[Movies] Jane Levy Talks About The Challenges Of The Evil Dead Remake
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.08.2013
It was a physically demanding role...
During Shock Till You Drop's set visit of the remake of Evil Dead, they spoke with Jane Levy about her role and the challenges of a remake. Here are highlights:
On the coolest things she's done: "The coolest thing I've ever done in my career so far is this one thing where Aaron [Morton, cinematographer] was on a zip line in the forest and I'm hands down in the mud and the camera is flying towards me and I have to outrun the camera. It was so fucking cool. And then I watched a little bit of the playback and it looks awesome."
On the demanding nature of her role: "But this is also like, an extremely physical job, and just like what Fede was saying, we're doing everything that you see. I don't know how much I'm allowed to give away, but at one point I vomit all over somebody. A lot of vomit. Like, a shit-ton of fluid. I had a tube practically down my throat, and I'm on top of this girl and vomiting all over her. When you actually do something like that – I don't think I can actually describe the sensation – but I actually went to the corner and cried. I'm really sensitive. But I felt like I was really drowning my friend Jessica, it felt so bad. I was shaking."
On the differences between when she's normal and possessed: "Well, it's something I spent a lot of time thinking about. It's something I still think about and stress over. Because we've seen possessed people a lot of times in movies, and as an actor you're always interested in trying something new. And I didn't want to mimic anything, and I really wanted to be f**king scary. And thinking about being scary is as daunting about thinking about being funny. Those are things that you shouldn't be thinking about. You can't be aware of it or it's not gonna work. So for me, we had a couple session with a like a movement coach, who talked about like body stuff and doing certain things with your body and [laughs] it was great, and just gave us ideas to work with. But I actually chose to humanize my Deadite a little bit, and I hope that turns out to be scary. I tried not to do much of like spider crawling up wall, like psycho body contortion…just because I wanted, I guess I wanted to try something new, and I also thought, and Fede thinks, that the idea of there being a human quality is almost scarier because it's scarier to think of your father being possessed than just like…do you know what I mean? Like, finding something that you can relate to about this person who's also doing horrible things, I thought would be terrifying. I have yet to see it, so I hope it works."