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18 February 2009 @ 09:30 pm
Details Magazine + New Watchmen Clip  

If she's going to look this good, couldn't you at least remember her name?

"Goo-JEAN-o," she says.

She is thoroughly American, yes, but when Carla Gugino gives you the correct pronunciation of her last name it's as though she is drizzling olive oil on top of a bowl of fagioli all'uccelletto. She says it again, just to make sure it's sunk in: "Goo-JEAN-o. Yeah, I know it's tricky."

Of course, people should know how to say her name by now. She is 37 and she has been onscreen for 20 years or so; she's been in gangster movies, kid movies, horror movies, and a Bon Jovi video. After playing a Wilderness Girl alongside Tori Spelling in 1989's Troop Beverly Hills, she went on to lend her brown eyes, Armistice Day curves, and roasted-coffee voice to everything from the sitcom banter of Spin City to the hard-boiled sleaze of Sin City. On Entourage she is Amanda Daniels, the tough-as-titanium Hollywood agent who marches around her hacienda in black-lace panties and who once, notoriously, gutted agent Ari Gold, played by Jeremy Piven, with the following line: "This town's not safe for a bitch."

You'd think people would remember. Yet those Italian syllables of hers continue to get fottuto. "I think that perhaps I should do a campaign for the pronunciation of my name," she says over lunch at a Los Angeles restaurant. "Remember how with Demi Moore, people thought she was Demmi, and then all of a sudden everyone understood: Demi."

Gugino's own Demi Offensive, it seems, is already under way. This month she is costarring in Race to Witch Mountain, a Disney action flick loosely based on the spooky seventies curio Escape to Witch Mountain, and in Watchmen, Zack Snyder's cinematic unspooling of the dark and revered comic-book series. Such is the anticipation for Watchmen that last summer, when Snyder brought Gugino and her fellow cast members and a few blood-spattered snippets of footage to Comic-Con, the annual San Diego fanboy festival, Warner Bros. almost had to distribute drool cups.

In Witch Mountain Gugino plays, in her own words, "a kooky astrophysicist," while in Watchmen she is Sally Jupiter, a former Depression-era burlesque dancer who morphs into the Silk Spectre, a crime fighter with a yen for garters, high-heeled boots, and long black gloves. "Carla has that old-Hollywood quality about her—that indescribable glamour," Snyder says. "I feel like she got ripped out of the forties and put into our time."

Sally Jupiter, Snyder says, is supposed to carry around "the faded opulence of a bygone era," which is apt, since even Gugino's memories can sound like images from some Citizen Kane snow globe. She remembers how her father, an orthodontist and inventor in Florida, would fly her to Europe for the holidays. "We went for Christmas to this town in Austria," she says. "We took these big horse-drawn carriages to places where we'd have fondue." Her parents were divorced; for a while she and her free-spirited mother lived on the fog-ribboned cliffs of Big Sur in California. Gugino remembers "moon parties" on the beach to celebrate each lunar phase in the astrological calendar.

If some movie stars embody the era they live in, others embody another age altogether. Something about Gugino—the big, round Kewpie-doll eyes and the body that seems to have been beamed into our century from a Busby Berkeley chorus line—comes across as blessedly pre-Summer of Love. It's easy to imagine a likeness of her painted on the side of a B-17 that's gearing up for a bombing raid over Berlin. Andy Fickman, the director of Witch Mountain, says her screen presence is reminiscent of a Vargas model. "Carla is a pinup girl," he says. "She should be painted."

Granted, Gugino is not yet a legend in the period of time she happens to occupy. She can't deny that she's had her share of career disappointments, and, as inspiration, she likes to refer to Steve Jobs' 2005 commencement address at Stanford. "One of the things he said was that the dots always connect but you don't know how the dots are connected until later," Gugino says. "Living enough life, you realize that it's really true. Pretty much everything that has been a disappointment at the moment, I have seen why it's happened." She remembers an audition years ago where everything clicked but she never got a callback. Kate Beckinsale got the role. The project was Pearl Harbor, Michael Bay's big, flaming, expensive mess of a war movie.

