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Timothy Olyphant is Wise Mentor, Protector in ‘I Am Number Four’

No stranger to action and sci-fi, Timothy Olyphant (The Crazies, Hitman, Live Free: Die Hard) dives in these exciting genres again in DreamWorks Pictures' new adventure thriller “I Am Number Four.”

Based on the best-selling book by Pittacus Lore, “I Am Number Four” revolves about an extraordinary young man, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), who is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events—his first love (Dianna Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.

Director D.J. Caruso handpicked Olyphant to play Henri. “Timothy is a really dynamic person and has amazing acting rhythms,” says Caruso. “It’s been wonderful to see what he has done with the role of Henri and seeing him work with Alex. It’s not like the standard father-son relationship. It’s more like an older brother or an uncle who doesn’t really know how to handle a kid.”

“My character changes throughout the movie,” Olyphant explains. “In the beginning Henri is a guardian from the planet Lorien. His role is to protect this special child as he grows on the planet Earth. As the story continues, John’s unique abilities begin to develop and grow stronger and stronger. Henri helps him understand what his destiny is.”

Reflecting on the relationship between Henri and John, Olyphant says, “I think it’s just this wonderful sort of tension, where Henri loves John, but sometimes he just wants to strangle him. If we’ve done it right, you should see that Henri’s both a bit of a hard-ass and dangerous character, but at the same time you see that he truly cares for him.”

In addition to enjoying the role of Henri, Olyphant also had a very positive experience with director D.J. Caruso. “D.J.’s just a classy guy and a great director,” he says. “Our conversations from the jump were really great and it felt like we were on the same page right from the beginning. I gave him my gut instinct about what I would like to do and he responded very positively.”

With an expansive list of diverse film and television credits, Olyphant is known for his poignant roles in both dramas and comedies. This past year, he starred as the town sheriff in Breck Eisner’s remake of the horror classic “The Crazies,” which revolves around a small town beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water supply. In 2007, Olyphant starred in 20th Century Fox’s “Hitman” and “Live Free: Die Hard.”

Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 23, “I Am Number Four” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

11 Comments on Timothy Olyphant is Wise Mentor, Protector in ‘I Am Number Four’

  1. Imortal Panalo // February 23, 2011 at 6:27 pm //

    Ang galing nga ni Timothy Olyphant sa role na Raylan Givens dun sa series na Justified…. malalim ang theme, basta ang galing nya….

  2. I flop you pare flop na flop. IMORTAL winner na winner // February 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm //

    IMORTAL patuloy ang pamamayagpag, super ganda parin lalung tumatagal lalung sumasarap para bang alak. IMORTAL iba ka namumukod ka sa lahat na mga pinagpala. Walang kapantay ang IMORTAL the best ever teleserye made in the history of the philippines excellent, superb, for short IMORTAL is better than best ganyan ang IMORTAL.

  3. I Flop you pare walang chemistry flop na flop // February 22, 2011 at 9:57 am //

    I really loved imortal last night parang movie sa ganda I loved john lloyd certified action star na sya. Angel locsin may chemistry talaga sila ang galing ng imortal hindi nakaka sawa addict na kaming lahat dito sa iloilo at bacolod. Thanks abs-cbn for giving us this quality teleserye. I am proud to be pinoy pang world class ang imortal wow na wow last night na episode nakaka baliw sa ganda I loved it

  4. IMORTAL pang world class talaga // February 22, 2011 at 8:45 am //

    I really loved imortal last night parang movie sa ganda I loved john lloyd certified action star na sya. Angel locsin may chemistry talaga sila ang galing ng imortal hindi nakaka sawa addict na kaming lahat dito sa iloilo at bacolod. Thanks abs-cbn for giving us this quality teleserye. I am proud to be pinoy pang world class ang imortal wow na wow last night na episode nakaka baliw sa ganda I loved it

  5. flo: bakit naging flop kaagad? siguro si marian ang FLOP ano? di nga kumita si super bibe hehehe. Palibhasa baduy ka kaya di mo kilala si timothy olyphant poorita ka kasi eh hahahaha.

  6. flop da hu?

  7. Angel Locsin No. One // February 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm //

    Wow, Idol ko itong si Timothy Olyphant…. sinusundan ko yung teleseries nya na JUSTIFIED dati sa AXN Channel kasi napakagaling na actor. Ill watch this movie kasi anjan si Timothy plus si Diana Agron ng GLEE…

  8. alex g - Valentines Box Office King pala ah, ni wala nga kasabay na Filipino movie eh, 17.52M in 5 days lang!? (as compared to BULONG with 52.46M). May "Divine Intervention" pa raw, sabi ni mother lily (how stupid). // February 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm //

    “Napakahirap na ng buhay ngayon, kaya for a movie to make over P135 million in 3 days is a miracle. Divine intervention ito.”
    -lily monteverde (baliw)….

  9. alex g - PANIC na masyado ang gma, SELF-PROCLAIM effect ang drama. Worried na kasi d na nagre-renew mga advertisers, puro FLOP movies, ala nang endorsements mga artista. Parang MVG, dinaan sa "Desperate Publicity", trademark tlga ng gma (how stupid). // February 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm //

    Ratings na naman, heto lang ang nag-iisang paraan ng gma para sa i-promote ang sarili.
    baliw!

  10. alex g - gma, walang kinikilingan, walang pinoproteksyonan, walang kasinungalingan, serbisyong totoo lang, walang bahid pulitika, PERO TUMATANGGAP NG LAGAY AT NASUSUHULAN NG PERA PARA GUMAWA NG COMMERCIALS (how stupid). // February 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm //

    pera lang pala katapat ng gma news anchor at reporter para gumawa ng commercials, nababayaran pala kayo. eh. baliw!

  11. alex g - Valentines Box Office King pala ah, ni wala nga kasabay na Filipino movie eh, 17.52M in 5 days lang!? (as compared to BULONG with 52.46M). May "Divine Intervention" pa raw, sabi ni mother lily (how stupid). // February 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm //

    “Napakahirap na ng buhay ngayon, kaya for a movie to make over P135 million in 3 days is a miracle. Divine intervention ito.”
    -lily monteverde (baliw).

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