INT: Sarah Michelle Gellar
In a move that many of us thought was inevitable, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar has finally turned to porn. Ok, that's not entirely true. But she will be playing Krysta Now, a porn star with an entrepreneurial spirit, in Richard Kelly's latest project, SOUTHLAND TALES. Last Friday she took a break from her busy day to talk to reporters about the much-anticipated sophomore effort from the DONNIE DARKO director. She was inexplicably accompanied by producer Sean McKittrick. Check it out.
Can you tell us about your character, Krista Now?
Gellar: Krista Now Kapowsky? Is that what I am now? Krista Kapowsky. I am a porn star with a heart of gold. Im also a porn star with an entrepreneurial spirit. I have my own clothing lins, my own album dropping, my own warming gel. What would you call it? My own lubricant line. Energy drink. I also represent Golden Palace Casino. Im the spokesperson of Golden Palace. What else do I do? Im sure I have a perfume. I figure Ive gotta have a perfume. Everyones got a perfume.
McKittrick: Youre cutting an album.
Gellar: Dropping an album. I learned thats what the cool people say. You say youre dropping an album.
Do we see any of your commercials within the film?
Gellar: Do we see any of my commercials? You see my music video. Oh, my reality show. We forgot the reality show. I also have my own reality show and I guess that kind of goes with it. If you say Im a pornstar, clearly I have my own reality show. You see my reality show, you see my music video, some ads for my products, you hear the song, we hear- - some of my DVD covers of my earlier films, my oeuvre. I will not say the title in mixed company.
And whats your characters role in the film?
I am the girlfriend of Boxer Santoros, who is Dwayne, The Rock.
Before or after he gets amnesia?
Gellar: Oh my God, you definitely have been on this film you have to understand that if youre on this film long enough, you actually confuse yourself. There were two characters getting shot the other day and we got into a 25-minute discussion, no joke. We couldnt remember who shot whom. But also the names keep changing because of clearances, so on top of the fact that we couldnt quite organize which character was shot, which character we couldnt even remember their names. I am the post-amnesia girlfriend, as opposed to his wife.
Do you sing in the film?
Gellar: Thats something thats being discussed. Originally, I was a different character and so I did not sing. I was in roller skates- - thats my part that I miss. I used to be in a musical on roller skates, but I was a roller skater. But that got cut from the film which Im so bitter about. It was a Marxist musical on roller skates which I thought was genius and people were really calling for. Its no longer in the film. I was getting my roller skates and legwarmers and shorts all ready. You think Donnie Darkos directors cut was long? Wait until you see this directors cut. And then my character was a rapper and then I was going to rap, but now my character has a song.
Do feel that you understand what this movie is about?
Gellar: Okay, its really funny. I said this the other day, maybe its because Ive been involved for so long and Ive been through a lot of the drafts, or maybe its because my character probably has the simplest arc of any of the characters I am a girl that wants to be famous in our disposable society, which I think is very easy to understand in this country. I love the boy. So its actually for me, my story is probably the easiest arc because everything I do is either for my career or for the person that I love. So I have the easy one. So yes I understand my role.
Are you doing The Grudge 2?
Gellar: Good question. I don't think theyre anywhere near I still cant figure out if Im alive or dead. Im still working that one out. Basically I only like to choose films that I dont understand. As long as theyre greater than my mental capacity, I figure I gotta be doing something artful, right? Isnt that what makes something art when you dont understand it?
How did you become involved in this film?
Gellar: Well, I actually became involved for a different character originally. I was supposed to play- - were allowed to say that, right? I was originally playing Amy Poehlers character and Amy Poehler was playing my character. Richard called one day and said, I want to pitch this movie to you, and I said, Great, Im going to Japan tomorrow and Ill be back in two months and thatd be great. He said, No, tomorrow. And I was like, Im going to the airport. Hes like, Ill meet you there. And Im like, youre kidding, right? I didnt even know him. I was like, Youre kidding, right? Hes like, No, no, no. And I said, "Well, could you just send me the script?" He said, "No, no, I have to explain it to you, its visual, I have to show it to you." And I was like, "Who is this crazy person?"
So I went and had lunch with him that fateful day I went and had lunch with him before I went to the airport and he pitched this spectacular idea. My favorite part of this whole story is we must have met for about three hours. And he brought video footage to show me these visuals and colors and sketches and all this and my character, she wants to be this actress but shes struggling because shes working at CPK but she knows she has a greater gift and her dad is supporting her, shes cutting an album. So I get on the airplane to read it, my character died in the first 30 pages in that draft. And I was like, "I spent three hours and I die in the first 30 pages?" It just showed how spectacularly enriched Richards ideas were because everything was so fully developed to him.
I signed on instantly before I even read it actually, after meeting with him because hes so impressive when you speak with him and his ideas and he wants so badly to do something thats different. Not as an actor but as someone that goes to the movies, youre so desperate for anything thats inventive, thats different, that isnt conventional, where someones not afraid to try something. And then through that course my role got bigger and as he started to change ideas, he had this idea that the Krista character would be in love with Boxer and through different things we just realized that Amy and I would probably be better off swapping.
Was the original idea like Janet Leigh in Psycho?
Gellar: I think it literally just the characters changed so much. Although she did die in the first 30 pages in that draft, I got a draft six weeks later where she was alive through the whole thing.
McKittrick: Its evolved so much from the original draft to what were shooting. Its evolved so much that the characters have changed so much. Five or six new characters--
Gellar: I would say more than five or six characters are new.
McKittrick: I cant distinguish between what Richards saying and whats on the page so much.
What are you able to do in this that you havent before?
Gellar: I dont know where to begin with that. I wouldnt know how to touch that question. I don't think no matter how many films youve done, television series, whatever. Nothing prepares you for Richard Kelly. I can tell you that right now.
Do you wish more filmmakers would be like that?
Gellar: I wish, and I wish so much for the film industry right now. I wish so much for originality and I wish so much and I think that were caught in this difficult cycle right now because our studios are corporations now. I keep talking about the old 1940s, where one guy with a cigar and a scotch made decisions for a studio and now because there are all these computer corporations basically, technology companies and theres so much else that goes into a decision that its very difficult to get films that are different that are off the beaten path made. Its much easier to get something unoriginal made than to get something original. Im just very happy to be here and be able to...you hope it works but you know on whatever level, even if you dont understand it, you know it works.
What were the elements that got the financing locked down?
McKittrick: Sarah Michelle Gellar, The Rock, Seann William Scott and Richard Kelly.
Any distributors talking?
McKittrick: Yeah, several domestic. I mean, Universal Pictures is releasing most of foreign. And Wild Bunch has a few territories like France. North America is completely open and were holding it to sell.
Have you thought of a time slot?
Gellar: Thats exactly the thing that bothers me. Not you. No, you really bother me right now. (laughs) No, thats what bothers me. Thats how they think. Okay, this is a summer...I remember that it used to be you could see great movies any time. Now its like summer is for blockbusters, fall is for the movies that they cant fit into any other time, thats like September. Then Oscar movies start, it used to be post Thanksgiving. Now the awards are earlier so it starts earlier. January is when they dump movies. And its just so... it seems to me so obvious that wouldnt it be better for the marketplace to have these movies spread out? Not just people dont only go to the movies in summer time. If that was the truth, then in the summer time they would count the whole weeks worth of the box office but its still only a weekend. So why does it matter...sorry, I get a little upset. Its just frustrating.
How would a studio market this?
Gellar: I think they would run like hell.
McKittrick: Its impossible to say. We think maybe end of summer 2006 or fall of 2006. The film will be ready in March.
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