Thursday, April 17, 2003
X2 CHAT: KELLY HU (LADY DEATHSTRIKE)
QUESTION: What's the wirework like?
HU: It is so incredibly difficult. I don't care how fit you think you are, when you get up on wires and you have to throw a kick or do a couple of moves, it's like 10 times harder than it would be if you were on the ground. It's a whole different muscle and an entirely different skill. It's more like joining the circus than martial arts.
QUESTION: How is it to interpret a comic-book character?
HU: It's a little bit scary because you have sort of this fan base that is so incredibly rabid, I could say. They really are intense and are so dedicated to the comic book that you're afraid to sort of let them down and not follow the comic book to a T.
But I think sometimes, like in my character for instance, it works a little bit better if you sort of base your character on the comic book and then sort of take a little bit of liberties with the character.
For instance, I believe in the X-Men comics my character is actually a cyborg rather than a mutant. And in the comic book, she's this enormous woman, with muscles and big shoulders and gigantic hands. They'd have to cast someone like Dwayne Johnson, The Rock, instead of myself for the comic-book character.
So we were able to sort of sculpt her and mold her in a different way that we saw fit for the film. It's kind of frightening to do that because I think there are some real die-hard X-Men fans who might not agree with that. But it's amazing for the film, but once they see that in action, I think they'll be sold on that, too.
QUESTION: Did you know about the X-Men comics before you were cast in the part?
HU: I actually didn't even know that the X-Men comic book existed until the first film came out. I remember seeing the film and saying, "Who are these X-Men?" And then it wasn't until I actually got cast in the role and started doing research on my character that I saw my first X-Men comic book.
It's easy to see why people are so intrigued with these comics. It's captivating, and the stories are so interesting. I remember flipping through all these comic books in one night and then calling the producers, seeing if I could get more. I really wanted to be a part of this whole X-Men Universe and read all about it. And there's 60 years of comics or something I have to catch up to. I have a lot of reading ahead.
QUESTION: Lady Deathstrike is a woman of few words. Does that make the role more challenging?
HU: I think, in my case, it was much more challenging. Because when you don't have words to sort of describe your character or convey who your character is and what she's about, you really have to rely all on your body language. It's all about how you stand, how you walk, how you look at things. It's an entirely different acting muscle.
However, I think that for this character it really works. Because she's the strong, silent type. It's always the quiet ones that you have to be afraid of. So because she doesn't say a lot, because you never know what's going on, when she comes lashing out with those claws, it's like, "Wow, this is what this woman is about."
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