You could argue that Gugino's vintage beauty would have made perfect sense in a re-created 1941. Then again, you could counterargue that, in losing that particular plum, she dodged not merely a bullet but a kamikaze pilot spinning toward the flight deck. "Well," says Gugino, with a faint trace of a conspiratorial smile as she dips her spoon into a little bowl of chocolate pudding, "I think it was meant to be." When people finally remember your name, after all, you want it to be for the right reasons.

Source: Men.Style.Com

Or download it: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ITT9TL90

Actually I wanted to post screencaps from the 1995 BBC series "The Buccaneers" (they would have been an interesting contrast to the photos of this article), but I guess the article and the clip are enough for today. The caps don't run away...
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Billbilly_red_ocean on February 18th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
It didn't load for me as embedded but when I clicked it again it opened another window and loaded then properly...
Lemonlemon_tree_x on February 18th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, the vid won't load :

I'm sorry, but it's fixed now.
Billbilly_red_ocean on February 18th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
Weißt du ich vergess jedes mal den ton auszuschalten, wenn ich die Bilder anklicke, hast du keinen image host der jugendfreie Pop ups hat?! O_o

Anyway, die ganze Sache mit dem wie man den Namen ausspricht, erinnert mich immer an Rene Auberjonois, das ist auch immer das erste was er macht, wie spricht man den Namen richtig aus. lol

Ich hab im TV grad den Trailer für Watchmen gesehn. Und endlich kann ich mir das Startdatum merken ;)
Lemonlemon_tree_x on February 18th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Weißt du ich vergess jedes mal den ton auszuschalten, wenn ich die Bilder anklicke, hast du keinen image host der jugendfreie Pop ups hat?! O_o

I'm sorry, but what pop ups do you mean?

With Firefox + Adblock and NoScript I never see any ads, but even when I disable them, I don't see/hear anything :/

Rene Auberjonois - I've never had problems with 'Gugino', but I could get in trouble with Auberjonois ;)

As for the Watchmen trailer, was it at Pro7? They had a trailer a few days ago, during Sin City.

Edit: Just tried to load the page with the IE and saw one of the ads you're referring to - I had no idea that they exist. Not funny :(

Edited at 2009-02-18 10:13 pm (UTC)
Billbilly_red_ocean on February 19th, 2009 10:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, well for some reason my pop up blocker is very random and unfortunately always chooses to show me these O_0

Auberjonois is easy, just pronounce it French instead of german and you're finr ;)

No, it was on RTL2, I happened to watch a bit of TV the last two days in the evenings, I hardly ever watch anything on the TV so it was kinda a nice coincidence ^^
Snarctastic & Brutally Honest: CarlaGugino2sunkrux on February 19th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing. :) Snagged a couple of the pics from the article. :D
Lemon: Razor_01lemon_tree_x on February 19th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
You're welcome ♥!
roguederekroguederek on February 19th, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
People have trouble pronouncing her name? Doesn't seem or sound too complicated to me.
Lemon: Vote01lemon_tree_x on February 19th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Doesn't seem or sound too complicated to me.

I agree with you, guess that means we're smart ;)))
mrmidwestmrmidwest on February 19th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
It's probably more that they don't know how it's supposed to be pronounced than that they can't pronounce it correctly.
Lemonlemon_tree_x on February 19th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
I think roguederek meant exactly this. The name Gugino sounds melodic and is easy to pronounce - if you know how, and here we are again ;)

How was the play, btw?

Edited at 2009-02-20 05:51 pm (UTC)
mrmidwestmrmidwest on February 23rd, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
I enjoyed it quite a bit.
roguederekroguederek on February 20th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Even still, it's pronounced pretty much as it looks.