Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Renegade

The idea of a supernatural western might seem like a good idea on paper, but the final product might not be.
Renegade, or Blueberry as it is known in France, is loosely based on the European comic book Blueberry. I've never read the comic but I was intrigued by this movie.
Especially the cast.

After watching the movie however I felt they should've done away with the supernatural theme altogether, and what would've been left would have been one of the best Western movies out there.

I can see why the supernatural aspect was in there though.
Here's a clip of the film.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POmzRtSE2FU&feature=related



Here's the French movie poster. Looks pretty good, hey?



The casting of Vincent Cassel as Mike Blueberry is truly great. Cassel was originally going to be cast as Prosit but he brings so much more to the main role. A tortured character who is looking out for the town he is marshaling.



Here he is again.



Playing the bag guy with ease is Michael Madsen. It seems that Madsen stepped into the role of Wallace Sebastian Blount about six months before production of this movie started.
I wouldn't be surprised if he reprises the role at home in his spare time.



Cast as Maria Sullivan is Juliette Lewis.
I'm not a Juliette Lewis fan in that I'm not actively seeking out the movies she appears in. If she happens to be in a film I'm watching, I'm fine with that.
Juliette is good in this film, up until the part in which she breaks out in song. Urgh.
Later in the film she gets her gear off. I've located the footage if you're interested...
http://www.celebritymoviearchive.com/tour/movie.php/9189
If you clicked above and that was your whole reason for watching the movie, I just saved you 2 hours.
I suspect Juliette agreed to posing nude in this film if she was allowed to sing, and the singing was not cut from the movie.
I couldn't get past it though. All I'll say is, I'm not a fan of her singing.



Cast as Maria Sullivan's father, Greg Sullivan, is Geoffrey Lewis. Fans of Geoffrey know he was Uncle Frankie in the Jean Claude Van Damme film, Double Impact.
Greg Sullivan is a ranch owner, and Geoffrey suits the role perfectly. When I saw his name in the credits I knew we were in for a great Western.
Geoffrey Lewis did not disappoint.



Neither did Jimmy McClure (Colm Meaney), as Mike Blueberry's deputy. Jimmy brings some much needed humour to this movie.



Runi is Mike Blueberry's boyhood friend, and I was surprised to see Temuera Morrison (Once Were Warriors) in the role. In fact it wasn't until the end credits did I realise it was Temuera.
Runi spends a majority of his time blowing through his hands.
Watch the movie and you'll get what I'm talking about.



Woodhead is played by Djimon Hounsou.
I can't say too much about Woodhead, but you should see what happens to him. Whew.



Prosit (Eddie Izzard) is a geologist, and moves the plot along nicely.
He is marking out the lay of the land, and along the way has discovered "there's gold in them thar hills."
That's when the fun begins, thanks to Wallace Sebasitan Blount and his men.



Now, Ernest Borgnine.
He is the main reason I watched this movie in the first place.
I'm a fan of Ernest, and I was very surprised to see him in a Western. I didn't really know how well he would go, but I shouldn't have been so trepid. Ernest plays the role of Rolling Star, and he does so perfectly.
My only criticism is that he isn't in the film enough.



And it's a dark film at that. Just check out Mike Blueberry here. Yep, dark.

If you want to discover the world of Blueberry for yourself, here's a link to the book.
The Blueberry Saga: Confederate Gold

And the movie.
Renegade (aka Blueberry)

All up I give this movie 4 out of 10.
I wanted it to be good. And with this cast there's no reason it shouldn't have become a blockbuster Western.
The supernatural aspect really kills it though.
I will recommend it to all Western movie fans though. That part of the movie is simply incredible.

What did you think of this review? Please comment, or email me directly at mgbouw@yahoo.com.au
Until next time!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

I have seen the original Hellboy movie more times than I can recall. It was released the same week my brother and I flew out to London so I watched it on the plane pretty much over and over again.
Whilst we were in London I also happened to meet the director, Guillermo Del Toro. Really nice guy, and the original is a really good movie.

This second movie however... Not so great.

Here's the movie poster.




Here's the movie trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa-iiKJ1QHI

Now, judging from this trailer I thought we were in for another great movie. A fun ride which I would love.

