That scenario would make for some pretty unhappy True Blood fans I’d imagine. Did you interact with any inmates?
No. We only saw three or four high level prisoners — in that they were allowed to do things around the corridors. They had been in there a long while or their crimes weren’t as big.
[SPOILER] Your battery scene made me gag. How did you make it look like you were swallowing a battery in one take?
Did you notice that? Good! How do you know I didn’t actually eat a battery? Well, I don’t want to talk about why I do that in the middle of a movie. I’ll tell you though when this thing is off. [Turns off tape record and explains his battery-eating trick. Turns tape recorder back on.] I’m quite proud of that scene because I choreographed it myself. [END OF SPOILER]
Was it your idea to do it in one take?
It was. I came up with a way of shooting it where we didn’t have to cut the camera. Film and theater are about misdirection and making the audience see something. I find it interesting. One of the things we do in True Blood is shoot all of our stunts in camera. Instead of doing some kind of visual effect, we try to make it happen. The camera might be over my shoulder as I’m looking at, for argument’s sake, Lorena. She’ll throw me down onto the floor and the camera will whip pan and when it gets to the other side of the room, I’m already on the floor. There’s no way I could have done it that fast because we’re doing it in vamp speed. What you don’t realize is that that wasn’t me when you were looking over my shoulder because you couldn’t see my face.
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