In Andrew Niccol's new dystopian movie Now, you can stay young forever — but only if you can afford the extra years. In our exclusive interview with I Am Number Four star Alex Pettyfer, he told us a little bit more about playing the villain in this futuristic epic.
Pettyfer's character, Fortis, is constantly chasing after main character Will (Justin Timberlake) who he thinks has wrongfully stolen his precious years.
If the years of someone's life is the new brand of currency in Now, how old is your character?
Seventy-five. There are no old people. When you get to 25 you stop aging, and you have a clock [points to his inner left wrist] and when you hit 25 you get a year of your life. And you can [gain or lose] that year, so you can end up with a million years or you can end up zero years. But when you get to zero, you die.
It starts off with out lead character who has 23 hours [left to live] on his clock left. And he runs into a million-year-ian, who has a million years. He gives Will the million years, and I see that and I think it's mine, and I go after him. I'm the bad guy.
Do you have a lot of years left?
I have a couple of months left on my clock, which isn't a lot.
What was your favorite part of filming a movie in the future?
Everything — from the cars to the guns, to the outfits.
When Pettyfer was pointing to his wrist we assumed he was indicating where the timer was located on each future human. So we searched recent set pics looking for a few wrist pieces, sadly it looks like in the future people want to keep their death clocks secret. All the girls surrounding Timberlake seem to have their left wrist covered up.
Here's the official synopsis:
Welcome to a world where time has become the ultimate currency. You stop aging at 25, but there's a catch: you're genetically-engineered to live only one more year, unless you can buy your way out of it. The rich "earn" decades at a time (remaining at age 25), becoming essentially immortal, while the rest beg, borrow or steal enough hours to make it through the day. When a man from the wrong side of the tracks is falsely accused of murder, he is forced to go on the run with a beautiful hostage. Living minute to minute, the duo's love becomes a powerful tool in their war against the system