Justin Bartha on National Treasure: Book of Secrets: The RT Interview

Nic Cage's tech expert talks to us about the sequel.

by | February 7, 2008 | Comments

Justin Bartha - Jeff Vespa/WireImage.comThe first film grossed $350 million and centred on the American Declaration of Independence. The sequel is all about the American Civil War, who was a traitor to Abraham Lincoln and a book in the possession of all Presidents containing all the secrets throughout American History. Justin Bartha plays Riley Poole, the tech expert sidekick to Nic Cage‘s historian adventurer. And this time round he even gets to drive a red Ferrari.

RT caught up with Bartha to find out more.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets; not so much a movie more an American history lesson.

Justin Bartha: No! It’s a movie, a fun action adventure movie. It’s not a historical lesson or anything like that; it’s just meant to be a fun time!

Well you certainly seem to have a fun time. There’s a major scene with a lot of water and that’s quite some cast you are nearly drowning with.

JB: I know if you’re going to be in thousands of gallons of water then you might as well be with Helen Mirren, Nic Cage, Diane Kruger, Ed Harris and Jon Voight.

Is it possible to be having fun while up to your neck in water?

JB: Absolutely, I have fun every day of my life, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than working and acting.

I detect that the glass is always half full for you…

JB: No I wish it were! Just like anyone, I have my days and my other days…

How do you view being the wise cracking geek Robin to Nic Cage’s Batman?

JB: [laughs] Well I don’t really see Riley like that. People say he’s a geek, but I think everyone in the movie is a geek and that’s one of the interesting things about the movie; all of these action/adventure characters are intelligent people, using their brains to solve these mysteries. I don’t think Riley is anymore geeky than Ben (Cage) or Abigail (Diane Kruger) or any of us, he’s a real guy.

And as for the sidekick part, he’s more of a Watson to Nic’s Sherlock Holmes and wants to be taken seriously like Holmes, and that’s his journey in the second movie, to have people like you stop calling him a sidekick!

Fair enough. Did the success of the first film surprise you?

JB: A little bit. You never really know what’s going to work. But we had a great pedigree going into it with Jerry Bruckheimer and John [Turtletaub], but what really surprised me was the level of success. People would come up and say it was their favourite movie and that it was their family’s favourite; I knew people liked it but didn’t realise they loved it so much.

National Treasure 2

Sorry to harp on, but audiences will discover little nuggets of American history…

JB: Well, there’s something extra for you. You have fun and you leave the theatre and maybe your kids are more interested in learning stuff.

The film is all about lateral thinking and puzzles, are you any good at that stuff?

JB: No actually I’m not at all; I have no patience for those kinds of things.

So the moment in the film, surrounding page 47, is that going to be the focus of the next film?

JB: If I told you that I would have to kill you.

Does the Book of Secrets really exist?

JB: If I told you that I would have to kill you. It’s a secret if I told you it wouldn’t be a secret anymore.

The next film for you is Shoe at your Foot; tell us about that.

JB: It’s a romance shot in Paris, I play a guy who falls in love with a French girl…

Any red Ferraris in that?

JB: [laughs] Sadly no Ferraris of any colour!

Tag Cloud

technology VH1 PBS hist GIFs WGN 2015 cooking Columbia Pictures Awards Crackle Tumblr Drama dceu finale A&E The Arrangement Horror talk show robots Fox News Pop NYCC Disney adventure Logo Spike SundanceTV Toys USA Network CNN Music Christmas Kids & Family Ghostbusters zombies Holidays FOX crossover Emmys TBS GoT IFC Video Games National Geographic YA historical drama 20th Century Fox unscripted cults MSNBC ITV binge Rock streaming Food Network President medical drama harry potter Watching Series biography Lionsgate Animation Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ratings GLAAD vampires American Society of Cinematographers Opinion Set visit zombie NBC Trailer Trivia Nominations TIFF OWN Red Carpet TCM 21st Century Fox Winter TV Cosplay Starz psycho Sci-Fi Fantasy Acorn TV Calendar Thanksgiving Mindy Kaling Nat Geo Mary Tyler Moore Esquire DC streaming service SDCC cops Election political drama Pirates dramedy cinemax dc Apple Bravo APB TV Masterpiece DC Comics VICE El Rey spy thriller Paramount Network Britbox composers Syfy Lifetime Universal travel thriller The CW Premiere Dates FXX Pixar Schedule boxoffice PaleyFest SXSW 2017 what to watch Teen cats politics BBC ABC RT History Valentine's Day Lucasfilm ABC Family Super Bowl Rocky Netflix Best and Worst AMC 007 45 Summer First Look Dark Horse Comics CW Seed CBS All Access Amazon Hulu Comedy Central Character Guide HBO DirecTV romance Tomatazos TV Land USA CBS mutant E3 TNT justice league Sony Pictures discovery Writers Guild of America Superheroe ESPN Reality Competition Mystery sports diversity X-Men 24 frames Disney Channel based on movie 2016 DC Universe See It Skip It Box Office Comedy TCA 2017 Martial Arts Musicals sitcom singing competition Reality Sundance transformers TruTV docudrama Walt Disney Pictures crime Star Trek science fiction Rom-Com Comic Book Action Extras Western BBC America period drama Sneak Peek Country TLC Shondaland Year in Review IFC Films Biopics Creative Arts Emmys Countdown Grammys Ovation E! Fall TV Paramount comiccon BET Cartoon Network Ellie Kemper golden globes Photos blaxploitation Podcast Spring TV crime thriller Marathons Interview Adult Swim Showtime Star Wars History crime drama Superheroes MTV Oscars TCA LGBTQ social media Marvel FX Certified Fresh YouTube Red serial killer Infographic Warner Bros. war festivals police drama Nickelodeon Sundance Now aliens supernatural YouTube Premium Freeform Polls and Games Musical CMT Winners