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An Interview with Kate Beckinsale

January 20, 2006   |   Written by Brad Balfour

Article taken from Blackfilm.

For Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman, this year bodes well, despite having a somewhat rocky kick off for their sequel to Wiseman’s vampire-versus-werewolf war epic, “Underworld” (the film company is having only last-minute screenings for critics, as if they are reticent to promote the film full blast). Finally, they’ve gotten “Underworld: Evolution” out before the public and this viewer proclaims not only better than the first, it is a great genre film–one that successfully fleshes out the backstory, smoothes the rough edges exhibited in the first and once again displays Kate (that is Beckinsale) in fine, latex-clad form.

As fanboys everywhere are jealous that fellow fanboy Wiseman has won the ultimate prize–Beckinsale as his wife–we have his film as consolation.

And good consolation it is, as Beckinsale, the death dealer Selene, and Scott Speedman as Vamp/were-hybrid Michael Corvin fight to survive the onslaught of uber-vampire Marcus who wants to free his super-werewolf brother from captivity in order to terrorize the world. In speaking to blackfilm.com, Beckinsale goes over her character, how much her family was involved in the production, and what her future films.

DID YOU CONTRIBUTE MUCH TO THE CHARACTER/SCRIPT IN THIS ONE?

KB: I’ve never been involved with a movie from the moment it’s a germ of an idea, right through the whole editing process and the special effects and all that stuff. So it was a great thing for me, right when we were starting to talk about story, I was definitely a part of that. I wasn’t like a Yoko Ono, sort of controlling, a scary thing going on, but I was definitely consulted and involved. I couldn’t be really, because it was sort of taking place in my living room most of the time. But yeah, it was nice to actually… I really wanted, if we were going to have a second strike at it, to open up Selene’s character a little bit. So I was glad that was sort of what Len [Wiseman] had in mind as well.

DO YOU FEEL YOU’VE IMPROVED ON THINGS FROM THE FIRST FILM?

KB: It was a difficult job, you know, acting-wise, the first movie, because what you’re trying to achieve with that character is, basically, the whole thing is sold on her being this bad ass, and a Death Dealer, but she’s actually quite low on the food chain, so above her is Kraven, above that is Viktor, she’s always a little bit subordinated, but in a movie like “Blade,” they’re usually not below 17 other people, and having to toe the line all the time, so it’s actually quite difficult to make her as strong a character, and at the same time not over balance where her role was in the pecking order. So this time it was a little easier because they have struck out, Selene and Michael, much more on their own. And you do get more of a sense of what’s happening, because in the first movie, she was wrong most of the way through it, confused and back footed, and that actually is really good fun for an actor, if your character has to do a real about face, but, obviously in terms of the context for the movie, we weren’t able to go into that as much, as me as a completely over involvedíƒÓit was nice to have done that in the second one.

HOW INVOLVED WERE YOU WITH THE GENRE BEFORE STARTING?

KB: Not so much. I was very much into action movies. It’s a symptom of having had a child quite young and not being able to get a babysitter very often and get your adrenaline rush from, you know, watching people leap off tall buildings and things, and so I always really enjoyed that. I wasn’t so much of a fantasy, horror–and that is really how I read the first script, was more of an action movie that happened to have a backdrop of the vampire, werewolf stuff.

IS IT SURPRISING TO YOU THAT YOUR CHARACTER WAS THAT INNOCENT IN HER YOUTH?

KB: That’s actually my little girl [laughs].

SELENE SEEMS SO INNOCENT.

KB: That’s an interesting thing, I don’t think anyone’s born tough. I think you learn tough, for whatever horrible reason, so for me yes, that’s always sort of in the back of my mind, but it’s nice to have the chance to show it.

HOW WAS YOUR DAUGHTER IN TAKING DIRECTION?

KB: We were quite worried, because obviously I didn’t think she wouldn’t take either of us that seriously on the set, and we both envisioned it as a situation where it’d be almost like trying to get her into a snowsuit, which is “No, I won’t, I won’t.” And everybody here will be terribly embarrassed. But she suddenly became highly professional, to the point of even… I think Len called her over and said, just in this one, can you just look over your shoulder? And she said, “Uh, could you call me Selene?” It was really cute. But I certainly didn’t insist on being called Selene, so she didn’t get that from me.

HOW OLD IS SHE?

KB: She’ll be seven at the end of this month.

