IAR Interview – Selma Blair Talks ‘IN THEIR SKIN’, ‘Anger Management’ And ‘Hellboy III’

I Am ROGUE Interview With Selma Blair:

Actress Selma Blair began her career in the late ‘90s with small parts in such films as In & Out, Scream 2, and Can’t Hardly Wait, but it was her career-making role opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar in Cruel Intentions that made her a household name.

Since then Blair has appeared in such popular films as Legally Blonde, In Good Company, and The Fog, but her greatest success has probably come from playing Liz Sherman in director Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army, which were both based on the popular comic book anti-hero. In addition, the actress is currently starring opposite Hollywood bad-boy Charlie Sheen on FX’s hit comedy Anger Management, which has been renewed for a second season. But now, Blair can be seen once again on the big screen in the new thriller In Their Skin, which opens in theaters on November 9th and also stars James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas).

In the film, which marks Jeremy Power Regimbal’s directorial debut, Blair plays Mary Hughes, a women slowly coming to terms with the recent death of her young daughter. Along with her husband Mark (the film’s screenwriter Joshua Close) and son Brendon (Quinn Lord), they travel to a remote cottage for a brief vacation. However, the evening is violently interrupted when a murderous family led by the homicidal Bobby (D’Arcy) and Jane (Rachel Miner) invade the cottage looking to steal the Hughes’ identity in search of the “perfect” life.

IAR’s managing editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to speak with Selma Blair about her work on In Their Skin, as well as season two of Anger Management and the status of Hellboy III. The talented actress discussed her new film, its dark tone, preparing emotionally for the role, facing her personal fears, performing while pregnant, acting opposite the film’s screenwriter, working with a first time director, James D’Arcy’s frightening performance, what it was like having children on set, returning for season two of Anger Management, and the possibility of reuniting with Guillermo Del Toro for Hellboy III.

Here is what she had to say:

IAR: To begin with, this is a very creepy and disturbing movie. Is that the type of film you were hoping to achieve with this project?

Selma Blair:

Yes, I think so. I mean it’s not a balled-out gory movie so I think it definitely has creepy and disturbing in its corner. It’s a creepy family drama.

What was the mood and tone like on set while you were shooting? Since the script was so dark, did you have to keep it light and fun on set in order to maintain your sanity, or did the material require you to stay in a dark place throughout production?

Blair:

You can’t help but be like painted a little bit by knowing you’re going to be doing a rape scene next. We were up all night because we were shooting a lot of nights and the vibe does get a little bit down. But we really liked each other and there was that adorable boy Quinn Lord, who played my son, so you’re kind of telling jokes to keep a little bit light so it’s not too spooky. But I had a baby in my belly because I was just pregnant, so I was probably a little emotional already and it might’ve been a little dark.

You mentioned what I would imagine was one of the tougher scenes in the film for you to shoot, which was the rape scene. As an actress, how do you prepare emotionally and mentally to film a sequence like that?

Blair:

I just try not to prepare for that too much. I was just there when they yelled action and hoped that I could throw it away when they said cut. Some of those scenes were very disturbing and frightening. That’s my biggest fear, that someone will also be in my house and I wouldn’t be able to protect my son. It’s scary.

Since the film deals with what you just admitted is your biggest fear, was making this movie an opportunity for you as an actress to really face what scares you most as a human being?

Blair:

Yeah, it was a little bit. It was like, okay, this is scary so lets just live it so I never have to again. I’m one of these people who’s a worrier unfortunately so I figure, as a lot of worriers do, if I worry about it enough then I actually lived it so I’ll never have to really live it. Which is stupid because then if you worry about something you live it twice if it happens. I think that was kind of my rationalization. If I get this out of my system then maybe I’ll learn how to protect myself from this type of person.


Actor Joshua Close also wrote the movie, so does it help or hinder you when your co-star is also the film’s screenwriter?

Blair:

No, it’s great because if there’s something that’s just going on forever, he’s right there and he can see if it’s working or not with you. He’ll say, “Lets change this scene.” So I think it’s really helpful when the co-star is a writer, although you can’t go, oh, this one’s crap. He was so open. He had no ego.

The film marks Jeremy Power Regimbal’s directorial debut, so what was it like working with him? As a first time director, did he hit the ground running or did he have a learning curve to overcome?