But what we got was cringe-worthy scenes, predictable storyline, and tiresome characters.
The singing scene is one of the worst, I have to say.



Ron Perlman is back as Hellboy, and he does a good a job as he did in the original movie. I can't fault him there.

But something about this movie just feels off.



And it's not Liz Sherman's (Selma Blair) haircut.
A plus though is that she's less of a whinger in this movie, which is good.

What I think it is is that Guillermo Del Toro was given a much wider scale with which to flex his creative muscle. Maybe too much as I feel he goes a little overboard with the visuals.

The movie looks good, it certainly does. But it feels more like a Guillermo Del Toro movie than a Hellboy movie.




Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) returns, and this time he is voiced by Doug Jones, not David Hyde-Pierce. You do notice the voice difference, but again, only if you've seen the original as many times as I have.



Agent Manning (Jeffrey Tambor) is still leading the BPRD.
In between filming the original and the sequel Jeffrey starred in Arrested Development, which opened up his actor skills to a much wider audience.
I think his Arrested Development fans enjoyed his turn here. I know I did.



Prince Nuada (Luke Goss) is the resident bad guy for this film.
After all the amazing characters Guillermo packs into this movie, Prince Nuada seems like a bit of a letdown.
He's story certainly is. It feels tired and "been-there, seen-that."
For those of you who remember Luke Goss, he was in the band Bros.




Here we have Prince Nuada's twin sister, Princess Nuala (Anna Walton).
For the most part Anna does a good job, however she's not given too much to do.

There's a whole thing about if one twin is hurt, the other one feels it. I thought that was a bunch of hooey.
I'm a twin myself and I can tell you, if my brother nicks himself shaving, I certainly don't feel it.

SPOILER ALERT.

Another scene which really gets my nerve up is the final scene in which Hellboy, Liz, Abe, and Johann (below) quit the BPRD. They're reason for doing so is because they want to be true to themselves.

Despite Liz being pregnant with Hellboy's twins.

When this movie was released my son was one month old. Times were tough. Money was tight. As such I certainly wasn't about to up and leave my job so that I could "be true to myself."

Frankly, I find it all a load of crap.




Now, Johann. Johann is a spiritualist whose body died during a seance. As such he's spirit form had no where to go, so the BPRD built him this suit.

I was really looking forward to seeing Johann on screen, and being voiced by Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy fame, I thought we were going to be in for a treat.

Again, something feels off about Johann.
Maybe because he isn't given too much to do here?

Ultimately I feel there was too much Guillermo wanted to pack into this movie, and not enough time was given to do so properly.
Also, things were played up on which should have been discarded.

So, I give this movie 5 out of 10. It's a visual feast, and if you haven't seen the first movie I recommend you see this.
However I won't be watching this again.

What did you think of this review? Please comment, or email me directly at mgbouw@yahoo.com.au
Until next time!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford

Whether a Brad Pitt fan, or a historian fan for the old west, there's plenty to love about this film.
Here's the trailer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp2ppYB9fDo

And here's one of the movie posters.



Here's Brad as the title character, Jesse James.



Here he is again.



Throughout the movie I had to keep reminding myself that he was playing Jesse James, not Billy The Kid. For some reason I was getting confused.

Here's Casey Affleck as Robert Ford.



Casey does a fantastic job of making you not like him. From the moment he appears on screen you'll struggle to find something redeemable about this scrawny little weasel.

Here's Sam Rockwell as Charley Ford, Robert Ford's older brother. Charley is also the means by which Robert comes into contact with Jesse.



I've always enjoyed Sam Rockwell's characters. He's an interesting actor to watch, and none more so than in this film.



So for your enjoyment, here's a few more images of Sam as Charley Ford.



I first saw Sam Rockwell as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but the first time I really noticed him was alongside Nic Cage in the film, Matchstick Men. Sam was great in that little film.

Playing the role of Jesse's wife, Zee, is Mary-Louise Parker. Zee is very much a background character and as such not one I realised was actually on screen until the moment in the film everyone has paid to see.

The assassination scene.



You know it's coming. This is a VERY slow film, running at around 2 and a half hours. You need to be steeled down to watch this and dedicated to the source material to not fall asleep half-way through.

