Roland Emmerich, the director of ’2012′, visited Chichen Itza last week.
The man who has nearly destroyed the world many times over visited Chichen Itza last week.
Roland Emmerich, director of ‘Independence Day’ and ‘The Day after Tomorrow,’ toured Chichen Itza as a publicity gimmick to drum up interest in his new movie, “2012.” He was joined by cast members John Cusack and Woody Harrelson, who toured the ruins and enjoyed dinner at the nearby Mayaland resort.
John Cusack, right, (with co-star Morgan Lily) also toured Chichen Itza
The movie, which opens in the United States on Nov. 13, uses the end of the 5,000-year Maya calendar on Dec. 21, 2012, as the plot device that gives director Emmerich the license to once again play havoc with some of the world’s most famous monuments. In ‘Independence Day,’ he blew up the U.S. Capitol Building; in ‘Godzilla’ and ‘The Day After Tomorrow,’ New York. In ’2012,’ the entire planet is his canvas. Among the highlights, at least from the trailer:
Christ the Redeemer over Rio de Janeiro, which two years ago was named a Wonder of the World along with Chichen Itza;
The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The latter’s dome topples and crushes thousands who have gathered to pray during Earth’s final hours;
And the U.S. White House, which is smashed by the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier.
Emmerich, Cusack, and Harrelson got a private tour of the ancient city after the archaeological zone was closed last Thursday. The visit was part of a “Summer with Sony” event, in which the Japanese company came to Cancun to promote the musicians on its record label and the “2012″ movie at its studio, Columbia Pictures.
During his visit to Chichen Emmerich reportedly stated that the possible annihilation of mankind in 2012 was something that many people would identify with.
You can see the destruction yourself at the “2012″ page of Yahoo! Movies.
And for more blog entries on the end of the Maya calendar in 2012 and Chichen Itza, go HERE.