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TAKES IT OFF AND TAKES CONTROL
by Brad Balfour
All rights reserved. Posted:
November 17, 2004.
Will I Be Loved
treat for Neve Campbell fans. Breaking her longstanding no-nudity ban, she
not only appears here sans clothes but both with an older man and a lovely
woman. In her previous movie, The Company, this 30-something actress
began her effort towards independence both professionally and creatively.
This outspoken former Canadian first came to the publicís attention when she
starred in the TV show, Party of Five, and then hit the big screen with
the horror film spoof, Scream. Once she did The Craft and
Wild Things she established herself as both sexy and provocative, but
with a ďno nudityĒ clause in her contracts.
now Campbell is tackling the erotically charged Vera, a femme fatale
exploring the limits of her sexuality and intellectual power. Her
fast-talking hustler boyfriend tries to pimp her out to an aging Count for
$100,000 but he has gravely underestimated her and she turns the tables on
prompted you to do your first nude scenes with director James Toback
[Black and White, Two Girls and a Guy]?
my feeling on nudity was that if it wasnít necessary and has nothing to do
with the film then I wouldnít do it. If itís for a box office draw as
opposed to the content then it doesnít make sense to me. But since
When Will I Be Loved is about her sexual spiritedness, it
makes sense. here.
What kind of direction did you get for the shower scenes?
and bathe. That was pretty much it. James is really smart because many
directors try to direct things like that and at that point itís only going
to make the actor uncomfortable. You tend to get more out of the actor if
you allow them their freedom and then allow them to believe
they made the choices themselves. It was the same in the [lesbian sex]
scene with Joelle [Carter]. I chose her. James had me sit in a room with a
bunch of girls to figure out who I was most comfortable with. He had us
decide what we were going to do in the scene.
do you feel about When Will I Be Loved being characterized as a
understand why people might jump up and say that because we donít often get
to see women be powerful and not play the victim. To me this is a woman who
is curious, very intelligent and interested in people and life while trying
to figure out who she is. She is courageous enough to fight back against the
people who are trying to manipulate her. But she is also takes a very dark
turn so I donít know if this is a positive film. Itís positive in that she
doesnít allow herself to be a victim but I wouldnít admire her choices.
What aspects of her do you see in yourself?
we all have been underestimated and manipulated to some extent so we get
that moment in our minds where we wish we could be dark and get back at
Did you see your character as a femme fatale?
finding that out as we went along which is what I loved about the movie.
Often when you see these Black Widow types, you see from the beginning that
they have made a choice of how and who they are going
be. Then the outcome occurs. With this, she doesnít know exactly what they
are going to do. Sheís just taking it as it comes and testing the [other
characters]. I think she is trying to find out how far they will go with their
insidiousness. To me thatís more interesting thing to watch because you
donít know if you are supposed to be judging these characters.
a good move to change peopleís image of you?
Definitely. I would say that itís out the window. For a long time, I was
told to be concerned about peopleís idea of me [regarding] the choices I was
making and what it would do to my career. No matter what your choices are
you truly have no control about what people think of you. It also gets
boring doing that because you end up not making choices for yourself. Iím
just at a point where I want to do work that is interesting, that challenges
me and I want to be around people that inspire and push me. The choices Iíve
made has caused this kind of independent idea of me but I just want to have
passed on Scream 4; you donít want to do big budget films?
nothing [more] to do with Scream 4. I didnít feel there was anything
to do with Scream 3 but luckily we pulled it off. Everyone that
Sidney Prescott has loved has either tried to kill her or had been killed.
She should have been in an insane asylum after the first film. I was really
concerned about Scream 3 being too similar to the first twoóthatís
why I put in my contract that I would only shoot 12 days. I think we were
lucky that we were able to make a good trilogy. Then Dimension/Miramax also
makes the Scary Movie series which make fun of that whole genre they
long did you shoot When Will I Be Loved?
Eleven days. It was a small crew and everyone was
excited to work on it. We didnít have a lot of time to discuss everything so
a lot of it was on the fly. It was very exciting.
Do you like working in New York?
New York. Iím looking for an apartment here. I love the multicultural vibe
here. Los Angeles doesnít inspire me in any way. Everyone is the same
industry, youíre in your car and you feel very isolated. Here in New York
youíre always in everyoneís face. Life comes to you instead of having to do
search for it. My brother, Christian, lives here so I come hang out with him
happened to your Broadway debut, Syncopation?
apart because the money fell out. I would have been doing it right now. Iím
so bummed and now Iím looking at other shows.
your last film, The Company, you produced for the first time. Were
you pleased with the response?
that financially it could have done better but I never started out making
The Company thinking it was going to make money. You donít make a
style with that much style, that much freedom and with such a little
narrative and hope to make money. Critically it did really well and I canít
tell you how many times a week I have dancers come up to me and thank me for
representing their world the right way.
you going to be producing anything else?
have this project, A Private War, which a friend of mine wrote. Itís
about his experience with Tourettes Syndrome. My little brother Damian has
Tourettes so thatís very close to me. We're just
looking for the right director.
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