Alita: Battle Angel is packed with cutting-edge visual effects, which means everybody involved had to be on top of their game — and that goes for the actors too, according to Christoph Waltz.Oscar-winning actor Waltz plays a cybernetics expert who nurtures a young cyborg in Iron City, a dystopian future metropolis ruled over by a distant elite floating high above in the sky. It’s an action-packed sci-fi extravaganza laced with political themes about inequality. Filmmakers Waltz trained as an actor in Vienna and New York in the 1970s, studying method acting with legendary teachers Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. According to Waltz, Strasberg admitted teaching acting was a way of making money, and so Waltz doesn’t romanticise thespian techniques — especially when there’s thousands of dollars at stake during a shoot. With hundreds of technicians and crews standing by, Waltz emphasises that actors have to be focused and prepared.Alita was developed by legendary director James Cameron, who Waltz calls the éminence grise of sci-fi action. But Cameron was busy with the planned Avatar sequels, so Robert Rodriguez took over. Waltz describes how the pair complemented each other with their different styles.Alita: Battle Angel is released in the UK on 6 February and the US on 14 February.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers. 3:46 Alita: Battle Angel’s Christoph Waltz reveals why acting… Post a comment TV and Movies 0 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voice
Twitter/Cricket World CupJust as they prepare for the all-important semi-final of the ICC 2019 World Cup against England, the Australian cricket team have been hit with two serious injury concerns. Both Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis were suffering from possible injuries in the match against South Africa on July 6 and are doubtful to play on the July 11 clash againsts the hosts. Australia have now called up Matthew Wade as cover for Usman Khawaja, just in case the latter is unable to get fit in time. The 5-time world champions have also brought in all-rounder Mitchell Marsh to be available in case of Stoinis not recovering. While Khawaja had to retire hurt after spending very little time at the crease, Stoinis too, had to receive attention from physio several times when he was at the crease. Commentators like Michael Clarke surmised that Khawaja’s problem seems more severe as he is suffering from problems in the hamstring or calf region which may be a grade 1 tear – an injury that won’t heal in time.Luckily for Australia, both Wade and Marsh may be very useful additions to the team. While the former has been plundering runs for around an year in domestic cricket and now for Australia A, Marsh has had good success at the international level before. The two men are currently in England itself with the A team, hence, their joining the team could be easily expedited.