Though she plays a young girl with the ability to see the future in “Push,” actress Dakota Fanning could not predict that she would be stuck in a San Diego traffic jam for 7 hours back in July.
On the way to the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con, a road accident snarled traffic, causing Fanning to miss the panel discussion for her latest movie, which tells the story of some genetically-enhanced people on the run from the government. “I just went down to say ‘Hi’ to everybody and say I was sorry that I couldn’t be at the panel,” Fanning said when she finally made it to the roundtable interview.
Dakota Fanning is a “Watcher” in “Push”
Fanning, who played opposite Tom Cruise in “War of the Worlds,” stars as Cassie Holmes, a 14-year-old girl who has the genetically-engineered ability to see the future. “Cassie is what they call a ‘Watcher’ and that means she can see the future, but it comes in flashes of like seconds or minutes,” Fanning said.
“Whatever decisions anyone makes can change the future, so she’s always trying to beat her power in a way and get to that future first before it changes,” she said.
A Government Agency Called “The Division” Gives People Powers
Cassie is hiding out from the Division, the secret government agency that gives people special abilities as long as they faithfully serve the government; those who refuse to cooperate are hunted and destroyed. Seeking refuge in Hong Kong, Cassie teams up with telekinetic Nick Gant (Chris Evans from “The Fantastic Four) to find one of her missing friends.
Fanning’s Character in “Push” is “Punky”
Fanning said that it was so much fun to play a true character, which is what she felt Cassie was. “It was so much fun to be a part of the costume and everything. She’s kind of a little punky, a little sarcastic, with colors in my hair. It was so much fun to be so different from my true self,” Fanning said.
“She’s very sarcastic and very dry; she’s always like that. That’s just who she is. She’s kind of trying to deal with being a 14-year-old and having this power and trying to balance between that. And also trying to save her mom because her mom is in danger; she’s by herself at home. I think it’s very tough for her, but at the same time, she’s trying to keep a strong face on,” she said.
“Push” Required Three Months of Location Shooting in Hong Kong
“Push” required Fanning to film on location in Hong Kong. “I absolutely loved being in Hong Kong and I loved the other actors,” she said. “Paul (McGuigan), the director, is just amazing. It was just a great experience and we were there for a while, three months we were there. I would definitely go back to Hong Kong, I loved it so much.”
“Push,” rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, brief strong language, smoking and a scene of teen drinking, opens nationwide on Friday, February 6.