Below is the transcript from our group interview with Resident Evil: Afterlife actor Wentworth Miller from a visit to the set. For details and personal observations as to what occurred on set the impressions people made, please read our article on the Resident Evil Afterlife Set Visit by Staci Layne Wilson
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Milla Jovovich One Resident Evil 11-13-2009 Transcript Two
So what are your thoughts on 3-D?
Jovovich: Well, I don’t know. I’ve never actually seen a 3-D movie, so... I’ve seen some dailies in 3-D and it kind of gives me a headache. (Laughs) But it looks really cool.
You never did the red and blue glasses back in the day as a kid? You were deprived.
Jovovich: I was, I was seriously deprived as a kid. All I did was work.
Can you tell us what’s new about Alice in this movie?
Jovovich: Well, without giving too much away, I think Alice is definitely a happier person. She’s more in control of herself. I definitely think she’s a little bit lighter because of things that I won’t talk about. But, she’s more herself than we’ve ever seen her; ready to start relationships with people, ready to get back into the world a bit.
Jeremy hinted that there might be some love interest for Alice in this film?
Jovovich: Potentially. (Laughs)
We were wondering how much input you have on the script since you’re living with the guy when he’s writing the script.
Jovovich: Definitely the Resident Evil world is a huge part of our daily lives as Paul is the writer and we’ve been working on these films for almost ten years. Definitely there’s a lot of ideas going back and forth. Let’s just put it this way. Draft one will never be seen. He got a lot of boiling water from his wife about it.
Are you ever like, “I want a scene where I do this kind of kick?”
Jovovich: Oh yeah. I mean, definitely the action sequences I’m very involved with and stunt-wise, I definitely love doing it so I have just instinctual ideas about things that my character would do or even just really cool thoughts or dreams that I had or something that like, “Oh and this is 3-D so let’s really take advantage of this medium and do something like this or like that.” Actually the scene that we just shot, we were rehearsing the last few days for these kicks and trying to figure out the physics of the actual kicks that I’m doing. We had these really cool kicks sort of worked out. Then they actually pulled Dead, the stunt guy, who’s stunting for Kim Coates, and, you know, it just felt like the kick didn’t match his reaction to the kick and I was like, “Something just feels wrong about this.” I talked with Joanne, my stunt double, and kind of talked about what else could we do and I was like, “Let’s maybe try something that’s more of a front kick like up onto him that would send him onto a table because he has to physically go over a table.” The side kick just would have sent him into the table and it just looked weird. So I think it worked out really well.
Can you talk about stuff that you get to do in this film that you haven’t done before?
Jovovich: Well, oh gosh, I mean this is definitely in my opinion one of the most kind of unbelievable-looking Resident Evil films that we’ve shot. The stunts really take advantage of the 3-D medium even though we keep 2-D in mind because a lot of people are not going to be able to afford a 3-D ticket or they might not have a 3-D theater in their town, so we’ve been very aware that whatever we shoot, even though it’s playing to the medium, we won’t want to just make a 3-D movie. We want to make a movie that’s going to look great on TV, that’s going to look great in everyone’s home.
But it’s bigger?
Jovovich: Oh yeah, it’s, the stunts just go off the charts in this one. Some really cool stuff. And, you know, obviously taking advantage of green screen a lot for them because they’re just physically impossible, to build a set to jump off of that’s that high would just cost too much. So we’re definitely trying to make the dollar go as far as possible and take what we have and just multiply it. I think we really have. It’s very exciting watching dailies. It’s a lot of fun. I think the characters in this one are so strong. We did a lot of work in making sure that everybody had their own presence in this film. It was really funny because I’m looking at the whole cast when everyone’s actually together in the film and I’m like, “I can’t believe you guys are gonna die. This sucks. I’m so sorry.” But it’s one of those things where it’s not very often in a movie like this that you’re sort of feeling bad about body count. God, you’re more to me than just body count.
It was said when Oded died. You wanted him back, right?
Jovovich: I did, he’s amazing, but what a way to go. It was a nice death scene.
Do you go back in the red dress this time around?
Jovovich: No. Noooo. (Laughs) But you never know. No, the cones have a new sense of style in this one.
So are you the clones or did they digitize a bunch of extras?
Jovovich: No, I’ve talked about the clones a bit. But no, I am all the clones. I actually told the producers they should pay me by clone as opposed to just me. It’s like, “How many clones are there?” (Laughs) I’ve been playing all of the clones, which has been really interesting and kind of disconcerting because most of the time you’re playing to an X over there and then going to the other side and playing to an X over there and having to do everything twice kind of thing but a little bit differently so each clone kind of has her own personality and her own thing going. At one point I was like, “Wouldn’t it be funny if one of the clones looks at the other like, ‘All right let’s go’ and the other one’s like...”
You guys came from all over the world.
Is the process, since 3-D takes longer, does that affect you?
(background chatter about this being a “hello” and not the interview)
Jovovich: You guys aren’t giving up. It’s really weird because people are like, “This isn’t a Resident Evil tweet, this is your Twitter account.” I’m like, “Oh my God, you’re right.” I forgot, when they set me up it’s just Milla Jovovich. It’s not like Resident Evil Milla so now I feel all responsible. They’re like, “Well aren’t you going to Twitter after the movie?” Ahhhh, what am I going to Twitter about. Okay, I’m cooking... Kasha for breakfast for the baby. (Laughs) I don’t know, but it’s fun when I’m working. Definitely it’s interesting for people to hear about what goes on on set and it’s interesting for me because I love what I’m doing, so you know, I’m definitely somebody that likes to write so to know that I’m actually writing and people are listening and interested. It’s just like, “Wow, this is kind of cool.” Nobody on set wants to hear my stories, but then there’s lots of other people out there that don’t know, that are really interested. But yeah, it’s been a lot of fun. I’ve got my phone buzzing in my pocket. When they set up the account, I guess they put “Notify Me” for tweets and I’m like constantly (makes buzzing noise. I’m walking around like, “Excuse me.” --[Milla is called to set] All right, see you guys.