Iron Sky is a black comedy action movie from Finland. Udo Kier stars as a Nazi general who set up a base on the moon shortly before the end of WWII. Slowly building up an army, the Nazis finally amass a force capable of restarting the war…in 2012. Of course, America has some surprises of its own for the invaders, least of which is the president…
Mancave Daily: So what’s going on with the movie right now? I know you’ve been doing some premieres across the globe.
Timo Vuorensola: Well, yeah — it’s all about releasing the movie at the moment. We had the Berlin premiere, then Oslo, next Saturday it’s SXSW. Then we’ll start the Finland tour, 20 cities, the official gala premiere in Finland, then Germany tour, Denmark, U.K.…a lot.
MCD: Now SXSW will be the North American premiere?
Timo Vuorensola: Yes! It’s the best possible festival for this.
MCD: Now looking at the trailers, there’s a lot of action movie coming out strong — big CGI shots, lots of fireballs and marching troops — but the comedy is also just barely hinted at. Do you think that’s going to surprise viewers?
Timo Vuorensola: Well, I’m surprised if somebody doesn’t find a film about Nazis from the moon comedic from the get go. And looking at the trailer, it’s a trailer for an action comedy film…I think the political satire aspect is one that might be a surprise, because we go a bit rough on that topic.
MCD: Yes, the American President looks vaguely familiar…
Timo Vuorensola: Yeah, but that’s just coincidence.
MCD: Do you think the audiences here will leave the movie thinking of it as an action movie with some comedy, or a comedy movie with a lot of action?
Timo Vuorensola: Hopefully a political satire with loads of action.
MCD: What was it like working with Udo Kier?
Timo Vuorensola: Well, I was a bit nervous at first but you know, he’s a gentleman and a professional in the same package, so it was never a problem. We understood each other very well, he was really helpful, quick and always knew where to be and what to do.
MCD: I read some interesting quotes from him about the time he made Barb Wire with Pamela Anderson and sent her 50 roses on the first day. Was he making romantic tributes to any of the cast this time around?
Timo Vuorensola: Oh, Udo is a romantic soul, he can be a gentleman to everyone around him.
MCD: So the video game is called Operation High Jump, named after the U.S. training exercise in Antarctica that many conspiracists think was an actual attack on a Nazi base there. Did you draw inspiration from that?
Timo Vuorensola: Yeah, it was for sure one of the inspirations for the background; the story itself doesn’t go back in 1940′s, but the backstory does.
MCD: Any other conspiracies hinted at in the film? Do we get to find out if the moon landing was faked?
Timo Vuorensola: Actually, that’s part of Iron Sky backstory as well. But other conspiracies… Yeah, we dip into several of them. Like, whatever happened to Mir?
MCD: Nice. It also definitely looks like you guys went all out on the action blockbuster budget — Michael Bay-level spaceships and toys and such.
Timo Vuorensola: Yeah…Of course, with the budget Michael Bay uses for catering.
MCD: Ha! And Laibach does the music for the trailer — is it primarily a metal soundtrack? Well, “metal” as a very broad term, anyways.
Timo Vuorensola: No, Laibach guys actually hate metal anyway. It’s as far from metal as it could be.
MCD: I think industrial gets lumped in with metal a lot over here in the States…
Timo Vuorensola: …then again, it’s Wagner. And Wagner is basis of all metal…so yeah, it’s metal. In very Wagnerian way.
MCD: And you have a band yourself, right? Älymystö?
Timo Vuorensola: Yeah! Industrial-noise-black-metal.
MCD: Alright, last and more important question: do we get to see Giant Robot Hitler in this movie, or will we have to wait for Iron Sky 2?
Timo Vuorensola: Our number one decision was that we won’t have Hitler in the film in any form. Not as a regenerated, not as a duplicated, not as a genemanipulated, not as a robotic or not even as a brains-in-a-can way. So Hitler’s presence is definitely there. But not in a mechanized way.
MCD: Fair enough. (Mancave writers begin plotting Robot Hitler action movie…)
Dan Morgridge is a patriot from Chicago. He would never inflict even a fictional Robot Hitler upon our world.