Thankfully the actors involved are all very interesting, and as such interesting to watch on screen.

Included Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) as Jesse James' cousin, Wood Hite.



The director of this film also did the Eric Bana movie, Chopper. I recently re-watched Chopper and it still stands up as a top film.
A bit brutal, but that's what makes Andrew Dominik the right director for The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford.



You might be wondering just what made Robert Ford a coward. Well, that's one of the many interesting things about this movie.

I do have one criticism of this movie however, and that is the pacing. As great as it was seeing Brad Pitt portray Jesse, I actually found everything after the assassination to be a lot more interesting.
The movie could have been half of Jesse alive, and the remaining half being post-Jesse.
I had read that there was some editorial problems in post production and that the originally shot film ran for 4 hours.
I would love to see that 4 hour movie.

All up I give this movie an 8 out of 10.
That being written, as I also wrote above it'd help if you were a Brad Pitt fan, or a history fan of the old west, to really get a full appreciation of this amazing movie.

What did you think of this review? Please comment, or email me directly at mgbouw@yahoo.com.au
Until next time!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Interview with... Jason Marsden

I certainly love bringing you celebrity interviews, but then there are times I just get jump up and down with excitement about whom I'm actually interviewing.
Mike Farrell was one of them, so was Erica Hosseini for her X-Men: First Class exclusive.
Jason Marsden is another.

Those of you who know Jason recognise him from Step By Step. He has also down a lot of voice-over work, as well as appeared as Burt Ward/Robin in Return To The Batcave.
I hope you enjoy this very personal, extremely candid interview with Jason.



1. What can you tell us about portraying Eddie, on Munsters Today?

It was my first big role! I was twelve and just starting out in the biz and it was my first series. My big break. I was already a Munsters fan, so it was kind of surreal that the opportunity came my way. We did three seasons and I got to work with some amazing actors. Not just our main cast, John Schuck (MASH), Lee Meriwether (Batman 60s Feature Film), Howard Morton (Gimme a Break), but each week a different legend of show biz. Plus, our last two seasons were taped at Universal Studios Hollywood. Back then, there was very little issues by way of security, so I had the run of the Back-Lot as my own personal playground. Seriously, I lived right across the street, I knew the guards, so I would ride my bike over on the weekends and play in and around all the old facades: NY street, the Psycho house, the King Kong ride and more. Too much fun. Never be able to do that now.
Plus, growing up, like going through puberty, playing such an iconic character that required make-up and cool costumes kind of set me apart from most other teen actors in my category. Made me more unique and noticeable to...well, the gals I was interested in. It was always easy to invite someone to the set.

2. You’ve gone from playing Eddie Munster, to Robin the Boy wonder, to a whole number of iconic cartoon characters. How do you prepare for roles such as this?

Technically...I played Burt Ward (Return to the Batcave movie of the week), but I did get to wear the outfit! As far as preparation is concerned...it really is all about the outfit. Once you have the script in hand, lines memorized, the last piece of the puzzle is make up and wardrobe. It helps immerse you into the character. With animation it's a bit different, they show you a picture. You have to decide how that image should sound, instinctively, and hope that your gut choice was the right one.



3. What can you tell us about your work on Step By Step?

I joined the cast in the middle of their 5th season and they welcomed me like I had been there since season one. Again, worked with an array of amazing talent, got to make people laugh every week, and if I was lucky...kiss Stacy Keanan (who played Dana, my gf). A highlight was when they took me to Disney World with them for a two-week, all expenses paid two-part episode. They treated me like family. Oh and Suzanne Somers was a doll!

4. You certainly shine in family-friendly humour. What would you say is your comedic strength?

Timing.

