you know, just had fun,

-you know, with it.-And, I mean, it's 20 years.

Few films have held up as wellover that amount of time.

I mean, it's been 20 years sincethe first Independence Day,

and that was an action movie,and yet, still,

every single yearit's played on TV.

-Yeah.-It's become a staple.

When you're making a film,how do you... how do you...

how do you get those picturesin your mind right?

Do you... do you know thatthis is gonna last forever?

Do you know thatif I blow up these landmarks,

it's gonna do wellfor a long time?

Well, like, the landmarks,is always just to show people

-where they are. You know?-(laughter)

Especially in Independence Day, in the first one.

You know,you know how Americans are.

They want to know--ah, now I'm in Washington,

and now I'm, like, in New York,and now I'm in L.A.

-So what do you do?-You blow up the monuments.

-(laughter)-Yeah, of course, of course.

Uh, generally,I use a flag or a map,

-but, uh, yes, each to his own.-Yeah, but it's, like, you know.

In termsof the movies themselves,

you-you've made your money,you've done your thing,

but you've also made some reallybeautiful films out there.

Uh, and, uh... obviously,the events in Orlando...

-Mm-hmm. -I guess,speak to you personally.

You know, you've seenwhat's on the news.

As someonewho's been very vocal about...

you know, the rights ofgay people all over the world...


...why do you thinkit's important

to keep on havingthese conversations?

Why do you continueto make additional films?

You could just makeblockbusters,

but why do you make filmsthat speak out as well?

Well, you know, as a filmmakeryou want to kind of do

the things you'rereally kind of interested in,

and I'm not only interestedin these, like,

you know, like,action-disaster films.

I'm a lot interestedin other things.

I did a movie about, you know,Shakespeare authorship question,

and my last, uh, smaller filmwas about Stonewall,

'cause Stonewall wasthe beginning

of the gay rights movement.

And, you know,I have to say to you,

it's, like, uh... I'm, like,kind of since two, three days,

-not myself, because, uh,-Yeah.

it, like,really hurts very much,

you know, when, like, uh,things like this happen,

and you're, like, kind of,you still have to go out there,

naturally, sell your film, but,uh, sometimes you ask yourself

what's-what's wrong with us?

You know,what's wrong with us people?

And, you know,and you, like, kind of, uh,

try to kind of soldier through,but it's hard, it's really hard.

When you...when you see the images on TV,

when you see all of the thingsthat are happening out there,

what would you sayis the biggest thing

that gives you hopeon a personal level?

Well, you know, for me,you know, it's, like,

kind of I'm always, you know,trying to put something

in my big movies, you know,which, like, kind of...

can maybe changea little bit something?

-Yeah. -So in Independence Day: Resurgence,

I put a gay couple in,and I didn't, like, even, like,

say, "Oh, they're gay."

They behaved gay, but, like,kind of nobody even, like,

-kind of notices it.-It's not a big deal.

-It's not a big deal.-As it shouldn't be.

As it should be.And that's, like,

kind of these little things,uh, as a, you know,

like, as a director,you can do, you know?

And also, the movie's about,you know,

the unity of the world,you know?

And now we're, like, kind ofreally a fractured world.

It's, like, I thinkit's an important message,

you know, to put out there.

Well done, my friend.Thank you so much.

Independence Day: Resurgence is in theaters June 24.

Roland Emmerich, everybody.We'll be right back.

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