Naveen Andrews Interviewed – GRINDHOUSE

     April 4, 2007

By now you’ve all heard of Grindhouse as the stars and the directors have been on every TV show and radio program from Los Angeles to New York. But if you’re one of the few who has no idea about this movie, I’m going to make this nice and quick.

Opening this weekend is a film to drop a third nut if you’re a guy or grow a third tit if you’re a girl. It’s called Grindhouse and it could cause permanent brain damage from laughing too hard or screaming too loud while you’re watching it.

The film has it all – fake trailers, tons of exploitation, and two separate movies for one low price.

The first film is directed by Robert Rodriguez and its called Planet Terror, the second by Quentin Tarantino and its called Death Proof. One is about Zombie’s and one about killing with your car.

While most studios try and bore you with the same story told over and over with different actors playing the same type of role…I promise you’ve never seen what this film is offering.

So to help promote the movie a number of the people in the film did a press day and I’m posting a lot of the interviews.

Each one is solid. They all talk about the making of the film and their motivation for being apart of this crazy movie.

All of them were done in roundtable form – meaning a bunch of us were in a room taking turns asking questions. That’s why some of the questions come out of left field and others are the kind of things you’d want to know.

If you’d like to download the MP3 of the interview click here, otherwise you can read it below.

Grindhouse opens this Friday and it’s definitely worth your hard earned dollar.

Spoilers are discussed in the Grindhouse interviews – you are warned

Question: You have an unexpected end, what did you think when you first saw it?

Naveen Andrews: As long as it was glorious and operatic I don’t care, it’s good. Robert shows you what’s going to happen anyway, with a little model and everything, so you have a fair idea of what he’s going to achieve. You know it’s going to be good.

That was practical effects, K.N.B. Effects did it, right?

Yes, but Robert has a lot to do with it as well. I remember him showing me the model that he designed for Quentin’s demise, it seemed to be it originates with him, the actual apparatus and then they add their expertise to it.

What appealed to you about this movie?

You mean, when I took it on? I haven’t seen it yet, I’m going to see it on Monday, but when I got the script, it wasn’t the script it was just the scene, I met Robert in a room in this hotel actually, and it was just the castration scene, and of course it intrigued me, I wanted to know more.

Did they have grindhouses in England?

No, unfortunately when I was growing up in the 1970s the nearest thing we had to it would have been the Hammer House of Horror, those really cheap, awful, repressed English, Peter Cushing killing a giant moth or women with their tits out every now and then, to keep it spicy, that’s all we had. We were deprived.

Were you shooting this while you were shooting Lost?

No, I was shooting this while I was shooting a film called The Brave One with Jodie Foster in New York, so I was going back and forth between Austin and New York, but it was good.

Was that in your hiatus from Lost?

Yes

What’s the fascination of your character with balls?

I think it stems from a kind of innocence really it’s like children who collect marbles. (everyone laughs) And they also display them in a glass jar. The adult progression of that is that you actually collect body parts and display them in public in a glass jar and they are like gems, you cherish them. They’re a wonderful thing to be kept.

What were they made out of?

What were they made out of…

They looked like dumplings.

Dumplings, well I think – well they were shaved, it makes you wonder about the vocation of the owners of these appendages.

How did you come up with the rock star scientist look?

That’s Robert, and I guess he sees you’ve got kind of longish hair and he sort of thinks, wouldn’t it great if? And then Quentin puts his ten cents in and sort of like says, because one of the zombie films that we were forced to watch had this big old English actor in it, I think he’d been on the list for James Bond back in the sixties but didn’t get it, and he was obviously drinking his way through the film just to try and get – you felt really sorry for him, and Quentin was like, ‘I want you to make him like that, the voice,’ so both of them actually help out with that.

What was like going from working with Jodie Foster to these guys?

Well, what is different is that these two are like outlaws, they’re outside the studio system, there’s not a producer for miles, you can’t see a producer. That’s the first thing an actor notices. Obviously Warner Brothers is very different. It’s a sense of freedom I guess, but that percolates down to the actors, you feel that you can do anything you can put balls in your mouth if you want, if you really want to, and they might dig it.

Speaking about balls –

Yes, oh do, more.

On this production, metaphorically, who had the biggest, the men or the women?

Oh women.

Any particular man or a woman who had the toughest job

Oh, the toughest job, I can only speak for Planet Terror. I think Freddy, Rose and Marley had a tough time physically with what they had to do, really strenuous physical stuff. I remember seeing Rose with that stump, because that’s all she had at the time, and thinking how is she going to – I think those three had the toughest time of all.

Did you go hang out and eat barbeque together after playing with these balls – did everybody just go eat barbeque at night or something?

