White House Under Fire: 'Olympus Has Fallen' Banner and Images

Tuesday, 05 February 2013 10:52 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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White House Under Fire: 'Olympus Has Fallen' Banner and Images

FilmDistrict took some its letting the world see any substantial promotion for next month's Olympus Has Fallen.  Now that it has started showing off the actioner, though, FilmDistrict just can't stop unveiling new bits of marketing for the White House-set thriller.  You know that old saying, "Once you start promoting Olympus Has Fallen, it's tough to stop promoting Olympus Has Fallen."

The latest examples of this truism are two new official Olympus Has Fallen photos, along with a banner that effectively conveys the concept using two succinct images and the tagline "When our flag falls our nation will rise."

Gerard Butler stars as Mike Banning, a Secret Service agent who opts for a desk job after he's unable to save the First Lady in an accident.  When a North Korean fighting force takes over the White House in an ambitious, highly coordinated attack, however, Banning ends up being the only man who can stop them from the inside, John McClane-style.  Action ensues.

The supporting cast includes Angela Bassett, Rick Yune, Melissa Leo, Cole Hauser, Han Soto, and Ashley Judd as the First Lady.  The two biggest roles aside from Butler's, though, are the President and the Speaker of the House, played by Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman, respectively.

One of the two new images that debuted at Yahoo! Movies today shows Eckhart and Freeman looking casual in the Oval Office, while the other features Butler looking very much like a Secret Service agent.  Then, of course, there's the new banner.

In IAR's visit to the Olympus Has Fallen mixing stage, director Antoine Fuqua, best known as the helmer of Training Day and Brooklyn's Finest, explained to IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick and assorted entertainment journalists, "We spent a lot of time discussing with people in Washington who will remain anonymous, how would you really attack the White House? That is what appealed to me when I first read the script, and I thought, that is kind of fun and we need to scare the shit out of Washington. Because in New York we dropped our guard so now since 9/11 you believe that we can be vulnerable to this type of thing. If someone was smart enough to use our tools and our freedom against us, they can get in and do what they want. There is a quote we always say that you might see on a poster or something down the line: it’s not a matter of IF … it’s a matter of WHEN. It’s a balance because it is supposed to be fun and it is a “take over the White House” movie but I wanted to make it feel authentic. I wanted you to believe this could happen, and I want you to think about that.”

Read Philbrick's full account of his mixing stage visit by clicking right here.

Olympus Has Fallen arrives in theaters on March 22nd.

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