Video:James Kyson Lee Interview - Shutter Movie at Wonder Conwith Rebecca Murray
James Kyson Lee, Ando on the popular TV series 'Heroes,' stars in the thriller 'Shutter' with Rachael Taylor and Joshua Jackson. 'Shutter' examines the spooky images that sometimes show up in photos. Where do they come from and why are they there?See Transcript
Transcript:James Kyson Lee Interview - Shutter Movie at Wonder ConRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the 2008 San Francisco Wonder Con.
James Kyson Lee on Shutter
You did a lot of research to do this. What did you find out that astounded you?
James Kyson Lee: "I found out that it's been around for over 250 years, when photography was first created. And not only It's sort of all around the world. There were articles and pictures from Europe and Asia and Africa. So I was really fascinated. You know, the genre and the subculture of this thing has really grown where, you know, there are now pictures of people's energies and auras, all the way to people that you know that have passed away or are still living that have sort of made their way into the picture. So, the whole thing was really fascinating. I think the movie will sort of dive into that a little more and really introduce it to the American audience."
Were you familiar with the Thai film before you did this?
James Kyson Lee: "No. I got to see it and the Thai film was great. The original was great. The thing that I love about this film, it really sort of honors the essence of that but retells it in a way that we can relate and enjoy it as an American audience. This film was a really interesting sort of marriage of an American talent and studio production with a Japanese production company. It's from the producers of The Ring and The Grudge. It's really cool to see the sort of horror being played out in our country, but in a way that we necessarily haven't experienced it before. It sort of plays with the element of the unseen and the half-seen a lot more."
Do you look at pictures differently now? Have you gone back and looked at any of your family photos to see if there are any little traces in there?
James Kyson Lee: "It's really interesting. Sometimes you look at photos and now every little line or light reflection you sort of wonder was it just the development or? So I think this movie will sort of make you rethink about pictures and photographs. Are we looking at them? Are they looking at us? And it's cool. Not only is it about the unseen and the horror, but it dives into the element of spirituality and also how we hide secrets. There's that whole line about the camera doesn't lie, and this movie really gives that a double meaning."