In "Elektra," "Alias" star Jennifer Garner reprises the role she played in "Daredevil," that of the lethal fighter, Elektra Natchios. In this "Daredevil" spin-off, we discover Elektra has severed her ties to the world and is only concerned with fulfilling her latest assignment. However everything changes as her current assignment forces her to make a decision which will alter the course of her life.
Jennifer Garner's sexy red leather costume and the kiss she shares with Natassia Malthe as Typhoid Mary have been the subject of plenty of buzz on the Internet. I had the chance to talk to Malthe and Will Yun Lee about playing bad guys in the upcoming movie and, of course, that kissing scene just happened to have come up:
INTERVIEW WITH NATASSIA MALTHE ('Typhoid Mary'):
How did you get hooked up with role of Typhoid Mary in Elektra?
I auditioned for the part. Basically when I saw it, I thought it would be really right for me. Typhoid is a villain. She kills with her kiss and her touch. Basically, I seduce people.
And you had a big kissing scene with Jennifer Garner thats been the subject of a lot of Internet buzz. What was filming the scene like?
It was okay. I had bronchitis.
On the day you were supposed to be kissing Jennifer?
(Laughing). Yeah. I was not sick the whole entire time and then the very two days of the kissing scene, I had bronchitis. So I used Listerine between every shot. But it was fun and Jennifer was lovely to work with.
What type of training did you have to do to prepare for this role?
I think if they bring Typhoid Mary back into the second one, Ill definitely be doing martial arts. But this one, we held it to her touch and her kisses, and her schizophrenia.
How did you work on developing that part of your character? Is there a specific way you prepared to play someone with schizophrenia?
It was all natural (laughing). Being an actress you develop multiple personalities because of all the auditions and characters you go through. At the end of the day, youre like, Who am I?
Have you heard anything about a second "Elektra" movie?
No. Theres been some talk about it but well see what happens. I hope so.
Did you sign on for two movies before shooting "Elektra?"
Yes, I have. Yes, theres some sort of a deal.
If the movie opens big, youll be back?
Hopefully. It depends on what the writer chooses to write about.
Are you an action-adventure type of person?
I love action. I used to be a dancer and an athletic person so I love physical work with my acting. Its my favorite. But I havent exercised in a while
Weve heard a lot about Jennifer Garners costume. Whats Typhoid Marys costume like?
Its a kimono. A short mini-skirt and long in the back a a beautiful kimono. And I have a Mohawk to make her look tougher. I have three costumes. Ones a Gucci outfit just absolutely beautiful. Its just stunning with little tiny folds in it everywhere. Its very expensive. I wish they would have given me one because they had five (laughing). And then this other one Lisa, our costume designer, made. Shes brilliant. Its this see-through thing with black leather pants that are tied at the bottom. [It's] suffocatingly tight.
It's see-through? Will we be seeing a lot of you on the screen?
Oh, no, no, no. Its just the material that's see-through, but I have a thing underneath.
What grabbed you about this character when you first read the script?
Well, you know, in my fantasy as a kid even growing up you always fantasize yourself being a spy or an assassin. Like being tough and all that stuff. So yeah, I think its fun. Its a movie where you can have a lot of fun because your child comes out.
INTERVIEW WITH WILL YUN LEE ('Kirigi'):
How'd you get involved in "Elektra?"
(Laughing) I got lucky.
What was it like on the set?
It was in Vancouver. Its really dark. I think the way Rob Bowman shot it, it's a really dark movie. I saw a lot of it and Jennifer Garners great in it.
Do you get to kick some serious butt?
Yeah, we get into some fights. There's definitely some big fights between me and Jennifer.
Were there any accidents on the set?
No. You know what? There were a few but nothing big. It was crazy just because Jennifer and I pretty much what we fought with, they didnt have the right kind of weapons so they were pretty real. Anyway, no one got hurt.
They didn't have the right kind of weapons?
Just because Jennifers so good. We just fought pretty much like 99% of everything. Shes intense.