Femme Fatales Interview

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Question: I have to ask about Femme Fatale if only because it's the title of our magazine. This was a movie that really divided critics and audiences alike. What's your opinion?
Rebecca Romijn: It's a trippy movie, and I'd say the only consensus on any of Brian DePalma's movies is that they divide critics and audiences. People love and hate him for all the same reasons. My feeling is that, first of all, he's a brilliant filmmaker, and I think that a lot of young filmmakers should study him. I think he's really underappreciated. And I think any time you get a strong reaction from anyone, that's great - no one was in the middle on it. He's an amazing storyteller, and he did everthing in that movie on purpose. Every image that is in that movie exists for a reason. It's an amazing movie.

Question: There's a Mulholland Drive aspect to Femme Fatale in that you play two characters, and there's a blurring of reality and unreality. Did you ever find yourself wondering just what was going on with your character?
Rebecca: Brian and I worked together very closely, and of course I had a bazillion questions before we started, and we talked a lot while we were making it. Any time you're playing a character you'd better know them better than anyone, better than the audience, better than the director. I always knew there was a specific reason why she did everything she did. It's a different kind of movie, it's not your normal Hollywood blockbuster mainstream kind of movie. Brian DePalma is a cinephile like I've never seen before and knows more about movies than anyone I've ever met, and it's people who really loved film that gave it love letters. And it was more of the mainstream critics who are dumbed-down by movies, it was those people who didn't appreciate the movie. But everyone's entitled to an opinion.

Question: You also have a great seduction scene with Rie Rasmussen.
Rebecca: It's part of the storyline; my character was a con artist doing her job, and she's not necessarily a lesbian. It's always interesting doing things you'd never get to do on real life - I never killed anyone before either, but I got to do that in X-Men. There are all sorts of fantasy elements you get to play with making a movie that you never get to deal with in real life.

Original article: Femme Fatales 05/2003

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