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Mary Says She Wasn’t Expecting Another Die Hard Film; New TIFF Video Interview

Mary Elizabeth Winstead has insisted she did not expect another Die Hard film.

The Smashed star is reprising her role as John McClane’s daughter Lucy in Bruce Willis’ fifth movie about the disaster-saving cop.

She said: “It’s a very brief appearance but it was really fun to reprise the father-daughter rapport.” She continued by saying:

“I keep thinking it’s got to be the last one, I thought the last one was gonna be the last one. So who knows… as long as Bruce is still up for it, I’m sure they’ll keep making them.”

Also, THR has posted a new online interview with Mary and her Smashed director James Ponsoldt.

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NOW Magazine Interviews Mary

With Mary doing tons of press for Smashed, NOW magazine has put up their interview with our favorite gal. Below is some of the highlights.Be sure to check out the gallery for a pic of Mary from the interview.

On filming Smashed in 19 days:

“I mean, you have no time to get out of character,” she says. “It wasn’t even like I made the choice of staying in character or anything, we just went so fast. We worked around the clock, but it was great. I really just felt like I was living this person’s life, and even though I was going through a lot of dark emotions and there were a lot of draining days, it never felt like work. I never felt like I was trying to figure how to play a scene or anything like that. It just always felt really natural, which was a huge relief.”

On how Smashed has changed her career:

“I haven’t done a big film since Smashed,” she says. “I mean, I did a cameo in Die Hard 5, but I [only] worked for a day, so I can’t quite count that. I’ve only done small parts in a string of really small films; I haven’t really made the leap back to big films yet … I’m moving towards just wanting to be a collaborative part of the process as much as I can. I would really like to just be filmmaker-focused on everything I do.”

Not that she’s utterly averse to larger productions.

“If it’s Edgar Wright, I would work for him any time. You know, he’s doing huge films right now.”

And Mary also said how she bonded with Aaron given the quick production process:

“We went out together a couple days before we started shooting,” Winstead recalls. “We went out and had dinner, and we went out and had a few drinks [laughing]. We tried to break down the barrier really fast, ’cause we knew we didn’t have a lot of time. We both went for it, and just completely, immediately clicked – to the point where after a couple weeks of filming, on Aaron’s last day, we were just like, ‘This is really sad that this is over!’ We felt like we’d had a relationship, we felt like it was real; it was a really surreal thing.”

SMASHED will have its TIFF premiere tonight! Can’t wait to see what Mary will wear!

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Mary Featured in The Lab Magazine!

With Smashed coming out this fall, The Lab magazine has done an interview with Mary with the questions being done by her Smashed co-star Nick Offerman. Below are some of the questions Nick asked Mary, and you can read the full interview here. Be sure to check out the lovely pics of Mary in the gallery. Love their interview! So charming and funny.


Have you been in a less comfortable scene than our driveway scene in Smashed

MEW—I can’t help but think you were more uncomfortable than me. I watched as you slowly died inside and I felt the utmost embarrassment for you. In a good way!

If you were forced to tell me a name-droppy story that your usual humility would normally prohibit, what would it be?

MEW—I once had dinner with Warren Beatty and Annette Bening and he told me stories about Natalie Wood, Madonna, and Edie Sedgwick. I just dropped that on you so hard.

NO—I tried Twitter for a few weeks then promptly quit because I think it has a pernicious influence upon us. How do you feel about the social network Kool-Aid?

MEW—I come very close to deleting my Twitter account on an almost daily basis, but it keeps reeling me in. I’m quite terrified of my own reliance on technology/social media and admired your decisive move away from it. I am simply too weak!

NO—Which of your co-stars did you find more charming: me or Donny Osmond?

MEW—The only real memory I have of Donny Osmond is that we threw him a party at which we all wore purple socks. Apparently he likes his socks in a particular hue. And he has a dazzling smile, but no facial hair. I think we all know who wins this battle.

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Mary’s Showing Up Interview

Mary’s interview for the documentary film Showing Up has been posted online, which you can view below. The film is about actors and actresses coming together to describe the audition process. I’ve also made screen caps of Mary’s interview, which you can view in the gallery.

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New Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Interview Videos and Box Office Update

A couple of new interview videos with Mary have been posted online, which you can now view below. The first two are just quick soundbites of her being asked one question, while the other was an interview question asked during the ALVH press junket:

Also, in it’s second weekend at the movies, ALVH came in 6th place this weekend making an additional $6 million for a total gross of $29 million.

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New Video Interviews with Mary and the Cast of ALVH

Several videos of Mary featuring her and the cast talking about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter have come online. I’ve already capped some of the interviews, which can be viewed in the gallery. Other interviews still need to be capped, which will be done sometime in the week.

First, here’s a quick interview Mary did with VH1 on the red carpet:

Caps here:

Alloy Entertainment cast interview:

Caps from a recent interview can be seen here:


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New Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Interviews

Given that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is two days away from opening in theaters, a ton of new interviews with Mary talking about the film have come online. First up, here’s a bit of Mary talking to CBM about seeing the film for the first time and the film’s aging process. Click the link to read the full interview:

A lot of actors talk about not liking to see themselves on the big screen — how does 3D affect that? Does it make the whole thing worse?

