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Comic-Con 2008
"Repo! The Genetic Opera" Interviews - Director Darren Lynn Bousman and Actress Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton at Comic-Con 2008 for Lionsgate's "Repo! The Genetic Opera." Copyright© Peter Dimako, Movie Jungle International, INC.
Paris Hilton at Comic-Con 2008 for Lionsgate's "Repo! The Genetic Opera." Copyright© Peter Dimako, Movie Jungle International, INC.

Directing "Repo! The Genetic Opera" is "Saw II, III, IV" helmer Darren Lynn Bousman (not the fifth and latest film), well fitted for the task at hand of capturing the essence of the musical-adapted film.

True, there's a lot of media attention surrounding Paris Hilton. You'll probably be asking yourself "Why Paris Hilton out of every actress to fit the role?" In truth, after speaking to Ms. Hilton at the interview, I found her to be very down-to-earth and a much more calm person than she may have been in her previous years. There's a certain shyness to Ms. Hilton despite being in the limelight so often and, turns out, she's actually a very sweet person.

At first it's Darren Smith (writer) and Alexa Vega (Shilo Wallace). Then were joined by followed by Bill Moseley (Luigi Largo),Terrance Zdunich (Grave-Robber and Co-Writer) and Nivek Ogre.

The absolutely stunning looking Paris Hilton (photos within) takes a seat. Beside her sits Darren Lynn Bousman. We're asked to introduce ourselves and the publication we're under and we get underway.

Question:

On getting the part of Amber Sweet:

Paris Hilton:

"I really worked hard for this role. Just getting a role like this offered to me was new to me because I always get offered a certain role just basically playing myself. So, being able to be completely different from that and just show everyone that I can do much more than people have given me to do And, just a lot of training, from my album, it's completely different this music, so I had to get a whole new voice coach and train to do this. It was a long, hard process but I worked really hard and I was so proud when I got it, so excited."

Question:

Did the end result live up to your expectations or surpass them?

Paris Hilton:

"Oh definitely surpassed. When I saw this movie...you can't picture it; even watching on the screen, it's just so beautifully shot and Darren did an incredible job."

Darren Lynn Bousman:

"I think this is definitely a movie...I made a big point that I would not show it to the cast until they actually saw it in the theatre. Because, this is not a movie that really lends itself to...this is the kind of movie that I want to become an event. By an event I mean there are certain movies that are fine to watch on a DVD, a little laptop, and other movies you just have to be there. I made sure that when I showed it to Paris she was in a theatre in the right proper way and I think that's the best way to see it for the first time."

Question:

How would you describe the film to someone who doesn't know anything about it?

Paris Hilton:

"It reminds me of 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' meets 'Blade Runner.' Just the music is incredible, it's really futuristic. There's like a story to it as well though. There's a sweet story."

Darren Lynn Bousman:

"Yeah, on the outside it's this gruesome horror film of violence, whatever, but at the heart, it's a father/daughter love story. It's a drama, it's a tragedy, and I think that, I mean, it follows opera in the classic sense that it's this bigger than life tragedy and all of these characters interconnect and have their final showdown at the Genetic Opera."

Question:

How did directing this compare to previous films you've directed?

Darren Lynn Bousman:

"Directing this...directing the 'Saws' was like a cake walk compared to this. I mean, I've learned how to direct on this movie. Seriously, because with 'Saw' it became like a machine. Like, it was the same crew, same cast, same everything. With this, I wanted to distance myself from 'Saw' and the fact that...you know, 'Saw's' known for one thing; it's known for the twist endings and Jigsaw and the quick cutting. But, I wanted this to be a different experience for the audience, so the first thing I did was I did not shoot it on film, I wanted to have a different look. I mean, not use the same lenses I used in 'Saw.' I changed cinematographers, I did everything I could to try to make this its own universe. I wanted to make it fantastical. This was so hard, on top of directing the movie, I had to do a month of choreography and then we had to do two months recording the album and then mixing the album. So this was like...I mean it was huge...huge compared to 'Saw' with half the budget of 'Saw.'"

Paris Hilton at Comic-Con 2008 for Lionsgate's "Repo! The Genetic Opera." Copyright© Peter Dimako, Movie Jungle International, INC.
(left to right) Writer Terrence Zdunich, Director Darren Lynn Bousman, Paris Hilton, Alexa Vega, Bill Mosely and Ogre. Copyright© Peter Dimako, Movie Jungle International, INC.


Question:

Did you always feel that you had an opera in you?

