Tyrese Gibson, who plays Master Sgt. Epps in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, told a group of reporters that he filmed his final shots for the June 24 release only this past Wednesday.
The star introduced the new trailer for the sequel to fans at a special screening of the first Transformers on Wednesday in Los Angeles, at which director Michael Bay revealed that they'd just returned from shooting the final pickup shots.
"Yeah, we did some new scenes, some new shots, got to the set around 10 this morning," Gibson said in a group interview. "Today we officially wrapped Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. Any missing pieces there were, we picked them up today. They're going to go ahead and put it in the chop shop and put the magic around it and go ahead and add it into the film."
The new trailer showed action taking place in Egypt and atop the Brooklyn Bridge, as well as comic moments among Sam (Shia LaBeouf), Bumblebee and the Witwicky parents. The following Q&A features edited excerpts of the interview with Gibson. (Spoilers ahead!)
What exactly were the pickup shots you did today?
Gibson: I can't really speak on it, but that was a nice try.
The first teaser seemed really dark, but this trailer seems more in line with the original movie: some light moments, some intense action. Does that reflect more of the film?
Gibson: The energy of this film embraced a lot and most of the elements of the first one, but there's a lot of nuances, a lot of new energy, a lot more levels and layers to the sequel. I think the chemistry amongst the cast is much better, because the first one was all getting to know each other. We were in a big transitional phase for all of our careers, and this film took all of our careers to another level. So now it's a family reunion, and we felt more of a responsibility to make this film as great as we could.
Did you get to go to Egypt?
Gibson: No, I didn't get to go to Egypt. I was supposed to go, but you won't be able to tell I'm not there. ...
You're right in the middle of the action?
Gibson: At all times. Master Sgt. Epps. My title has been upgraded to the highest [enlisted] level [rank] in the Air Force, [Chief] Master Sgt. [of the Air Force] Epps. I've got way more responsibilities, way more pressure, way more things to communicate about, way more things to get done and way more enemies to stop.
Are the characters more prepared to face a robot threat this time?
Gibson: Absolutely. There are a few new people that don't really understand what's going on, but we try and bring them up to speed throughout the course of the movie. ...
What was your reaction when you heard about a sequel and read the script the first time?
Gibson: For me, after the amount of support came down the pipe that we all witnessed, it became pretty much a no-brainer that we're going to do a sequel. We just didn't know where, when and what components were going to be a part of it. We were hoping that the original cast came back.
God bless and rest in peace to my man Bernie Mac, who was a part of the first one. That's what it became. We're here, so now that we've all got each other, we've got to go in here and make this the best that we can make it. Even throughout Shia's certain moments that he had throughout the course of the film, we all were there to support him and help him get through it, just like he was there for us whenever we had moments. So it was a real family effort to get Transformers 2 done through thick and thin, 'til death do us part.
Will you be part of the third one?
Gibson: I didn't die in 2. I can tell you that.
Oh, so that you're willing to spoil.
Gibson: Oh no, I'm not spoiling. You don't want me to die, man. Come on, you don't want Epps to die. Come on, you know what I'm saying? That would be horrible.