9 is the first animated film to feature the voice of Oscar winning actor Jennifer Connelly. She took the leap into voiceover work based on director Shane Acker’s short film, which he expanded into the feature film.
Connelly is 7
“I loved his short film,” Connelly said. “I thought it was beautiful. I thought he really had a vision. I thought he was incredibly talented, he being Shane Acker. I kind of just thought it’d be a nice thing to be a part of. I was curious about the process. I was curious about what he would do with it. It was a movie that I wanted to see having seen the short film.”
Having worked with the likes of Ron Howard, Ang Lee, Darren Aronofsky and, my favorite, Jim Henson, Connelly enjoyed Acker’s direction too. “Well, Shane was very collaborative and accessible but as you can imagine, there’s less stuff to talk about because you’re getting rid of entirely the physical component. You’re not dealing with blocking. You’re just dealing with your voice so it’s a very different, by nature of what it is, it’s a very different kind of interaction and you don’t have the rehearsal time beforehand. You don’t have that time where you’re so intensively working together as you do in a live action film.”
Though the short inspired Connelly, her character was a total creation of the feature. “7 wasn’t in the short and I think the style of what he was doing, they’re supposed to be the little bit that’s left of humanity. So he didn’t want affected voices. He didn’t ask for us to explore different types of voices. I think he wanted it as simple and straightforward as possible.”
A fan of the short, Connelly also liked the expanded feature film universe. “I think that the additional characters that he’s created are really beautifully rendered and interesting characters. I like the overall storyline. I think it’s interesting. I like that they’re living in the aftermath of some great conflict that’s come out of the tension between man and machine and spirit and machine but that each side holds part of the talisman, the reason and the spirit. And that they need to be integrated for the soul to be liberated. I think it’s nice.”
9 opens to theaters today.
For the trailers, posters, stills and more movie info, go to the 9 Movie Page.