Darren Lynn Bousman:

"Yeah, you know someone asked me prior to this what made me leave the 'Saw' films to do an opera. That's not how it happened; I did an opera, then did the 'Saw' films, then went back to this. I started off doing 'Repo!'...'Repo!' was the first thing I ever did. I cam to Los Angeles in 2001 and it was the first thing I ever directed in 2002 and then I got 'Saw' right after that. So yeah, I'm a hugh music theatre fan. That being said, I would call this movie like the anti 'Dreamgirls.' I want to make a movie for people...I like music, but I like things like 'Rocky Horror Picture Show,' 'Tommy,' 'Jesus Chris Superstar.' I'm not the kind of guy that goes and sees 'Dreamgirls' and I want to appeal to those people - the people who won't go watch 'Rent,' won't go watch 'Dreamgirls,' won't go watch 'Mamma Mia!' Come watch this, it's different."

Question:

What was the goriest moment for you. Was there anything that grossed you out?

Paris Hilton:

"Yes...am I allowed to say it?" she says to Bousman.

Darren Lynn Bousman:

"Yes...well, no, no. I'm gonna answer for her on that one. I know what she's talking about. An unfortunate event happens to Paris in the movie and it was pretty intense and pretty gruesome."

Paris Hilton:

"I look like Freddie Kreuger!" she laughs.

Darren Lynn Bousman:

"Yeah, she has a bad, botched surgery and I can tell you that much."

Paris Hilton at Comic-Con 2008 for Lionsgate's "Repo! The Genetic Opera." Copyright© Peter Dimako, Movie Jungle International, INC.
Paris Hilton at Comic-Con 2008 for Lionsgate's "Repo! The Genetic Opera." Copyright© Peter Dimako, Movie Jungle International, INC.


Paris Hilton:

The restrictions of working with a low budget

Darren Lynn Bousman:

"There was no budget. I think one of the biggest accomplishments of this movie was that it was a labor of love for everyone. None of the actors made any money. They got paid absolutely scale. None of the crew made any money and yet, they were working around the clock on this thing. You know, I had ideas that I wanted three hundred, four hundred person opera sprawling shots of all these people and they were like 'No, you have five.' And I was like 'Ok. I want this thing with like thirty S.W.A.T. guys...' and they were like 'No, you have one S.W.A.T. guy.' And it's like every time I said I wanted something...but the great thing about the movie is...watching it, you'd never know it's low-budget at all and I think that it looks much bigger than any of the 'Saw' films."

Question:

On people being blown away when they meet her and the misconceptions about her:

Paris Hilton:

"I think there's a lot of misconceptions. I think people have been watching my reality show 'The Simple Life' where I was playing this airhead, rich, brat, kind of character and now, seven years later people still kind of picture me as that character. I'm completely different from that. I think people are kind of blown away when they meet me or they see I'm not what they read about on the internet or in the tabloids."

Interview By: Peter Dimako, Editor in Chief.

Thursday, April 24th, 2008 10:30PM PT. At the San Diego, Comic-Con


Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) (Released date: 11/07/2008)

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Starring: Anthony Head, Alexa Vega, Paris Hilton, Paul Sorvino, Bill Moseley, Nivek Ogre, Sarah Brightman, Terrence Zdunich



Relevant Information for Repo! The Genetic Opera:

Starring:

Anthony Head, Alexa Vega, Paris Hilton, Paul Sorvino, Bill Moseley, Nivek Ogre, Sarah Brightman, Terrence Zdunich

M.P.A.A Rating:
Not rated.

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Directed By:

Darren Lynn Bousman

Written By:

Terrence Zdunich and Darren Smith

Produced By:

Synopsis:

In the year 2056 – the not so distant future – an epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GeneCo, a biotech company that offers organ transplants… for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by villainous Repo Men.

In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs and murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl searches for the cure to her own rare disease as well as information about her family’s mysterious history. After being sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, she is unable to turn back, as all of her questions will be answered at the wildly anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera.

Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II, SAW III, SAW IV) and produced by Twisted Pictures and Lionsgate, this futuristic horror rock opera stars Paul Sorvino (GOODFELLAS), Alexa Vega (SPY KIDS), Paris Hilton (HOUSE OF WAX), Anthony Head (TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Bill Moseley (THE DEVIL’S REJECTS), Ogre (from the band Skinny Puppy) and world-renowned opera singer Sarah Brightman (Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera”). By fusing ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and BLADE RUNNER, this unique production will modernize the “rock opera” genre with original music and rich, dark production design.



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