About The Production (Continued)
"When I first heard about the film I didn't think it would be that
interesting to do another film about a killer," recalls D'Onofrio.
"But then I met Tarsem, we had some great conversations, and I was
intrigued by his approach and what he was going to try and get away with."
"Vincent has brought us a character that is mysterious, in pain, indeed
disturbed, and while he doesn't necessarily have redemption, he creates a
character where there is potential for that, which then makes you engaged with
him," explains Caro.
D'Onofrio explains that Carl Stargher was a complex character on many levels.
"His moral foundation is much different than ours," he says.
"There is a normal side to him that Catherine can relate to. But then there
is the vicious, horrible side to the character brought upon by his upbringing.
And that harsh side is all about sexual disorder, death, and power."
D'Onofrio also explains that "the cell" can have different meanings,
not simply the physical place where Carl Stargher kills his victims. "I
think that my character is, in a way, trapped in himself," D'Onofrio
suggests. "His brain is a kind of cell and he's boxed in and Catherine
D'Onofrio heavily researched the histories and psychology of serial killers
prior to production to help him get beneath the surface of the character.
"I did lots of reading and searching out the availability of audio and
video information, documentaries and seminars," he says.
Joining the lead actors is a dynamic supporting cast of actors. "Tarsem
realized the value of depth in actor quality in supporting roles," explains
Caro. "Sometimes in your haste to get movie stars, you forget that you need
to surround the stars with talent. And these guys have a tremendous
responsibility to the integrity of the picture."
Jake Weber, who co-starred alongside Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black, and can soon
be seen in U-571 starring Matthew McConnaughey, plays FBI agent Gordon Ramsey,
Peter Novak's professional, well-groomed partner who closely follows the Bureau
party line. Tarsem met Jake in New York and thought he was just right for the
role of Vince Vaughn's partner.
"I liked the director's vision, his sense of humor, imaginative style, and
there were also some fine actors in the film," says Weber about what
impressed him about the project. He was also intrigued with playing a law
enforcement officer for the first time in his career. "Vince's character
and mind are cut from very different cloths as people, but as partners we have a
pretty close relationship. And hopefully there's a little bit of comedy in the
relationship as well as the tension that's built into working very closely with
"Jake's character is very much a fellow who is just not sure that what
they're doing makes sense," says Julio Caro. "He wants to solve the
crime and is as committed as Novak, but he thinks he going too far."
"My character's sort of there to help keep Novak in line, to baby-sit
him," adds Weber.
Marianne Jean-Baptiste, nominated for an Academy AwardÂ¨ for her work on Secrets
& Lies, plays Dr. Miriam Kent, a scientist at the Campbell Institute who
manages the research process that Catherine is involved in.
"For Catherine, Miriam is a mother figure, mentor, authoritarian, colleague
and close friend," offers Julio Caro.
"She cares a lot about Catherine because she knows that what she's asking
her to do is risky," says Jean-Baptiste who was interested in the mix of
sci-fi and serial killer genre the film presented. "When I read it I
thought it was like a Silence of the Lambs with a big fantasy world like Baron
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