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Set Visit: Interview with Milla Jovovich about Resident Evil: Afterlife

Apr. 6, 2010by: Eric Walkuski

Milla Jovovich has been in the acting game for just over twenty years, with a resume that includes such notable films as THE RETURN TO THE BLUE LAGOON, DAZED AND CONFUSED, HE GOT GAME and THE FIFTH ELEMENT. But it's her role as the confidant yet tortured Alice in the RESIDENT EVIL series that has catapulted her to worldwide notoriety - and transformed her from a waifish model to a butt-kicking geek goddess.

I had the pleasure of meeting Jovovich on the Toronto set of RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE, where she proved to be that most pleasant of surprises: a completely humble and friendly celebrity without a hint of ego or superiority. We talked about the challenges of making this new RESIDENT EVIL in 3D, as well as where the series is set to go from here...

READ OUT SET VISIT PIECE HERE

MILLA JOVOVICH

Can you tell us what has been the most challenging scene so far? That you can talk about...

Milla: Well, I guess I can talk about anything with you guys since you can't say anything. (Laughs) It's a nice relief, actually, because it's so hard to have to edit yourself all the time. So far, it's been a challenging film overall. I have to say, every day has its different type of challenges. We've done quite a lot of stunt sequences, and even walk-and-talk sequences, when they're in the storm drains, when there's stuff falling on us- which was pretty much foam rocks and hot chocolate. (Laughs) We have this whole tunnel sequence where we have to crawl through the tunnels and I'm still sore because it was literally all day. Especially making it look worse than it is, trying to sell that you're in this tight space, so you're all tense... You know, all the fight sequences, all the clone, ninja stuff has been a challenge. Having to play each of the clones. I've gotten blisters all over my hands from shooting guns, because we've just been shooting all day long. I'm like "Wow, it's kind of like playing guitar! You build up your calluses!"

Is it more challenging because it's in 3D and it takes longer to shoot?

Milla: Definitely, I mean the Phantom's a nightmare. But actually, a little quick fact about the Phantom - I don't know if anybody knows this but the Phantoms were built by Nasa to film rockets taking off. So you could see stress in the metal. Phantom's quite the star of the show, and acts like one. It's been kind of a trip working with the Phantom, because you really have to change your performance. Like, I've really become super aware watching playback, to kind of see what happening and adjust my performance. The first time I saw my playback on Phantom, I was horrified. It was this scene where I'm running with my shotguns, I pull out the shotguns and shoot, throw the guns, they're empty, and it's so slow - and I usually love slow-motion - but this was like, you see your face wobbling as you run, and you're like "Oh my god!" He's really picking up everything. I had to go back and do the run heroic-looking.

The movies are loaded with creatures and monsters - what's your favorite in this one?

Milla: My favorite so far is The Axe Man. Well, The Executioner. We call him The Axe Man just because everybody here worked on SILENT HILL. (Laughs) The Executioner is this really great 8-foot-tall boxer named Ray. He's really cool, just an amazing figure. Just this big, strong dude with a big ol' axe and a big ol' pounding hammer on the other side, with a bag over his head and a beer belly, just nasty. He attacks Claire and I in the prison showers.

Is that a practical costume, or is that going to be CG?

Milla: No, practical. All the zombies and Executioner were done practically, and we'll add some stuff in CG. But there is a lot of CG in this movie. It's hard with 3D because the medium itself makes action that much more difficult because you see depth and you see dimension, so a lot of the tricks that you do on normal films just don't work. Throwing a punch, kicking someone. I mean, we actually had to kick Kim Coates! (Laughs) It's been a while since I've seen another actor hit physically, you actually have to make contact because in 3D you can tell there's space in between.

Was having your own franchise something you had in mind before you came on board the very first one, or is it something that just came with it.

Milla: No, I definitely never thought - this was a small European action-horror flick I did because my little brother was a big fan of the games. We didn't expect it. I think that's also why it's been as good as it's been for this franchise, we love what we're doing, and every script is a continuation of this world that we've sort of been living in for the last ten years, and we're constantly talking about it, and constantly going "Wouldn't this be great? What about this scene?"

Are you a gamer?

Milla: No. I mean, I can be a gamer at times, but I'm more into "The Sims". But since the baby... I can't play a game, I get way too into stuff, you know, when I first get it I'm like "Ahhhh!". Then four months later I'm in Sims World. So yes, since the baby I've had to lay off the video games. And plus, when I have time on my hands, I like to do other stuff.

Like music for example? Is music something you're going to implement into this movie as well?

Milla: Potentially. I don't like to make certain plans about anything, it has to be organic in a sense. Same way these films have turned out. It's not like they tell us "Go write another RESIDENT EVIL." It's like, Paul will get an idea, start blocking out the idea, and the producer will call and say they want to make another one, and he's like "Oh good, because I have some good ideas!" So it's always been very organic in that sense, and yeah, if I can pull something together with a song and meet with some friends when I get back home and see if we can do something interesting, then yeah...

Have you guys talked about another one after this? I think one of your numerous tweets hinted at it.

Milla: Of course, we always talk about the future of RESIDENT EVIL, because it's the world. I mean, when I finished this script I was like "What happens next?!"

LOOK OUT FOR RESIDENT EVIL AFTERLIFE IN THEATRES ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2010

Source: JoBlo.com

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3:58PM on 04/07/2010

Down Like Jaime Brown

Im down for this and all resident Evils, except 2. Mainly because of Milla
Im down for this and all resident Evils, except 2. Mainly because of Milla
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6:06AM on 04/07/2010
Milla is one of my favorite celebrities, and I follow her on Twitter because she's a genuinely sweet, down-to-earth person; the kind that's rare in the entertainment industry. Can't wait to see the movie.
Milla is one of my favorite celebrities, and I follow her on Twitter because she's a genuinely sweet, down-to-earth person; the kind that's rare in the entertainment industry. Can't wait to see the movie.
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11:03PM on 04/06/2010
I'd just like to announce here and now that I'm going to make a movie based on the popular video game series Metroid.

