Emily Browning & Abbie Cornish Interview For Zack Snyder’s ‘Sucker Punch’
‘Sucker Punch’ is Zack Snyder’s (Watchmen, 300) tantalizing action fantasy flick which takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary.
Baby Doll (Emily Browning) has been locked away against her will, however she has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls—the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung) and the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish)—to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac), Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino) and the High Roller (Jon Hamm). Check out what Emily Browning and Abbie Cornish had to say about the film below. ‘Sucker Punch’ hits cinemas March 25th in the US, and April 1st in the UK.
The five of you had such a great rapport on screen, and from meeting you it seems like you have each others back.
Emily Browning: (Laughs) Yeah absolutely, we were thrown into the training together, there was nothing superficial getting in the way. In the training process we were in their wearing sweat pants looking like crap at 9 in the morning. We just bonded.
Abbie Cornish: It was amazing because we couldn’t have had a better scenario, we couldn’t have had better friendships, we couldn’t have a had a better experience, it was amazing. I remember coming into the film, and coming into the training and you know you try not to preconceive anything because its like when you travel to another country, the best thing is to not try and predict what that place will be like because when you get there it overwhelms every sense, so making the film was filled with so many great surprises. It was so positive, and very supportive.
Emily Browning: The first thing we had to do together was fight, lift weight, cry, sweat, get hurt and get bruised. It’s a whole another level of bonding. It’s just you, there’s nothing to hide behind. The physicality of it I think automatically helped build a sisterhood. Learning to fight was the most fun thing I’ve ever done for a film. The fact that I can use a gun now is a little scary (laughs), before this film I never liked guns at all, now it’s like second nature to use a gun…..and a sword (laughs).
The training must have been intense, there’s a tonne of action.
Emily Browning: I was really excited because before this film I’d never been that physical, luckily I’ve always been naturally pretty fit, but I’d never been to a gym before this movie. So I thought I’m getting paid to get fit, it’s part of my job, that’s ideal (laughs). It was scary when we first started, I was freaked out by using my body so much, but it became unbelievably addictive and empowering. I train a lot since we’ve finished film because I love it.
Abbie Cornish: I was so excited!
Emily Browning: She was tough when she came in (laughs)
Abbie Cornish: (Laughs) I could barely wait to begin. I grew up on a farm. I grew up with brothers and an incredibly active life style. It was all that being outside, riding horses, motor bikes and building things. Also my Mum was a national full contact women’s Karate champion when I was a kid. She had a brown belt, she was just about to get her black belt but then she went onto to have my little brother. I watched her go through rounds in this Karate championship all day long, then I watched her fight this other two tier black belt in the final, it blew my mind. I thought my Mum was the coolest person ever, in the history of this planet, and I still think that (laughs). So I kinda grew up with that. I had done martial arts things throughout my life so I was kind of ready (laughs).
Are you suited to take on your Mum now?
Abbie Cornish: (Laughs) Oh my gosh, I would NOT take on my Mum, I wouldn’t recommend anyone taking on my Mum.
Emily Browning: My Mum was a personal trainer and I feel the same way, I would never even try to compete (laughs). Any boyfriend I’ve ever had my Mum would arm wrestle them the first time they come over (laughs).
Abbie Cornish: (Laughs) That’s awesome.
Emily Browning: And I’ve had some big boyfriends, they’ve been really tall, and it doesn’t phase her, she’s crazy (laughs).
I think when Abbie first came in, when we first started training Abbie was like the bench mark, you were already super strong, I was like “what’s a pull-up” (laughs).
How was it working with Zack Snyder? Working with him and seeing his vision, then doing all this work, then seeing the final product, what was that like?
Emily Browning: I always knew it would be great, Zack had such a clear vision, I always knew that it was going to be amazing. I’ve never been in a film that I’ve wanted to see a second time, mostly because it’s me and when you see yourself on screen it’s really weird. But we saw this together and after coming out of the screening we were all like we wanna see this again. Lets watch it again now.
Abbie Cornish: Yep, there’s so much detail in the film. It really was like one thing after another – meeting the girls, working with the great stunt guys, our trainers, it was like being in awe of them. Then starting to work with Zack, you just think he’s the coolest guy you’ve ever met in your life. He’s amazing.
Emily Browning: He really is. He keeps the set really fun, light and positive. Obviously when we were doing our emotional scene’s he was obviously super respectful of that but when we’re doing the action it’s fun, us joking around kept the energy up.
Abbie Cornish: From the very beginning I never had a doubt in my mind about what Zack was doing with this film and how he would carry it through. Conceptually the film is so crazy and so wild, there’s so many element involved. The beauty in having it in Zack’s hands is that you know that the filmmaking process is going to be all there. He’s so visual and he understands the process of making what it is he wants to achieve so well, as an actor you never have to worry about that. He makes films that look so good, that are so stylised, he has such a particular way that you really do know when a Zack Snyder film is a Zack Snyder film.
Emily Browning: The amazing thing about Zack is that he has this really strong vision obviously, but also he’s really willing to collaborate, he’s really open to other people’s opinions. The cool thing is that he knows exactly what he wants, he know exactly what every shot will look like, but he’s open, he also wants to make sure we like it, that’s so lovely to see from someone with such a strong vision.
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