Moonfall, the new disaster epic from Roland Emmerich, is actually based on a true story, according to the director.
Emmerich, celebrating the success of Independence Day in the late nineties, had gone on holiday to the remote wilderness of Wales, just outside Cardiff, when the events on which he would base his new film occurred.
“We visited a local wise man, who used a charming old traditional Welsh method of divination to tell people’s fortune,” explained the director.
“Midway through our fortune, he stopped. He looked thunderstruck and left his hut. We followed him and he just pointed up to the sky and shouted ‘Moon.’
“We all looked up and were shocked to see that we could see the moon, it was the middle of the day, and that it looked strangely large.
“It was clear that something was wrong. Using my experience with disaster movies, I realised that the Moon must have been knocked out of its orbit and was going to crash into Wales.
“We immediately tried to contact America to alert them so they could do something. But, this was the late nineties, it could take weeks to send something from Wales to America.
“So, we ran. We made for the hills in North Wales and watched in horror as the Moon crashed down onto South Wales obliterating towns, cities, and lots of charming medieval castle ruins.”
Wales has since successfully rebuilt itself, and NASA, once they learnt what happened were able to return the Moon to its normal orbit, but the experience stayed with Emmerich.
“Apart from transplanting the story to the US, the story in Moonfall is pretty much as it happened,” said the director.
Moonfall continues his run of disaster movies – The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, White House Down – that are all based on real-life events.
It will be released next year and will, obviously, be awesome.
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Outrage as Roadhouse not included in top 100 foreign language films
There was dismay and outrage as a new list of the top 100 foreign language films didn’t feature 1989 Patrick Swayze classic Roadhouse.
The list was created from a poll of major critics by BBC Culture.
The top spot was filled by Seven Samurai, Kurosawa’s four-week long classic about some men duffing up some other men.
“Well, frankly, I think its a bloody outrage,” said Paddy Elliot, an unemployed cat podiatrist from Carshalton.
“I love Roadhouse. I love Roadhouse so much I’ve seen it 398 times. I called my youngest daughter Roadhouse.
“And these people are saying it doesn’t even make their top one hundred?”
It was explained to Mr Elliot that Roadhouse wasn’t a foreign language film.
“Bloody is somewhere,” he shouted.
“I mean, are you saying that if I were to take my special edition bluray over to Azerbaijan and pop it on, they wouldn’t want the subtitles on? Course they bloody would.”
Mr Elliott claimed that it was critical snobbery that kept Roadhouse from rather than language.
“Bloody right it is, they had that Passion of Joan of Arc on the list and that’s a silent film. Roadhouse is a foreign language film in half the world, Passion of Joan of Arc isn’t a foreign language film anywhere.”
However, rather than accept the poll results, Mr Elliott plan to release his own top 100 foreign language films.
“Bloody am and all, and each position from number one to number hundred will each be Roadhouse.
“And I bet more people will have watched my list than theirs.”