Crime Fighting Females
Malin Akerman and Carla Gugino are the women of Watchmen. Both actresses portray characters that blow the female comic book film caricature away.
"It was a script that threw me for a loop. I didn't know what had just happened to me," Akerman says. The Swedish-born actress is in the middle of a pop culture firestorm currently with the arrival of The Watchmen in theaters March 6. She plays the graphic novel dual personalities Laurie Jupiter and Silk Spectre.
Akerman ascends to The Watchmen
"I ran out and got the graphic novel. I was blown away. It's an amazing novel. The thing that was so nice about it was the script was so faithful to the source material "It's hard when you make a film out of a novel because it's easily botched," Akerman says.
"When you first go to Comic-Con, you see the immense fan-base. It's a bit of that added pressure that we've really got to do this right. Ultimately, we all became fans. I don't think you can watch it and not become a fan. All that pressure was pressure we put on ourselves once we started filming and forgot about the outside world and delved into it. I hope that we could get everything in there that we possibly could. Now, I guess, the pressure's on again. Not that everyone's about to see it."
Gugino's Sin-ful past
Carla Gugino portrayed another graphic novel femme fatale in Sin City and of all the cast members, knows what to expect from the madness surrounding a blockbuster graphic novel to film project.
Watching real womenWatchmen's women are complex characters with multi-faceted issues. Whether dealing with a complicated relationship or finding true love, these are real emotions. "It's about 'let's excavate, look below the surface.' We have these costumes, yet we see who someone's true soul is -- exploring the shadow side of humanity and the light that is found," Gugino says.
Capturing these emotions at their core was a task made easier by the rich source material - - the beloved graphic novel. "The nice thing that we kind of had all the material that you usually don't get as source material," Akerman says. "There was so much information coming at you – it was about organizing it in your head and making your own. I think the nice part was they all had I've been there, or you've heard of it, it's an exploration of human nature at its worst and at its best. For me, it was like having a stage mom and having her push her into this world that might not be her first choice. Now we see her breaking up with one man, trying to find true love, trying to figure out who she is and find her own independence."
Preparing for her role, Akerman has never worked harder physically. "It was full time," she says.
When both actresses saw themselves in their Watchmen costumes, they knew they had found comic book vixen incarnate. Akerman and Gugino had a blast embracing their alter-ego's outfits. Although, Akerman with her latex skimpy outfit, had a little more issue with the costuming.
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