SO IT WORKED OUT. DOES SHE WANT TO BE AN ACTOR?

KB: Actually the plan worked quite well. I think the lure of the donuts in the beginning, on the craft service table, was quite heavy. And still is, exactly. And then just the sheer boredom of having to do it over and over again, so now she wants to be a writer. [laughs]

HOW HARD IS IT TO DROP YOUR WORK WHEN YOU GO HOME, ESPECIALLY SINCE YOU’RE MARRIED TO THE DIRECTOR?

KB: More difficult, I mean, I don’t sit there biting people or anything, it’s nothing like that, it’s more–especially when you’re part of a script–it can be quite an organic process, filmmaking, where you need to kind of tweak things as you go along. It was quite tiring, because I did find I had more involvement in scenes that I wasn’t in.

YOU’RE TRYING TO LIVE YOUR LIFE AND IT’S GOING AROUND IN YOUR BRAIN.

KB: I know, I’m banned from my local Sav-on for elbowing people in the throats constantly [laughs]. No, it’s actually not too bad; this is a character that I’m quite familiar with, and I think actors always like to think they don’t bring the character home, and then their family all laugh and tell you otherwise, but I don’t feel too much like that.

WHAT ABOUT WEARING THE SKINTIGHT LATEX JUMP SUIT?

KB: At home? No, not often [laughs].

WAS THE SUIT OPPRESSIVE THOUGH?

KB: It’s actually extremely comfortable costume, surprisingly enough. You do panic a bit when you’ve got Latex for several months ahead of you, and there’s not a scene where she turns and gets into sweats or anything. It’s pretty much that. So, it gives you a little gasp, but actually it tends to sort of hold everything together and stop it moving. [laughs]

HOW TRICKY IS IT TO DO A LOVE SCENE IN FRONT OF YOUR HUSBAND?

KB: Well, it wasn’t too bad, I mean, we were able to sort of block out the moves together, obviously, because he actually was allowed to touch me at home [laughs]. Len was. And sometimes I’d let him. And then, we sort of put it off a bit, because Scott [Speedman]–who has become quite a family friend–I think it’s sort of easier to do something like that with somebody૨› you haven’t had Fourth of July barbecues with and things like that. So we kept finding we were postponing it to the following week. Actually, when we came down to do it, Len and I were all right, and Scott was just tortured. I think it was worse, much worse for him. He’s the one who has a moveable part.

DID HE HAVE A GIRLFRIEND AT THE TIME?

KB: She wasn’t there, he was quite quiet about that sort of stuff. I don’t know whether it would have necessarily been–I don’t know if it moved to the girlfriend’s…

WHY DO YOU THINK THIS GENRE, AND THIS FILM IN PARTICULAR, ATTRACTS GREAT BRITISH ACTORS LIKE YOU AND BILL NIGHY AND DEREK JACOBI?

KB: That’s what we wanted the first time around. That’s why we had Michael Sheen and Bill, because obviously, with vampires, you’ve really got an opportunity to cast people that could be believable for having been around for hundreds and hundreds of years, and you need people who have a certain weight and gravitas to them. So it makes a difference, It’s nice that not everybody has got their own MTV special. Just me. [laughs]

ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH THE ACTION FIGURES THAT LEN HAS? 

KB: Those things that are not to be called toys? Yeah, he’s actually very good. We did watch “40 Year Old Virgin” and screamed and laughing. Just because it is a bit like that in our house, except that he does keep them at his office, it’s not like they’re just gazing down from the living room walls.

HE’S A BIG FAN BOY.

KB: What we say in our house is the geeks shall inherit the earth. [laughs]

DID YOU HAVE TO DO A LOT OF STUNT WORK YOURSELF–WHICH WAS THE TOUGHEST SCENE TO SHOOT?

KB: Yeah, I did. There was one scene, that originally Len wanted me to jump off a cliff, and then just the sheer panic of killing his wife, he called that one off. But most of the other stuff, it was the same as on the first one, where I was allowed to do it. Len really likes us to do as much as we can, because it’s more interesting for the audience to see us risking life and limb. And we had this brilliant stunt team, so it didn’t feel unsafe. What will happen is, everyone gets very geared up for when you have to do a big jump or a big wire stunt or something, and the times when you hurt yourself is when you’re just turning a corner in a corridor. I think the first punch I threw, I hit the side of the camera and it really hurt. But it’s always the least interesting thing. Whenever I’m jumping off 50 feet, it always goes better for me. [laughs]

IS THERE A MASTER PLAN FOR A NUMBER OF FILMS YOU”LL DO, OR DO YOU WAIT FOR THE BOX OFFICE?

