Most fans would not want to see a Saw
movie without Tobin Bell as the Jigsaw killer. But we also don't want to
see something stupid like Jigsaw's twin brother. Tobin Bell promises that
his reappearance in Saw IV will be explained in the first
scene, but we'll have to wait until then. Otherwise, Bell is happy to discuss
the themes, such as can Jigsaw's mission be redeemed after failing in Saw
Tobin Bell on His Saw IV Appearance
"He's not able to save anyone," said Bell. "That's not what
he does. People have to save themselves. He's not able to do that and he's
expressed that very clearly. If you are bent on a particular course than
the matter of what, she says it very clearly. She says, 'Fix me. Fix me,
motherf***er. If you're so great.'"
Bell promises a "tremendous ending" that will blow people away,
just like the ending of Saw I still blows away new viewers.
"It blows me away and when I read the script, I didn't anticipate that
moment at all, when I read it on the page. I was totally caught by surprise.
'I thought if they shoot this well, it'll be a splendid moment. This is
worth doing, just for this moment.' But what sold the moment was Leigh Whannell's
reaction to that moment. His reaction is just fabulous, the expression on
his face, trying to mirror what I think most of the viewers were feeling.
We did that in one take, by the way. That's what happens when you're making
a film for a million dollars. You don't waste a lot of time. But worked
hard because there would have been a long setup, reset, to refix this prosthetic.
We did not want to go through that again so we wanted to get it in one take."
Though Jigsaw has been a lot, the core of his character
remains the same. "In my perspective, that guy was a guy in a bed in
Saw III who's dealing with Amanda in front of him, the
same way as a guy in a bed in my house or your house would be dealing with
Amanda, with a girl. I don't view him as some sort of strange diabolical
insane person. That's not his view of himself, so why should I approach
him that way? The script will inexorably lead me to perform the deeds that
are appropriate, but I don't need to play that. What I need to play is something
that informs that on some level. I think that creates different rhythms.
I think it creates different space, special relations in terms of the story.
It gives you a place to rest from the mayhem and the murder that's going
on out here."
With Leigh Whannell stepping back from the screenwriting process, Jigsaw
is now in the hands of new writers. Bell is bittersweet about the new developments.
"They captured his voice, they write good dialogue. I miss Leigh's
concepts. A lot of the concepts, for example the material in Saw
II about survival of the fittest, which I think is a very important
aspect of Jigsaw's character. I think he feels this world, we have 100,000
years of survival of the fittest, and that's all gone to hell. It's now
survival of the mediocre. All you have to do is be able to lie and cheat
and be hypocritical and do it well, and you're going to get by. That's one
of the things that annoys him and drives him. People who climb over the
bodies of others to advance themselves. That's one of Leigh Whannell's concepts.
When I was doing Saw II, I came up with 130 things that
disturb this guy. Disturbs him. And there's a whole laundry list of complaints
about the world, like we all have. If you knew the exact moment of your
own death, how would you live your life differently? That was Leigh's."
Jigsaw will return, somehow, this Halloween.
Stay tuned for updates.