Archive for the ‘Mama’ Category
Metro did an interview with Danish actor Nicolaj Coster-Waldau and he mentioned Jessica:
It was really surprising to see Jessica Chastain (playing Annabel in Mama) with a rocker look. How did she surprise you on set?
Her karaoke skills. They are brilliant. I, like the rest of the world, did not know much about Jessica until last year, when she came out in five movies. I had just seen Tree Of Life, so I could ask her what it was about, which was great. I saw The Help, where she is very different, and Take Shelter, which is a great movie. She is just a brilliant actress, and when you work with someone like that it just makes you better.
I have added screen captures of ‘Mama’ to the gallery, including the DVD extras. The DVD will be out next May 07th, so be sure to get your copy!
Screen Daily has talked with International Universal Pictures’ president David Kosse, which opened Universal wants a sequel for ‘Mama’, due the current success of the movie in the box office. Mama is approaching $70 million at home with more to come from overseas.
But the director Andrés Muschietti gtgfisn’t interested. He told to ScreenCrush:
We sort of wore out the subject matter…I never thought this could continue. Sequels are always tricky. I know how studios think but I don’t see ‘Mama’ as something you can exploit because you’re screwing with the original. I’m really hoping to jump into some other movies right now.”
Of course it doesn’t mean there would be no more sequels. I think Universal can think about doing it without Muschietti, Del Toro or even Chastain on board.
The Playlist has a great interview with Jessica, to promote Mama which opened this weekend. Check it:
What drew you to this material?
I had just done “The Tree of Life.” That was coming out and “Take Shelter.” And so many people were talking to me about how they saw me as this “perfect mother” and I got this script and I thought, “This will really throw people for a loop.” Because it’s a woman who refuses to grow up, she plays bass guitar in a punk band, she’s not good enough to ever be famous, she’s got a sexy boyfriend who’s an illustrator, they live in a loft. She doesn’t want any responsibility. In the beginning, when she’s forced to deal with these children, she’s a little selfish and even unlikable. That was exciting for me to play! And I loved the arc throughout the film. For me it’s definitely a hero’s journey or someone becoming a hero and Guillermo del Toro. I love “Hellboy” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Also Andy, the short film is so scary. I thought, well, this is great. I’ll do this.
How did you come up with the look for this character? I imagine Guillermo gave you the tentacle tattoo.
No it was Andy! At first he said, “I want to put an octopus down your arm.” And I said, “Okay, I love the idea of the tattoos but why an octopus?” He said: “Because, when a tentacle gets stuck, it detaches. I think Annabelle must see herself like that.” I said: “That is genius, I love it, let’s do it!” And the haircut was Alice Glass inspired. [Alice Glass is the lead singer of the Canadian electro-punk band Crystal Castles.]
What is scarier – ghosts or the Oscar campaign?
The thing is, because I’m doing “The Heiress,” I’m on stage every day. So there isn’t much that I can do for an Oscar campaign. I can go to a lunch and do press but… I think a ghost is probably scarier.
What are your favorite horror movies? And you were in a TV remake of “Dark Shadows,” right?
I was Carolyn Stoddard in “Dark Shadows.” It’s never been seen before. Which I thought, when I was right out of school, “Oh this is my big moment!” And then the pilot was not picked up. [sighs] Sadly. I love “The Exorcist.” I love “Jaws.” And I saw those when I was far too young to see those films. It must have cemented something in me. There are a lot of great actresses in horror films – “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Others.” You think about Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Mia Farrow, Jamie Lee Curtis. So many women I really respect have done these great characters in horror films. And I’m excited. I hope to do even more! I love it so much.
Is there any genre you’re really looking to do?
A western. I want to hold a gun.
And you want to be a James Bond villain?
Yeah, it’s like… Enough of the graceful characters… I want to get my hands dirty.
The video of Jessica appearing on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon is added in our archive as well as the HD screen captures.
Jessica tops the box office with two movies.
New horror pic Mama and holdover Zero Dark Thirty — both starring Jessica Chastain — easily topped the Friday box office with $10.1 million and $4.6 million, respectively.
From Universal, Mama is projected to gross a stellar $30 million for the four-day Martin Luther King weekend. Zero Dark Thirty should gross an impressive $18 million for Sony and director Kathryn Bigelow.
Jessica stopped by yesterday on “Today Show” to promote “Mama”, and you can watch the video below:
Universal Pictures has debuted, via iTunes Movie Trailers, a new behind-the-scenes featurette that focuses on the upcoming Mama.
Jessica is covering the January issue of Cineplex magazine, and you can find digital scans in our gallery. In the article, she talks about her most recent films “Mama” and “Zero Dark Thirty”, both to be released this month. Check it:
Technically, Mama is your first horror film. It’s based on a truly scary short film that caused quite a splash on the festival circuit and online. How much of that eerie ambience stayed intact when stretched to feature length?
“Well, the reason I signed on to do Mama is the name Guillermo del Toro. I’m a crazy fangirl when it comes to his work. So when I saw Andy’s short film I was totally blown away by what he did in such a small space of time, in three minutes. It’s like, one shot. Up the staircase, seeing mama. So that three minutes is the seed of what Mama has become, it maintains that strange feel of the short film which is incredibly exciting. We get to see more of what mama is, we get to understand where the two little girls come from and, of course, we are introduced to my character, Annabel, who isn’t in the short film at all.”
I’m guessing that del Toro and Muschietti allowed you some leeway to design Annabel?
“Yes, absolutely. The essence of what the character was in the script is still there. She played bass guitar in a punk band, but she wasn’t very good so she’d never be famous, so she was playing for fun. Her boyfriend just wants her to grow up but she wants to stay in the world. And along comes this level of responsibility in these two girls. Now, I kept pushing for her to not be very likeable. I wanted her to be selfish and initially see these kids as a hindrance, a major drag. And as the story progresses, she rallies and finds her strength when she has to wrestle with ‘mama.’ She’s the one you least expect would have that strength. This is not a cheap horror film. Though I should mention that I love cheap horror films, I love all horror films. But sometimes horror relies on nothing but loud noises and false scares and cats jumping out of cupboards, but this one refuses to do that…. Andy sculpted a feeling that no matter what is happening, something is just…not…right. It just builds and builds and builds.”
Jessica attended tonight alongside her co-stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the kids Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nélisse, a screening of “Mama” which will be released next 18th in the USA. Check the first pictures in our gallery: