Jenna Jameson on Zombie Strippers
By Fred Topel | Image property of Sony Pictures
Jenna Jameson has been in more movies than any Hollywood actress, but none of them have played in theaters. Zombie Strippers, her first post-porn film, will be her first theatrical release, even if it is only limited. A fan of horror movies, the part of an undead dancer was perfect for her Hollywood debut.
Zombie Strippers' Jenna Jameson
"I wanted to go into it and kind of show them that I am this character," Jameson said of her audition. "Really, when I read this script, I was like, 'This character is me. It's not going to be a big stretch for me.' It's this kind of bossy, streetwise, jaded stripper. Okay, that's me. So I just kind of went in and they were like, 'Well, do you need choreography training or anything like that?' And I'm like, 'Well, actually, I danced all my life so no worries there.' And within five minutes of meeting [director] Jay [Lee], he was like, 'You got the part. Word. No problem. You're done.' So it was pretty easy. Seriously, it was one of the best experiences I've ever had in business, 100%. It was a very easy situation."
Well, the audition was easy. As the zombie stripper gets more and more decomposed throughout the movie, the makeup work got harder. "The only hard part was the makeup process. That was brutal. 6-8 hours in the makeup chair. For my end fight scene where I get my legs and arms ripped off – it's so funny. Yeah, when I get my legs and arms ripped off, I had to have an exoskeleton put onto my body and I had to stand on weird bars that propped me up and the skeleton dangled underneath me. It was crazy. There was a lot put into this movie so I didn't really know what I was getting into when I signed up. Halfway through it I was like, 'Oh my God.' Two hours a night trying to get all the blood off. That stuff stains your skin and your hair. I was pink for like a month afterward."
Even more outrageous than its storyline, Zombie Strippers includes many overt references to philosophical texts. Jameson read some Nietzsche to brush up. "I thought that it would be important. I kind of fancy myself a smart chick, so I went into it thinking I'm well versed, I know what I'm talking about. Then he's like, 'Yeah, you're going to be reading Nietzsche in the opening scene' and I'm like, 'Who?' So yeah, I tried to do a little bit of studying when it came to getting ready for my character."
The film is full of political jibes also, which reflected some of Jameson's own personal struggles. "It was really important because my whole entire career has been based upon kind of taking cover from the establishment. When Bush came into office, I had just started Club Jenna. I was producing my own movies which was a big departure for women in my industry. No women really did what I did, so all of a sudden, I had this glaring spotlight on me from the right wing psychos saying, 'You're going to go to jail. This is obscenity.' And I'm like, 'Well, hold on a second. What do you mean? This is art. Are you kidding me?' So yeah, I really spent a good portion of my career worried about whether or not I was going to go to jail."
Zombie Strippers opens to theaters on April 18th.
For the trailer and more movie info, go to the Zombie Strippers Movie Page.
Sources: Image property of Sony Pictures
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