Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s stunning graphic novels Sin City back to the big screen with Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. This time, shot in 3D, the audience will feel they are inside the graphic novel.
The film follows several stories including ‘Nancy’s Last Dance,’ where Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) in the wake of John Hartigan’s (Bruce Willis) suicide, is out for revenge; ‘The Long, Bad Night’ spotlights a young gambler, Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who faces off with the city’s biggest villain, Senator Roark (Powers Boothe) and ‘A Dame to Kill For,’ where Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) confronts the woman of his dreams … and nightmares, Ava Lord (Eva Green).
The actors spoke of their characters, and working entirely with green screen, at the press day for the movie, which opens on August 22nd.
Jessica, can you talk about how Nancy has evolved since the first movie?
Jessica: Yeah, in the first film she starts off as a little girl and she’s a victim, she was kidnapped and later she was tortured and she gets saved by Bruce Willis’ character, Hartigan.
But in this one it picks up after he kills himself, so it’s like the love of her life is gone and she’s devastated, she’s an alcoholic, she’s still dancing [and] she’s not happy about it.
It was cool to be able to take someone from this sweet, innocent, naive victim to this very powerful warrior who takes her life in her own hands and gets revenge.
Josh, for you, stepping into this city that Frank Miller created, where the dialogue isn’t naturalistic. Was that a challenge?
Josh: As an actor, doing it for 30 years, every movie you’re trying to figure out a way to make it more naturalistic and more organic to humanity, and (in this) you have lines like, ‘Never let the monster out.’ It’s hard. You have to find a cadence. It’s the kind of movie that you really have to dive into, you can’t manipulate Frank Miller’s mind.
I was a big fan of the first movie, so the opportunity to be able to do it was really unnerving, but when I watched it, it’s one of the few movies that I’ve done where I thought, ‘Thank God I’m in this movie.’ I think it’s the next level, it’s very dark, it’s a lot of fun, it’s very sexy.
Eva, your character is really evil. What was the most challenging scene for you to do?
Eva: I was very nervous to do the scene after she tried to shoot Dwight, and she’s talking with the cops and she’s lying, because she’s a compulsive liar. The challenge in this film is to still be believable and lie all the time.
To play all these different women [in one character] was the challenge. She’s so bad, so that was very fun. [She] knows no sense of right or wrong.
Joseph, what was it on the page that you liked most about your character?
Joseph: The thing that I liked on the page most about my character was on the cover of the script where it said ‘Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez.’ I remember when the first movie came out going to the theatre and saying to myself, ‘I’ve never seen anything like this, it’s somewhere in between a cartoon and a live action movie,’
For me, and for a lot of actors, we grow up watching cartoons when we are little kids, and that’s who you want to be, the cartoon on the screen. And then you have to settle for being a live action actor in a movie. But in this case, you get to become a cartoon in a way and I loved that.
I loved acting in the green [screen] environment and fully embracing an abandonment of reality, saying, ‘No, we’re going to the movies now. We’re going into Sin City, we’re going into a graphic novel and the mind of Frank Miller.’ Isn’t that what we’re all looking for when we go to a movie, escaping our real world into something larger and simpler than that?
Video Extras – Check out the stars at the press conference…
Jessica was asked about her new attitude doing this movie? Click here to see her response.
Joseph was asked what it was like acting with Christopher Lloyd in the film, who plays a crazy doctor?
Eva and Josh were asked about shooting the sex scenes in the film. Did they trust Robert to do them tastefully? Click here to see how they react to that.