Interview: An Uncooperative Amanda Seyfried Explains What Went So Horribly Wrong with Her New Movie Gone
Pajiba -- Good afternoon, Amanda. Thanks for sitting down to talk with us about your new movie, Gone.
Amanda Seyfried -- (stares blankly)
Pajiba -- Okay. So, I only just saw the movie today. Gone wasn't screened in advance for critics. Any reason why?
Amanda -- Did you see the movie?
Pajiba -- Yes.
Amanda -- Then you know why.
Pajiba -- Fair point. What happened there?
Amanda -- Dunno.
Pajiba -- OK. Can you tell us a little about the movie?
Amanda -- It's about this woman who is on pills because she was abducted. She walks around. Then she drives. Then she does a little running. And then she walks. And then there's a little skirmish in the end. Then it's over.
Pajiba -- That about sums up my experience. Was there more to the script?
Amanda -- There wasn't a script.
Pajiba -- What do you mean?
Amanda -- Somebody wrote an outline but nobody got around to filling it in. We were supposed to improvise.
Pajiba -- Are you good at improvising?
Amanda -- I don't improvise.
Pajiba -- So, how did you manage?
Amanda -- I just walked around. And drove. And one time I ran. And they filmed it.
Pajiba -- I'm pretty sure there were two running scenes.
Amanda -- Same scene, filmed from a different angle.
Pajiba -- Ah, I see. So, what was in this plot outline?
Amanda -- I dunno. It just said the character was kind of crazy. And she was looking for a man who abducted her sister. It was the same man who abducted her.
Pajiba -- Right.
Amanda -- And there were a few clues. There was like a matchbook, and a red car, and a phone number. And I just walked around until I found them.
Pajiba -- Allison Burnett wrote the script. Did you have a good relationship with him?
Amanda -- Allison is a him?
Pajiba -- Yes. He wrote Untraceable and the Fame remake.
Amanda -- Wouldn't know. Never met him. Sounds like a woman's name.
Pajiba -- Nope. Definitely a man. Was it a difficult shoot?
Amanda -- Not really. A lot of those scenes were just me walking out to my car, and going to the hardware store. I didn't even know they were filming half the time.
Pajiba -- So, you played a crazy person that walked and drove around looking for the guy who abducted your sister. How did your character find him?
Amanda -- I called him.
Pajiba -- And he told you where he was?
Amanda -- Yeah. He gave me directions.
Pajiba -- Then what happened?
Amanda -- I killed him.
Pajiba -- Then what?
Amanda -- That's it. Then the movie ends.
Pajiba -- That's it?
Amanda -- Pretty much.
Pajiba -- But what about the other actors? There was the good-looking guy from "Rescue Me" and Dexter's sister, and the old guy from "Justified" and the boyish lesbian from "The L Word." Oh, and the older brother from "Weeds." What was their function in the movie?
Amanda -- Dunno. Familiar faces for the movie poster, I guess.
Pajiba -- I see. Maybe I'm missing something. I fell asleep for a few minutes, maybe you could tell me what happened before ...
Amanda -- I walked around. Maybe I was driving.
Pajiba -- I haven't even told you which part. It was right before you went into the hardware store.
Amanda -- Oh, that scene. I was definitely driving. That's how I got to the hardware store.
Pajiba -- ...
Amanda -- ...
Pajiba -- We still have a few minutes. Umm, how was your working relationship with the director?
Amanda -- Never saw him.
Pajiba -- You never saw the director?
Amanda -- Nope. There were just a couple of camera men who followed me around while I walked. And drove.
Pajiba -- Did you at least talk to the director?
Amanda -- Once. On the phone.
Pajiba -- What'd he say?
Amanda -- He told me to make sure to make my eyes big.
Pajiba -- Your eyes are already kind of big.
Amanda -- Yeah.
Pajiba -- ...
Amanda -- ...
Pajiba -- ?
Amanda -- Are we done?
Pajiba -- Uh, sure.