Interview Holland Roden & Logan Miller: Escape Room: Tournament of Champions
We interview Escape Room: Tournament of Champions stars Holland Roden and Logan Miller about their characters and the film’s approach.
Escape Game: Tournament of Champions, in theaters on July 16, is the sequel to the surprise hit of 2019. Survivors of the previous film, Zoey and Ben decide to fight against the evil society of Minos but find themselves trapped with other “champions” before reaching their destination.
Logan Miller reprizes his role as Ben, while Holland Roden joins Rachel as a survivor. The cast spoke to Screen Rant about the growth in the sequel’s scale and their characters’ situation early on.
Logan, in the first movie, Ben was on a downward spiral. But at the end of that, he got his fight back. Where is Ben in this movie, and can you tell me about his friendship with Zoey this time around?
Logan Miller: Yeah, you said it the best. He was a cynical and smirk in the first one. And he really changed his tone, because he got that second chance at life. I think he’s trying to pull all the cylinders out and do his best.
Zoey has this fight in her; she really wants revenge, and she really wants to bring this company down. And the only person she knows who experienced it like she is Ben. So Ben has to be there for her on all cylinders. We are ready to take it as we can. I want to be the hero for her, I want to be the hero for all of us, and I want to try to survive and make sure we are all survivors instead of just one person.
Rachel is a very interesting character, as she has a medical condition where she cannot feel pain. Can you tell me a little more about her?
Holland Roden: Yeah, I thought that was an interesting aspect. For her aesthetics, we put a lot of piercings and tattoos on her. She’s a fan of the British punk rock era and I love being able to create a character from the outside in.
It was different for me, in terms of my process as well as just being able to play a punk rock girl and trying to take control of everyone’s diagnosis as a former EMT. These two aspects, I had never played before. So, I was excited.
Logan, there are a lot of moving parts in some of these giant sets. Can you tell me about the physical challenge of some of these shoots? Because some of it was done in a practical way, like the beach escape room.
Logan Miller: I would say 80% were actually practical effects, which is really what’s great. The physical element is there. Damn, I think I lost 10 pounds while filming Escape Room 2, and I’m not exaggerating. This is one thing where you have to be prepared to be in the elements of it all.
We’ve created such illustrious sets, and now we just have to make it our playground. It’s really that sandbox. Everything is here ; all the elements to find the clues, we made them practical. You really have to sit down and figure out how we’re going to make these things interesting. At the end of the day, they’re giant plays, so let’s try to shoot them like everyone’s there. This makes the interactive experience it is when you see it on screen.
Holland, Rachel’s emotional scars are worse than the physical pain she has to endure. Can you tell me about this duality of the character, and why it interested you?
Holland Roden: Yeah, I love that she wears her heart on her sleeve, because she had to overcompensate. I feel like it’s like someone speaking louder when they have a hearing problem – same analogy. She at least tried to carry the weight of the others, and she felt responsible for taking the first hit.
It was a different kind of leadership than Ben’s, but I feel like Rachel always takes care of other people’s issues. It was definitely something she would do.
In this movie, how does the scale grow? Because I really like that it’s less horror and more of a psychological thriller.
Logan Miller: Yeah, the first one was a bit of an experiment. We were trying to see how much we could do on a low budget. They took it 10th degree with that, it really showed, and I think the audience and the fans really resonated with it.
Now we have the chance to start all over again. Why not amplify it? We certainly did, and we did it with the sets. We did it with the characters that we brought. It’s always great when you have the chance to make a sequel because you can add so many other fun elements to it. We did it with the actors, we did it with the sets and we did it with the story. It was just such an honor to be able to expand the universe.
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- Escape Game: Tournament of Champions (2021)Release Date: Jul 16, 2021
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