5. Can you please tell us about your portrayal of the young Burt Ward/Robin the Boy Wonder, in Return To The Batcave?

I'm a big Batman fan, so this was a treat. I mean I have a tattoo of Batman on my shoulder. The Bruce Timm, Batman, from the late 90s Animated Series. My dining room is completely Batman! I love my wife for letting me keep it that way. Needless to say, it was a kick to walk in the tights of Burt and re-live some of the most exciting moments in that particular history. I remember going to dinner with Burt before we started shooting, to ask questions and get some character advice. I was pleased that he didn't seem too worried that I was gonna make him look bad and I hope I didn't. The highlight of that shoot was recreating the famous "Wall Walk", where Batman and Robin must scale a building...as they did on certain adventures. Of course the building was built horizontally and the camera was tilted vertical to make it appear as though we were walking UP. It was one of the few moments in the project where we get to actually BE Batman and Robin. On that day, Burt and Adam were both on set, watching us. It was a true thrill. I told everyone (and feel free to cut this out if it's too blue for your blog) that they had to shoot me from the waist-up, because I had a hard on the whole time!



6. Have you ever done an convention work, such as the San Diego Comic Con?

I have. I've attended the San Diego Comic Con as a guest and will be returning as so this month. I've been invited to the Star Trek Convention for my work on Deep Space Nine and have been invited to a few others. I love conventions and meeting the fans! I even attend on my own, just to be a fan myself.

7. Is so, would you consider coming to Melbourne for the Armageddon Convention?

I would be delighted. Have your people call my people ;-)

8. What is coming up next for you?

Few things: Finishing up Season Two of The Garfield Animated Show on Cartoon Network. Guest spots on various toons: Ben 10, Generator Rex, Fairly Odd Parents. Currently recording a new GI Joe animated series for the new Hasbro Network. And did a small role in the live action feature film "Pizza Man" starring Frankie Muniz.



9. Is there an event or charity you would like to bring to our attention?

My wife and I own a Yoga studio here in Burbank. (We even have ourselves our own Aussie instructor). Yoga is a 4000 year old practice that has certainly changed my life and I've seen its benefits enhance the lives of many. A common misconception is that you have to be flexible or be able to wrap your legs around your head to do yoga...which is not true. Yoga is meant to enhance your everyday life, more than just the Asanas (the poses). As we say, a good practice can be taken on and off the Yoga mat. I encourage your readers to please check out your local Yoga Studio, I mean a real mom and pop, privately owned studio and give it a shot. Yoga can help with physical and mental ailments from back pain, to insomnia, from lack of flexibility to building strength and confidence. Yoga is meant for ALL ages shapes and sizes. If you have personal issues like lower back pain, or wrist or knee issues, make sure to bring this up to the teacher so they may modify the pose so it works for you. I believe, 100%, that if everyone on our planet added a little Yoga to their lives, there would be peace. For now, I'm willing to settle for just you...who is reading this right now.


Thank you very much for this interview Jason. I hope you enjoyed your time at San Diego. Of course we'd love to see you here in Melbourne for Armageddon.
To my readers also, if you want to see Jason at Armageddon, let me know.

What did you think of this interview? Please comment, or email me directly at mgbouw@yahoo.com.au
Until next time!

Interview with... Alan Rachins

From LA Law to Dharma And Greg I can almost certainly say you've seen the work of (and enjoyed the work of) Alan Rachins.
I want to thank Alan for taking the time to conduct this interview with me, and I hope you enjoy what Alan has to say.



1. LA Law was an iconic show. What was it like to work on?

I had done, theatre, some small parts on television and a couple of movies . Then I did an independent film by Henry Jaglom called "Always". This film had a premier at the Los Angeles Film Festival which led to my being cast in L.A. LAW. Before we began shooting, the cast met to read the script and then have lunch. After the reading we assembled outside to walk to the commissary. But it was raining. Voices rang out, "A van, a van for the cast". Soon, a van arrived and we were driven the short distance to the commissary. They didn't want the cast to get wet.
That little incident is one way to sum up what it was like to work on L.A. LAW; first class all the way. There was always mutual respect and everyone wanted to do their best. It was being part of a championship team. And, except for Susan Dey, it was everyone's first TV series and we all appreciated the excellent machinery we were part of. When I say except for Susan Dey, I don't mean she didn't appreciate being on the show, only that she had some considerable success before. For us it wasn't just being on a hit show, but also a critically acclaimed show and audiences, the people we met in our daily lives, were enthused and appreciative. The quality of the work on the show and the attention and acclaim were deeply satisfying.