Blair:

He was great. He was really patient. We got to rehearse a little bit and work through some stuff right when we got there for a week. He was totally open when I’d have a meltdown, and also because I was pregnant I was definitely a little emotional and a little tired. He was always right there and would say, “Okay, what can we do?” I thought he had a great vision for the movie and I thought the film looked great. I think he did a beautiful job.

Since you mentioned it, does being pregnant affect you as an actress? I would imagine you’re emotionally all over the place when you’re pregnant, and since acting is the art of expressing your emotions, does being pregnant make it more difficult for you to act?

Blair:

Yeah it does! I don’t know how people work pregnant. For one, I couldn’t stop eating. So they literally had to feed me every two hours. They were so amazing with having someone prepare me food after every take. I couldn’t stop eating or else I’d pass out. But other than that, this character has so much grief overwhelming her all the time because of losing her child in the beginning of the movie, I think that helped, being pregnant and not having a child. It made me much more open and much more vulnerable. I feel like I can do anything now. Playing that character pregnant added an extra dimension and depth for me for sure.

Actor James D’Arcy gives an extremely frightening performance in the film, what was it like for you working with him?

Blair:

Oh my God, I love him. I love his so much. He’s one of the closest people in the world to me now. He’s just a wonderful person and a great actor. So I pray that I will get to work with him again because I love being with him and I think he’s a huge talent. He was spooky and he was trying to have a little bit of fun with his character. I just think he’s great in everything he does. I’m so happy for him.

You mentioned that the two of you became friends, was that important for you considering some of the horrible things that his character has to do to you in the film and did he stay in character on set or break character after every scene?

Blair:

No, but because he’s British I think he kept his American accent the whole time. That was the only thing he didn’t break, but God forbid no, he did not stay in character. He was my best friend when we weren’t shooting and he would’ve not been my best friend if he stayed in character. There is that rape scene, that sex simulated scene, and I would not have been able to do that with him unless he was quick to give me a robe afterwards and give me a kiss on the cheek to say it’s okay.

The film features two young actors (Quinn Lord and Alex Ferris), how did they handle the movie’s dark and adult themes?

Blair:

Quinn, oh my God, he had a great sense of humor. He was funny and he’s so precocious. He wasn’t scared at all. He totally got it. His mom was there so it was a totally safe environment for him. He was hanging out with us big kids and I didn’t always watch my mouth. He was up to the task. He was like a real grown up kid.


Congratulations on Anger Management getting picked up for a second season, will you be retuning to the show?

Blair:

Yes, I’m in it. We’re shooting it now. We’ve just shot another six episodes, and they’re getting even better. We’re under a really crazy schedule because we shoot two episodes a week, which I don’t know if people understand that. Normally you shoot one episode in ten days or seven days but we shoot an episode in two days. So it was really quick and you don’t even get a chance to learn your lines. The first time we say our lines is in front of the camera, but I think Charlie (Sheen) always does such a great job. I’m definitely catching on. I’m building a much better character than I did the first season because it all went so quickly. I’m learning. I think the writing is amazing and it’s a sitcom, which is something I’m learning. It’s definitely a learning curve for me, but luckily the writing’s so good, and it’s just getting better and better.


Finally, director Guillermo Del Toro stated in July that he is “trying to make Hellboy III a reality.” Have you spoken to Del Toro about the third film and would you want to reprise your role if the series continues?

Blair:

I pray it’s not over till it’s over or until we’re all dead. I know the movies were set up to have a third. It all culminates with that kind of apocalypse and what Liz and Hellboy’s babies are going to do with the world and what was the prophecy is for her. So I’m praying that it does go again. I know Ron (Perlman) wants to do another one and I think Guillermo’s heart and soul is in it. It’s my dream to work with Guillermo again. I love him more than anything. I love him almost as much as my baby. I just adore him. So to work with him again … I’m just praying it happens. But there is no start date yet.

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In Their Skin opens in theaters on November 9th.

Anger Management season two is currently in production.

Hellboy III is currently in development.

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IN THEIR SKIN – Movie Poster

Just uploaded a new movie poster for Selma Blair’s latest thriller flick, IN THEIR SKIN. Check it out!

Reminder: IN THEIR SKIN hits select theaters November 9th, 2012.

Selma Blair – IN THEIR SKIN – Behind The Scenes Interview

Video update!

