Betsy Russell, Kevin Greutert, Costas Mandylor, and Cary Elwes Talk Saw 3D
All Hallow’s Eve approaches, and so does the supposed swan song of the Saw series. In what has become a Halloween tradition, the Saw movies have offered a funhouse ride filled with puzzles, contraptions and harsh Old Testament judgment. Made the wrong choices in life? Take something for granted? Bang! Find yourself locked in a steel death trap.
And much like the wisdom of Tommy Udo, Jigsaw wants his victims to roll around and think about it as they're trapped. But Betsy Russell (who plays Jill Tuck, Jigsaw’s ex-wife) has a different take and feels Jigsaw could very well be the hero. She feels his “message is [of] gratitude and making the right choices.” She goes on to say “[Jigsaw] has an opportunity to say, ‘Ok I know the end of my life is coming. These people don’t necessarily know when it is going to happen, but if they did and the time is now, what choices would they make differently?'”
Russell is also a big fan of the Saw fans. She feels they have heart and pay attention to every minute detail as they draw the clues together. This sentiment is shared by Saw 3D director Kevin Greutert and the film heavy Costas Mandylor. They noted that at conventions and on message boards the fans are very vocal, which is something the writers and actors tap directly into. “They get a good sense of what is working and not working,” Greutert goes so far as saying.
Mandylor also added that another part of keeping this series on-course has been Jigsaw himself, Tobin Bell, “[He kept] a standard of not letting the fans down.” Russell agrees, mentioning that working with Tobin pushed her to do her best. Bell would creep down during lunch to talk to her about script rewrites and squeezing in more rehearsal time. She also mentioned that not only is he a great colleague, but he is also a great neighbor: They live near one another in the same small hamlet. (One bit of local gossip: Bell, when coaching his son’s softball team, will occasionally use his Jigsaw voice to motivate the players (all in fun, of course...or so he says.)