KB: It’s a combination of both. When Len and Danny [McBride] sat in that front room, scraping together as many coins as they could to go to subway, they planned on three, never thinking that any of them would actually happen, or hoping that they would. And they always conceived that the third one would be some sort of prequel, set in Medieval times, and I don’t think I’d be invited to do that one anyway, so I don’t know. I think it is very dependent on whether people actually go.

RIGHT NOW LEN IS PLANNING ON A TRILOGY?

KB: People are talking about it a lot, and He’s not wanting to–obviously I completely speak on his behalf, but I’m going to anyway, since he’s not here–I think he would love an opportunity to not just be doing creature movies. It can be very oppressive, given that he likes to do things so practically, having a guy in a six foot rubber wolf suit is tough going, and he’s not that guy. He happens to have started with “Underworld,” but he’s not got the fangs and the cloak at home, so I think before that happened, he’d actually quite liked to try some other stuff.

DO YOU THINK THEY’D DO A THIRD FILM WITHOUT YOU?

KB: Well it entirely depends on when it would be, If Len does three movies first, I’m not sure my ass will be in any state to get into that suit again, I’ll be 45 or something, I don’t think anyone wants to go and see that. But I don’t know. It’s one of those things I guess we’ll just sort of wait and see what happens.

IF THERE WAS A THIRD FILM. WHAT WOULD BE INTERESTING FOR YOU ABOUT THE CHARACTER?

KB: I’m a little bit confused, because of it being a prequel, I think it would be before I was even a vampire, so I would probably be sort of in wafty frocks and having highlights and things, which obviously doesn’t feel very Selene to me at this point.

IS LEN EVER SURPRISED THAT IT WORKED TO HAVE YOU IN THIS ROLE; DID HE ALWAYS HAVE YOU IN MIND?

KB: He didn’t at the time, no, and I think what convinced him was a movie I did called “Last Days of Disco,” in which I was actually quite bitchy, and he saw something that he responded to. Once he’s seen something and decided something, he does have confidence in it. So I don’t think he panicked too much about that. Now that he knows me better, he realizes what a gigantic acting stretch it actually was. I’m such a girly girl, he now finds it amusing.

DO YOU NEED TO RECOVER FROM A SEEMING BOX OFFICE BOMB LIKE “VAN HELSING?”

KB: I think you do a bit. I have to say in the grand scheme of things flopping and doing terribly badly, people will come up to me and say “My god, you know, how do you feel about ‘Pearl Harbor’ being such a flop, or ‘Van Helsing’ being such a flop, I think “Well thank god at least they’ve made sort of 17 zillion dollars worldwide.” Would that all my flops continue to make so much money. But yeah, it’s difficult for an actor. I watch what Len does, and if the movie doesn’t go well, we can feel incredibly gypped, because it’s out of our hands, whereas he has to go and actually become suicidal, because everybody blames him. But it’s a weird thing, because the movies don’t always come out exactly as you’d imagined, and it’s you win some and you lose some, and you go home and cry, but then you get over it.

WHAT PROJECTS ARE IN THE CAN?

KB: I just finished an Adam Sandler movie called “Click” with Christopher Walken.

IT LOOKS FUN.

KB: It is really fun, and every time I try to describe it, it sounds really lame. But Adam Sandler plays a workaholic architect, with a wife and a couple of kids, and he’s constantly blowing off camping weekends and family dinners to get ahead at work, and then goes into the back door of Bed, Bath, and Beyond and finds creepy Christopher Walken who gives him this universal remote that’s going to change his life, and it works. Basically he can speed through anything tedious, in his life. A lot of which is me. And then it starts to actually have a memory, and take on, speed for him, fast forward through things, and so he finds he will get into bed with his wife, and suddenly they’ve gotten to the end of it before he wanted to, and everything starts to get out of control. He misses decades and all of that. So it’s actually very funny and very, very moving and sweet as well; it’s a cool movie.

AND YOU’RE THE WIFE?

KB: Yeah, I’m the wife.

WALKEN IS SUPPOSED TO BE A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH.

KB: Totally. It was amazing, like summer camp. We had Henry Winkler and Julie Kavner and Jennifer Coolidge, really brilliant people, so it was a real shame when it ended. I might be able to do sequels of that, I’ll just do sequels now.