2. From an actor’s point of view, how do things differ from LA Law to Dharma And Greg?

There are a lot of differences between the two formats. In L.A. LAW we may have to be there at 5:30 or 6 AM and not get out before 9pm. On the days you're working you can't make dinner plans because you never know when you'll get out. On the other hand, because it's an ensemble show you only work a few days a week. Long hours, but only a few days a week. Not bad. And since it was shot in Los Angeles that gave you a lot of family time. At least, for the actors. The crew works incredibly long hours. It's a rough gig. If it wasn't for the conference room scenes, I might not have seen fellow cast members for weeks at a time, because we only go in to shoot our scenes and only see the cast members involved with that scene. The conference room was a chance for everyone to catch up with one another; exchange gossip and stories. They were long to shoot but they were fun as well. One hour shows like L.A. LAW, using a single camera take a long time to shoot with a number of takes and many different angles. There's always a sense that there's a lot to get done, so let's focus and do it.
On Dharma and Greg the atmosphere was much more casual and the night we shot it in front of a live audience was a little like a party. On a sit-com you go in on Monday morning about 11. We have a table read so everyone can hear the early draft off the script. Then the writers go to work on the script and the actors go home. Pretty nice. Drift in, read, go home. No complaints. The rest of the week we rehearse the scenes, and show them to the writers on one day and the writers and the network executives the following day. The words are always changing. On Friday we rehearse all day, do a run through, get notes, go to dinner and then do the show in front of a live audience. It's exciting. It's a rush. Even after we do a take at night they may change some of the lines to punch up the jokes. And getting your laughs is a huge kick.



3. Which do you prefer, on set work like LA Law, or shows in front of a live audience, like Dharma And Greg?

It's tough to say which I prefer. I loved both shows. Both shows had strong producers with a vision and the network left them mostly alone to do what they wanted. There was a sense that Dharma was more fun. But L.A. LAW was important. It was a ground breaking show, which won many Emmys and Golden Globe awards. And going to those award shows when you are nominated is pretty exciting.
So it was satisfying to be on both shows. I wasn't just on two hit shows, I was on two excellent hit shows. And being on a quality show, a show you are proud of, with an challenging character to play is much more important to me than the format; single camera or working in front of a live audience. I was sitting in an agents waiting room during the time of L.A. LAW and an actress who was starring on a sit-com came over to me and said, "Please tell me that you actually like your show." She was not having a good time on her show. She did not have a strong producer and the network executives were very involved with saying the show should be like this, no, the show should be like that.
They were getting pushed and pulled in different directions and it was stressful and debilitating for the actress. L.A. LAW and Dharma and Greg never had those problems. They were both the best experiences one could possibly hope to have.

4. Can you please tell us about your theatre work?

During one hiatus from L.A. LAW I did Albin in La Cage. It's an incredible musical and it was challenging and totally fun.
More recently, I did the premier of a two character play by Arthur Laurents called Attack of the Heart at a regional theatre.Arthur wrote The Way We Were and the book for Gypsy among other work. He was ninety at the time, with incredible energy and focus. Knock wood, we should all be so healthy, alert and productive at that age. At any age. Learning the lines for the two character play was a challenge. There is something primal about theatre: you and the audience, no cameras, no interruptions, no one to say cut. It was a love story between a documentary film maker and Muslim woman in the aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster.
Arthur is not someone to shrink from controversy. Another play I did, this was at The Cape Playhouse in Dennis Mass. was Inherit the Wind, about the right to teach Charles Darwin's scientific theories in the schools. Intelligent material. And surprisingly just as relevant today as when it was first produced. I'm from Massachusetts so the opportunity to do a play in that area allowed friends and relatives who I often don't see to have an opportunity to see me work and for us to see one another.
I began studying acting in New York and did parts on and off-Broadway and dinner theaters around the country until I was in the original cast of Oh! Calcutta!
Currently there is a group I'm connected with that does staged readings of plays. We've done The Price and Plaza Suite among others. There is a minimum of rehearsal and the opportunity to connect with excellent material and with an appreciative audience as well as working with fellow actors.



