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Set Visit: The sexy, wild and weird world of Sucker Punch!

Mar. 1, 2011by:
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You've seen the trailer. You know this film is full of hot chicks. But what is Zack Snyder's SUCKER PUNCH about? I was lucky enough to visit the set last year in a very rainy Vancouver. The film is almost all women...women kicking ass! All this week we'll be bringing you interviews from the stars of the film including Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Oscar Iaasc, Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish and geek goddess Carla Gugino. We'll even have Deb Snyder giving a sneak peek at the film.

First off, let's have Deb give you a run down of the plot: SUCKER PUNCH is a story that deals with a girl, Baby Doll, who's played by Emily Browning. And basically she's been abused by her step-father. Her mother kind of dies in a mysterious way. And something goes really wrong and there's an incident where her sister gets accidentally killed. So her father takes her to an insane asylum. It takes place in 1967, in kind of an alternate reality of 1967. Because in 1967 was like the last lobotomy, so that's kind of how we have it.

When she gets into the asylum, she teams up with a group of other inmates who are all being given dance therapy by Gugino's character, Madam Gorsky. Baby Doll retreats into her inner life where the girls are actually in a brothel, dancing for the high roller. To escape, they must defeat dragons and battle enemies of all sorts. Interestingly, Baby Doll is the only one we don't see dance.

The ladies had some seriously intense physical training for their roles. Hudgens told us, My very first day I showed up not knowing what to expect in the slightest and get thrown into three hours of martial arts and an hour of the most intense training of my life. To keep in good shape, they had what was known as a clean set, which was free of snacks that were not earthy crunchy. Certainly a difference from other sets I've been on, which are stacked with bags of Cheez-Its and Pringles. (They are my personal kryptonite.)

We got a chance to tour the set where we saw the room in which Baby Doll is confronted by her father. A typical sixties style man cave. We also got to see some of the brothel rooms, one decorated in red with drapes over the bed (we were told something cool happens in here...I'm sure it does) and one in greens and blues with peacock statues. Don't judge, but I would happily move in to either one.

Then we hit the set they were currently shooting on. You've seen it in the trailer, but it's the WWI set. We were pelted with ash as the girls ran around and did kick ass things with guns. Zack showed us an edited scene from earlier in the film afterwards and it looked pretty damn phenomenal. Emily Browning stopped by to chat with us for a couple of minutes. I have to say, the ladies couldn't have been nicer and more accommodating. Believe me, that doesn't always happen.

We got to see a whole bunch of concept art and in typical Zack style, it was amazing. Please note, I'm a fan of his work. I wish I could reveal what we saw, but I can't give you spoilers or I'll be slain by a dragon.

During our interviews, we had a discussion about this being an empowering film for women, as Deb suggested. Look, I'm all for tough chicks. I have no problem at all with their sexy outfits or their archetype-based characters. I'm just not sure I'd go that far. I'm happy to weigh in on this when I see the final cut. I'm just saying that when we got to check out the costumes up close and personal, it was obvious that these were not feminist dream pieces. They were, however, beautiful. One very cool thing to note...Zack got some of the original armor pieces from EXCALIBUR and used them on some of the baddies in the film. I'd see it for that very fact alone.

Speaking of archetypes, Deb described the ladies this way. Zack designed them so they're sort of like an archetype. Which sometimes it's from anime, or sometimes, other image of--for instance like Baby Doll is kind of the school girl. And Abbie is a Joan of Arc. She's like this warrior...Jena is kind of, her role, she's kind of the medic nurse type thing, so we see that through some of her costumes and that's what her dance is. And Jamie is actually the French maid you know, so we have her kind of as the French maid in her dance and you'll see little elements on her fighting costume of the French maid too. So we've kind of played with all of these.

Finally, we got to check out the dance Jena's character puts on for the High Roller (Jon Hamm). Gentlemen, you will thank me for this image later. Malone is dressed up like a sexy nurse with hot back up nurses. She descends in a giant syringe and bumps and grinds and sings in front of an audience full of well dressed extras. I would like to point out two things here. First, all the other girls came out to support Malone during her performance. Second, not one of my male counterparts could drag themselves away from the zillion rehearsals or the performance. No, I don't blame them.

I'd love to hear what you guys think. Are you looking forward to this one? Spill your guts below.

Source: JoBlo.com

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1:21AM on 03/03/2011
The more I hear, the more excited I get! I am not sure if I have ever been this excited for anything! Synder has yet to disappoint, and he is a visual master, and I will be the first in line for this!
The more I hear, the more excited I get! I am not sure if I have ever been this excited for anything! Synder has yet to disappoint, and he is a visual master, and I will be the first in line for this!
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6:41PM on 03/01/2011

Sucker Punch!

Behind the final Harry Potter, this is probably my most anticipated film of 2011. Sounds like its not gonna disappoint either.
Behind the final Harry Potter, this is probably my most anticipated film of 2011. Sounds like its not gonna disappoint either.
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3:59PM on 03/01/2011

I'm with Duece.

Always looked like a goodtime.
Always looked like a goodtime.
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3:48PM on 03/01/2011
Its funny to hear the negative feedback on this. Yet you will all be the first to complain when another [link] comes out. Thank you Snyder for a fully realized original movie. Maybe if these fanboy movie film dicks would get off there asses and support original flicks, than they wouldnt have to put up with Ouiji, Battleship, and Paranormal Activity in Space.

As for anyones complaint in "its all in her head/whats the point" Um Pan's Labyrinth anyone?

tl;dr

THIS MOVIE LOOKS KICK ASS
Its funny to hear the negative feedback on this. Yet you will all be the first to complain when another [link] comes out. Thank you Snyder for a fully realized original movie. Maybe if these fanboy movie film dicks would get off there asses and support original flicks, than they wouldnt have to put up with Ouiji, Battleship, and Paranormal Activity in Space.

As for anyones complaint in "its all in her head/whats the point" Um Pan's Labyrinth anyone?

tl;dr

THIS MOVIE LOOKS KICK ASS
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12:55AM on 03/02/2011
What originality? Unless making Pan's Labyrinth in English with push up bras and 4 rows of fake eyelashes is "original".
What originality? Unless making Pan's Labyrinth in English with push up bras and 4 rows of fake eyelashes is "original".
2:53PM on 03/01/2011
I'd imagine you'd see nothing but green screen and leave w/ a big headache . . .
I'd imagine you'd see nothing but green screen and leave w/ a big headache . . .
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2:52PM on 03/01/2011

still dumb beacuse...

If its all in her/their heads then why the whole process, juts think of everyone dying or burning up ala Jean Grey in X3, how she just blew people apart, the action should be awesoem bc it has no rules or limits, hey look Im holding apencil, now its a bazooka... fooled you! Just stupid.
If its all in her/their heads then why the whole process, juts think of everyone dying or burning up ala Jean Grey in X3, how she just blew people apart, the action should be awesoem bc it has no rules or limits, hey look Im holding apencil, now its a bazooka... fooled you! Just stupid.
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2:58PM on 03/01/2011
Worked for me in the Matrix . . .
Worked for me in the Matrix . . .
3:50PM on 03/01/2011
yeah this is gonna be like X3...
yeah this is gonna be like X3...
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