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Malin Akerman on Watchmen

Published March 3, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Warner Bros
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Malin Akerman plays Lori Jupiter, Silk Spectre II in Watchmen. Many of her most emotional scenes are with Dr. Manhattan, a big blue humanoid energy force played by Billy Crudup. It's dramatic on screen, but behind the scene he was just a dude in spandex.

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"I have to say the first week it took a bit of adjusting to," Akerman said. "We all must have laughed in his face so many times. He was such a good sport about it he was like, 'Okay, go ahead.'"

There is even a Lori/Manhattan love scene, in which Manhattan uses his powers to create multiple forms of himself to pleasure his lady. "There were two guys in bed with me for the Billy scene and there ended up being three of them I believe. The thing is that they are in these white sort of pajamas with the blue LED lights so really I was more concerned with like, 'Guys, are you sure he can put his finger in my mouth and it won’t electrocute me?' It was really rough and I was like, 'Billy just try not to touch my face' because you get scratches. So it was just trying to piece it together and make it look right. It was almost like Raki massage where you aren’t really touching, you are just going through the motions. So the difference was that there was no touching in that scene where [the one with Dan] was more human and natural."


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There was risk of injury in her love scene with Night Owl too. "I had huge bruises on my legs actually because it was a tight chair and it was nice black and blues. Try explaining that to your husband. We had to get a bit closer. There is definitely a difference between trying to act with yourself and acting opposite someone."

Sex isn't the only kind of action Silk Spectre gets. She kicks some ass and rescues some pedestrians too. "The scene where Lori comes through the roof, the drop in was actually my stunt double. They wouldn’t allow me to do that but then they sent me in and the fire was in the back so they put fire gel all over my back to make sure the latex didn’t catch on fire because it is very flammable. There were many precautions taken. It was a hot day that day, but it was absolutely real fire, of course only at a distance, but Zack [Snyder] wants it as real as possible. We actually had the opportunity to do a lot more. The set was more tangible and real then he had in 300 where he had a lot more green screen. So that was nice about this whole thing. You really got the feeling of it."

Watchmen opens to theaters March 6th.

For the posters, trailers, stills and more info on the film, go to the Watchmen Movie Page.
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