INT: Rosamund Pike

From Bond girl to…Doom girl? British actress Rosamund Pike, who first made a name for herself in the States with her performance as one of 007’s ladies in DIE ANOTHER DAY, dives headlong into a testosterone-fueled world of Marines and monsters with DOOM, opening this week.

As her lauded performance in PRIDE & PREJUDICE can attest, Pike is not another disposable action film bimbo. She’s got that wicked English wit, as she demonstrated last week at a press conference to promote DOOM. Here are some excerpts.

Rosamund Pike

What was it like being one of the only female cast members? A lot of testosterone to deal with?

Yeah – too much.  My God, I kind of had to keep saying “Down boy!”  I’ve got to pay The Rock back because he’s been telling journalists all morning that I couldn’t keep my hand off him when we’d stop filming, so I had to try to get him back.  (laughs)  No, it was great.  I’d just come off a film of all females – I’d been doing Pride & Prejudice all summer, so certainly the chance to be holed up with a bunch of Marines was quite attractive and probably a necessary dose of male energy.

So why exactly did you choose to make this film?

Actually first of all it was the script, strangely enough, because I – a horrible confession – I didn’t know it was based on a video game.  So when I got the script I just saw it like…it reminded me more of the Alien franchise.  I didn’t know it was going to be a video game franchise.  It was an interesting story and also an interesting female character who seemed reminiscent of Sigourney Weaver’s character in Alien, actually.  More than a kind of sultry sort of bombshell that you end up thinking, “Ahhh, she’s lovely looking but I don’t really buy it.”

And then when I met the director and he said, “We’re gonna go all out for violence and we’re gonna make a movie that’s really unpalatable and it’s definitely gonna be R-rated and we’re not gonna scrimp on that,” and I thought, “Yeah, all right.”  It’s the last thing in the world I’d think of myself doing.  And I like the look on peoples’ faces.  When I say, “I’ve done this movie called Pride & Prejudice,” and they kind of smile and slightly switch off.  Then I say, “Now I’m in a movie called Doom,” and they kind of do a double-take and try to put the two together.  And they never quite manage to.

What was it like working with The Rock?  Did you have any preconceived notions about him?

Yeah. I saw this guy and I thought he was going to take himself incredibly seriously. I thought he was going to be just the kind of man I really wouldn’t like. (laughs) Then he turned out to be someone who doesn’t take himself seriously at all. He’s very funny and self-ironizing…and I like that a lot.

Did you have a certain daily routine you used to get yourself psyched up for all the action?

Not really, no.  I think you sort of tend to sort of try during the time you’ve got off to forget about the film.  You’ve got those nine hours to kind of put your head into another world for a bit.  It was such a kind of total world.  I mean the sets were kind of claustrophobic and as soon as you were on there you were right back into it.  It was all these sort of long corridors in the labs and everything sort of looked the same and it’s all very low lighting.  Even in the areas around the set it was dark and sort of oppressive…it gave me nightmares.

I’m a really calm sleeper, and I used to wake up in a cold sweat.  It’s strange that something like that, even though you know it’s not real, on some subconscious level it gets inside you.  Just witnessing that amount of gunfire…and that blood.  My God, the blood was everywhere.  I dreamt about the blood.  They wanted the make the creature blood as disgusting as they could, so they filled it with these black pellets.  And they had these pots of stuff called “ultra-slime,” which they mixed in.  It’s like this kind of cake mix; it was the most grotesque sort of stringy stuff.

How did that affect the rest of the set? What was the atmosphere like?

There was quite a lot of banter; it was a very light-hearted set.  It was all the men who were competing over the size of their guns.  (Laughs)  All feeling insecure about having a smaller gun than The Rock.  It was just a process of endless ego-massaging on my part, really, trying to tell them that there gun was hard enough and big enough.  (Laughs)

How did you like having to actually deal with all of the creatures, hands-on?

I enjoyed it.  That was one of the things that attracted me was that it wasn’t going to be a lot of blue screen; it was going to be real monsters.  But it was fantastic.  I think that we saw more of them in action than ever appeared in the movie, because a glimpse of something…is really frightening, but if the camera lingers on it for too long, you start to disbelieve it.  But they were incredible because they were these men inside these suits, plus they could be operated by remote control as well.  So the men would do the basic body movements and then this guy with the remote control could make the scalp palpate or the nose area flare…it was fantastic but I don’t think you sort of get the full effect on-screen.

We kind of kept having this game that we had to say, if we had to shag one of (the monsters), which one would it be?  (laughs)  And I think eventually I went for the Imp, being the least unappetizing.  I didn’t think I could cope with the 15 eyes of the other one.  A bit too intimate for me. 

Which one would The Rock have slept with?

I’m not sure. He probably would have had them all at once!  (Laughs)

Questions? Comments? Manifestos? Send them to me at [email protected].

Source: JoBlo.com



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