Guests: Dr. Jessica Coon & Vinzenz Kiefer
Aliens, hackers and awesome prizes on this week’s episode! First we speak to Dr. Jessica Coon, a linguistic professor who was tapped by Hollywood to help Amy Adams communicate with aliens for the new blockbuster ‘Arrival’. We are also joined by German actor Vinzenz Kiefer, who took on Jason Bourne as hacker Christian Dassault.
But first – we have early holiday presents to give away to our listeners who reside in Sweden! Our friends at Universal Sony have given us three blu-ray box sets that include all five of the Jason Bourne films!
Listen to the episode to find out the quiz question and send your answer to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The first three listeners with the correct answer will win the box-set and we will announce the winners on our Twitter - @podpopculture.
‘Arrival’ is one of the this years big blockbusters, directed by Denis Villeneuve (‘Sicario’, ‘Enemy’) and starring Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Amy Adams – who plays linguist Louise Banks. To create a realistic character and to get the script correct – the films team contacted our guest Dr. Jessica Coon to find out just how a linguist would decipher an alien language. Coon joined the films team as a technical advisor to coach Amy Adams with her character, to advise on the script and much more.
We got to go behind the scenes of the latest installment in the series ‘Jason Bourne’ with Vinzenz Kiefer, who plays a Julian Assange or Edward Snowden type hacker in the film. Directed by Paul Greengrass, the film stars Matt Damon as Bourne as well as Oscar winner Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles and Tommy Lee Jones. We ask Kiefer what it’s like to spend three days in a room with Matt Damon, how Kevin Spacey helped his career, why he recommends visiting India – and much more.
Don’t miss this episode, and for our listeners living in Sweden a chance to test your knowledge and win the box set of all five Jason Bourne films!
Dr. Jessica Coon is an Associate Producer in the Department of Linguistics at McGill University and Canada Research Chair in Syntax and Indigenous Languages. Her research is focused on syntax and morphology, especially understudied languages of the Americas.
Vinzenz Kiefer is a well-known actor in his home country of Germany where he recently starred in the acclaimed TV show Alarm for Cobra 11 (Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei). Kiefer was on his way to vacation in India when he was invited to join the cast of ‘Jason Bourne’ as hacker Christian Dassault.