Video:Sorority Row - Margo Harshman Interviewwith Rebecca Murray
Margo Harshman's character's name in 'Sorority Row' describes her favorite pasttime. And at the film's LA premiere, Harshman joined director Stewart Hendler and the screenwriters to talk about her character's partying and the appeal of this film.See Transcript
Transcript:Sorority Row - Margo Harshman InterviewRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the world premiere of Summit Entertainment's Sorority Row.
Margo Harshman - 'Chugs' in Sorority Row
She has an attitude, your character?
Margo Harshman: "I think the attitude comes from the fact that she's always drunk."
Is that fun to play?
Margo Harshman: "Yes, actually."
You can't relate to it.
Margo Harshman: "Oh, no at all, not at all. No, it's actually really fun on set because I feel like I don't need a filter. I can say whatever I want. So many poop jokes, so much potty humor. It just gets worse and worse. When you think I can't cross the line anymore, dive off the edge."
Did you ever stick to the script at all?
Margo Harshman: "Oh, yeah, yeah. The writers are fantastic. They actually had some alternate lines they were going to use for the DVD – they were raunchier than the original lines – and they actually ended up using all of those. So, yeah, they played with that character too. Everyone had a good time with Chugs. She's a whore."
So tell me about filming. I hear it was really, really, really cold.
Margo Harshman: "There were a few nights when it was really, really cold."
How do you handle that?
Margo Harshman: "Heating pads. You know those pads that you can stick on yourself? Those helped. I had them here and here, and on my upper back. Where else did I have them? Oh, the toe warmers you stick in your shoes. Tights. Most of the time, because we're all showing our legs... The second night I think we realized, 'Maybe tights would be a good idea.' So we put on a few layers of nylons. That all helped, and then just the energy of the scene would – the cold almost helped the scene. It seemed to work with being scared and frightened."
How refreshing is it to be on a set with women your own age all working together?
Margo Harshman: "Pretty awesome."
It doesn't happen often.
Margo Harshman: "Everyone keeps saying that. I grew up with guy friends mostly, so I didn't really get to fully experience the cattiness that girls can give. Before I went out to Pittsburgh everyone was like, 'Oh, be careful. A bunch of girls in their 20s, it's going to be horrible.' Well, I mean if there's anything that bucks the trend, this is it. Seriously, we had such a good time. We came back and we're still hanging out. And just watching the girls in the scenes was so cool because they're all so talented. Leah [Pipes] is hysterical in this movie. Oh my god, she plays the perfect bitch. She's so sweet. It was just really cool."
I hear you guys are going to get together and actually watch the original Sorority Row together.
Margo Harshman: "I didn't know about that."
Somebody told me you're having a slumber party and watch it.
Margo Harshman: "Okay, I'm there. Give me a call. I'm always down. They know that."
Why should audiences go see this?
Margo Harshman: "They will be entertained from start to finish. They won't check their watch."
Sorority Row Director Stewart Hendler
How does this one differentiate itself from the original?
Stewart Hendler: "Well we share very little with the original, for better or for worse. I love that movie. It's like kind of a low-budget, fun, crazy '80s horror movie. The director of that movie was awesome. He said to me, 'Do what you want. Keep what you want. Lose what you don't want and make it your own movie,' and that was kind of a gift. With these remakes, usually you're sort of like fighting the legacy of the original. This one we said, Okay, let's just start in the same place and go elsewhere, and hopefully make something that stands by itself and people like.'"
Directing all these women, was that hard for you?
Stewart Hendler: "Hard. I have a really hard job."
Beautiful women on set all the time.
Stewart Hendler: "All over the place. I know. No, they were awesome. They were all really hard workers, super professional. No catfights off the set. Everyone wants to know that. I wish. I wish we had more drama but they were just too sweet."
Sorority Row Screenwriters Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger
How tough was it to change this and bring it up to date, and even change the tone?
Josh Stolberg: "Our feeling is that when you're making a remake, people can rent the movie any time they want when they go into the theater. So it's best to really just kind of look at it as a brand new film. We took the concept and Mark [Rosman] did an amazing job with the original, so we kind of just took it in a new direction. That's kind of the way we approached it."
How tough was it to figure out what direction to take it to make it something new?
Peter Goldfinger: "Well, you look around, horror movies have been doing so well lately. We're big fans of slasher movies. We love them. But we grew up on sort of more of Friday the 13th and then Scream, and we were looking for something a little more in that vein. And we're hopeful that maybe the time has come to sort of look at those again."
Josh Stolberg: "Horror movies have gone kind of torture porn and we wanted to…"
Peter Goldfinger: "Which is awesome if you love those movies."
Josh Stolberg: "And we wanted to kind of bring back a little of the fun."
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