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14 August 2011 @ 03:59 pm
Interviews  
I've got two interviews for you.

The video below isn't new, but you should watch it. I've seen Elektra Luxx lately and re-watched some of the interviews related to the movie. During the interview Carla says: "I was raised to love people" - I like that, it says a lot about the character, doesn't it?



And this is an article published in DailyRecord, also interesting to read:

I love playing complex characters on film, says Sucker Punch star Carla Gugino

STUNNING actress Carla Gugino has that sweet, girl-next-door look - it's as though butter wouldn't even melt in her mouth.

But the beautiful 39-year-old Watchmen star insists she's a bad girl at heart, which is why she loves playing bitches.

Normally cast as the sweet mum - Spy Kids - the tart with a heart - Elektra Luxx - or foil to a gang of penguins - new hit Mr Popper's Penguins - she vamps it up as cutting studio boss Amanda Daniels in TV smash Entourage.

Now she's gone all dark on the big screen as nasty Dr Gorski in Zack Snyder's fantasy romp Sucker Punch.

It's about a group of girls in a mental home escaping into a fantasy world... and she loved every second.

Gugino explained: "I definitely have an appreciation for playing more complex characters – they're fun to play.

"Dr Gorski is complex. I like the idea that she starts out and you really don't know which side she's on and where she's coming from.

"Ultimately you realise she actually does have this passion to try to somehow save these girls. There's a lot that goes into trying to figure out how to do that, and also failures on her part.

"In the real world of the asylum, which is still already this heightened state, she's sort of turning a blind eye. I don't think she knows the extent of what's going on, but she kind of knows if she looks she will find some terrible things.

"In a strange way, she is the one who says to Babydoll 'You have to do this' and in that way sends her off on her mission."

And as an actress, it's simply more interesting to play a character who has weaknesses such as a nasty streak, than a do-gooder.

She added: "I did a movie once where I was the heroic lead character in it. I was looking at the dailies and I remember thinking 'Every time I've kind of gone for some grey areas, something where we don't quite understand who she is, it seems to be that we're not using those moments'.

"The writer said to me 'well, that's hero protection'. I was like, 'translation please?' and it was 'well the thing is that when you do that, we don't know exactly how to feel about you.' I said, 'Do you mean like a person?'. All these moments, this shade, had been taken out and every character around me was more interesting."

Sucker Punch is packed with action, as the gang of girls take on zombies and monsters with ludicrously big guns.

Carla missed out on that element but she had her own challenges to face - not least performing a choreographed routine as she sang Love Is The Drug.

"I just kept telling Zack, just give me a gun, man," she says.

"Actually, I had so much to do, especially with the dance number. I'm not a trained singer or a dancer and so that was a really challenging, exciting thing for me that required a fair amount of time and energy.

"Then there was working with an accent so I had plenty to think about. Yes, I did joke with Zack about it and I loved watching the girls do their stuff - they were awesome.

"Doing the song and routine was really very exciting and fascinating. In fact, in Zack's director's cut on the DVD that sequence is much longer.

"Filming it was one of the most exhilarating parts of the entire shoot. It was really exciting to be able to do that.

"There was extensive choreography and then we recorded the song and performed it on that stage. There were about 250 people in the audience when we did the song, looking stunning in their amazing costumes.

"Just before we did it, Zack, in his casual, great sort of Zack kind of way, was like 'I'm thinking we string it together and do the full five minutes of the whole dance number and the song'. We were like 'OK, great, of course!' It ended up being incredibly exhilarating."

Unsurprisingly for such an out-there movie, Sucker Punch was widely criticised by reviewers who simply didn't get it. Dripping with irony and confusing at times, it's a talking-point movie which asks at least as many questions as it answers.

"I think a lot of people haven't got that," said Gugino. "I actually think this is one of those movies that over time, there will be a different discovery about, I really do.

"I'm drawn to these things that are challenging and I kind of love that there aren't a lot of reference points. There are homages in this movie but there aren't a lot of reference points for a movie like this.

"I think film always draws from what is going on in society at the time - from art and novels. With Zack it's video games, graphic novels, all of these different things feed into it.

"I think it's an interesting time to be a young woman right now - with this influx of information. There's a lot of information coming at young women right now and there is this need for an escape."

There was also concern over the female roles in the movie with Vanessa Hudgens and her cohorts running around in underwear with guns for much of the action.

Carla is unworried: "I have no issues with that whatsoever. If you look at 300 some people could say 'these guys are scantily clad!'

"And it's OK for them. All the women in this movie are very talented, accomplished actresses. And it's a genre movie, it's a very specific aesthetic.

"What I love about movies is it's such an individual experience. It's a subjective experience and that's why we love movies so much.

"In the States, we don't have the critics that we used to have. People like Pauline Kael were so in love with movies and incredibly smart. They had really interesting criticism.

"It's very easy to say mean things about something - it's a very easy thing for any of us to do and I'm always interested in interesting criticism.

"I like people who have a passion for movies because I do and they've been such a huge part of my life."

Next up for gorgeous Carla - who music fans will remember as the babe from Bon Jovi's Always video in 1994 - is New Year's Eve with Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel and Ashton Kutcher but she is staying tight-lipped about it.

She said: "It was really fun. Unfortunately, I've signed a confidentiality agreement, but I had a really fun time.

"Garry Marshall and I had worked together on Race to Witch Mountain. He played a scientist in it. He's directing New Year's Eve, and I had such a good time.

"Seth Meyers and Jessica Biel and I are in the same section, and we had a really good time."

Carla also loves her recurring roles on Entourage and Californication, playing tough women who deal with laddish types like Ari Gold and Hank Moody.

She added: "It's so funny because I don't really feel like I am like that in life. It's interesting that these roles have come to me where that's a large aspect of it.

"I really have had so much fun with both of those characters. I love it. And, it's not that I think, 'I want to play a strong woman that puts the men in their place', as much as I love that they can go toe-to-toe and they're on equal footings, and they're as strong and as smart, and maybe even a little more so than the men.

"In the case of Californication, I love David Duchovny and Tom Kapinos, who created the show. They're just fantastic, really smart people. And then, with Entourage, I've been on and off for the last number of years, and Doug Ellin and those guys are a really good group."

Sucker Punch is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.
 
 
 
Египетская Мау: Трилби-Закmau on August 15th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
Very interesting! Thanks for interview.
Lemon: Entouragelemon_tree_x on August 15th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked them!

Oh hey, that's a pretty icon :)
Египетская Мау: Трилби-Закmau on August 16th, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
Our icons well look nearby :)