'Men in Black 3' Cast Discuss the Film's Complicated Time Travel Concept

Josh Brolin, Will Smith

Will Smith says, 'You cannot put your head around time travel,' while Josh Brolin admits he's just had fun with the concept as claiming, 'I don't care if it's not true: It's true to me.'
A few days before "Men in Black 3" opens in theaters across the U.S., its cast members and director took some time to discuss the big challenge of applying time travel as the major plot in the sci-fi movie. Chatting with MTV News, they admitted that applying "time travel" element in a movie was really tricky.

Will Smith said during the New York premiere of the movie, "You cannot put your head around time travel." He explained the difficulties of using the plot in the threequel, "We would sit around for hours and hours trying to figure out what happens if you go back into the past and you do something [differently]."

Agreeing with Smith, Alice Eve who plays young O stated, "[The existence of] time travel would be weird." She added, "I could go back to your childhood and change it, and then you would be somewhere else right now. You wouldn't be with MTV. Would you be happy with that?"

Meanwhile, Josh Brolin has his own opinion. He said that he could "cheat time travel" by spending months watching movie characters from different time periods. He said, "I believe in aliens, too. They're just so much fun. I grew up on Asimov, Ray Bradbury, 'Martian Chronicles', all of that stuff."

"So neither [concept is hard to believe]. I love both. I don't care if it's not true: It's true to me, in my head!" Brolin, who plays the younger version of Tommy Lee Jones' K, added. Smith chimed in, "Trying to figure out those [questions]? Just forget it. Just try to make it funny and don't ask."

Director Barry Sonnenfeld also admitted that bringing back Smith and Jones to "MIB 3" was easier than working with the time travel concept. "Coming up with ideas and plots and stories for aliens was easy," he added, "but time travel was really hard." He said, "Every time you think you have it figured out, you would wake up at three in the morning and think, 'But wait, if I kill him, wouldn't he ....' You have to start all over again!"

Based on the Malibu Comic by Lowell Cunningham, "Men in Black 3" focuses on Smith's Agent J as he goes back in time to team up with young K. The action comedy movie is scheduled to open wide in the U.S. on May 25.

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