Hitting theaters this Friday is Lionsgate’s remake of The Eye, which stars Jessica Alba who plays Sydney, a young woman who receives a cornea transplant only to start seeing ghosts. To try and hype her film, Alba took some time out of her busy schedule to sit down with SpookyDan to chat about the film, seeing ghosts and more. Read on for the skinny.
A Chat With Star Jessica Alba
Last week I had the chance to sit down and chat with the sexy Jessica Alba, who stars in Lionsgate’s remake of THE EYE. Alba discussed the differences between the American and the original from Thailand, “I saw it (the original) the same time I read the script, I enjoyed it,” she continues, “The main character is quite stoic and I enjoyed her performance. The main difference between the two versions is the original is much more of an eastern way of approach to ghosts; it’s not so far fetched for ghosts to be part of people’s consciousness. Where as in western culture, whenever people think of ghost or the paranormal – that’s just crazy. We’re nuts, and there is no way…”
Alba also chatted a bit about the French horror film ILS (Them), which was directed by THE EYE helmers David Moreau and Xavier Palud. “Ils has virtually no dialog, and was quite simple, and yet it was captivating and terrifying. You are gripping your seat from beginning to end, and you are really just watching these two people in a house being chased. The fact that they can do so much and keep your attention, with no words, I thought was great and I wanted them to infuse that into this (The Eye)“, she continues, “My main goal was that it needed to be scary! Yes it’s a sophisticated horror movie, [but] it needs to be scary!”
In the film Alba plays the lead roll of Sydney Wells a blind violinist who has been given an eye transplant that restores her vision, but over time she starts to see a little more than she bargained for. This posed a challenge for Alba who had never picked up a violin, and needed to bring a realistic portrait of a blind woman to the screen. “I studied with a blind vocalist who has been blind since she was two years old. She travels the world and goes by herself, she is totally self sufficient. From her I wanted Sydney to embody her strength. Everything is different from using the cane to being able to read Braille to figure out which bathroom is men’s and which is female.” More than just acting blind, Alba needed to learn to play the violin because Moreau and Palud were insistent on not using doubles. “I had never had any training (before the film) so I really just worked my butt off and winged it. For six months, using three different teachers, I practiced everyday, on every lunch break or during any free time I had.” She still has the violin at home an occasionally picks it up, “Now when I play at home, all of my dogs run away. In the film I actually played everything, it just sounded terrible!“