Check out Selma Blair in this video interview with behind-the-scenes footage of her latest thriller film, In Their Skin.

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Actress Selma Blair interviewed on the set of her latest film – In Their Skin (formerly known as Replicas) – directed by Jeremy Power Regimbal and produced by The Lab Films.

In Their Skin in select theaters November 9th, 2012.

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‘In Their Skin’ Starring Selma Blair Now Available On Demand + Digital – Theater Release November 9th!

October 4, 2012

In Their Skin‘ aka ‘Replicas‘ starring Selma Blair, James D’Arcy, Josh Close, Quinn Lord, and Rachel Miner is now available On Demand + Digital (Oct 4) and scheduled for theater release November 9th, 2012!

ABOUT IN THEIR SKIN

Following a tragic incident, the Hughes (Selma Blair and Joshua Close) escape their busy upscale suburban life in order to spend some quality family time at their isolated country home. An evening with friendly neighbors is suddenly interrupted when one man’s obsession with perfection escalates into a violent struggle, forcing all to go beyond anything they ever thought they were capable of, in order to survive.

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‘REPLICAS’ Set For Fall 2012 Theater Release Under New Title ‘In Their Skin’ – Starring Selma Blair – Watch trailer here

Selma Blair’s new movie ‘REPLICAS‘ will be released in theaters around the world in fall 2012 under the new title ‘In Their Skin‘.

Watch the official In Their Skin movie trailer here:

IN THEIR SKIN – Starring: Selma Blair, James D’Arcy, Josh Close, Rachel Miner, and Quinn Lord.

IFC Midnight Picks Up Selma Blair Thriller ‘REPLICAS’

IFC Midnight has acquired all U.S. rights to Jeremy Power Regimbal’s thriller Replicas, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. IFC Midnight, a sister label to IFC Films and Sundance Selects, is planning a theatrical and VOD release in 2013.

REPLICAS – Starring: Selma Blair, Josh Close, James D’Arcy, Rachel Miner, and Quinn Lord.

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Tribeca Review: REPLICAS

Tribeca Review: Replicas | Alec Kubas-Meyer

I can’t remember the last time I felt as physically uncomfortable as when I was watching Replicas. My muscles tensed up early in the film, and no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t calm down them until the credits rolled. Usually when I feel uncomfortable while watching a movie, I pause it and give myself a moment. In a theater, that was not an option. So I just had to sit and suffer while the tension built.

And built.

And built.


Replicas
Director: Jeremy Power Regimbal
Rating: R
Release Date: TBD

There is nothing as terrifying as a home invasion film. The victims aren’t just sexually promiscuous teenagers or people who build their houses on a cursed burial ground. They’re anybody. They’re everybody. Psychopaths come into the home of some random innocent family with the sole intention of destroying—or perhaps stealing—their lives. If done right, nothing even comes close to creating the same kind of absolute horror. Films like Funny Games stick in your head and remind you that sometimes living on big, deserted properties isn’t always the best idea.

Replicas is a lot like Funny Games, except without the self-referential humor thing. It’s completely serious from beginning to end. As horrible and uncomfortable as the jokes in Funny Games often are, they add just the slightest bit of levity to the proceedings. Replicas has no such thing, keeping the horror grounded entirely in reality.

Mark (Josh Close), Mary (Selma Blair), and Brendon (Quinn Lord) Hughes have gone to their house in the woods in order to recover from a terrible tragedy. Not long after they arrive, Bobby (James D’Arcy), Jane (Rachel Miner), and Jared Sakowski (Alex Ferris) show up bright and early to give them some firewood. Hearing the noises, Mark goes out in his robe to meet them, and after some awkward conversation, they invite themselves over for lunch.

It’s immediately apparent that something is wrong with the Sakowskis. Bobby is overly cordial, Jane is all kinds of creepy, and Jared seems a bit too excited about the hunting rifle he got for his birthday. Their mannerisms are just sort of… off. Even though I had no idea what the film was about going in, I realized immediately that the Sakowskis were going to do something awful to the Hughes family. Based on the title, it was clear that, whatever that awful thing was, it involved stealing their identities.

What I extrapolated from there, however, was completely wrong. I imagined something akin to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, where some sort of aliens or monsters would come and steal the bodies of the humans. Those mannerisms just seemed inhuman to me. But no, the Sakowskis were very much humans, which makes what they do so much worse.

