Malin Akerman Interview - Watchmen at Comic Con 2008
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That costume is so sexy.
Malin Akerman: "It is so amazing. I mean, Michael Wilkinson did a number. He was out of control. But I've got to say it looks great, but it doesn't feel as great as it looks. But that's okay. It was all for the art of it, you know?"
What did it feel like the very first time you put it on?
Malin Akerman: "I loved it. I mean, the first time was phenomenal. And the first few times, you know, I've got to say it absolutely does help you to get into character. You feel attractive and you feel tough. You feel strong and you feel like you can go into the character because it's not you anymore. So, for sure that helps you move along. But I think three weeks into wearing it I was done. I could do the character without it. That's fine."
Because you had to fight in that costume.
Malin Akerman: "Yes. And actually it wasn't the costume as it was the hair. I was in a wig, a really beautiful, long, dark wig."
And you look beautiful with black hair.
Malin Akerman: "Thank you so much."
You should do that more often.
Malin Akerman: "Maybe I will. But that was sort of doing all these twists and turns and the hair kept getting stuck. It got stuck in the latex, so every time I bent it was just… So not only was it a challenge to do all the fight choreography, it was not getting your hair stuck in the latex."
That's just a weird challenge to have.
Malin Akerman: "It is a weird challenge to have, yes."
Did you know anything about the graphic novel at all?
Malin Akerman: "I didn't, not before I read the script. And then after having read the script, I read the novel and fell in love with it. I mean, I understand why it has such a huge fan base and I now am part of that huge fan base. I think it's wonderful. I think all of my friends are sick of me saying, 'You have to read it! You have to read it! It's amazing.' But it really is. You know, all the friends that have taken my advice have said, 'Oh my God, I can't believe you just did this film.' It's amazing."
And working with Zack Snyder, because he has such a specific vision, how important was that to you that he knew what he was doing?
Malin Akerman: "I don't think we could have done it without a leader like Zack. This project needed a leader who knew exactly what the source material was about, who was a big fan, who was passionate. And sort of like what he said in the panel – he wanted to make it because he didn't want anyone else to do it and f*ck it up. And you know what? He did make it. He made it beautiful, and he was so passionate and inspiring. We didn't want to do anything but please him and make this the best thing we could, so hopefully we've succeeded. And I think with Zack sort of at the helm, there's no doubt."
If you're recognized on the streets forever as this character, is that going to be fine with you?
Malin Akerman: "That's definitely fine. She's a great person to be recognized. Yeah."