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03 March 2009 @ 09:58 pm
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This is an article from canada.com

A women to watch

She was a sexually-charged presence in Sin City thanks to her choice of costume -- a thong and nothing else. In the current Watchmen, in which she portrays super-heroine Sally Jupiter, she’s victim of a brutal sexual assault -- a sequence which had fans working themselves into a frenzy on the Internet months before the film’s release this week.

That’s the R-rated side of Carla Gugino, an actress who has never thought twice about letting it all hang out. But there’s another side to this versatile performer -- the side that gave us the lovable, adventure-seeking mom in the two Spy Kids movies, and who’s about to open in the new Disney science fiction frolic, Race to Witch Mountain, playing a brainy astrophysicist whose belief in the existence of UFOs is vindicated when she comes face to face with two alien kids.

In brief, meet Gugino, star of family entertainment.

"For me, it’s just about having diversity in my work," Gugino says cheerfully. True, she can’t think of any other Hollywood actress who gets away with embracing both raunch and G-rated fare so successfully, but for her it was no big deal to bear her breasts for that notorious and lengthy scene with Mickey Rourke in Sin City.

"I gravitate toward doing one thing and then wanting to do something different," she explains in a phone interview from Las Vegas where she has been promoting Race to Witch Mountain. She also stresses that she is a big believer in ratings to ensure that children are kept away from inappropriate material. And she suggests the Motion Picture Association’s classification system is sometimes too lenient.

"I think so often, because they’re trying to get more people into the theatre, things that should be for adults, that should be R, are rated PG-13," she says unhappily. Gugino thinks that’s wrong, but she does believe her two new films have received correct classifications.

"What I love is that in the case of Watchmen, which is very adult, and Witch Mountain, which is for family, they are appropriately rated. One is an adult movie with an adult theme, dark and complex, and one of them is something that adults can take their kids to and really everyone can really enjoy it."

So why shouldn’t she move freely between Watchmen or Sin City on the one hand and Race to Witch Mountain on the other?

"For me it’s not about choosing R-rated movies or family ones or whatever. It’s that I think we need to have movies for everybody, and these are perfect examples."

She thinks Watchmen, in which she plays the heroic Sally Jupiter, a.k.a. Silk Spectre, is brilliant. But she also warns that director Zack Snyder’s onscreen realization of the Hugo Award-winning graphic novel about the superhero culture makes for intense viewing, particularly the scene in which Sally is sexually assaulted.

"It is a brutal attempted rape, but it is really quite important because it has ramifications throughout the story. It’s brutal, but not titillating in any way."

As for Race to Witch Mountain, one reason Gugino is so enthusiastic about the movie, which opens March 13, is that it’s a reworking of the 1975 Escape to Witch Mountain and its successor, Return From Witch Mountain, two films she loved as a child.

"I owned the videos and I watched them many times. So it’s so great to be able to do something where people do remember them and love them, but where it’s been long enough that we can expand on them. So hopefully kids now will have the feeling that we had watching Witch Mountain originally."

She also enjoyed sharing the screen with Dwayne Johnson, who plays a jaded Las Vegas taxi driver whose encounter with two alien teenagers with supernatural powers lands him in big trouble. Gugino plays the brilliant scientist who is drawn into the adventure and ends up helping Johnson protect the kids from sinister government agencies.

There was no female astrophysicist in the original story, but director Andy Fickman felt that "there should really be a fourth person, a woman, to round out the funny family in this story." So that led to the casting of Gugino.

"I really loved the character. When I first read the script early on, I said to Andy that one of the things that was really important to me was that she not be a Ôdry’ scientist. She’s brainy and cerebral and Dwayne is much more a guy who’s very physical, and they end up being complementary to each other. In terms of this adventure that they go on, one of the things I really love is that she has this childlike glee when her dreams (about aliens) come true and she has things in front of her that she’s never before seen."

She found Johnson -- a former football star and champion wrestler -- "amazing" to work with. "He is such a professional and 100 per cent committed to everything he does."

But she also thinks that adults attending the film will enjoy the interplay between their two characters.

"We really had a great time in that regard. I think it is important that there’s a chemistry there and a playful banter. She comes to a place where she wants to be -- she’s accepted as a serious scientist. He has a history of some sort of criminal activity and he’s driving a cab, which is not his dream. Yet they come together in this unexpected way."

She was quite happy to let Johnson do most of the stunts.

"Dwayne is such a genius with stunts. I’ve never seen anyone handle these scenes as he does. It’s incredible, effortless. The little bit of stunt work I did myself was really fun, but it certainly was not physically challenging."

She’s amused by the fact that Watchmen and Race to Witch Mountain -- two diametrically different movies -- should be opening only a week apart. She also thinks the contrast will be good for her career.

"The timing is sort of funny because I did the films at different times, but I’m excited for both of them."

There’s a further aspect to Gugino’s career -- her dedication to serious live theatre. She recently completed a three-month revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under The Elms at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, and the critically acclaimed production will move to Broadway in April. Gugino has also appeared in New York revivals of Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer and Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.

"I actually came to theatre later in my career," she confesses. "I only started seriously about six years ago, but it really has become important."

Source: canada.com
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Lemon: Sally coloredlemon_tree_x on March 4th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
You're really "infected" aren't you? ;)

Have a lot fun watching the movie, and... I'm looking forward to your review!