I haven’t seen it in 3D yet! Tomorrow night will be the first time I see it. I’m curious! I’m a little nervous, because I don’t know what to expect. And just the period-piece elements, too. I’m excited to see how that comes into play in 3D.

The make-up in this movie is really stunning, too; the aging effects on you and Benjamin look seamless. Though maybe I’m a little vain, but if some wiz make-up artists showed me what I’d look like in 20 years, I’d freak out a little.

Oh, I know! I’d like to hope that maybe there’ll be some magic potion by then.

You still look gorgeous, though, which is kind of annoying.

[laughs] I was thinking, if this is the best-case scenario, if I don’t end up gaining 50 pounds by the time I’m that age … because you never know what’s going to happen! So it was like the best-case scenario to me. If all that happens is I get some crow’s feet and some wrinkles through here [points to sides of mouth], I can handle that.

Lucky Magazine also caught up with Mary to talk about ALVH and discuss fashion:

What exactly drew you to the part of Mary Todd?

Well, initially when I read the script, I wasn’t really sure to expect—just from the title! But I was pleasantly surprised about how real all the characters felt. And the character of Mary Todd was written in a way that was very strong, very take-charge—not at all the sort of passive, “token female” role you see sometimes.

Heading into the project, did you know much about Mary Todd’s life?

All i really knew about her was that she ended up being institutionalized when she was older, and I knew that during her time as First Lady, she was talked about for having a lot of breakdowns. So from what I knew, she was kind of a crazy person. But then the more I read about her, the more I learned that was only really true in her final years. There was a lot more to her than that.




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New Video Interview of Mary Talking About Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter; First Review In

Check out this great new interview Mary did with the site HeyUGuys during this past weekend’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter press junket where she talked about what drew her to the film, why she loved playing Mary Todd Lincoln and more.

Edit– Caps are now available in the gallery.

The site also published their first review. Here’s the short version of it.

But the film’s title tells the whole story and sets the stage for its over the top action and freight train like pace. It’s called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter…Let’s have some damn fun. There are a lot of amusing nods to historical events and characters that anyone with a high school diploma will find entertaining. But it’s the overall feel of the film that I loved most. Beside’s Walkers spot on Abe, it’s a very dark and violent film. Initially I was sure the studio would want to sell as many tickets as possible to a film that had vampire in the title and slap a PG-13 rating on it. However, Fox, trusting a successful R-rated director in Timur, held nothing back and the film is better for it. It’s incredibly violent and features vampires in the correct and demonic light with which they should be seen. It’s not overly campy but it’s just enough to smirk at and you’ll find yourself saying “Really?” only a few times. The action is far too much fun and grabs you from the first axe swing till the last twirl. Abe’s axe is the new bending bullet.

There is another Abe Lincoln movie out later this year but I challenge it to be as exciting as this.


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Mary Elizabeth Talks About the Aging Process for Her Role in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Mary was interviewed by Cinema Blend where they asked her about how the aging process was for her role in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and how she’s eager to shoot another action film. Read the full interview by clicking on the link above:

You seemed really excited about the aging up in this movie. What made you so excited to do that?
It was just such a challenge, just the thought of having to progress a life from age 19 to 45 or so. Especially her life, going from a car free young socialite to someone who goes through the death of– in real life, 3 children– and the Civil War and all this darkness. To progress from that point to that seemed like a really unique challenge.

And the old age makeup is really, surprisingly great. Do you know what they did that made it so good this time around, when it’s usually so bad?
I don’t know. We got the best people– Greg Cannom was the head special effects makeup artist, and he did Benjamin Button. Any time you’ve seen it done really well, it’s been done by him and his team. It was incredible to see him work and see how he does it. I had several prosthetics, and I also had stuff called stipple all over my face, where I would scrunch my face up, and when I relaxed it all the wrinkles would be there. And then for me they digitally enhanced it slightly. It’s really mostly the prosthetics. On set, Timur hated seeing me old. He was always like, “I don’t know! Less, less!”

Did Scott Pilgrim give you the itch to do more action like that, or were you glad to have the break?
Well I was glad to have a break at first, because right after Scott Pilgrim I did The Thing, which was stunt-heavy, a lot of running and the flamethrower. I was just kind of tired, physically. So I was happy to take a break. But once I was there and I saw people doing stuff around me, and I wasn’t able to be a part of it, it did get a little difficult for me to just sit back in my hoop skirt and not get into the action.

Is there any vanity involved in that for you? Especially since it’s in 3D. Can you handle seeing yourself old like that?
Maybe not yet. Maybe a little down the line that might become more of a scary thing for me. For me it was just more fun and exciting to see myself in a different way. It feels more like the character than me. That’s something I enjoyed, not seeing myself reflected back.

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New Interview with Mary About Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

A new interview with Mary talking about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has come online. In the interview, Mary describes the film and what audiences can expect when they check out the film.

I’ve also added a video giving the film a positive review: