Frank Miller and Jaime King Interviews - The Spirit
What kind of camera were Jaime King's scenes shot with?
Tell me about working on The Spirit.
Jaime King: "It was awesome. It was amazing, yeah. Frank's one of my dearest friends. We met on Sin City and became really close. I just love the whole process of working with him and how much he loves filmmaking. He loves his actors so much. We got to use cameras that had never been used before so the look of it's just so divine that I feel blessed to be a part of something that's very new and cutting edge. "
New and cutting edge and with new cameras, did it change the way you were acting or were you more aware of the cameras?
Jaime King: "Yeah. My particular scenes that are interwoven through the movie where shot with a camera called the Phantom camera which shoots at a thousand frames per second. So every movement that you do has to be really fast. Anything that you do makes it look like you're floating or you're underwater, so it's a really mystical, magical, fun kind of experience."
Tell me about your character. Who are you playing?
Jaime King: "I play Lorelei. She's the angel of death."
Is it a kick ass role?
Jaime King: "It's a kick ass role. It gets even better in the second one, too."
You said Frank is great as a director but this is his first time doing it by himself. Were you at all leery having him as your director?
Jaime King: "Not for one second because he directed us in Sin City. It was Robert [Rodriguez] and Frank, but he was very, very much… You know Robert would come in in second, he would come in in second. It was very in tandem, you know? And if you look at it, films are basically moving storyboards and he's already created the storyboards because he's a comic book artist and writer. So he knows the vision of everything. I would work with him for every single movie. I mean I completely and utterly trust him."
Of course a lot of people know Will Eisner's comics, but a lot of people don't that are going to see the movie. Are they going to understand these characters? Are they going to connect with the story?
Jaime King: "Well, I mean I think that everybody's different. I would hope so. It's definitely more of a '40s kind of noir, that kind of banter. I think that I can never really… With audiences, as long as they recognize some truth in the character and they can relate to it – that's what really matters. You know what I mean? But it's not like something that's really… It's not your typical kind of film. You're going to go there and your senses are going to be delighted along with the story."
Kimberly Cox: "This is a T-shirt that we are going… Check it out. Love it. Love it. Love it. Want it. The back is cool too. Michael Crow who worked on the costumes for The Spirit, he came over today and he cut it up so it looks really cool. We're going to basically auction it off online to raise money for the Comic Book Legal Defense fund."
Frank Miller: "That's right."
Kimberly Cox: "So he signed it with a nice big F.M. "
The Spirit - I can't wait. What are you going to thrill fans with?
Frank Miller: "I'm going to give you an urban Zorro and he's going to sweep you off your feet. "
How hard was it to bring Will Eisner's work to the big screen?
Frank Miller: "It was a joy. It was very difficult because the old man was dead but he was still staring over my shoulder. But what I wanted to do was something that was as vigorous and as full of fun as what he did way back in the '40s. But something that didn't owe itself to the '40s or feel old, and I think we pulled it off."
And something that audiences don't have to have read his work in order to enjoy, right?
Frank Miller: "No, not at all. Not at all. You don’t really have to have read the comic book although I suspect that a lot of people who see the movie will want to read the comic book afterwards."
Kimberly Cox: "That's what we hope."