Barry Sonnenfeld Plays it Straight in MIB 3

Barry Sonnenfeld, Director of Men in Black 3

Mumbai, India, May 16, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Men in Black 3 of Sony Pictures is all set to release on May 25th, 2012 all over India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. However, the man behind the success of its prequels-Director Barry Sonnenfeld- has his own jittery moments. The Director is much excited about the movie and wants it to garner as much love as its prequels. The third movie in the series of Men in Black will return to entertain the audience after 10 years.

Barry had envisioned to give the audience the taste of old film with a pinch of innovation which is why he says it took ten years to bring this movie before the audience. The film will have familiar characters and premise of the Men in Black and who they are. It will bring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones back together. But will also have new and inventive element of Time travel.

The movie which will be in 3D will star Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin. Barry seemed zealous as he spoke about his new lead star, “Young Agent K is played by Josh Brolin, who gives a sly, smart performance as Young K that channels Jones’ mannerisms and characterizations while also making the character his own. The performances were so consistent that it was hard for me to tell where Tommy Lee Jones ended and Josh Brolin began and that made me think as if I was directing one actor.”

Barry laughs as he recalls how the idea for the third film was born. He says, “Well, it’s funny because when we were shooting Men in Black 2, Will came up with the idea for Men in Black III. And Will said to me one night, “Wouldn’t it be really cool if for Men in Black 3, Tommy Lee Jones’ character, Agent K, disappears in the present and I have to go back to the past to save him, and in doing so discover things I never knew.” That’s what he said. And it sounded like a great idea.”

The Men in Black movies are not just sci-fi but have a rare touch of comedy to it. The key tone to it to make the movie really funny, says Sonnenfeld, is for everyone to play it entirely straight. “I want the situations to be funny, but the performances to be real, so I don’t want the actors trying to be funny.  I don’t want the composer to think ‘comedy,’ because then the music will be comedy music.  I don’t even want the cinematographer or the lab that develops the film to think it’s a comedy, because the next thing I know, it’ll look too bright.  If I can surround the absurd situation with something real, it’ll be a great comedy.”

With the success of it prequels, the “play it straight” strategy of Barry, is sure a hit. But will MIB III also appeal to the audience? It will soon be decided once this Sony Pictures film releases on May 25th, 2012.

Watch the trailer of Men In Black III.


(H S Communication)