In Extract, Mila Kunis plays one of those girls who just has men wrapped around her finger. Cindy is a con artist who shoplifts, resells her stolen merchandise, tempts men to cheat and gets her hooks into settlement money from an industrial accident. Yet somehow you’ve got to love her.
Mila Kunis Talks Making Extract
“You really, I think, just hope that it makes sense in the end,” Kunis said. “It’s one of those things where you have to play her very realistic and not judge her by her actions but just kind of accept them for what they are. Yu hope that that kind of translates on screen, because if you start judging her for what she’s doing and being like, ‘Oh, I can’t believe she’s stealing a guitar,’ it’s going to come across as a little negative. But, if you just kind of go, ‘Well, girl’s gotta do what she’s gotta do,’ it kind of comes across a little naïve in a sense so it’s a little more accepting.”
Some of the scams gave Kunis free reign to just ham up the con job. “I think the pawn shop, trading it in because that one went through so many different takes and that was improvised so much that it was just fun to just have my dying dad’s guitar. It was absurd considering what came before which was just jacking a guitar, to my father just died, he loved it so much.”
Extract director Mike Judge comes from the animation world of Beavis and Butthead and King of the Hill. Kunis works on Family Guy, but their worlds did not collide.
“No, we didn’t really talk about it. I think I berate him with questions on cartoons that he was a part of and like animated shows and Office Space. I nerded out on Mike but I really nerded out on Mike. Oh, I did. It maybe took like two weeks into production until I was like, ‘Okay, listen, we gotta talk.’ And then I just spewed out all my questions. But no, we never really talked about MacFarlane. But I know Mike’s a fan of <B>Family Guy</B> and I know MacFarlane’s a huge fan of Judge, huge.”
Finally getting to work with Mike was professional. “Mike is a great director. He’s a very comforting director. He hires people that he trusts and he kind of gives you this material that he’s created and is not married to it and you can explore and have fun with it and feel very safe. So he’s great.”