Exclusive: Ashlynn Yennie Talks The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) and More!
In response to this, Yennie countered of the intent The Human Centipede II, “There is a lot more character development in the sequel as far as the main character. I think people are really going to feel more as to what he’s going through and as to why he’s doing these things and why he becomes so obsessed and the relationships that he has with the people in the film. It’s really interesting. The thing with the barbed wire, the BBFC gave away too much, but having seen the film, it was interesting because I have such a different eye because I was on-set watching it being made. I mean, even during filming there were a couple of things required of my character where I was like, ‘Tom, do we really need to put this in here?’ even though I had already said ‘yes.’ Tom said that it would be amazing, so I trusted him completely with what he was doing, even though I was nervous about it. I think people will need to see the film to understand why these scenes fit into the context.”
Yennie continued, “One of the things that the BBFC said was that they were worried people were actually going to do this and that it was not good for society to see the film because it would give them ideas, and it was funny because when I first read the script, I told Tom that it became my worst fear, that someone would actually do this to people and become such an obsessed fan that they would actually try it.”
Dread questioned the actress as to her thoughts on the influence of film, in particular horror film, on society and its correlation (if any) to crime and whether she felt that it poses any risk to its audience, as is the BBFC’s concern. The film-inspired 2002 stabbing death (as was alleged by the defense) in Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire, France was brought up in particular, given that the accused in that instance carried out the act following a screening of Wes Craven’s film Scream, in addition to emulating that film’s killer by his possession and use of a Ghostface mask and hunting knife.
“I don’t watch a lot of horror films to begin with,” reflected Yennie, “but people can say that about any film: that they’ve been influenced by them. I can say that about an Adam Sandler film, but to say that a movie has caused you to go out and cause someone else physical pain? I think that there is obviously something wrong with that person and that they’ve already had those types of ideas in their own head and are just looking for a reason to execute them and are just blaming them on something else. People need to remember we are just making films and trying to entertain people. Horror films are supposed to make people uncomfortable and to bring out the fearful side of the audience that they generally don’t experience. Some people like to be scared and have those emotions, and that’s why we make them.”
“Honestly, horror fans are just really awesome people,” Yennie offered, “and I’ll say this over and over again, that horror fans are the most dedicated and they are so wonderful. They are the ones who made the first film such a success, and just going to these conventions and coming face-to-face with them is amazing. Everyone has a story about the first time they watched The Human Centipede and what they thought about it, and that’my favorite part is to hear what they have to say!”
As for how she’s reacted to the BBFC’s ruling and its impact on the The Human Centipede II, “I feel bad because we shot the film in London, and the majority of the cast is British, and I wanted them to be able to see it when it was released in their own country. I guess they’ll have to come to America to watch it because we are okay with it here. In all actuality, the ban simply makes people want to see it more. We couldn’t ask for better press or marketing, though, than what the ban has given us.”
Given Yennie’s naturally comedic personality and whip-like wit (as evidenced by anyone who has spent more than five minutes with her), the conversation turned to the impact of her inclusion in the Centipede films on her career and whether or not it’s influenced casting directors’ decisions.
“Oh yeah, I’ve already gotten it here in L.A.,” said the actress. “I just left my agent and am looking for a new one, and I’ve had some definite moments of, ‘Oh my god, we can’t rep that girl,’ because of the film. It hasn’t really overshadowed any auditions, though.”
“I auditioned for a Syfy film about a month ago,” she continued, “and I was not right for the role because it was for a blonde girl, but they saw me anyway based on the fact that the casting director knew that due to The Human Centipede I could handle the demands of the role, and I thought that was a really great compliment from her, even though I was completely not right at all for it physically. They brought me in, however, to see what I would do with it because they knew I wouldn’t be afraid to go to certain places emotionally because I’d done them before. It was a really cool thing.”
“I’ve never had anyone say, ‘We can’t cast her because she was sewn to a butt that one time,’ though,” laughed Yennie, who recently wrapped her starring role of ‘Starlene Arbuckle’ in C.M. Downs’ horror feature Fetch. “I think that all actresses, though, have a fear of being typecast. Mainly everything I get these days is a horror script, and while I read everything, I have to be cautious about what I do next. I was up for a comedy a few weeks ago, and I wanted to book it so bad! It was one of those things where I felt that it’s what I need to be doing now. I do love comedy so much, and you know me, I mean, I’m a goof-ball, so I definitely do want to get into that genre as much as possible so hopefully that will be the next project.”
“Overall I am happy with the career choices that I’ve made,” she mused. “I’m happy that I made the first (The Human Centipede) and now the second one, and I’m really excited for everyone to see it, and it’s kinda gonna make everything complete. We are all still waiting for IFC to announce the release date, and I’m very excited about it coming out.”
As for whether or not her Centipede director plans still on a third in The Human Centipede series, Yennie allowed, “I think Tom is still planning on making the third one, but he’s not going to make it for a few years. That’s what he has told me. He’s essentially looking at other projects right now and taking a break from the Centipede (films), but I think in a few years he’s going to make the third one.”
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