HOW WAS IT WORKING WITH ADAM SANDLER?

KB: Fantastic. He’s literally like this far behind my husband in the how-much-I-like-a-man stakes. He’s just the best. It probably helps that I grew up with four brothers, so it was a vibe that I’m used to. He didn’t give me as many wedgies as I’d had at home. He didn’t give me any fortunately. But he looked like he was always about to.

YOU HAVEN’T GOTTEN ANY LATELY.

KB: I probably have, my daughter’s quite a… Or that thing, what’s that called? [Noogies] Yeah, I get that a lot. They’re my least favorite [laughs].

WILL YOU TAKE SOME TIME OFF NOW AND JUST BE WITH THE FAMILY?

KB: After we finished “Underworld,” I had a couple of months and then I did “Click,” and I finished “Click” around in about August, so I’ve taken a little time, and in a few weeks I’m going to go to Nova Scotia and do a short independent movie with Sam Rockwell, called “Snow Angels,” and then I might go to London and do a play.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT PLAY YOU’RE GOING TO DO?

KB: I’m not sure yet. But it’s a comedy.

WHAT ABOUT THE SAM ROCKWELL PICTURE?

KB: Yeah, it’s based on a book called “Snow Angels.” It’s a director called David Gordon Green.

WHO DID “UNDERTOW.”

KB: Yes, he did ‘Undertow and he’s really quite brilliant, and an incredibly perfect soul. It’s quite a dark tale, there’s a few stories in the movie, but mine is a woman who has a child and quite a crumbled relationship and various things going on. No guns in that one. Actually, there is a gun in it, sorry. [laughs]

WHO ELSE IS IN ‘SNOW ANGELS?

KB: Amy Sedaris is in it. I’m not entirely sure, it’s not completely finished casting.

HAVE YOU PICKED UP ANY GOTH FANS?

KB: Yeah, my eyes were really opened with the various comic book conventions, suddenly being exposed to… It’s like being a Beatle for about five minutes. People sort of dress up as you. I have to say, it’s never going to be like when I’ve gone there–I went there with Hugh Jackman, and it was like walking around with Elvis; they would have torn his pants off if they could. And half of them were dressed as Wolverine. It’s an extraordinary thing. I do sort of understand it though, because I was one of those girls who used to go to the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ every Saturday night, and dress up and throw things, so I feel it’s in that vein. And you take it more seriously.

HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE TRIED THAT FAN THING, CRYING AT YOU LIKE WHAT HAPPENED AT ONE CONVENTION–TELL THE STORY.

KB: I’d never had anything like that happen before. We were doing a panel. And the various people arrive in flippers and mad costumes and ask you questions of why is your movie so shit, and things like that. There was like 2000 people, and then suddenly this very young girl gets up and says, I really like you, and then started to hysterically sobbing and bawling and shouting that she loved me, and I didn’t know what to do. I mean, Len’s done that, usually at home [laughs]. So I didn’t know what to do, and I found myself sort of bounding over the table, trying to calm her down, the maternal instinct was kicking in, and then felt a bit of a fool, but I was a bit concerned that she was going to have some kind of (incomprehensible symbols) it’d be my fault.

ARE YOU GETTING MORE OFFERS TO DO THESE GENRE FILMS, HORROR, SCI FI?

KB: I’d like to do as many different kinds of things as I can. I know there’s been a theme of vampires, but in terms of I really wanted to try out an action movie, I’d never done a sort of, adventure-y, action thing, but ‘Van Helsing’ wasn’t as I say, some you win some you lose. They sort of get lumped into the same cast, whereas for me, it was quite a different speed. A very different type of a tone, of a movie. But like I said, I want to do some theatre, I’d like to do a small independent movie, I’d love to do a really great thriller. I’d love to do a romantic comedy. As long as I get the chance to do as many different things, I’d like to keep doing that, really.

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT DOING THE UGLY ROLE, LIKE CHARLIZE THERON OR NICOLE KIDMAN HAVE DONE?

KB: I put on 20 pounds for “The Aviator.” Yeah, but everyone just thought I’d had a boob job, I’m not going to get any credit for that. It was my Robert DeNiro moment sort of backfired horribly.

YOU WERE STILL BEAUTIFUL. WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO ONE WHERE YOU WEREN’T?

