New York "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" interview spree ends
today with the lovely Jessica Biel
charming everybody's pants off.
Veteran of films like "The Rules of Attraction", that puke-inducing TV show
Heaven" and that crappy Freddy Prinze Jr. movie "Summer Catch", I like
to call Miss Biel
the "PR Queen". She's
obviously used to being interviewed and it showed in
her demeanor. Calm, collected and answering stupid questions about her
personal life without
blinking, Miss Biel came across as a
kool chickadee who knows the
game and how to
Once more, this was part of a roundtable with other
journalists asking away. Here's hot to trot Biel
talking Texas Chainsaw, "Blade 3" and beyond!! WELCOME TO THE GENRE BABY!
writing in yellow was my interior monologue at the time)
What was it about this project that appealed to you?
JB: I really liked the script and I
loved meeting with Marcus. He had such a different idea as to what
this could be and what he wanted it to be. I just didnít expect what
he wound up saying and that was the big attraction for me.
Did you see the
JB: I think when I was younger, pieces
of it, I didnít really remember it. I saw it before we shot this one
Did you have any
makeup at all?
JB: Not much, of course we had
foundation and stuff like that but I wore tinted Chap Stick and
mascara. By lunch, it was all gone.
Was it real sweat
or did they spray you?
JB: It was both. They did spray us, but
we were all sweaty anyways. A lot of it was real.
So how emotionally
taxing was the shoot? Did you cry yourself to sleep at night?
JB: That was one thing I did not do, I
cried so much during the day, I would just go home and pass out. I
didnít dream, I didnít have nightmares, it was so taxing. I just
remember, every day, my eyes, my eyelids, I looked like I was in a
boxing match. My lips were swollen, my eyelids were swollen. I just
cried all day long, it was like being pre-menstrual for a month at a
(sounds like me after reading a Maltin review)
I know that you
attend University, what is it like to juggle school with your acting
JB: I'm actually not at University at
the moment. Iím taking a break, it was so hard to be involved with
both. It was like 6 hours of traveling to go and audition and to come
back on time for an American History test. It was crazy.
You think you might
want to go back and finish up?
JB: Yes, definitely.
Were you studying
JB: No, I was just taking a lot of core
classes to get my credits out of the way and just trying to figure
out what I wanted to do. I was pretty sure I didnít want to do a film
or theatre major, I already feel I know so much about it, Iím sure it
would be incredibly interesting to analyze a film, but I think
Iíd be more interested in art history or religion or something.
Something thatís very different from anything Iíve done so far.
Did the physicality
of this movie prepare you for "Blade 3"?
JB: Yeah, I guess it did. I did a lot
of running in this movie. For "Blade 3", Iíve been training like a maniac,
itís so much more physically demanding than Texas Chainsaw Massacre was.
Do you find that
knowing martial arts makes you feel sexy?
JB: You feel incredibly strong, I feel
confident. Iím like somebody screw with me, I will ďsavateĒ you in the
head, kick you in the shin so fast and slit your throat with my credit
(you can slit my throat any day hun).
I know all these things now, Iím being thought self-defense and
just so you know ladies, you can slit somebodyís throat with a credit
card if you need to. Which I didnít know till a few days ago.
You learned that
from working on Blade?
JB: Well, itís this man Iím working
with Chuck Jefferies, heís this amazing martial arts artist. Whatís
cool about Blade is that Iím not learning just one art, he has
experience in like 100 techniques of different martial arts,
boxing and street fighting. Itís not going to be anything like
"Crouching Tiger", nobody is like suspended in the air. This is
back to old school fighting techniques. Iím just kicking people in the
head all the time.
How is it working
with Wesley Snipes?
JB: Iíve only worked one day on
3" so far, Iíve just been training for like a month and a half. My
first day was with Wes, I didnít have any dialogue but heís really
cool, heís kind of more of a reserved person than I wouldíve expected,
but heís really funny and heís kind of coming out of his shell. Heís
really nice. Iím getting along with him.
Do you have any
super powers besides the fighting?
JB: No super powers. Iím completely
human, Iím just very badass. I am an archer so Iíve been working with
this compound bow for the last month and a half. Thatís my signature
Do you have a cool
JB: Yes, I have a cool outfit but it's
not very Blade...Iím not in leather pants or shirt, and Iím very much
more like casual. I have all these different outfits, but the outfit I
like the best is this cool black work-out stretch pants and a
cool brown leather vest and Iím wearing like a sports bra
(man, she has nice lips!)
dressed for the part because there is no way you can go out in a
wonder bra and do this.
How does it feel to
be the lead on "Blade 3"? Even though itís an ensemble, youíre a
JB: It's nerve-wracking. I always feel
that I got myself into something that I donít think Iíll be able to do
as well as I want to do. Itís always a concern when you start
something with a huge budget and people expecting all kinds of great
stuff. It was kind of nice with Texas since nobody expected anything. I feel
a lot of pressure to look right, physically to make this character
believable and realistic, that she can kick these people in the head.
And if this movie turns out great, Blade/Wesley would be kind of
passing the torch to Ryan (Ryan Reynolds) and I. If itís good, there
might be a possibility of a spin-off and thatís a little scary. Itís
like "Oh my God, more pressure!" But itís also exciting...Iím not at all
complaining about it, Iím having a great time. Thatís another thing
about the martial arts, itís really fun, it is so fun, every day,
instead of having long crying scenes or dialogue scenes, Iím just
fighting with cool stunt people and weíre creating this great action.
Itís nothing like Iíve ever done before.
Which scenes in
Texas did you feel were the more physically hard ones to do?
