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The Ukranian-born Mila Kunis rose to fame as snotty, sniping, domineering Jackie Burkhart in the highly successful sitcom That 70's Show. She never left the world of TV, at least not audibly, as she has played the voice of Meg Griffin on the highly popular animated sitcom Family Guy.
However, the 26 year-old actress has also managed to have a budding career in film with roles in such films as Max Payne, Extract, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Kunis hopes to continue that with a role as Solara in the post-apocalyptic science-fiction film The Book Of Eli.
We first asked Mila what it was like shooting the film and doing stunts in the desert terrain of New Mexico.
"Yeah, the weather was a little complicated,"Â Kunis recalls, "The weather didn't know what it wanted to be. It would snow one day and then wouldn't the next day, then sunshine, then rain. I didn't really have that many stunts. Denzel had more stunts. I ran a lot. It's all I did. Walking for me is hard enough so running is, 'whew, it's going to be rough'. But that's all I did. There was nothing fake or dirty about this movie. All the dirt, all the wind, it was all very real."Â
Kunis claims she would not be able to survive the post-apocalyptic world inhabited in The Book Of Eli.
"I would fail miserably,"Â Mila believes, "Would I be resourceful? I want toilet paper"Â¦and deodorant"Â¦and Chap Stick. No. I would need Bear Grylls with me. I wouldn't know what to eat. I would eat that snake with the yellow tail because I wouldn't know it's poisonous. No, I'm not like a survivalist. I'd like to think I would be but, no, I'd fail."Â
"I can kick some serious ass, especially if I'm wearing five-inch heels,"Â she adds, "It's amazing what I could do. I can throw a really strong right hook. I learned that though my Max Payne
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Kunis shared with us what drew her to the film in the first place.
"It was The Hughes Brothers directing, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman,"Â she reveals, "I would have been pretty stupid to say no and the character is just great. I mean, don't get me wrong. The story is great, the film's great, the character's fantastic. Also, it was an amazing opportunity to work with people I respect and can learn from."Â
Directing the film were The Hughes Brothers, composing of Allen and Albert, whose work includes the classic urban dramas Menace II Society and Dead Presidents, the documentary American Pimp, and From Hell. Mila gave us some insight to how the brothers worked together on the film.
"It's such a weird thing because they do work together, so you don't gravitate towards one or the other,"Â Kunis claims, "I guess Allen was the one I dealt with earlier on when I got the job regarding my character. The look of the character and the feel of the character was Allen. During the production, it was both of them."Â
Starring in The Book Of Eli are Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman, who play respectively a heroic renegade who possesses the last Bible on Earth and a corrupt mayor Carnegie, the stepfather of Solara, who attempts to steal the book for his own selfish purposes. Kunis says she enjoyed immensely working with both her co-stars.
"Denzel, he's fantastic, absolutely fantastic,"Â she says of him, "He's very generous, very professional, very giving. He's great. He's very fatherly. I don't mean, he's got so many kids, but he is a father, so he always looked out for me, but it wasn't one of those things where it was like, 'Hey, child!' I mean, I'm not that young, but he was, he was very protective, absolutely."Â
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Mila also had plenty positive to say about Gary Oldman as well.
"I'll tell you, Gary Oldman is probably one of the funniest people I've ever worked with,"Â Kunis notes, "I laughed a lot. Jennifer Beals and I created a song with the lines "Gary is not so scary"Â, because everybody has this preconceived notion that Gary Oldman is going to be scary and he's not. He is onscreen, he can be so powerful. But, in real life, he cracks jokes left and right. He's just fun to be with."Â
Kunis says that she doesn't mind at all playing a subordinate to Eli in the film.
"I think it makes sense,"Â she says, "Because if you look at him, based on the story, he was sent here for a purpose and he had to achieve that one goal. Everybody has to have followers. That's not the right way of putting it but, ultimately, they need people to believe in them and I think she was just one of those people who followed him and believed in his journey and believed in his purpose and what he wanted to achieve, and wanted to learn from him and pass it along to future generations, so I thought that was important."Â
One particular scene that stood out for Mila was the farmhouse scene.
"It was fun,"Â she recounts, "It took us four days to shoot that sequence. It was really fun. Frances [de la Tour] and Michael [Gambon] came in and they were so fantastic. It was such a relief because we shot it as chronologically as we possibly could. They
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"They were a breath of fresh air,"Â Kunis continues, "On set, they were a hoot to be with. It was great. It was all done a bungee cam and everything was tied into the other shot, so if it was an exterior going into the window into the interior. It was all broken down. And so, I don't know, it was fine. It was harder for everybody else. I was like going, whoo, this is great. I was as impressed as everyone else was."Â
Kunis further elaborated on the fact that the film was shot chronologically.
"We were able to do it,"Â Mila says, "And I think it was done towards Denzel's character. I think it was important for his character to have a specific progress in the film. And I think if you're able to shoot in chronological order, it's the best way to do it."Â
However, Mila says she did not keep any of the ragged, post-apocalypse clothes she wore during filming.
"I kept none of it,"Â Kunis says, "It was so dirty and so filthy, I actually burned the clothes in effigy after the film was completed."Â
Kunis also says that she does not believe there will be a sequel to The Book Of Eli.
"This would be a very weird movie to have a sequel in,"Â Mila says, "Let's be honest. The purpose of the film, I don't see it happening. I haven't heard anything, so I'm going to say no. I don't think there should be a story. I think the purpose of the story ends. It's done. So, to go forward would be a different movie."Â
However, Mila says she has her own theory on what happens to Solara after the end of the film.
"I think we all agree she's going back home to just fix the world she grew up in,"Â Kunis says, "I don't know if she wants
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