KB: I would love to. It’s not what I’ve been offered lately. The next movie I’m doing is certainly not particularly glamorous, I’m a waitress in a Chinese restaurant with a divorce and a small child. Yeah, that would be quite nice.

HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON ANY WRITING?

KB: I haven’t, no. I have to say I’m experiencing a really different feeling that my daughter’s now six, nearly seven, and I suddenly have got 12 minutes of the day to myself, which I hadn’t actually had before. So that’s becoming much more of a reality now. I’d like to do some theatre first, and then that would be the next thing I’d like to do.

DO YOU HAVE ANY INTEREST IN WRITING A COMIC BOOK?

KB: Len reads comic books and stuff. The comics I grew up with in England are not what you’re talking about at all. So these are quite new for me. So I’m not really in that world, and I do feel there’s one family member who’s obsessed with that type of thing, it’s probably enough.

YOU DON’T FEEL YOU HAVE INSIGHT INTO COMIC BOOKS?

KB: I like reading books. I do prefer to read an actual novel. We’ll sit at home in bed at night and I’ll have a book and he’ll have a comic book. And that’s our roles in our house.

WHAT TYPE OF NOVEL?

KB: Oh God, all different. I studied Russian and French literature, so it feels like completely cheating for me to read a book that’s actually in English. And I loved the James Frey book “A Million Little Pieces” I just read. That was great. But I love Raymond Carver short stories. All sorts of different things. I do get a bit of a thrill out of reading, as a modern American, like I said, it feels like coasting.

WHICH DID YOU PREFER, RUSSIAN OR FRENCH?

KB: French is easier. French, it’s one of those things, that actually Russian becomes more difficult, the more you study it, which is so unfair, you think you spend two years, and then three and then four and then five, and it’s harder then, because every rule that you’ve been told is a rule that turns out not to be a rule, and they just told you that, to get you through. And I also had a lot more opportunity to speak French. However I think there is a coolness factor to be able to write and sort of leave yourself secret notes and things like that.

AND THIS MOVIE WAS SHOT IN BUDAPEST?

KB: The first movie was shot in Budapest, and the second movie was shot in Vancouver. [laughs]

DID YOU USE YOUR RUSSIAN, SLAVIC, IN BUDAPEST?

KB: What was funny, in Budapest, I did find actually speaking Russian really helped me to understand what they were saying, and in Prague also. And then I would try to respond in a kind of weird hybrid Russian and nobody would understand me at all. But it did help me have a sense of what was going on. It’s like if you start speaking Spanish, in Italy, they kind of sound the same to me, but nobody knows.

SO YOU HAND YOUR DAUGHTER BOOKS AND YOUR HUSBAND GIVES HER COMIC BOOKS?

KB: She’s actually quite between both, she’s sort of more in to the comic book stuff than me, but she’s a big reader. In fact, last week she told me I was psycho-neurotically disturbed, and I panicked. Until I realized it came from “Lemony Snicket.”

DO YOU HAVE ANY OBSESSIONS?

KB: Everybody makes fun of me all the time. I do have that slightly Howard Hughes thing of having to make sure I’ve locked the door forty times at night. I panicked a bit when I did ‘the Aviator,’ because aside from the peeing in milk bottles, that’s quite close to what I’m like. [laughs] But gosh, what can I admit to? Terrible images are just flying into my head, I’m not going to admit to any of them.

HAVE YOU LOOKED FOR A COSTUME DRAMA?

KB: I think honestly, “Underworld” was such a move away from it. I’d done “Much Ado About Nothing,: I’d done a TV version of “Emma”. We cut our teeth on that stuff. I’d done Chekhov plays, various things, so I felt like that was a given. And then this is a huge acting stretch for me, it’s never really seen as any acting, but for me just personally as an actress, this is quite a leap. So I’m more comfortable with that stuff. And I was quite keen to get away from it. You all think, Europe ‘s quite cool, and it’s same thing, we all want to try something different too. But no, I feel I’ve taken a large enough stride away from it, that it’d be good to do it again.

SANAA LATHAN IN ‘ALIEN VS PREDATOR’ SAID HER THEATRE TRAINING¨› HELPED HER WITH ACTION MOVEMENT, DID YOU FIND THAT?

KB: I haven’t had any theatre training. I did theatre, but I just got sort of holed into it, without any preparation, like most things. But it’s nice to just sort of coast along as an English person, because everyone seems so terribly clever and trained massively, and I’m actually not.

