Matthew Fox speaks about Speed Racer

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Based on a Japanese-made anime cartoon TV series that has aired in the US with English-speaking voices, "Speed Racer" features live actors including Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman and Susan Sarandon. The main character is Speed Racer (Hirsch) who wants to win the cross-country car racing rally that took the life of his older brother Rex. When he realizes that a corporate scheme is resulting in fixed races, he's able to enter the rally in a partnership with his one-time rival Racer X.
September 21st, 2012

Matthew Fox thinks 'Speed Racer' was too ''visually ahead'' of its time.

The actor starred in the 2008 movie - about a young driver, who aspires to be champion of the racing world with the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile - and although he was a proud of it, it wasn't a box office smash and he thinks it was too confusing for viewers.

He said: ''You know, who knows why certain films don't commercially work out the way you hope they would. I think it was visually ahead of the time. I think people really didn't understand - the sort of means in their minds of information gathering didn't really understand it.''

Matthew also says the directors Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski couldn't agree with studio Warner Bros. on how to market the movie.

He added to ''I also think that The Wachowskis made a kids' movie with really, really big, sort of subversive adult themes in it. And I think that sort of threw Warner Bros. for a loop on how to market the movie. I think if you look back on how that movie was rolled out, you know, they weren't sure on whether to market it for kids, or to market it as a family movie, or to market it as a Wachowskis movie. So I think that, you know I really don't know, I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about it. Obviously I was really disappointed, because I just loved working with that whole group of people, and I was hopeful that there would be more of that story.''