By Russell Holly
Our next dive into the violent, sexy, and visually arresting world of Sin City is right around the corner, and to help get you ready to temporarily exchange color for carnage we spent a few minutes with Eva Green to talk about what it was like to be A Dame to Kill For.
Much like the first film, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For takes us into Frank Miller’s epic neo-noir comic series. The upcoming film explores multiple comic book arcs in order to make a whole movie, but there’s a clear focus on Miller’s second comic book arc. In the comics, Dwight McCarthy finds himself finally moving away from all of the dark things in Sin City that pull you in and make you bad just as his old flame comes back into his life and sends him on a crash course down to the bottom. Ava Lord, who we learn later is the title dame, turns out to be the perfect combination of temptress and monster. With her history of playing dark characters, it sounds like Eva Green was perfect to play the role.
So, what was it like playing Ava Lord?
Eva Green: She’s such an extreme character. Very forlorn, a real femme fatale. A man-eater, enchantress, kind of a chameleon who can kind of change her skin and become what men desire. She has all these women insider here, so it was kind of fun to play all these women and to be kind of the damsel in distress, the princess, the goddess, the bitch. It was fun.
She’s a dark character across all of that, not just when she needs to be. You get the feeling that she’s just always this dark person.
Eva Green: She is dark. I mean, she is like 200% so dark. Her heart is so cold and hard, and you wonder what happened in her past to make her like that. Maybe she was born like that, just completely bonkers. I’ve played evil characters but that one is, yeah, pretty full on dark.
Sin City is this incredibly visual experience for the viewers, because it’s so black and white with these flashes of color. What is that experience like on your side of the lens?
Eva Green: I knew the first Sin City, so I knew it was in good hands and it would look really cool. But it’s true, I mean there’s green screen and then there’s green screen. I’ve done green screen before but here we had no furniture, no doors, no walls. There were a lot of scenes where it was just me and the other person in the scene, which is fine. It’s fun when you can use your imagination, but really when you have another actor in front of you that’s all that matters.
In preparation for the role, did you read any of the comics or anything?
Eva Green: I only read A Dame To Kill For. I knew that Frank and Robert had used it as a storyboard, and that they were going to be very faithful to that. Reading it helped so I knew what would be surrounding me. You have to bring your own flesh to the role, though. It was nice to see how she was moving and it helped a lot to embrace Frank’s vision. I tried my best, anyway.