Compiled by: Jack Foley
Q. You dont get the opportunity to wield a cutlass,
but you are still something of the action girl in it. It's not
a damsel in distress. So what about the stunts? Were you always
going to do them?
A. No, when I first read the script I thought I was going
to have a really easy time of it and sit around, and pout a bit,
and scream a lot and it was all going to be fine. Gore, however,
had other plans and thought it would be a great idea if I tried
to do as much of it as possible. So I ended up climbing up ships
and jumping off the other side and hitting men over the head with
golden polls, which actually was great fun, but he never game
me a sword.
Q. Its been a remarkable two and a half years for you
both, you must have had pinch me moments? How do you cope with
A. Its great; its really, really great to have
the opportunity to kind of do what we both want to do, you know?
Thats really fantastic, and especially working with people
like Gore and Jerry and Johnny Depp and people like that. Obviously,
I think there are pinch me moments, definitely, but you take each
day at a time and try to have as much fun as possible and lucky
this was a great experience.
Q. Orlando described the making of the movie as great fun,
and Im sure that it was, but were there any physical hardships
that you had to endure? Corsets, for example?
A. Yes, it was my own fault, Ive got a Scarlett OHara
in Gone With The Wind thing, and she gets her waist down to 18
and a half inches and so when I went into all these fittings,
I thought it would be a great idea if we tried to do the same,
and it looks great and I used to breathe in and try to make them
go tighter and tighter; and for five minutes its fantastic,
you have this lovely thin waist, and big cleavage, which is great
fun, but oxygen depravation is a big problem, and I think it was
one scene where I was standing on the stairs and Gore actually
had to say to me, ok, go out and take the corset off, because
your eyes are rolling into the back of your head. But it
looks good, so thats the main thing.
Q. Did you have any problems finding your sea legs, given
that so much was filmed on the water?
A. I took a sea sickness pill. I dont normally get sea
sick, but they had these boats made and they rocked a lot, so
I thought better be safe, than sorry, and I took these pills and
they make you really, really drowsy. So everybody was coming up
to me and asking, are you ok?. But I just couldnt
keep my eyes open for the entire day; so after that, I decided
Id rather puke than be falling asleep all day. It was very
glamorous, people puking overboard and sort of me falling asleep
it was great.
Q. Having come from something like Bend It Like Beckham onto
your first big Hollywood movie, were you as prepared as you thought
you would be for the transition?
A. Theres a big difference. I mean, on Bend
It Like Beckham there were, maybe, 50 crew members and on
this we had hundreds, and hundreds and hundreds, so its
just much bigger, you know, and we could take more time. Every
football sequence in Bend It Like Beckham took no more than a
day and a half, whereas the action sequences in this were kind
some of them took about two weeks. So its a longer,
drawn out process doing something of this magnitude, as opposed
to something that small, but I think the banter between actor
and director is always the same, you have that discussion always,
no matter what you are making. But everythings just on a