ARE YOU AWARE OF THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN CUT THAT MAY TURN UP ON THE DVD?

KB: Um, God. No, not so much. It’s different, there was so much stuff in the first movie, Len was quite under pressure to cut and cut down. because the original movie he’d made was longer than people wanted. So it was really hard for him to cut that down. Whereas this one was always shorter, and I don’t think he had as much to get rid of. He may come in after me and tell you something quite different, but I think that’s the case.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL?

KB: I did at one point, because I actually didn’t finish my degree, I left, I went to Paris for a year abroad, studying abroad for a year, which is par for the course, and I never went back. So part of me would like to have actually studied English instead, which was always sort of my first passion. But I think, you know, my kid’s social life and education seems to be dictating most things, so I don’t know, maybe when I’m old I will, and she’s left me.

HOW OFTEN DOES YOUR CHEEKY BRITISH HUMOR GET YOU IN TROUBLE HERE?

KB: Constantly. Constantly. Do you know what? Especially written down, because I think I look much less fun and funny than people tend to think that I am, because I’ve got that slightly stiff English face, and people tend to probably think I’m way more arrogant than I ever would be. And then you see things written down without the sort of lightness to it, and sometimes you think, oh shit, I wish I’d kept my mouth shut and said yes, everything’s lovely. But it’d be boring, you know. So yeah. I always vow that I’m never going ” I’m just going to go in and say politically correct things, all the time, and then I fail.

YOU SHOULD USE YOUR CHEEKINESS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE, IN DEVELOPING STORIES.

KB: Yeah, that’s my next thing. I’m bored with being English and stiff. In the eyes of the world.

SO YOU CAN PLAY AGAINST THAT ROLE.

KB: Yeah, that would be nice. People don’t always understand what I’m saying, just because of my accent as well, so I have got that hurdle. And fast food restaurants grind to a halt.

IT’S BEEN WHILE SINCE YOU’VE DONE A FILM, THEN…

KB: Yeah, before I did “Underworld” I did a film called ‘Tiptoes’ that I don’t think anyone saw, and then I did ‘ Laurel Canyon. So since those (incomprehensible symbols) a couple of years, I mean, I’ve been mothering mainly. I really haven’t (incomprehensible symbols) I’ve done the work that I’ve been able to do, but like I said, she’s a bit more independent, I’ve got a bit more time.

HAVING HER ON SET, DOES THAT HELP HER UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU DO?

KB: She’s been on film sets since she was about seven months old. I think she had a fairly good sense of it. I don’t think she realized how boring it would be. I think she really did get a sense of my god, why would anyone want to do that. Especially going on ‘Van Helsing,’ I think she thought I was just sort of flinging about on a wire all day. Which would be fun, you know, but yeah, she’s very much going to be a writer or president of something. Something small like that.

WILL SHE GET TO SEE THIS MOVIE?

KB: Oh no. No. I’ve not done one movie that she’s remotely interested in. I need to play a talking fish.

SO YOU DON’T SHOW HER THE SCENES SHE DID?

KB: We show her her bits, and frankly they’re the only bits she’s interested in [laughs].

IS THERE A PG VERSION FOR AIRLINES OR SOMETHING?

KB: Honestly, she has no interest. Gwen Stefani’s not on the soundtrack, Anne Hathaway’s not in it, she’s not interested. And there’s not a talking bear.

HOW WAS WORKING ON THE FILM “TIPTOES?”

KB: It was an interesting experience, it was a different sort of experience than I had ever had, you know, it was a bit more rough and ready, and I’ve never had my bottom pinched so many times. Little people were sort of that height, so it was kind of tempting fate, really, standing around. And then they’d all run off, so I’d never know who’d done it.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE GENRE OR ROLE?

KB: I really enjoy comedy, I haven’t had an opportunity to do it very much, and I’m a huge snob about it, I very rarely find the romantic comedy scripts, they’re not usually they’re quite romantic, but they’re not very funny. And my father was a comedian, so I do admit to being a big snob about it. I was depressed after I watched ’40 Year Old Virgin,’ because I wished I’d written it and was in it, and everything. So that was one of my favorite films this year. But yeah, I’d like definitely to do some more comedy.

ARE YOU FUNNY IN ‘CLICK?

KB: Funny in ‘Click?’ I’m funny, yeah, probably not as funny as David Hasselhoff. but who is?

BUT CAN YOU SING?

KB: Not well.