October 01 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
If you’ve been on the official “THING” site lately, you’ll notice that the cast, crew and production notes have been added. Within the production notes, Mary talked a little bit about her character and the film itself. Be sure to check out the full interviews and notes on the official site.
On how Universal decided to cast Mary as her character, Kate Lloyd:
Of the production’s leading lady, executive producer Dale commends: “I worked with Mary on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, where she played a very different character. She’s got versatility, gravity, pathos and strength. She has everything that Kate needs to be.”
Mary describing her character:
Winstead offers that she is a big fan of Carpenter’s seminal film and is honored to help bring the new story to the screen. “Having a female lead immediately differentiates us,” she says. “Kate has to be a really intelligent girl of strong will and strength of character. It’s rare to get the chance to do something where the woman gets to have that kind of power in a very realistic way.”
How she feels about bringing a female character into the mix:
The situation Kate finds herself in as one of only two women among a group of male scientists allowed Winstead more layers to bring to the character. “Everyone would have a different feeling about a woman coming into the situation,” Winstead says. “And she would have certain feelings about being one of two women with all these men around. So it creates a unique dynamic between all of the characters.”
How filming in Toronto helped getting into character:
“Isolation is a big element in the film, as is being separated from people and not knowing who you can trust and who you can relate to,” she says. “Having it set in such a vast, remote facility where there’s no help, and there’s nothing for miles, adds to the paranoia and the claustrophobia.”
September 30 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
If you live in the Los Angeles area, you’re in luck. The premiere for THE THING will be held October 10 at 6:30 pm. Here’s the info:
WHAT: The world premiere of the thriller THE THING WHO: THE THING director Matthijs van Heijningen; cast members Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ulrich Thomsen, Kim Bubbs, Jonathan Lloyd Walker; writer Eric Heisserer; producers Marc Abraham, Eric Newman; executive producers J. Miles Dale, David Foster, Lawrence Turman, Gabrielle Neimand WHERE: Universal Studios Hollywood
AMC CityWalk Stadium 19
Universal City, CA WHEN: Monday, October 10, 2011
5:30 PM– Press Call Time
6:30 PM– Celebrity Arrivals
7:30 PM– Screening Begins
September 29 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
Hey, guys! Check out this new IGN video where Mary gives her hand at a little reporting while trying to promote The Thing in a giveaway for the IGN site and things don’t exactly go as planned. Enjoy the amusing video below:
September 26 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
In a new interview with BallnRoll, Mary’s “Thing” co-star Jonathan Lloyd Walker said nothing but sweet things about working with our favorite actress, Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Here’s what he said:
What was it like working with Mary Elizabeth Winstead?
She’s an absolutely lovely woman, and a very good performer, and I think a good anchor for this film. I’m very dismayed sometimes when I go online and read some of the stuff they’re throwing around on some of the forums for this film, that people slight her for being a woman in a film that they think should be all men.
There’s no such thing as a canon when it comes to this, because in Carpenter’s original draft of the thing, he had a female character, but they were having trouble casting her, so they made the character male. The book, the whole universe that this was based on, had female characters and so did the Howard Hawks film. So I don’t think it’s a problem having a female lead. She does a really, really incredible job. She’s very compelling to watch. She’s not, in any way, shape or form, a lightweight actor–she’s got a depth and a heft to her that I think people who go and give themselves over to the film will see that. She’s a solid actor.