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DEEP RISING

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With the sea creatures being designed to cause cinematic mayhem, "Deep Rising" director Stephen Sommers began his search for the right actors who could fully bring his characters to life and convey, with terrifying realism, the horror of the creature atta

With the sea creatures being designed to cause cinematic mayhem, "Deep Rising" director Stephen Sommers began his search for the right actors who could fully bring his characters to life and convey, with terrifying realism, the horror of the creature attack.

"When I set out to make this movie, I knew I needed fine actors," comments Stephen Sommers. ''I love those '50s science fiction and horror films, but to me, the number one problem with believing those stories was the acting in them. There were so many wooden people walking around in those movies that you really can't believe the creatures. I think the best horror/monster movies are the ones where the actors manage to convince you that those creatures are real. So I was determined to get accomplished actors. When I had the opportunity to get Treat Williams-who is a fantastic actor and completely believable in any role he plays-I went for it."

Williams-who plays smuggler John J. Finnegan-says he was "thrilled" to take on the role. "When I read the script, I saw the chance to do a first­rate fantasy film," he offers. "I grew up on films like 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' and '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,' and saw this as an opportunity to continue that tradition."

As Sommers says of the characters in the film, "All of the heroes in the movie are bad guys, some more and some less. Which I found amusing to create. Our leading lady is a jewel thief. Our leading guy, Finnegan, played by Treat, is a smuggler. Our other 'heroes' are pirates and thieves and bandits. And they're the good guys here.

"Finnegan is a guy who lives on the cusp of the law," he continues. "He's a guy who will never admit that he has any morals or any sense of values. But when he's put to the test, he's going to do the right thing. I did not want the typical action­hero tough­guy who doesn't get hurt and who doesn't feel pain. This guy is quite human. All too human. He's a lead character that you will hopefully really root for throughout the film."

Williams says his challenge was to find balance within his character. We're all in harm's way in one way or another. We're all afraid of dying. But we knew that this film had to be fun and entertaining-and scare the pants off of you as well. We had to find ways of having the audience be comfortable with watching our heroes get in and out of life­threatening situations and yet always find it within the realm of possibility. Make it edge­of­your­seat and really frightening, but not unpleasant to watch. And that, I think, comes from Stephen Sommers' writing and direction. He always made sure some humor came through in the most unexpected places and at the most unexpected times in the film."

Starring opposite Treat Williams is international film sensation Famke Janssen, who plays the role of a glamorous jewel thief on board to break into the ship's vault. Janssen, who was widely acclaimed starring opposite Pierce Brosnan in "Goldeneye," felt that playing the role of Trillion would be an "exciting adventured."

Yet as she further observes with obvious good humor, "When I looked at the script, I never thought I would spend so much time being wet and under water! But it was actually a great deal of fun."

As Sommers notes, "Wha

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