“Transformers: Age of Extinction” Updates: Words from Cullen & Extended Promo Scenes
Just a quick update on Transformers: Age of Extinction.
YouTube user lászlo vén has taped a short familiar clip from Age of Extinction that Samsung’s using to promote their new UHDTV Curve TV. Here, we see Lockdown’s head transforming into the gun form and from the sequence looks to be the shot that hits Optimus Prime, who is seen in his newer Western Star 4900 Phantom Custom semi-truck. Also seen is Mark Wahlberg (Cade Yeager), Jack Reynor (Shane Dyson), and Nicola Peltz (Tessa Yeager) being caught in the crossfire.
Second is a short piece by USA Today on the 10 iconic movie characters to see this year. Optimus Prime makes it, with some words from the ever venerable Peter Cullen. The piece notes that his son, Clay, is a stuntman in the film, while his older brother Larry continues to be an inspiration.
Optimus Prime has undergone quite a few vehicular makeovers in the past 30 years of Transformers projects, yet his earnest and heroic voice has never wavered, thanks to Peter Cullen.
For the big-budget Transformers: Age of Extinction, the actor once again reprises the role he’s been playing since the 1980s Transformers cartoon. Now Prime and his Autobots have a new human ally (Mark Wahlberg) but they are in conflict with the evil Decepticons as well as the U.S. government.
“He is exactly who he was from the very original concept,” Cullen says of Prime. “I’ve always felt a hero should have the qualities that are inspiring and helpful and fatherly and at the same time (be) courageous. I don’t see those character traits changing at all.”
Transformers is more than a lifetime gig as a transforming big rig for Cullen. It’s also a family affair: His son Clay is a stuntman on Age of Extinction, and Cullen’s brother Larry, a Marine who served in the Vietnam War and died in 2011, continues to be the inspirational foundation for Optimus’ steady and strong tone.
“Though Larry’s gone,” Peter Cullen says, “he lives on in my mind as Optimus Prime because he was my hero.”
Transformers: Age of Extinction rolls into theaters on June 27, 2014.
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