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October 4, 2006.
know what beautiful brunette Jordana Brewster will pop up in next. She
made her mark in The Fast and The Furious and then a lesbian secret
agent in D.E.B.S. Now she leaps into the horror genre as
Chrissie – the almost heroine of The
Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning –
prequel to the longstanding series.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre is an enduring horror institution first
created by Tobe Hooper in 1974 – a real B-film classic, raw and
unabashedly exploitive – a true gore escapade. This original spawned a
series and various docs about the film but nothing had the power of the
original. Then producer Michael Bay formed a production company and
decided one of his first productions would be a sort of remake of the
original – this one directed by Marcus Nispel and starring Jessica Biel.
Now this prequel tries to establish the origins of the murderous slasher
family incorporating some of the actual story of the real killers who
inspired the first film and some send-ups of the characters that have been
established in cinematic canon – to the like and greater dislike of the
You've really explored a range of genres now, going from a lesbian to
this horror. Do you have a fascination for these genres?
I obviously don't plot anything out [career-wise]. It depends on the
script and what phase in my life I'm at at that point. I was a fan of the
2003 movie and loved the look of it; I loved Jessica Biel's performance in
it. I really like the production company, Platinum Dunes, and I met with
producers Andrew [Form] and Brad [Fuller] like two years before the
prequel came up so I really wanted to be a part of it so it just kind of
After The Faculty, did you ever think you would go back to doing
another horror film?
The Faculty was kind of science fiction-y and to me it was more of
a Robert Rodriguez film so I never thought of it as a genre film so I was
totally open to do a horror film. I was excited to do one.
Were you disappointed that you didn't have the body count that Jessica
Biel had? She had a bit more of a body count in terms of killings.
Yeah but we had more torture scenes. I think we get a little gorier. We
get really violent. Have you seen it?
Well it's really violent. So, I think we do okay.
What do you watch when you go to the movies?
The last thing I saw was Hollywoodland. I really loved that. Then
I saw Little Miss Sunshine and I loved that, so I see a bunch of
Have there been any horror films that have been in your list of
I loved The Others, The Ring, The Shining, and I
That was a series though, and it was the first one that really traumatized
me. It was so freaky. So those are some of my favorites.
Were there any that really scared you?
Why did it scare you?
The blue nails. I just remember the blue nails when they found her body.
Stuff like that. And then the rapist. I lived in New York when I was
little. I slept in a bunk bed. My sister slept on the bottom and I slept
on the top. I kept seeing for some reason the guy – I can't remember his
name but he had a specific name – and he was the rapist and he had these
muddy boots and I kept thinking that he was coming out of my closet. I
would see the top of his head at the top of my bunk bed and that kept
freaking me out. Humans freak me out more than monsters and ghosts.
So humans freak you out more than monsters. So, is there a range of
humans that scare you?
Serial killers, sociopaths, those are at the top of my list, oddly enough.
Have you run into a few in your recent history?
No. Luckily, no.
Just in your bad dates.
I've been lucky, yeah. [laughter]
Do you psyche yourself up for an intense scene like when you're under
the cutting table?
Yeah, but I didn't have to make anything up, I just took what was in front
of me. I just drew from what was in the script, and I was working with a
really good actor. [Matthew] Bomer [he plays older brother Eric] went to
Carnegie Mellon and was really generous. It was great working with him.
How generous was Andrew Bryniarski – who plays the chainsaw killer,
Andrew. Yeah, he's an odd one. He plays heavy metal on set, and I wanted
to stay away from him. Because I didn't want to befriend him and then have
to act as if I was scared of him. So I was glad he was an oddball.
There would have been no befriending him.
I don't think so. He's a weird guy and he takes his role seriously and
definitely inhabits his character on and off screen. So it was easy to act
like I was scared of him.
Was there any kind of research necessary for this role or did you just
use the script?
No, just the script, and creating back-story yourself by talking to
Matthew who played my boyfriend. Talking to the director beforehand about
where we wanted to go. We watched Silence of the Lambs and Alien
– movies with strong female performances.
So you've seen the first one, right?
Of course, yeah.
Was it important to make sure that she wasn't a cliché – where she was
the lead girl that makes stupid decisions?
