Thursday, January 31, 2008

Watchmen update, opening credits described

From cinemablend, I’m a little jealous of the fellows over at MTV Movies Blog. They’ve gotten to visit the set for Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Watchmen, one of the most anticipated movies on the horizon. While they aren’t allowed to talk about a lot of the things they saw while visiting the set, they do have a bit of an edge above those of us who haven’t been in figuring out how to ask questions from those who can talk about the production, like when they recently ran into Carla Gugino at the SAG Awards.

Gugino plays one of the original vigilante heroes in Watchmen’s universe, titled “The Silk Spectre.” Costumed a bit like Bettie Page while fighting crime, the character has quite the range from the movie, starting as a 25 year old crime fighter and winding up at age 67 before her story is done, with butt kicking and even a rape sequence in between. Gugino admits, “I kick a small amount of ass. I don’t kick as much ass as some people do in the movie, however. But I get to play an old lady, which was just, for me, the most fascinating thing. To start as this young crime fighter and end up an alcoholic woman in her late 60s was for me enough of a challenge; let’s put it that way.”

As for the rape sequence, Gugino is excited, but not too excited by the prospect. “The rape scene is pretty crazy that Jeffrey Dean Morgan and I have. Not that I would say that’s the one I really want you guys to see. … The title sequence of this movie is going to be extraordinary. We spent many weeks over the time of the shoot shooting it. That’s going to be a very, very special thing that wasn’t scripted, that will be really empowering.” Apparently the title sequence uses CG enhanced footage to create the differentiation between the world we live in, and the close-to-reality world of the Watchmen, inserting the fictional heroes into images of reality. “It incorporates real history and the fictitious world of Watchmen, and so it’s very cool. We meet Nixon and all sorts of people.”

Even if this is just a little tidbit on the opening credit sequence, it’s exciting enough for me. I’m eagerly awaiting Watchmen, which is still over a year from release. Hearing that the cast is getting so excited about the movie as well, however, is just a bonus


Octopunk said...

That all sounds good! And Carla Gugino is hot. I fondly remember one internet review of Sin City that predicted that the pause button on all dvd player remotes would be renamed "Carla Gugino's boobs."

Jordan said...

That "segue to the alternate world" idea is pretty radical. But I like it!