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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.

Sarah Michelle Gellar

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. I’m 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. I’m the spokesperson of Golden Palace. What else do I do? I’m sure I have a perfume. I figure I’ve gotta have a perfume. Everyone’s got a perfume.

McKittrick: You’re cutting an album.

Gellar: Dropping an album. I learned that’s what the cool people say. You say you’re 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 I’m 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 what’s your character’s 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 you’re 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 couldn’t remember who shot whom. But also the names keep changing because of clearances, so on top of the fact that we couldn’t quite organize which character was shot, which character…we couldn’t even remember their names. I am the post-amnesia girlfriend, as opposed to his wife.

Do you sing in the film?

Gellar: That’s something that’s being discussed. Originally, I was a different character and so I did not sing. I was in roller skates- - that’s 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 I’m so bitter about. It was a Marxist musical on roller skates which I thought was genius and people were really calling for. It’s no longer in the film. I was getting my roller skates and legwarmers and shorts all ready. You think Donnie Darko’s director’s cut was long? Wait until you see this director’s 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, it’s really funny. I said this the other day, maybe it’s because I’ve been involved for so long and I’ve been through a lot of the drafts, or maybe it’s 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 it’s 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 they’re anywhere near…I still can’t figure out if I’m alive or dead. I’m still working that one out. Basically I only like to choose films that I don’t understand. As long as they’re greater than my mental capacity, I figure I gotta be doing something artful, right? Isn’t that what makes something art when you don’t 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- - we’re allowed to say that, right? I was originally playing Amy Poehler’s 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, I’m going to Japan tomorrow and I’ll be back in two months and that’d be great.” He said, “No, tomorrow.” And I was like, “I’m going to the airport.” He’s like, “I’ll meet you there.” And I’m like, you’re kidding, right? I didn’t even know him. I was like, “You’re kidding, right?” He’s 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, it’s 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 she’s struggling because she’s working at CPK but she knows she has a greater gift and her dad is supporting her, she’s 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 Richard’s 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 he’s so impressive when you speak with him and his ideas and he wants so badly to do something that’s different. Not as an actor but as someone that goes to the movies, you’re so desperate for anything that’s inventive, that’s different, that isn’t conventional, where someone’s 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: It’s evolved so much from the original draft to what we’re shooting. It’s 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 can’t distinguish between what Richard’s saying and what’s on the page so much.

What are you able to do in this that you haven’t before?

Gellar: I don’t know where to begin with that. I wouldn’t know how to touch that question. I don't think no matter how many films you’ve 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 we’re 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 there’s so much else that goes into a decision that it’s very difficult to get films that are different that are off the beaten path made. It’s much easier to get something unoriginal made than to get something original. I’m just very happy to be here and be able hope it works but you know on whatever level, even if you don’t 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 we’re holding it to sell.

Have you thought of a time slot?

Gellar: That’s exactly the thing that bothers me. Not you. No, you really bother me right now. (laughs) No, that’s what bothers me. That’s how they think. Okay, this is a summer...I remember that it used to be you could see great movies any time. Now it’s like summer is for blockbusters, fall is for the movies that they can’t fit into any other time, that’s 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 it’s just so... it seems to me so obvious that wouldn’t it be better for the marketplace to have these movies spread out? Not just people don’t only go to the movies in summer time. If that was the truth, then in the summer time they would count the whole week’s worth of the box office but it’s still only a weekend. So why does it matter...sorry, I get a little upset. It’s just frustrating.

How would a studio market this?

Gellar: I think they would run like hell.

McKittrick: It’s 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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6:16AM on 09/22/2005
Bwahahaha! Good one valido! Great interview, though she's not much for brains.
Bwahahaha! Good one valido! Great interview, though she's not much for brains.
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2:22AM on 09/22/2005
"Basically I only like to choose films that I don’t understand. As long as they’re greater than my mental capacity, I figure I gotta be doing something artful, right?"

So this means she's definitely gonna do Scooby Doo 3.
"Basically I only like to choose films that I don’t understand. As long as they’re greater than my mental capacity, I figure I gotta be doing something artful, right?"

So this means she's definitely gonna do Scooby Doo 3.
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