To realistically set the scene for the ruined, polluted Earth featured in Neil Blomkamp's new sci-fi film "Elysium," the director chose to shoot for several weeks in Mexico City's Bordo Poniente landfill, the world's second largest dump. In an new interview, actor Matt Damon says the location, which spans more than 975 acres, was one of the worst he's ever filmed in.
"(It was) the toughest two weeks of shooting I've ever had," he says. "(We had to) literally eat s**t... It was explained to us that, like any dump anywhere in the world, the dust is actually comprised largely of fecal matter. After they tell you that the dust is all fecal matter, then they see what you're doing (on set), they go, 'You know, not your dust ... all the other dust!' So, at the end of every day, as we'd wipe this stuff off, we'd be basically throwing these s**tty towels at each other."
But back to "Elysium": Damon says the gritty shoot was entirely worth it.
"Neill just said, 'Look, I know I can do a lot with a green screen ... but I've never seen a giant set-piece in a sci-fi film in a setting like that.' Everybody on the crew recognized that it was a really good idea and it was going to be worth it," he says. "It's really one of the best sequences in the movie and I'm really proud of it."
Check out a trailer for "Elysium" below.