In only a few short days, THE SPIRIT will open, and the long, long promotional trail — and all those posters of a flapping red tie dotting the nation — will be just a memory. It was a good run.
In the meantime, Frank Lovece catches up with director Frank Miller:
What else do you think you’ll get flak for?
Because he doesn’t have a blue suit, which would have looked silly. That Ellen Dolan isn’t just a little simpering daughter to somebody; she’s a surgeon. I don’t know what I’ll get flak for – I just do the stuff I do! … Comics fans are wonderful, sincere people, but they can be a little arch.
§ The Scotsman ALSO caught up with Frank Miller:
In technical terms, Miller’s film is also at the cutting edge. Shooting against vast green screens on virtually empty sound stages, Miller says, he was able to work in a way that allowed his imagination to burn. Did he have as much freedom as when he is sitting at his drawing board? I ask. “It’s very close,” he says. “But this is a new adventure for me so I try not to compare the two. But I think that without the CGI, I don’t know what my role in movies would be. This allows my mind to really go all over the place. I draw something and then (effects supervisor] Stu Maschwitz turns it into something astonishing. There are places in the movie where it feels like a brush drawing!”
The Metro broke with tradition and caught up with co-star Eva Mendes:
In one eye-catching scene, she’s able to avoid arrest when she drops her robe — shocking The Spirit and moviegoers with a revealing backside.
“The point is my character uses everything she has as a woman to get what she wants,” admitted Mendes.
“If there were no brains behind the body I would have major qualms with it. This girl’s kick ass in every way and she’s such a smart dame that part of getting what she wants is turning up the sex.”