Yes. Yeah, because Robert’s very relaxed, you know he has a guitar strapped to the monitor, take it off and I’m a guitar player too, so we’d be playing and singing. Even though it may look chaotic on the screen, a lot of discipline goes into that, so when you’re not doing it it’s kind of down a bit.

Are we going to see another Sayid episode this season?

We might have done it.

How do you feel about the direction the show has taken this year, with the fall-off in ratings and interest?

Well, I think to myself, I loved the first season, I’m really proud of it and I put it up there with the work I’m most proud of, we’ll always have it, they can’t ever take it away, it will always be there, and I’m not a writer, it’s their choice to do what they want to with that show, and they will.

Your character actually gets to do stuff on the show unlike some of the other characters – do they wish they could go along with you to the others camp?

It’s an odd situation and it is difficult, especially for the original cast. We just have to be relatively stoic and it’s the nature of what we signed on to do, we are very much pawns in an evil game of chess. (we all laugh) Who are the bishops?

Have you filmed the finale for this year, or are you still filming?

No. We’re still filming, I’ve got to go back this week.

How many episodes do you still have to film?

Jesus, it could be another four or five, because they always say like 22 and then at the last minute come in and go, ‘Actually, we want a big finale, 24.’ That’s what’s happened ever fucking year, so it’s probably going to happen now.

Did they mention to you that it’s going to be a two-parter, or three-parter, or a two hour movie?

I don’t think we’ll go quite that far, probably just be like a big finale at the end at the usual time.

Are they going to start it in January next year and run it straight through?

I believe that’s the plan.

Is that something that you think is a good way to market it?

I think they should make it like it was before, I liked it when it started a little bit earlier, because a lot of the audience are kids, aren’t they?

Where do you want to see your character go next season?

It would be nice if he was seen a bit more, that’s a start.

Damon has said he wants a solid end date, so that they can write the show to that point.

I’m all in favor of that. We can’t go aimlessly blundering along without an ending in sight. If they have something to work towards, then I think the quality of the show will be maintained. This can’t be about making money. If you look at series from England, it’s one thing I’ve learnt from England, the way the BBC works, or The Office, it’s not about the number of episodes or syndication, it’s about the quality of the material, and hopefully they’ll be able to stick to that.

Do you think it’s a five or six year arc?

From what I’ve heard it’s definitely another season, and maybe a shortened fifth, that’s what I heard.

And that’s it?

Yeah.

Because he talked about doing a feature film at Comicon last year.

(he laughs) Tell me something I don’t know!

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Are you still enjoying it, it sounds as though the enthusiasm has left the cast.

No, we still like being with each other, and Hawaii’s still a wonderful place to be, but you know the schedules of television are extremely grueling, don’t want to sound like I’m moaning but one of the great things about film is the beginning, the middle and end, and the fucking thing stops.

Has the Hawaiian PD been after you?

I’m in with the Hawaii PD, I’ve been let off I don’t know how many times, I can’t tell you. They have been so generous with me, I’m very grateful.

Do you see yourself doing any work with JJ camp anytime soon, maybe a big Star Trek movie?

I like where I am at the moment, actually. I like the idea of being able to continue to do more films, and hopefully maybe do a good piece of art every now and then and earn some money for the kids.

Do you have anything lined up for this year’s hiatus?

This hiatus, yes, there’s a few things, but to be honest with you I haven’t stopped working since the start of Lost and that’s a good thing, but you do have a life and you can’t wear yourself out. I haven’t stopped.

Can you tell us a little about your role in The Brave One? It’s a vengeance flick, right?

Yes, if anything that’s also another genre film in the sense that it reminded me of the Death Wish cycle of films from the late seventies and the early eighties. But with Neil Jordon directing it I think it will be a lot eerier and have a kind of emotional resonance that those films maybe didn’t have. But I will say this without giving it away, if the relationship between Jodie and me doesn’t work, then the film won’t work. That relationship has to work for the rest of the film to come off.

Were you a horror fan in the past – any favorites?

Oh God no, I wish I could say yes but I thought they were rubbish.

You think more highly of Plant Terror?

No, I think that’s horror too as far as I’m concerned, it’s all the same bloody thing to me, I’m ignorant. Again, coming from England, we’re snobs, we’re snobs about film, we think that art and cinema should be Pasolini.

Does Lost limit the kind of roles you can do, because you can’t do too much with your look?

Oh no, on the contrary – I have to say this, I wouldn’t have got this film without Lost, I wouldn’t have to got the Jodie film without Lost, it’s been very good in that sense.

Do you think they should be rescued in the end?

No, kill the fuckers!

Do you actually know what the end is?

No.

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