About The Casting
In casting for Urban Legend, everyone agreed that the film presented the ideal opportunity to bring together a fresh, talented group of actors
In casting for Urban Legend, everyone agreed that the film
presented the ideal opportunity to bring together a fresh, talented
group of actors. Blanks marvels at the phenomenal success of the
casting. "I was saying to Silvio, when we first got the cast
together, that we didn't cast actors in these roles. They are
the characters; Josh is Damon, Michael is Parker.
I am just so pleased with the talent we got. I fought very hard
for them and they're wonderful."
Moritz explains the formula behind the casting of Alicia Witt
as the film's female protagonist, Natalie: "You want the
heroine, who is the lead for most of these types of movies, to
be a woman who is accessible to a large portion of the audience.
That's why Neve Campbell or Jennifer Love Hewitt or even Jamie Lee Curtis
are such successful heroines. They are the girl next door. I felt
that quality in Alicia ever since I saw her in Fun. She
has that classic kind of heroine persona-someone you want to watch,
someone you want to feel sorry for, and someone you can be scared
Says Witt of her character, "I think Natalie is basically
an optimist and thinks the best of everyone. She wants to believe
people are good no matter what." The actress adds with a
laugh, "I was very nervous about doing a horror movie because
I can be so paranoid to begin with."
Once Natalie connects the deaths around her to urban legends,
Witt feels that "Natalie's main objective is to protect her
own life and those of her remaining friends. It's extremely frustrating
because her friends keep telling her no one is getting killed
based on urban legends, yet they all end up dying."
Jared Leto plays Paul, the ambitious journalist at the school
paper. "He's a go-getter type," Leto explains. "He's
the type of guy who probably listened to a few Anthony Robbins
tapes. Paul wants to be successful, to get a great story and to
create a little campus controversy. He likes to go for the sensational
approach. As the story goes along, he gets more interested in
what's really happening."
Leto admires Blanks' approach to the story. "Jamie definitely
doesn't want this to be a slasher film with lots of blood and
guts. He's focusing more on the Hitchcockian element to it, which
is more attractive. I think people have seen enough bloody fingers
and guts." Blanks agrees, and insists that it is important
to engage the imagination of the audience. He believes you achieve
this "by giving the audience enough information that they
think they're seeing something that they haven't seen. You show
cause and effect, but you don't show the moment of death."
Most of the cast and crew involved in the making of Urban Legend
are under the age of 30-so they know what their audience wants.
Joshua Jackson, who plays Damon, is 20 years old and is the youngest
member of the cast. "There was a period of time when horror
movies weren't being made for people my age," says Jackson.
"The characters that were supposedly portraying me were stupid
or insipid and really kind of insulting. Now you have an atmosphere
that allows a solid, well-rounded, intelligent male or female
character to be a teenager." He adds, "It's entertainment.
That's the thing. It's supposed to be fun and you're supposed
to enjoy these movies."
Like other recent successful horror films, Urban Legend is
laced with humor. "It is a little bit
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