Stevenson Talks Book of Eli’s Quest for Water

Now that the contracts have been signed and the cash agreed upon, Ray Stevenson has apparently been given the green light to talk about the upcoming “Book of Eli”, which he was just announced as joining as little as a few days ago. “Book of Eli” is one of those movies that just appeals to me on so many levels. There’s that whole post-apocalyptic angle, which I’ve loved since the cheesy ’80s, and the idea that one man has in his possession a book that can save humanity, and everyone wants it, even if they don’t know what it is. (I’m still guessing it’s something completely silly.) Good stuff there, folks, real good stuff. So what about Stevenson’s character, and what’s the deal with the world of Eli? It’s all about water, says Stevenson.

The former Punisher tells Sci Fi Wire:

“[Eli]’s on the wrong side of town, the wrong side of the law, but we’re going to have some fun there,” Stevenson said in an interview in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Dec. 2, where he was promoting Punisher: War Zone. “Now that they’ve committed, we’re going to go to work and see what we can do.”

Describing the apocalyptic vision of the film as surreal, Stevenson gave an example of a proposed visual cue. “At one point you think it’s snowing, but it’s actually ash is still falling,” he said. “It’s like is this the birth of what will be the next new society or is this the end, the tail end, the straggling end that’s just going to die out of the old one? It’s a pivotal time.”

As in films such as The Road Warrior, in which scavengers scrounge for oil, or Waterworld, where survivors scrabble for dirt, the prize possession in Eli’s world is pure water. “In this post-apocalyptic world, the prime currency is clean water,” Stevenson said. “If you imagine what we take for granted, rivers and streams and stuff like this, if that whole thing is disrupted and toxic and poisonous, water is the staff of [life]. You need water. It’s amazing what people focus on.”

This should remind us to appreciate the water that we have. I mean, if I had to fight someone for clean water, heck, I’d probably end up dying of thirst. Not saying I’m not one tough hombre, but you know, I’m allergic to fists.

Below: “Okay, okay, I promise not to steal your water. Now can I please come out? Is this collar supposed to itch like this? Someone?”