But I'm not going to make it anything like the games.

I'm too good for that shit.
I'd just like to announce here and now that I'm going to make a movie based on the popular video game series Metroid.

But I'm not going to make it anything like the games.

I'm too good for that shit.
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9:12PM on 04/06/2010

Her again

Okay i love the idea of a resident evil afterlife . but i dislike milla a lot i mean she`s not very hot at all they could`ve done better with the casting. But when your banging the director getting the part can`t be that hard. Don`t get me wrong i love the character but i`m just not a fan of the actress
Okay i love the idea of a resident evil afterlife . but i dislike milla a lot i mean she`s not very hot at all they could`ve done better with the casting. But when your banging the director getting the part can`t be that hard. Don`t get me wrong i love the character but i`m just not a fan of the actress
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7:11PM on 04/06/2010

hahaha, this is the...

first interview that i read all the way through, only because it's Milla. As for the movies, they should get the guys who worked on re4 and re5 to come on board and re-work the direction so that it begins to resemble the games, this post apocalyptic garbage wont work any more, it's cliche and abused and poorly done any way. the re cg movie was better than any of the re films. I keep going back for 2 reasons 1) Milla and 2) i love the games, which always give me hope for re's movie future, but i
first interview that i read all the way through, only because it's Milla. As for the movies, they should get the guys who worked on re4 and re5 to come on board and re-work the direction so that it begins to resemble the games, this post apocalyptic garbage wont work any more, it's cliche and abused and poorly done any way. the re cg movie was better than any of the re films. I keep going back for 2 reasons 1) Milla and 2) i love the games, which always give me hope for re's movie future, but i am disappointed every time.
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1:12PM on 04/06/2010

Sick Body! Yum

I love how she gets back into shape for a movie. Will watch her in anything.
I love how she gets back into shape for a movie. Will watch her in anything.
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1:09PM on 04/06/2010

Milla rocks!

Really, she´s the one and only saving grace of that pretty mediocre franchise so far. She showed that she can act in "The Messenger", that she can be funny in "Zoolander" and that she looks awesome kicking ass in pretty much every of her movies. And judging from her interviews she seems to be a great, down to earth, likeable sweetie. Being far more likeable than Anglina Jolie and way more talented than Bimbos like Jess Alba or Megan Fox she could be an A-lister if she could her hand on better
Really, she´s the one and only saving grace of that pretty mediocre franchise so far. She showed that she can act in "The Messenger", that she can be funny in "Zoolander" and that she looks awesome kicking ass in pretty much every of her movies. And judging from her interviews she seems to be a great, down to earth, likeable sweetie. Being far more likeable than Anglina Jolie and way more talented than Bimbos like Jess Alba or Megan Fox she could be an A-lister if she could her hand on better scripts and roles!
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12:06PM on 04/06/2010
I'm personally not a fan of Milla. She is plain, has zero appeal, is a horrific actress and is basically the Keanu Reeves of the modern film age. Someone who gets roles in spite of not possessing any actual talent.

It's a shame nepotism has gotten her this far when there are much more talented women who are actually good looking who aren't getting the roles they deserve.

Alice is one of the most vapid action heroines I've ever seen. She's merely a pastiche of better characters like Ripley
I'm personally not a fan of Milla. She is plain, has zero appeal, is a horrific actress and is basically the Keanu Reeves of the modern film age. Someone who gets roles in spite of not possessing any actual talent.

It's a shame nepotism has gotten her this far when there are much more talented women who are actually good looking who aren't getting the roles they deserve.

Alice is one of the most vapid action heroines I've ever seen. She's merely a pastiche of better characters like Ripley and Jean Grey and Anderson's fetishizing of his bean pole wife has really become annoying.

I hope we get actual Resident Evil movies someday that aren't glorified love letters from the director to his wife who so happens to star.
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2:31PM on 04/06/2010
I agree with you 100%. I think she is highly overrated. she is a bland actress who got the role because her husband wanted to make her into something she isn't. They really ruined what Resident Evil was suppose to be.
I agree with you 100%. I think she is highly overrated. she is a bland actress who got the role because her husband wanted to make her into something she isn't. They really ruined what Resident Evil was suppose to be.
11:38AM on 04/06/2010
Milla has one of the most beautiful faces on the planet.
Milla has one of the most beautiful faces on the planet.
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11:31AM on 04/06/2010
hi milla. :]
hi milla. :]
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11:29AM on 04/06/2010

Pretty cool interview

Milla is one of my favorite actresses. I've watched her since Dazed and Confused and she is very talented and doesn't get the recognition she deserves. I think she is THE action heroine of our time and that's a very cool thing. I've quite enjoyed the RE series. I don't care about the video game aspect that pisses the fan boys off, they're are good entertainment, period. I also dug her in A Perfect Getaway last year too. Very highly underrated movie.
Milla is one of my favorite actresses. I've watched her since Dazed and Confused and she is very talented and doesn't get the recognition she deserves. I think she is THE action heroine of our time and that's a very cool thing. I've quite enjoyed the RE series. I don't care about the video game aspect that pisses the fan boys off, they're are good entertainment, period. I also dug her in A Perfect Getaway last year too. Very highly underrated movie.
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