INTERVIEW: Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Eric Christian Olsen! The Thing!

In the upcoming prequel to John Carpenter’s THE THING, either Mary Elizabeth Winstead or Eric Christian Olsen is forced to get really tough with a deadly alien creature. Since the conversation began with Sigourney Weaver’s character, “Ripley,” it should be easy to figure out who rocks the hardest in this modern day monster movie.

When I sat with both of these fine actors, it was a pleasure to talk as they are clearly happy with the finished film. Since I was wearing my John Carpenter’s THE THING shirt, there was a little bit of animosity between Eric and me, but it was quickly resolved just because he’s such a cool fella. After all, he was a fan too.

One thing that is not terribly surprising is how lovely Ms. Winstead is. She is incredibly wonderful to chat with and a pretty damn talented actress on top of that. Both she and Mr. Olsen create a couple of interesting characters in this prequel that are easy to root for. Trust me when I say this, Mary can certainly offer a little bit of that daring that Linda Hamilton and Sigourney Weaver made work in the first place.

THE THING opens this Friday at a theatre near you.

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