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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Silk Spectre

The pain in my chest is the excitement I have for this film. And the disappointment I will bring on myself if they blow it.

I'm so excited, I'm linking to MTV News.

Carla Gugino Gets Sexy For Silk Spectre In 'Watchmen'
Published by Larry Carroll on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 11:53 am.

When I recently visited the set of one of 2009's most anticipated movies, "Watchmen," I saw many amazing things that I unfortunately still can't talk about. One of the people who wasn't there, however, was the stunningly sexy Carla Gugino — so when I caught up with her on the red carpet at Sunday's SAG Awards, we were naturally both excited to engage in some red-hot, non-embargoed Sally Jupiter action.

"It was really one of the craziest, most fun roles I've ever gotten to play," marveled the "Sin City" star, cast as the burlesque dancer who proves to be the most PR-savvy of the complex superheroes. "I start at 25 years old in the 1940s, and I age to 67 years old with full prosthetics in the 1980s. [Sally] is a larger-than-life character. She's a costumed crime fighter, but her idea of a costume is very Bettie Page-meets-[Alberto] Vargas."

As those who've read Alan Moore's beloved 1986 comic know, Gugino's character dubs herself "The Silk Spectre" and becomes a de facto matriarch among the alternate-reality antiheroes. Years later, she'd pass the torch to daughter Laurie ("The Heartbreak Kid" star Malin Akerman) and retire — but not until after she might have been raped by another so-called "hero."

"The rape scene is pretty crazy that Jeffrey Dean Morgan and I have," Gugino insisted. "Not that I would say that's the one I really want you guys to see. … The title sequence of this movie is going to be extraordinary. We spent many weeks over the time of the shoot shooting it. That's going to be a very, very special thing that wasn't scripted, that will be really empowering."

In those opening credits, Snyder is mixing CGI and real-life footage to establish the close-but-not-quite reality of a "Watchmen" world that mirrors our own. "It incorporates real history and the fictitious world of Watchmen, and so it's very cool," Gugino explained. "We meet Nixon and all sorts of people."

And once those credits conclude, Gugino gets to squeeze into a famously skimpy costume and re-create the character's superhero heyday. "I kick a small amount of ass. I don't kick as much ass as some people do in the movie, however," she sighed. "But I get to play an old lady, which was just, for me, the most fascinating thing. To start as this young crime fighter and end up an alcoholic woman in her late 60s was for me enough of a challenge; let's put it that way."

The actress also got to don Sally's trademark hairdo, albeit a slightly more plausible version. "We did our own take on the poodle [haircut]. It's not quite as poodle-y, though it's an homage to the poodle," Gugino laughed. "I wear red wigs; I've been in many hairdos this year, on many things. Sometimes I have to look in the mirror to remember which character I'm playing."

On March 6, 2009, however, it seems quite likely that Gugino and many of her co-stars will be appearing in the most unforgettable roles of their careers. "It was really great," she remembered of the Canadian shoot. "The cast is extraordinary; we all really bonded with each other. [Director] Zack Snyder has such a very strong and clear vision for this piece."


smoky man said...

Sure Brad. I have great expectations too. I know Dave Gibbons is pretty excited and he is sure the movie will be a good one. On the contrary Alan Moore is pretty critic on it as for any other Hollywood adaptations of his works. We'll see :)

smoky ciao from Italy

PS.: let me know if you go the book via email

Anonymous said...

For years I thought this film would only work with Terry Gilliam at the helm. Then other directors would pop up, like David Fincher after Fight Club...and after Sin City, Robert Rodriguez seemed perfect to do any comic book films (or course, Guillermo del Toro was a close second after the underrated comic-art cinematography of Hellboy). But with 300, Zack Snyder seems a pretty safe bet.

Hey, at least they ditched the AWFUL Sam Hamm script I picked up back in the 90's....*shiver* It's like The Watchmen if USA made it a TV movie...

Unknown said...

I refuse to let my hopes get high. All I can see in my head is how they're going to try to make it into an "Action-packed Extravaganza" and I shudder for the narrative.

I'm hoping they prove me wrong, but I'm not holding my breath.

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