5. Can you please also tell us about your involvement with Mensa?

So here's the Mensa story. In high school I got Bs and Cs. Hardly did the homework. Majored in daydreaming and minored in anxiety. Never felt I was doing my best.
Managed to get into an Ivy League school, The Wharton School, a business school. My father had a business. I was going to school for him, not for me. I rebelled. I barely studied. I dropped out to go to New York to be an actor. About eight years later, after Oh! Calcutta!, there was a lull. I wasn't sure what was next. I had this thought that I had more potential than my academic experience reflected. I decided that if I could get into Mensa that would be a confirmation that I had unused potential that I could tap into. It became kind of an obsession. So that's what I did. I took the test and bingo. I was excited to be admitted. It energized me. I met some interesting people in Mensa. I went to Empire State College to finish my interrupted degree. I was accepted to The American Film Institute which brought me out to Los Angeles. Life took some new and interesting roads.

6. How do you find doing voice-over work?

Fun when you get the job. But like many things in show business, the hardest part is getting the job. The most fun has ben The Spectacular Spider Man because we were often in the large sound booth together. There was a wonderful group of actors and it was blast doing it.

7. What is coming up next for you?

Good question. I'm curious myself about that. In the mean time, I write. I've been in an autobiographical writing work shop for ten years. And I sing in a Cabaret,; musical comedy, pop songs and jazz. And I play tennis.



8. What would be a dream role for you?

On a television show, I'd love to play a character that is closer to me. Douglas Brackman and Larry Finklestein were both extreme characters. It could be a comedy or a drama, but a character that is right down the middle of who I am, at least in his behavior. There are a number of excellent shows on TV now, particularly on HBO that would be a dream to work on. But show business has always been a mystery. There's struggle, struggle, struggle, then something miraculous happens. So I'm looking for that miracle.

9. Is there an event or charity you would like to bring to our attention?

When I was 11 I lost my mother to pancreatic cancer. So if there was one charity that had a special hold on me it would be that one.


Alan has asked me to pass on all feedback from this interview so please, let me know what you thought via mgbouw@yahoo.com.au or by commenting below.
I look forward to your responses.

Interview with... Sophia Crawford

Stunt actors are the complete package, in my opinion.
They train their bodies and their skills to such a peak, it's just incredible.
The hard work they put in to make the scene look amazing goes largely unseen, and sometimes unappreicated.
It's safe to write that if you're a fan of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, you'll find the following quite interesting indeed.
I hope you enjoy my interview with Sophia Crawford.



1. What was it like on the TV show, and movie, Mighty Mophin Power Rangers?

When I first arrived in Los Angeles, I had every intention of becoming an actress. I quickly realized that I was slightly ahead of my time. Although the low-budget, straight to DVD martial arts movies of the early '90's were booming, they were still predominately male stars. Most A-list producers that I met with at that time, felt that the audience wasn't ready for a female action hero.

My petite frame was a bonus in Hong Kong while fighting opponents of a similar size but producers in the U.S questioned a girls capability of taking down big, hulking men.

Of course, times have changed now. In part this is because of the huge success of shows like Power Rangers, Buffy and Xena.

Also, as a martial artist it was very difficult to be taken seriously as an actress. Some casting directors wouldn't even give you a shot at auditioning if you had any "real" martial arts experience.

So with that in mind I had to ask myself what really inspired me? I always enjoyed performing the action and had no real desire to be famous or become a celebrity.

So when Jeff Pruitt approached me to double Amy Jo Johnson on Power Rangers, I literally jumped at the opportunity to break into the American Stunt industry.

I don't think I have ever had more FUN on a show than Power Rangers. Maybe it was my youth and the fact that I hadn't been privy to all the ugliness that lies beneath the surface of Hollywood. I was fresh off the boat and oblivious to internal politics ( that came later on Buffy and was a real lesson in reality vs dreams )

The days were long and hot on the set in Valencia, California. Yet we were a tight, goofy bunch performing several fights per week. Hiam Saban was cheap with his pay checks, it wasn't until after I departed that the show, that it became a signatory S.A.G program. I later got my S.A.G. card on the movie "Fair Game".
However we all worked hard and honed our skills, we took every opportunity to practice new tricks and we grew in so many ways. I formed friendships with my stunt buddies that have lasted to this day:-)



2. As you have done both, what do you feel is the differences between stunt work and acting work?

Well, one of the differences is obvious. You get the royal treatment when you are a lead actress. It's quite funny really, you're exactly the same person you were the week before when you doubled so and so... but when you are the "star" people tend to treat you better. They are kinder and suddenly have all the patience in the world! LOL

I have never kissed up to an actress, it makes them into monsters! I'm not rude either, not at all, I just try to keep it real. When you are talking an actress through a fight sequence, you talk softly but directly, if you get my drift?

