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The Fretts on Film Interview: Milla Jovovich (The Outtakes)

September 10, 2012

If you’re like me, you can’t get enough Milla Jovovich and her zombie-killing Resident Evil movies. Well, check out my profile of her from the New York Daily News, and if you’re still hungry for more, here are some tasty outtakes from our chat.

Why do you think the Resident Evil movies don’t get more credit from critics?

I feel like people especially in Hollywood, whether its actors or producers or writers, they always have this feeling of like, “Oh, because it’s an action film, it’s not a real movie. It’s just an action film.” But to make people believe these are real zombies and that this situation is really happening, to me, is just as overwhelming as when I worked on Stone or Joan of Arc, I mean, it’s all the same thing to me. On the other hand, I feel like doing action films is almost more difficult sometimes because you really have to go for it, and not be scared not to make a fool of yourself. When you’re in a dramatic piece, you can be really cool and dramatic and quiet.

Do you think maybe because they’re based on videogames people have a preconceived notion about them?

Probably. I think videogame movies kind of got a bad rep because people started raping the world of comic books and videogames to get source material. It was based mostly on, how much is that title worth? And how many fans like it? And let’s just slap it together and we know people will see it. That happens a lot when you’re working in the Hollywood machine because it’s really just a business. But I think the difference with certain movies, and I can say Resident Evil is one of them, is the fact that we’re all fans of the games. We really love them.

How has having a child affected your career choices?

It’s affected them a lot. There have been a lot of scripts that I’ve read in the last year that I said ‘absolutely not’ because I felt like when I was 23, I could have played that drug addict, but I just don’t feel like going to that dark place now. Because as an actor, it’s really hard to do a movie, and then when they say ‘cut’ just snap out of it. I mean, some people can—I’ve heard Rachel Weisz is amazing that way. She can be cracking jokes and laughing and then you say ‘action’ and she starts crying. But I can’t do that. Unfortunately, for me, when I get into the scene, if it’s a heavy scene and they say ‘cut,’ I’m still crying afterward. So it’s hard not to bring it home with you.

Do you think Resident Evil’s Alice is a good role model?

I think Alice is a great role model. Because Alice is not an oath-breaker, if we’re going to get into the Game of Thrones terminology. She’s an oath-keeper. We don’t have oaths anymore and I like that, that you say your word and you have to keep it, even if it kills you. I love that about her. I’m definitely a loyal person and I feel like when I say something, I mean it. If I make a promise, I keep it.

Will you be seeing Resident Evil: Retribution this weekend? Post a comment!

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