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.