Jennifer Jason Leigh on The Hateful Eight and why her character is one of the toughest in the room
EVERYONEa��S talking about The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantinoa��s new Golden Globe-nominated Western. And Daisy Domergue, the only woman trapped in a room full of violent men, played byA� Jennifer Jason Leigh. As a woman wanted for murder and chained to a bounty hunter (Kurt Russell), her intense physical performance has already got her a Golden Globe nomination. The actress, 53 tells us about her rapport with co-star Russell and why Tarantino is such a great director:
What did you first see in the Hateful script?
Ita��s such a fabulous role. The funny thing is, I picked up the script from (casting director) Victoria Thomasa��s office and went home and read it. It was missing the last chapter, intentionally, because Quentin didna��t want anyone to know. A day or two later, I went to his house to audition. We talked for a while and he handed me the last chapter and said, a�?Take your time and read it. Ia��ll come back.a�? When I started reading it, I was stunned because thata��s where Daisy, who has not said very much up until this point, cuts loose. I wanted the part so badly. I knew I just had to throw myself into it. He came back, sat beside me and we read.
He reads all the other parts?
Yeah! Hea��s in it with you. Ita��s so easy to give it your all because hea��s giving his all. You dona��t feel like youa��re being judged or watched; you feel like youa��re engaged with someone in this incredible writing. It was so freeing and so much fun.
How did you and Kurt (Russell)develop your rapport?
I know I could never have given the performance I did if it hadna��t been with Kurt Russell. Hea��s just the best dance partner on the planet. Ia��ve done some stunts, but not a lot. But hea��s done a lot and he really knows what hea��s doing. I never had to anticipate anything because hea��s so good. So I could play whatever the moment was, and pretty much forget that a fist was going to be coming into my face.
The violence against Daisy is seemingly justified by the fact that shea��s a murderous criminal. Whata��s your perspective?
My thing is that Daisy is one of the toughest people in the room. I never felt like I was the woman in the group. Nobody cleaned up their language or their stories around me. Daisy is in no way a victim. Shea��s the prisoner, but shea��s not a victim.
Scheduled to release on Janauary 15, 2016.