The Last House on the Left

Garret on – The Last House on the Left

With The Last House on the Left premiering this week, Movie Geeks United interviewed Garret yesterday. Among other things, he talks about seeing the film at the first screenings, how he landed the part, how he got cast in Burning Bright, what he talked about with David Hess, what some of his favourite 1970s movies are, what he read (possibly something like this) while preparing for Last House, and a bunch of other stuff.

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The Geeks also talked to Riki Lindhome and they’ll have David Hess on their show tomorrow.

The Last House on the Left – interview with Iliadis & Craven has a new interview with Last House director Dennis Iliadis and producer Wes Craven. Quotes below.

book-of-daniel,garret dillahunt,jesusMoviesOnline: When you were considering Garret for this role, did you know that he had played Jesus?

ILIADIS: Actually I hadn’t seen that, I had seen the other stuff he did and Jesse James and all that. He’s a phenomenal actor and he managed to bring all the subtleties and ambiguities that I wanted. We were casting for Krug and everyone was coming and doing the squinty eyes and (he growls) and Garret brought this intensity, this evil which is not premeditated, and when that evil emerges it’s even stronger because it comes from a real human being who’s very angry. It doesn’t come from someone who has just decided to be bad.

MoviesOnline: Did you encourage the cast not to go out and socialize or have dinner together so that the actors playing the bad guys would be more menacing?

ILIADIS: You mean keeping the cast separate? No, actually my biggest focus was to rehearse with them and to really get them into character, and we did one very intensive week of rehearsals where we really went deep. After that, it was very important to let them decompress in any way they wanted, and believe me, they gave so much of themselves that they could have dinner wherever they wanted after the scenes.

CRAVEN: Sara said something very interesting, that when she heard Garret was doing the [role of Krug], [she thought] oh it’s a friend, so there was this sense I think of mutual trust among them, where they felt like no matter how horrible what they were acting was, they were in the hands of somebody that in some tiny part of their brain they could go and say I’m here with a friend, so it made it bearable.

garret dillahunt,krug,the last house on the leftMoviesOnline: How hard was it to shoot the assault scenes in the house, particularly the one in the kitchen?

ILIADIS: I really enjoy choreographing scenes like that, and also it’s very much about rehearsal. You rehearse all the basic and physical stuff so that performance can shine through. You don’t want your actors to be worried about the technical bits. You want the characters to shine through whatever is happening. So it was really rehearsing and we had a great stunt coordinator, his name was Mo in South Africa, and the actors were really willing to get into it and get dirty and painful and all that, and they did most of the fights. There’s very little stunt double work. You get good actors who are willing to get into it, and you work hard. You rehearse enough so that they can still act while they’re doing all this complex stuff, and that’s what you get. []

New interview with Sara Paxton

Canadian film site MoviesOnline has a lengthy new interview with Sara Paxton. To read it, click here. A few quotes about Garret after the jump.

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Q: You and Garret have worked together before, did that help knowing what scenes you would have to do on this together?

SARA PAXTON: Definitely. Garret and I met a couple of years ago. I was about 15 and I was doing a pilot called “Mr. Ed,” a remake of the original television show. I got along really well with Garret on that set, so when I heard that he was going to be playing Krug, I was honestly so relieved because all I could keep thinking was, “Who’s going to be playing Krug?” You know, some actors don’t want to form a relationship. If they have to hate you on screen, they want to not get to know you in real life. So, I was nervous about that and trusting the person. When I knew it was Garret, he’s so unlike Krug, he’s so gentle and sweet and thoughtful and so I knew we weren’t going to have a problem communicating and really going full force on that scene. I didn’t want us to hold anything back. You can’t. Otherwise it’s not realistic.

Q: What are the actor discussions you have when you’re staging a graphic scene like that?

SARA PAXTON: Dennis (Iliadis) was really great because he really cared about the actors. We had this lengthy rehearsal process for two weeks before actually stepping foot on the set for the first time and that was just mainly to sit around as a team and go over the script, figure out your character, and go scene by scene. We played out the physicality of the scene so that on the day I didn’t need to think about it. I already knew what I was going to be doing. All I had to worry about was my head space and the emotional aspect that day.

Q: Were you concerned who was going to play Krug because of the script or because of the source material?

SARA PAXTON: Because I’d read the script and I knew the scene. I just feel to really get the full performance and for me to really let go, I needed to trust the people I was working with and feel protected and that’s what happened. I think I ended up being able to open up more and do things I hadn’t even planned on being able to do because I had really bonded with the cast so much.

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Q: Did you ever tease Garret on the set about being Jesus and how he’s fallen from grace?

SARA PAXTON: No, I’ve called him Sharpie eyebrows because…

Q: You called him what?

SARA PAXTON: Sharpie eyebrows because they would dye his eyebrows and it just looked so funny. You’re like Sharpie eyebrows. (Laughs)

Q: Oh, it looks like they’re drawn on by a Sharpie. I get it.

SARA PAXTON: Yeah. Because he’s blonde. He’s so fair. When we started filming, he had the beard, he had the hair that he’d been growing out but it wasn’t black, and then Dennis made the decision, let’s go black, let’s make him scary. So, the first day after they’d dyed it, it just looked like “Eerk! Eerk!” (sounds of eyebrows being drawn on by a Sharpie) I definitely made fun of him for that. Oh my gosh! It’s so funny because that day of the assault scene, it’s such a touchy subject because it was so emotional and of course, so horrific, but at the same time as I’m looking back on it, there are moments when I just had to laugh because we had to wear these little nude patches on our private parts and I’m just envisioning Garret getting glued on and I’m standing there and the make-up woman is gluing it on to his groin and I’m like if anyone knew and saw this right now, they’d be like “Oh gosh!”

Q: It’s called acting!

SARA PAXTON: Acting. Yeah. It’s so glamorous.

Last House premiere – press release

The Last House on the Left will have its world premiere on Tuesday, March 10 at the ArcLight Hollywood theatre. Here is the press release:


WHAT: World premiere of the suspense thriller “THE LAST HOUSE ON

WHO: “THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT” cast members Monica Potter, Garret
Dillahunt, Aaron Paul, Spencer Treat Clark, Riki Lindhome,
Martha MacIsaac
and Sara Paxton; director Dennis Iliadis;
producers Wes Craven, Sean Cunningham and Marianne Maddalena;
and writers Adam Alleca and Carl Ellsworth

Plus many additional celebrity guests.

WHERE: ArcLight Hollywood
6360 W. Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA

WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 2009
5:30 PM Press Call Time
6:30 PM Celebrity Arrivals
7:30 PM Screening Begins

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT arrives in theaters on Friday, March 13, 2009.