Read Shockya.com's exclusive interview with actress Ashlynn Yennie, who returns to the ‘Human Centipede’ series in the sequel ‘The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence).’ The independent film is scheduled to be released by IFC Midnight and MPI Media Group onto Blu-ray and DVD on Valentine’s Day, 2012. In the follow-up to the 2010 cult horror film, ‘The Human Centipide (First Sequence),’ Yennie plays a fictionalized version of herself.
‘The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)’ follows a disturbed security guard, Martin (portrayed by Laurence R. Harvey), who is obsessed with the first film, directed by Dutch filmmaker Tom Six. Martin decides to re-create the feat of the original film’s antagonist, Dr. Heiter (played by Dieter Laser), by making a 12-person centipede of his own. Pretending to be Quentin Tarantino’s casting agent, he lures Ashlynn to his home to include her in his centipede.
Yennie discusses with us, among other things, what motivated her to return to the ‘Human Centipede’ series, which was initially banned in the UK for its revolting content. The actress also spoke about what it was like working with Six, and why she thinks the films have caused so much controversy.
Written by: Karen Benardello
ShockYa (SY): You were the only main actor from ‘The Human Centipede’ to return for the sequel. What was your motivation in returning to the series?
Ashlynn Yennie (AY): I was the only one asked to return. Tom kind of had this crazy idea about one of us coming back and playing ourselves, and he asked me to do it. I have no idea why. I love working with Tom, so of course I said yes. With the success of the first one, I said yes, I’m game, let’s do the second one. Let’s make a shocking film, so we did.
SY: Like you said, you portray yourself in the film. How was your approach to preparing for the sequel similar or different than the original film, in which you play main character Jenny?
AY: Well, it’s a version of myself, it’s not really actually me. Tom wanted me to play this typical Hollywood actress. We all know these types of girls, who think they’re amazing because they’ve done one film that’s gotten a lot of buzz around it. They think they can get whatever they want, and audition for Quintin Tarantino.
But Tom wanted this tongue-in-check, almost campy, approach to a typical Hollywood actress. They used my original name, which I gave them permission to do, but it’s not actually me. Preparing for that role, and preparing for the role of Jenny, was totally different. But at the same time, you go about it the same way you approach any character, and try to play it truthfully.
SY: Martin, who is played by Laurence R. Harvey, has no dialogue in ‘The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence’). Do you feel that benefited the character and the film?
AY: Well, the dialogue was taken out in post (production). We shot the film with dialogue. We shot the film in color and with lines we said to each other. Tom decided when he was editing it to take out all the dialogue, so it makes it more like the dream-like state, which it’s supposed to be. It’s supposed to be a big dream in his head. So no one’s talking to him, and he’s not talking and interacting with anyone else. Then Tom chose to do it in black and white as well.
Preparing for that, and doing that, we did do it with lines. So it was Tom’s decision to make it almost as a silent movie.
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