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Interview de Phoebe Dollar (page 2)

Si nous aimons rire d'un certain cinéma déviant, nous sommes très loin de mépriser les hommes et les femmes qui s'y sont impliqués ou compromis. Il nous a ainsi paru enrichissant de faire raconter le nanar et son univers par les gens qui l'ont vécu de l'intérieur. La diversité des intervenants et de leurs réponses nous a rendu encore plus proches du cinéma que nous aimons : vous découvrirez, au fil des entretiens que ces différentes vedettes ont bien voulu nous accorder, des informations précieuses pour le cinéphile et le cinéphage, des anecdotes cocasses et, en esquisse, le portrait attachant de personnages souvent hauts en couleur.
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Phoebe Dollar (page 2)

What is your perception of contemporary horror films? What are your favourite films (old and new) in that genre, and in general?

Contemporary horror films are good to me if they are unpredictable or have a humour quality to them, even if the humour is subtle. I hate the horror movies where they have the actor take 30 mins to walk down the hall with this wide eyed look of suspense. To me that says "we don't have enough movie and this is time-filler". My favourite films in this genre are «Natural born killers», «Devil's rejects», «Evil dead», «Zombie honeymoon», «Honeymoon killers». My favourite movie of all time is «Gone with the wind». I like off beat movies, underground movies and cult movies the best!

The thematic of killer women (sometimes played by yourself) is very present in your films. Would you call this a «feministic» or artistic statement?

The thematic "killer woman" in my movies is a strong woman statement. Of course it is extreme, but I feel more inclined to portray women not as victims but as strong women who can take care of things. I'm not a feminist, really: most of them have a hatred for men, I don't, I love men. I think strong females are sexy and a lot more fun to play than passive female roles.

Could you tell us about your experience as a writer on «Charlie's Death Wish»? Were you happy with the film? Did you write any other scripts? This film contains a tribute to Charles Bronson: is he a personal hero of yours? Who are your favourite actors?

I had «Charlie's Death wish» as a concept but I didn't write it. Jeff gave that credit, being nice. I started to write some of it but Jeff is so fast that he zipped through it before I could write 10 pages. I have not written any of the movies I've been in. «Sunset Society» is my first script. I'm very happy at how «CDW» turned out. Nothing was changed, it's exactly the way Jeff and I wanted. One distributor wanted me to change the music and of course I said "Hell, no!». I like working non-union because of the artistic freedom. I'm very flexible if I'm working on someone else's project because it's their vision, but for my own personal projects it's my vision and I want it to stay that way.

I like the way Charles Bronson took care of things himself in the «Death wish» movies, so that's what I was imitating. He is a great actor, also. My favourite actors are dead ones. Marlon Brando, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy. My favourite living actors are Gary Oldman, Jack Nicholson, Harry Dean Staton, Steve Buscemi, Christian Bale, Juliette Lewis, Dominique Swaim, Rose McGowan, Heather Graham...

Could you tell us about Lorenzo Lamas' involvement in «Alien 3000». Was it difficult for Jeff Leroy to hire such a high-profile actor? We suspect that his scenes were shot on a tight schedule, apart from the rest of the scenes, without him interfering with most of the rest of the cast. Is that correct?

Lorenzo Lamas' involvement in «Alien 3000» was minimum. It wasn't hard to get him because at that particular time he wasn't getting much work. I'm sure he wasn't feeling good about his career doing that movie, but he was very cool and professional and acted like it was just as important as a bigger budget movie. You are correct about his shots being separate from every one else's, good call. He shot most of his stuff after we shot ours.

You co-starred several times with legendary porn actor Ron Jeremy. Is he a personal friend of yours? What kind of a person is he? IMDB actually lists your first credit as being «Porn star: the legend of Ron Jeremy», though we suspect that this documentary only included footage of you on the set of «Hell's Highway». Did you actually work on some of his other pictures? (no, we don't mean as an actress in adult movies, but behind the scenes on other productions, as a writer/production assistant/whatever. We're asking this because you seem to be professionally close)

Ron Jeremy is a personal friend: in fact he is like family. My father met him in New York when I was 6 years old. They had a mutual friend. He is a great person, his family and friends are the most important things to him. He is always very nice to his fans. He is real and genuine. I Have never worked on any of his adult movies, in fact I've never even seen any of his adult movies and I don't want to. I know the non-porn side of Ron. I like working with Ron on these B-movies because we're close. I wanted everyone to see that he can really carry out a full character, instead of dying in the first five mins of his scene, like in most of his mainstream movies. I wanted everyone to see how well he can act. That's all he wants to do. He loves acting.

One disappointing aspect of «Werewolf in a women's prison» is that you only appear for a few minutes, and don't have much to do. Did you make this cameo appearance as a friend of Jeff Leroy's?

I did it as a favour for Jeff. I really didn't want to be in it at all. That's not my type of movie. Even though I'm an actress, I won't do a part or a scene that I don't want to do. I can't compromise myself. That's why I've never done nudity. I didn't even want credit for that movie. Don't get me wrong, I think it's an entertaining movie for what it is, but that's only because Jeff put his touch on it and he has such a great sense of humour that he can make it work. Without Jeff that movie would have been horrible.

Could you tell us about your upcoming movie «Sunset Society», also starring Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead as the lead villain "Ace"? How did you approach your directing debut? What are your ambitions for the film?

«Sunset Society» is my sole baby. I produced it, wrote it, and directed it. I love directing and I wasn't sure I would. It's so exciting seeing what you once had in your head come to life with the actors. Lemmy is the funniest and sweetest guy ever. I let these guys improvise and what I got was amazing 'real' acting!! They are already performers, so letting them use themselves and just go with the scene is what makes this movie. I think everyone is also going to be amazed at the acting from Dizzy Reed. Tracii Guns is really good also, I got so lucky getting these guys. I think they had a good time and that was really important to me. I approached directing by just going off what I have learned from Jeff. I explained to the actors about their characters and then just let them go. It came to me pretty naturally. I'm editing now. That process is amazing, that is where the movie is really made. It's like putting a 100,000 pieces puzzle together. I love it ! I love everything about filmmaking. I think I will submit this movie to festivals. I may distribute it myself, but I will not give it to a distributor like I did before, unless the offer is too good to refuse. This movie will probably be obscure and hard to see. Through MySpace Sunset Society or youtube in my name, there might be away to get it. This movie is so special to me that even if I have just private screenings, that's o.k. with me. I can't let this go to just anyone so I will most likely handle it myself. I feel like this has potential to be a cult classic because of who's in it and its uniqueness.

One last, completely silly question: did you know that you look a bit like Ségolène Royal, who was a candidate in France's presidential election in 2007?

I didn't know I looked a little like Ms. Royal. A presidential candidate, wow.

Thanks a lot for your time.

Thank you for your interest in me and my work. I've enjoyed this interview. Take care!!

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