Saw V - Julie Benz and Betsy Russell Interviews
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What's the appeal of horror to you?
Julie Benz: "It is a true journey into the imagination. It's a completely fictional world that's created, and you go on a journey that is completely based in imagination but can feel so real. "
And Saw V - does it feel real?
Julie Benz: "Yes, it does."
What's it like on a Saw set?
Julie Benz: "Well, you know, I'm kind of the newbie. I was terrified and scared and grossed out, and everybody laughed at me."
Did they treat you nicely too?
Julie Benz: "They do. They do. They were all like, 'Oh, we were there back there in Saw I or Saw II. We get it.' It's a very well-oiled machine. The crews have been together forever so it's easy to walk into as an actor. Very few stunt doubles. We had to do a lot of stuff on our own, which can be scary. "
Do you like doing that?
Julie Benz: "I do. I do. I'm very physically active and I was an athlete growing up so, yeah, I do enjoy being physical and being challenged physically."
What can audiences expect with this fifth film? Does it take the story to a whole new area? What's it do?
Julie Benz: "Yeah, it does. It's even more terrifying than the first four, I think."
How can that be?
Julie Benz: "It can be. Those guys, they're dark. They're twisted those boys that write it."
What else are you working on?
Julie Benz: "Well, Dexter. And I have the Punisher coming out in December."
Do you kick ass in that one or are you a girlfriend or what?
Julie Benz: "I am a little tougher. I'm not a girlfriend. I play a wife of a cop and I have a young daughter. And I'm pretty much of a mommy bear. I'll do whatever it takes to protect me daughter…and I'm kind of mad at everybody."
How do you continue the story when people think they've seen everything that could possibly be in a Saw movie already?
Betsy Russell: "I don't, the writers do. I'm so glad I don't have to think about that. "
So where does the story take us this time? Is it a whole new direction or somewhere fans of the series will be used to?
Betsy Russell: "Fans will not be disappointed by Saw V. It's really, really good. I haven't seen it but I hear. I hear it's amazing, it's gorier, creepier and more intense than any of them. That's what the fans want so they keep having to deliver - and they do."
Is that the type of movie you go see when you're buying a ticket?
Betsy Russell: "Now I do, now that I'm in them. But, yeah, I mean there's a lot of people who just live for this horror stuff, and I can understand why. It gets your senses flowing. It makes you feel things. It's fun. It's exciting. I like watching people's faces when they're watching it too. It's great."
Are you one of those people who can't watch yourself in a horror movie because it's scary even though it's you?
Betsy Russell: "No. If I'm up on screen I pretty much find time to watch it and see how I did. And then I'm done – don't watch it again."
Is there going to be a Saw VI?
Betsy Russell: "Of course. If the fans keep coming out, yeah."