JB: I guess the obvious answer was the
running. But you know what it really was? The most physical scene in
Texas for me was dragging Tucker around. He was into it, it was so
good, he literally let himself be dragged and he might look like heís doesnít weight a lot, but heís heavy and I dragged him many many
times for many many takes. After that, my muscles were burning. That
was a really hard scene.
Did you ever feel
that Erin was responding in a way that you, Jessica, would not have?
JB: Yeah, I always wonder if me Jess
wouldnít just freeze. I think Erinís brain is working a lot quicker
than mine would have. I think I just wouldíve froze. And I hope I
wouldnít leave my friends. I donít know, I might have just taken off.
I like to think that I would make the same choices that she made. She
did a pretty good job.
You made your
on-screen debut on "7th Heaven" which is a family show and
then you moved on to "The Rules of Attraction" which was a little
edgier, then "Texas Chainsaw" which is a lot edgier. Was that deliberate? Are
you trying to break out of that wholesome image and target an
audience closer to you, like a college-aged crowd?
JB: I donít want to break away from
(so what was that nude magazine spread all about?),
"7th Heaven" has been wonderful to me. The only
thing they ever gave me was a strong character, a normal girl that
makes mistakes like every other kid makes, but who was still smart and
an athlete. I think that image is a really great image. It was never a
(I don't buy it). When "Rules of Attraction" came along I met with Roger
(Avary) and he was amazing and I thought I have to be part of this. When
Chainsaw Massacre" came along and I met with Marcus, I thought I have
to be part of this. It was never like "Okay, Rules of Attraction Iíll look
hot, sexy and older or Texas now Iím strong and cool", it was never to
get away from an image
(liar...), it just sort of happened. Also, as you get
older, your tastes change, you never think it's going to happen. I
remember being 15 and thinking Iím going to read ďSeventeenĒ forever.
I remember thinking that and I donít even own a subscription to
Seventeen anymore (liar...).
Arenít you doing
guest appearances on the show now?
(they're talking about "7th Heaven", man, I loathe that
JB: Iím doing like three or four.
Is it because of
your acting career, you used to be a regular?
JB: Warner Brothers and Spelling are
being so gracious in allowing me to come in and out. Theyíll call
me and say we have a great episode, do you want to be a part of it?
Iíll look at my schedule and say "Yeah, I would, thank you so
Theyíre allowing me to do other things and be part of the family at
the same time. Itís so awesome.
Whatís a wild night
out for you?
JB: A wild night out? Mmmmm, I do like
to go out, but Iím much more of a home-body so my wild nights out would
probably be boring
(man...she's good at lying...straight face and all!) I guess it would be going out with a group of
friends, having dinnerÖ
JB: Getting Punkíd and getting really
Do you prefer
working more on TV or film?
JB: I think that I might change my
feeling about that, but right now, Iím really enjoying working on film.
Iím enjoying the process of really getting to know a character, making
up a back-story and knowing that I will be part of this characterís
life for like 3 months. I like really diving into it and the process
is so slow, different from TV. I expected to get on set and fly
through 8 pages like we do in "7th Heaven", but we go through
only 2 sometimes. I also like the process of having 15 takes, trying
so many different ways to say something, stopping production to talk
to the director for two hours because you can. I really am enjoying
that for the moment.
What would you talk
about for 2 hours?
JB: For Texas, for example, even though I didnít have the time or the money, Eric and I stopped Marcus one
day, trying to fix the problemÖI donít think people know this, if Iím
supposed to say thisÖI donít think it mattersÖ Erin was originally
pregnant in this movie. Through a lot of this movie I went through
having to deal with having this child, it was like she literally just
found out, obviously you couldnít see anything. There was a scene
where we get to the Mill, we donít know what to do and itís like
the way, itís your baby" or something like that. Then we get into the
mill, and that thing comes out of the closet and we get scared. It
didnít make sense. "By the way, weíre pregnant and then oops, itís a
Of course itís all cut out now. We talked about it for two hours and
Marcus was really peeved because the sun was perfect and the clouds
were beautiful and we were talking about the storyline.
(man, she has nice eyes!)
How did you make it
all make sense?
JB: We added this walk and some lines.
I donít think it really worked anyways.
For a film like
this, is there research that can be done?
JB: Yeah, definitely. I used the
original a little bit, but not necessarily to research my character. I
already had an idea as to what I wanted to do with her. This was to
see what happened in the original that I didnít like what I thought we
could improve upon and what I thought that was great and if there was
a vibe that we were to keep.
What didnít you
JB: There was no character
development. I didnít care about anybody at all. I was watching it
saying ďDie alreadyĒ! The only interesting character was the main girl
who I thought was really good, especially when she gets alone. The
other characters I didnít know them, I couldnít relate to them and
thatís what I wanted to change in our film. Cause people are only
going to like this movie if they like the characters and want them to
Whatís your take
when you see yourself on TV or on screen? What goes through your mind?
JB: Iím pretty critical. I mean, Iím
analyzing a lot of the time. I need to see the complete version 3 or 4
times before I could just let it go and just watch it as a whole and
stop watching myself and saying stuff like ďI hated that line!Ē. I do
that all the time.
Are you signed on
for a sequel? If they want to do a sequel, do you have to do it?
JB: For Blade?
JB: Texas, no. I donít think thereís
anything about sequels in our contracts.
Would you do one if
they asked you?
JB: No, I donít think so. I have a
problem with sequels (I guess,
Blade 3 is all good though...), and yes, now Iím doing a third, of course. I have
a problem doing a sequel for this movie, itís just not needed. Why?
Itís the same story again? To make more money
? It would be done just for a commercial payoff,
it wouldnít be done as an acting piece.
And the sequels that have been done from the original, I personally
really think they stink.
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