You can't act a character unless you believe what you're doing, I think,
because if you don't believe it, you fix it, in the script. Because
otherwise, if you don't buy it, you're not going to do it, hopefully. So,
whenever we didn't buy something we were all like, wait a second, we're
not going to be able to sell this. So I do see it now – like the moment
where I'm like, wait a second, would I really do that? But, I think it's
so immediate when someone's screaming and you think you're gonna help
them, so I do buy it. I do understand why she made the choices she made.
I think my biggest concern with a horror film is not over-acting. Because
it's so easy to be like [unconvincing scream] you know, to over do it and
over-scream. Then I was afraid – “Oh my God, what if I can't cry by the
20th take? What if they screw this up and I can't cry anymore? They're
going to be pissed at me.” That's what you start worrying about. Then once
you do it, you're not worried anymore. So it's like breaking it in.
With the ending – you know what's going to happen, or you didn't know.
Some directors like to set it up so you don't know your own endings. So
you really are surprised…
Yeah, nobody knew.
So you didn't know, the producers and director just made a decision to
do two different ends?
I think they were always trying to figure it out. We also ran out of time
so the ending was – the last day of shooting was a night shoot and we were
shooting at like five o'clock in the morning. We knew that we were going
so quickly that it was going to suck. [laughter] Because we were
shooting and I remember that light was coming up, and we knew that we
weren't going to be able to sell it. So we knew we'd be back in Texas in a
couple of months.
Did you get bruised at all during the filming? You broke your ankle?
Oh, I've gotten the question that I broke my ankle on set and I didn't.
So, I'm thinking where that could have come from. I would always wrap my
ankles before I ran because I was running in these cowboy boots and you
can twist your ankle when you're running because of all the rocky terrain
in Texas. But that's the only place I think that it could have come from.
That's really weird.
How much physical preparation did you have to do for all the running?
I run anyway. So, I got made fun of, because I usually run on a treadmill.
I use my arms and so I was using my arms and they were like you look like
a marathon runner. They were like you have to flail and they're like no,
it still looks stupid. I got critiqued for my running all the time, which
was really embarrassing. That required a little preparation. But that was
like, gait, I guess, you could call it.
You did it all yourself with no stuntwoman?
No there was a stuntwoman. There was an awesome stuntwoman for the window
stuff and for the getting-pulled-out-of-the-bag, whipped by Leatherface
with the hair. I couldn't do that.
Did you get bruised at all though?
Oh yeah, because you're always on the ground and I was always sneaking
around. I was always on my elbows and knees, too.
You just mentioned that, hoping that Texas
will come out, that you will have your pick. That's a plan.
That's true, that's kind of a plan.
Most likely, this film will make you some more money.
I guess I turn down more than I [should] – I'm not totally random in terms
of what I do. I guess because I took off so much time for school, I don't
want to do the wrong thing. Because I was so choosy then, why not be
choosy now? But now I really miss working, I really do, so I don't know.
But I don't love one specific genre.
After you had the big hit with The Fast and the Furious, that's
when you pulled back and went to school?
Well it's weird. I went to school and then I actually shot The Fast and
the Furious over summer at school, and then it came out. So I was kind
Then you went back to school after you were done with promotions and
all that. After that, you did mostly smaller films…
didn't make money. So I guess it was a smaller film.
It wasn't meant to be?
It was not meant to be a small film. But Nearing Grace and
D.E.B.S. were smaller films. But again, Nearing Grace was just
a good script, so that's why I chose to do that one.
What have you done since Nearing Grace?
I haven't done much. I'm just waiting for this to hopefully make money so
that I can have my pick. Yeah, just waiting.
You have talked about have your own production company. Is that
something you want to do, where you can not only pick your own credits but
Yeah, I'd love to be able to have that power. That'd be awesome.
How have you applied your school knowledge?
Well, with scripts I think. I mean, it just makes you choosier in terms of
characters and character development.
What have you been doing since the film wrapped in your down time?
Well I take an acting class at a place called the Lost Studio that I
really, really love. That's in LA and I got a dog – a little lab.
Well that's only two hours out of the day though.
Um, well no. The acting class is really intense. And the name of my dog is
Does it like the cat? Did it see your cat?
No, the cat's in New York.
You have to split your time between the cat and the dog.
Yes, I do.
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