Resident Evil actor Ali Larter, best known as Salman Khan's co-star in Marigold talks about movies, her love for action and why she misses Salman Khan.
What do you miss about India?
I loved India. It’s in me, I miss it so much and I miss Salman (Khan), my co-star from Marigold. Will you give a shout out to him and tell him to find me? Tell him I am thinking about him and I hope his family and he are doing wonderful. I loved working in India, the graciousness of the people. Salman and his family opened their house to me. His mom would cook and bring food to the sets. I love the colours of your country, and the smells. I loved going into the countryside and seeing the women with their children and all those beautiful temples! I hope that after my baby comes, I’ll be able to return and experience it all again with my family.
Will you do another Bollywood film?
Sure, bring it on! Maybe not the singing though, I barely got by. My husband thinks that’s the funniest thing I have ever done since I have a terrible voice.
You danced as well?
That was fun though I am not the greatest dancer either.
Tell me about the action in Resident Evil.
I am an independent woman who gets to come in and kick butt. I learnt how to do all this incredible wire work, which had me sailing across the room in harnesses. We don’t need a man to take care of us, we can take care of ourselves.
Was there any competition on set with Milla over who got to do the most kickass stunt?
No, she got the best. This is her husband and her passion. These are their movies. I was really excited to work with them and happy that they decided to bring me back. Milla and me aren’t competitive with each other. In fact, I only compete with myself. With Milla, we believed in trying to make the best possible movie. In a movie like Resident Evil, the off-screen chemistry between co-stars is equally important. And to show camaraderie on camera, you have to feel it.
As an actor, how do you keep the material fresh and engaging when so much of it is similar?
It is the Corporation, it is the zombies... You try to laugh through it all and keep your energy up. You lean on each other just to keep the energy up. Everyone gets tired but it is part of your job to not get lazy or complain. I hate it when I see actors behaving that way. Why do you think zombies have such appeal? People like to express their dark fantasies through these movies. They like to fantasise over a virus getting out, taking over the world and creating the undead.
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With a movie like Resident Evil they get to experience the entertainment. They get taken on a ride. It gives them just enough believability to do so. It’s not so scary that you go home and have nightmares. But it’s thrilling enough to express and think about those things.
(The interviewer hosts Picture This on NDTV 24X7)