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Jamie King Wears Her 'Bloody' Heart on Her Sleeve!


Between Sin City, The Spirit, and The Tripper, Jamie King is well on her way to being the genre's premiere ingénue.  Now she adds another one to her resume: My Bloody Valentine 3D, in which she plays Sarah Palmer, a wife and mother trying to save her skin from a really, really pissed-off miner who's slaughtering the town with a pick axe.  Here, she tells us about her love for genre films, her new comic book series, how she met her husband on Fanboys, the upcoming Sin City 2, and her love for George Lucas.  Yup, she really is every geek's dream girl!

You're not the typical, glamorous scream queen in this film.

With this movie, I only wanted to wear flannels and jeans and boots.  You always have to have a hot naked girl in scary movies.  But when you see your leading lady running around with barely anything on, it doesn't make much sense to me.  I felt like it was appropriate to look like that for this film.  But it is weird seeing yourself in 3D.

The technical aspects of shooting in 3D are very different than shooting in film.  Is it hard to know that you might give a great performance in one take, but one of the red cameras is off-center, and that take has to be scrapped?

You can't focus on that.  You just have to go with it.  You have to trust that the people you are working with know what they are doing.  Usually when you are working on stuff that is cutting edge, you are working with people at the top of their game, so you have to trust that they have their end and you have your end.

Did you see the original My Bloody Valentine?

I saw it after [we wrapped shooting].

What was the appeal of this film for you?

I love genre movies.  When they sent me the script, my husband and his friends freaked out.  They were obsessed with the original film, and said, "You have to do this movie!  It's so awesome – it's my favorite horror movie!"  I read it and thought it was really great.  Then when I heard about the 3D aspect, I was excited because I love doing films that are technologically advanced, or telling stories in a different way, giving audiences  a new experience.

What is the appeal of this character?

She wasn't the young teenager throughout the film.  She had history, she had layers.  She had a husband and a son, so she had more to lose.  I felt that if I kept her grounded and more authentic, even amidst all the slasher-gore-awesome stuff that was going on around her, it would give people something to identify with, and root for her more.

I heard you are a Star Wars geek.

I am.  I am actually doing the new Clone Wars animated series right now.  I'm excited about that.

Which voice are you?

I can't tell you yet, but I play a few voices.  I harassed [Clone Wars director] Dave Filoni until he gave me a part.  I sent him emails, and I followed him around Comic Con saying "Hire me. Hire me.  Hire me.  Hire me."

You have been to Skywalker Ranch, right?

Yes, I have.  That was the best.  I have gone a few times – every excuse I can find to go there, I use.  And then I cry when I have to go.  It's utopia for me.  The idea of being out in nature, then having all these guys there, doing what they do creatively… being in that environment….  I feel like George Lucas has created something so universal, that speaks everyone's language, that transcends time and age.  It's something everyone can relate to.  I just think George Lucas is awesome.

How is doing voice work a different take on these technological boundaries you like to play with?

The thing that is fun about doing voice work is that they can change and manipulate your voice.  And now they have started putting a camera on you, to see how your mouth moves.  That helps the animators match the lip movements.  The great thing about Clone Wars is that they hand paint everything.  So when you go see how they make these characters, they have real painters and artists, with their reference books, and you see all the work that goes into making something like this.

So then was Fan Boys your dream movie?

It was ideal because I met my husband [director Kyle Newman] on it.  I had never met him before, and I was asked to go down and do a cameo for the film, and I met him there, and it was happily ever after.

Are you a horror movie fan?

I am starting to get into it more now.  I am more of a sci-fi fan.  I love Star Wars and Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter and Battlestar Galactica… things like that.  I was never good with horror films growing up, because I have too strong an imagination.  I could never get it out of my head.  They would always haunt me.  So as a kid, I was way too sensitive to see them.  But after seeing My Bloody Valentine, I am going to have to get into them more, because I realize how fun they can be.  And maybe now that I am older, I can take them in a different way.

Why do you think horror films are so popular?

I think the appeal is that there is a lot of turmoil going on in the world, and when people go to the movies, they just want to have fun, they want to escape, and they don't want to take things too seriously.  It's like going on a roller coaster – especially with the 3D.  Your adrenaline gets so jacked up, then you laugh.  Then you get jacked up, then you laugh again.  By the time you leave the theatre, you have worked out all this stress.  After, you feel kind of free inside.

What scares you the most?

Terrorism, human ignorance and manipulation… things like that.

What is your favorite kill from My Bloody Valentine 3D?

I liked the one with the shovel in the girl's head.  A nice, slow slide.

There are rumors that Frank Miller is close to turning in a script for Sin City 2.  Has anything crossed your desk yet?

He's done with it!  He is like my brother, so I am with him every week.  He told me a couple days ago that he finished it, and told me about it.  I can tell you that both of my characters come back, at the same time.  With Frank, I always know about stuff way before the studios – I know about stuff the moment it comes across his brain.  He is one of my best friends, his girlfriend is my best friend, so we are together all the time.  Often, he is fleshing out his ideas with me.  Like, the moment The Spirit came up, I knew about it.  We talk it out.

How is he handling the mixed response to The Spirit?

He's being a good sport about it, but it was tough.  After a year of The Dark Knight and Iron Man, these kind of comic book movies, they were going into The Spirit expecting something more like those.  But The Spririt was a comic strip in a lot of ways.  Frank really made a kooky comedy, and I don't think people were expecting that.  It was very off-kilter and unique.  He loved it so much, but people didn't have the best things to say about it.  I think that sometimes you have to go through that, as a filmmaker, as an actor, as a producer, anyone who is an artist.  You are going to have things that people love, and things that people hate.  Hopefully, no matter what the experience, you can stay balanced.  If you get too excited when you have a big hit, you can get a big ego.  But if you get too down when something sucks, you just get insecure and depressed.  I have learned to try to find that middle ground.

When is Sin City 2 supposed to start shooting?

I don't know.  That's up to the studio.

Frank is ready to direct again?

Right now I know he is just working on the stuff he has been writing, but I think he is ready to do anything involving film.  But he will direct Sin City 2 with Robert Rodriguez.

What are you working on right now?

I am getting ready to direct my first thing, for Comedy Central.  TJ Miller from Cloverfield will star.  It's a one-time special.  I've always wanted to direct, and I've been writing since I was a kid.

I am also writing a new comic book series with Marc Andreyko, who wrote Torso [David Fincher is directing the screen adaptation].  I met him at the comic book store one day, and we became friends.  I had a bunch of ideas for different comic series I wanted to start.  He helped me choose one of the ideas and helped me get started.

Do you have a publisher?

I would like to do it as an independent series.  I have had  some interest from a couple of publishing houses, but I want to wait until I am all done with the series.

What is it about?

The working title is Sky Sewers.  In the future, there are tears that are happening in the galaxy.  They are creating these black holes all over, and when they are too close, they begin to join and everything is getting sucked in to these things.  Basically, it is the end of man.  People come up with a way to solve this problem, but then there is a movement that believes it is God who is doing it.  It is a battle between God's will and man's will.  It will be a six-issue series.