The ever-increasing tension in Replicas is beautifully rendered. Before things take a turn for the truly horrific, there are a lot of conversations, each one getting slightly more uncomfortable than the last. The eerily specific questions from the Sakowskis and the long, pauses in response do a lot to make everything feel very real and very dangerous. The scenes seem longer than they actually are, but nothing ever drags. The editing is sparse and deliberate, allowing for each shot to develop its own sense of unease. The discomfort is lingered on for exactly the right amount of time at all times, and things never let up. For the short moments where it seems like things might finally be okay, something awful is right around the corner.

I am afraid of the dark. More specifically than that, I am afraid of dark windows. Unfortunately for me (and for them), the first floor of the Hughes family’s house has lots and lots of windows. The entire dining room is basically open, which is lovely during the day but terrifying at night, and the windows are pitch black for most of the film. That was enough to have me consistently afraid, but it went far beyond that. The windows, although their presence is taken advantage of a couple of times, act more as a reminder of just how exposed the family is than an integral part of the action.

As for the action itself, it is just as slow and painful as everything else. Again my thoughts turned to Funny Games, but as much I wished it would, nobody ever looked at the camera and winked at me or asked me how I felt about what was going on. Everything played out with the utmost seriousness, the fourth wall left entirely intact.

What makes the Sankowskis different from the killers in Funny Games is their motive. The characters in Funny Games are sick and depraved for the sake of being sick and depraved. They have no ulterior motives other than to get some enjoyment (and some food) out of a suffering family. The Sankowskis, however, do have an ulterior motive, and it has nothing to do with suffering. The suffering is simply a means to an end.

The same could be said about the film itself. There is some amount of suffering that comes with watching Replicas. If you have any human emotion, it’s unavoidable. But imposing that suffering on the audience is not the film’s express purpose. Replicas is not an exploitation film, nor does it exploit its imagery. And that’s likely a big part of why I found it so affecting and effective. Every moment is perfectly captured to bring the gravity of the situation onscreen. As things get increasing uncomfortable for the Hughes family, so too do they get worse and worse for the people in the audience.

As a home invasion story, Replicas is second to none. It’s the kind of movie that makes you want to double and triple lock your doors, bar your windows, and move to a city where maybe people will be able to hear you scream. It gets under your skin and reminds you of how fragile you are and everybody you know is. I’m not going to forget Replicas. I just know that will pop up in my head when I’m looking at dark windows or watching an uncomfortable conversation. I’m going to think about Bobby, Jane, and Jared Sankowski, and hope that my life isn’t worth stealing.

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Tribeca Film Festival Review: Familiar Thriller ‘Replicas’ Boasts Strong Leads

Indiewire film review by David D’Arcy | April 22, 2012 3:07 PM

If you’re out in the woods in a mansion, don’t open the door to strangers. If you do, and you happen to be in a movie, prepare to be at the wrong end of a shotgun.

“Replicas,” the feature debut of Jeremy Power Regimbal, is a thriller about a family that is held hostage in its own dream house. Selma Blair and Josh Close play a rich couple, Mark and Mary Hughes, who just lost a daughter in a car accident. They take to the country with their son to recover. What seemed like a good idea turns into horror in Close’s script. Early one morning another couple (James D’Arcy and Rachel Miner) with their son (Alex Ferris) arrives, bringing wood and asking uncomfortable questions. Things get worse when the strange couple’s son puts a knife to the other boy’s throat. Soon, the rich couple’s dog is shot, they’re held at gunpoint, and torture tightens the screws.

It sounds a bit like “Straw Dogs,” even more like “Funny Games” by Michael Haneke, but if you get beyond the quoting, and there are volumes of it, you’ll see surprising emotional range from Selma Blair, and an unsettling jittery fury from James D’Arcy (no relation), as a psychopath who decides that he is the real Mark Hughes. Both Blair and D’Arcy will get praise for these roles.

Also watch for the new couple’s son, Jared, who seems to have assimilated his father’s appetite for torture, seasoned with a trenchant comment. Remember that Alex Ferris played the terminally violent young Kevin in “We Need To Talk About Kevin,” which is the most unsettling film in years. Does his agent know that there’s a liability in playing the juvenile psychopath of the week? Did that kid with the banjo in “Deliverance” (another possible inspiration for ‘Replicas’) ever get another job in a movie?

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