The other real difference is the actual work that you do. Performing stunts on a television series day in day out is TOUGH work!! You are constantly sore and bruised and often have to muster up the energy to perform at 5.00AM after working 15 hours already. That's when you chug the Red Bull and stuff your face with chocolate to give yourself a boost.

3. Buffy The Vampire Slayer; what was it like?

This is such a loaded question because so many things happened on that show!! Yikes where do I start?
I think without going into too much detail, many aspects of the show were truly special. I was in my element fighting vampires every week, the stunt guys and Jeff were amazing to work with. I enjoyed reading the scripts, the writing was quirky and I wouldn't just look for my stunts, I liked the show!
Many of the cast, crew and producers were fantastic but as the show became more and more popular, certain people changed.



4. Do you ever get mistaken for Sarah Michelle Gellar?

The only time I ever got mistaken for Sarah was when I was in the same wardrobe as her on set. Sometimes when we were shooting on location fans would hang out waiting to see her. I would wave and say, "Hi guys.. but you know I'm not Buffy!"

5. What’s coming up next for you?

A couple of projects fell through for me this year so I am going on a bus trip across America & Canada with my darling husband and our two dogs. I plan on starting my Memoir:-)



Just a quick addendum to your blog.
I will be attending Power Morphicon at the end of August in Los Angeles. Date TBD.

Thanks, Sophia


So there you go! I hope everyone enjoyed that. I certainly did.
What did you think of this interview? Please comment, or email me directly at mgbouw@yahoo.com.au
Until next time!

Interview with... Lilith Stabs

In the past I have brought you quite a few interviews with horror actresses.
They're always fun aren't they? I certainly think so.
In that sense it is my pleaseure to bring to you my interview with Lilith Stabs.



1. What drew you to the horror genre?

Well, I always enjoyed horror movies and was sort of into some goth stuff at the time so that plus the desire to act sort of pushed me in the direction of horror. After I went to a couple conventions and saw the other actresses I just knew it was something I could easily do.



2. You certainly look to be having a lot of fun on set. What is the most fun you have had, and for which film?

At times it can be a lot of fun, especially when you get to work with friends. Other times it can be seriously tiring putting in the long hours. But then since I'm probably delirious at that point and it probably still looks like I'm having a blast!



3. What do you think of horror fans? They can be pretty wild.

They are or can be some very loyal fans. Not quite as loyal as music fans but kind of. And indeed they can be rather wild!



4. Have you ever attended a horror convention?

Yes, I certainly have. In the last several years I haven't been going. But for quite a few years I did at least 8 to 10 conventions a years. Perhaps I will book some again at some point but I got kind of burnt out on all the traveling I was doing. Sometimes it was a lot of fun, but a little difficult when traveling alone (well not usually all alone, I was known to have one of my sidekicks with me....my bunny Serena or the late Samantha).




5. What would be a dream role for you?

Something like the white queen in Alice in Wonderland or The Snow Queen. In other words some white and wickedly beauiful.



6. What’s coming up next?

I'm doing a lot of writing these days. Several projects under way as far as that goes. I get scripts to review from people who never seem to actually film anything they send me. If I get another role offered to me that I like I'm down for it but for the moment just writing and thinking of possibly doing some filming of my own.



7. Is there an event or charity you would like to bring to our attention?

Well, there is what I like to call the Plight of the Easter Bunny. Its about how all the bunnies (not all some do end up in good homes), but the ones who get given as gifts then neglected later when the child is no longer interested. These rabbits deserve better. It is not an event or charity to be exact but there are rabbit shelters all over that need help with the rabbits, placing them in homes as well as donations.



Thank you Lilith!
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