It's light-hearted and amusing and - at PG-13 - more family friendly and less gory than he originally wanted. My wife is glad about it and I'm glad my kids can see the movie, but the number of really horrifying, disgusting and bloody deaths we had lined up that we didn't get to do is tragic.
That sounds an terrible lot like throwing your studio under the bus, does it not?
"Script's totally different", said Statham, in comparison with the script that made him sign on. I guess if you have the control to keep it a certain way you would, but you don't. In the end they want to put something at the beginning. The whole thing at the beginning where I do a rescue on a sub? That was not in the script that I read. Just because you should always try and not narrow that down and imagine what you want it to be and just go for the ride.
I'm, you know. I'm just saying it was radically different. Jon's interpretation of this is a fun end of summer [movie]. It's a little bit more directed to a different taste of what my own is... "I'm a lot older but I can't speak for what this film could possibly speak to a younger audience".
"Of all the thrillers made about tender, juicy humans splashing away from ravenous giant sharks, "The Meg" is undeniably the most recent". I'm not a filmmaker. I'm sort of an actor that's going to portray a role. I go there but I've learned not to get too attached with your own idea of what something could be.
"It is neither dumb nor smart enough to be fun, and spends way too much time with its boring human characters when it could be spending it with, you know, the giant shark", adds Emily Yoshida from Vulture, making an excellent point.
So far, we can definitely say there's a consensus that a shark is, in fact, in the film.
Given Statham's passion for sharks he seemed pretty happy with the outcome. Watch the Statham-heavy final trailer below.