Earlier this week I spoke with Fiona Dourif (The Master, “True Blood”) on the set of her new movie, Precious Mettle, which sounds like an interesting and intense indie thriller (facebook page here).
Written and directed by Edmond Coisson, the film also stars Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas) as “ a police commander that attempts to help a daughter he never knew escape heroin addiction and a past that endangers her while investigating his best friend’s murder.”
Dourif and I talked about the challenges of tackling such intense material, working with veteran Paul Sorvino and just what to expect from her role in Curse of Chucky.
Can you tell us a little about Precious Mettle and the character you play? “It’s a murder mystery and Paul Sorvino plays the lead. I can’t really give away that much… I play a sparkling heroin addict who is doing her best to piece her life together and confront her past.”
What are you drawing on to hit those depths? I imagine that’s different from your current situation. “No, that is not who I am. I did a fair amount of drugs as a teenager actually, though it never progressed to the point where it has for Judy, my character. I just draw on that and the pain that I’ve felt in my life. And my imagination. Oh, and feeling really really sick. I travelled to Myanmar last year and got so sick I was vomiting into one of those toilets that are flat with the ground – I just laid next to one of those for three days.”
How is it working with Paul Sorvino? “Really fun. He’s an old timer, an old veteran actor. We have a great rapport, I would go ahead and say. We laugh a lot, I call him “your majesty.” We actually have a lot of fun. And I didn’t think this movie was going to be fun because the material is so intense.”
And how is Edmond Coisson [director] guiding you through all of this? “He’s given me a lot of freedom. Freedom to take it places he hadn’t thought of, which is kind of the best you can hope for.” When you first read the script was there anything that leapt out at you that you thought you couldn’t do? “Yes, all over the place. Totally. All of it, in fact! Or at least the first half of the movie. I just didn’t know if I could do it, I was pretty terrified of it. But most of that material has been filmed now. And it was easier for me than I thought it would be. You just prepare and hope you do it well.”
How is it playing a paraplegic in Curse Of Chucky? It’s a little restrictive, I suppose. “Yeah, it’s the second paraplegic that I’ve played. I played one three years ago in a Hallmark movie. I have a lot of respect for people who have been able to adapt to living that way.”
How does Chucky come back in this film? “You’re gonna have to wait and see! I mean, Chucky always comes back, right?”
You’ve got Don Mancini directing, who created the character and wrote all the films. But it’s more of a sequel to the original three, rather than Bride or Seed correct? “I mean I think the idea behind it, or the mission statement, is that Chucky is scary again. It’s a sequel in the style of a remake. I think it’s closest to Child’s Play 1.”
Are you signed on for more if the franchise continues? “I cannot say. It might give away things!”