I Am Number Four effects drove director 'crazy'

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Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker star in the 2010 action-comedy that is "Red". After he's threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses (Willis) reassembles his old crew to go after their longtime assailants. The movie's title (RED) stands for "Retired Extremely Dangerous".

June 15th, 2011

'I Am Number Four' direct D.J. Caruso was driven "crazy" by the effects in the movie.

The filmmaker - who shot, edited and released the sci-fi movie, starring Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron in less than a year - was glad for the "help" of producer Michael Bay because he felt overwhelmed by all of the extra work.

He told BANG Showbiz: "Michael Bay was a first class producer. He allowed me the space needed to direct and was always there when I needed help. He was very helpful in Post and helped me conquer some visual effect shots that were driving me crazy."

D.J. also admits there are similarities between the film - about a boy who his brought to earth as the last of a surviving species - and TV series 'Smallville', on which he worked on the very first episode about the early years of Superman.

He said: "'Number Four' does mirror Superman's journey. I always made that connection. Also, a hero being reluctant to use his powers resonates in both 'Smallville' and 'I Am Number Four'.

"These similarities were helpful because I was revisiting themes that I had explored before."

'I Am Number Four' is released on DVD on June 20.