It took me a while but finally you can find in our video archive the interviews Jessica did this week to David Letterman and Kelly & Michael, both promoting Zero Dark Thirty. Screen captures on both videos are up as well in the gallery.
Jessica made sure to tell Letterman that “Zero Dark Thirty” isn’t a documentary, which seems people may have forgotten. Also it was cute her begging for not going to jail. Click on the images to be directed to our video archive – and the videos itself.
A huge thanks to my friend Haylie for recording Kelly & Michael for us.
The nominations for the 85th Annual Academy Awards are announced as we speak – and Jessica Chastain just received one for Best Actress for Zero Dark Thirty. Huge congratulations for Jess for this well deserved nomination.
Zero Dark Thirty also received nominations for Original Screenplay and Best Movie.
Yesterday was a busy day to Jess, since she was guest at David Letterman, attended a “Mama” screening on New York and also the New York Film Critics Awards. I have over 200 additional HQ pictures added to the gallery, as you can check the previews below:
Jessica Chastain, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal did a photoshoot last month to The Wrap, to cover their “Oscar Wrap” issue. You can find the digital scans in our gallery, as well a nice behind the scenes video with the photo shoot session below.
Jessica was interviewed as well, and she talk a little about Maya and her experience shooting “Zero Dark Thirty”. Check some excerpts and go to our gallery for the full interview:
STEVE POND For months while Zero Dark Thirty was shooting, people assumed that you were playing a supporting role to the guys who brought down bin Laden. Now it turns out that you’re the lead.
JESSICA CHASTAIN I hated not being able to tell anybody about who I was playing. Most people assumed I was playing Joel Edgerton’s wife. You think that
in a movie like this, the girl is going to be the wife, and anytime anyone made that assumption I’d think to myself, That’s so not true. But I couldn’t say anything. And I’m terrible at keeping secrets.
And now you can say some things…but not everything, right?
I know things about the real woman that I can’t say. I did not meet her, but I did a lot of research and talked to a lot of people who were involved. But it’s difficult because there are active members of the CIA depicted in this movie, and it’s very important to protect them. It’s a major concern to all of us that this woman, whom I see as a great hero, not be punished because of this story coming to light.
Is much of your characterization based on the real person?
A lot of it is, but I had to fill in a lot of blanks. I was really moved by the idea of
this girl being so driven, yet becoming almost nothing. So the voice I use, the hair changes and the costume changes, those are all deliberate choices. When we first see her there’s femininity, a youthfulness. The colors are warm, and then as the movie goes on I wanted to make her sexless. It’s the sense that she’s become nothing except for this project.
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.”
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