When questioned about the short film Bird of Passage  which he helmed, Patrick Tatopoulos laughs, “A cute little failure. Zoi, my daughter, was in it. It was a huge learning curve. I was compromising everyday because of the schedule, and this and that. I realized that you can’t compromise. If you compromise you’ll screw yourself very badly at the end. There’s a side of me which is proud of it. Visually it’s stunning but I understand that it’s missing too much. We hadn’t scheduled it well. We couldn’t do it. We were out of money. That was a fun little experience. Not a bad memory. There’s a side of me that says, ‘I should finish it one day.’ But I can’t. My actors have grown up.” In regards to his feature length directorial debut, Underworld: Rise of the Lycons, Tatopoulos remarks, “Directing was a fun experience. I felt completely in my place and Len felt the same way. It started with great fun and excitement, and then slowly turned into, ‘Wow! Hold on. It’s the first one without Kate Beckinsale.’ She’s a strong appeal in this movie [franchise]. People go to see Kate; she’s beautiful. I’m going to go straight to video. There’s a language which had been established but my world is completely different which could be a blessing but at the same time I can’t reinvent the wheel. I felt without Kate I should just go for it. The movie cost $27 million and we opened at $21 million in the first weekend. The studio said great job. It became a calling card for me.”
Many thanks to Patrick Tatopoulos for taking the time for this interview, and to uncover more of his insights make sure to read Recollections: The Making of Total Recall.
Trevor Hogg is a freelance video editor and writer who currently resides in Canada.