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Lexi Alexander on Punisher: War Zone

Published December 8, 2008 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Lionsgate
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As the third attempt at making a Punisher movie, director Lexi Alexander wanted to make it look like a comic book. She designed scenes lit with colored light to mimic the comic book panels that inspired Punisher: War Zone.

Lexi Alexander on Directing Punisher: War Zone


"There was fear about it, but I think we've succeeded," Alexander said. "I fought very hard for this DP because I thought he could do it. I think it paid off. So far we haven't heard anything bad about it."

The ambitious director almost thwarted her own plan when she realized some of her wardrobe choices were inconsistent with her lighting scheme. "I thought there was something off. All of a sudden, three days before production started I said, 'I know what's wrong. The wardrobe. We can't have the wardrobe in eight different colors. We have to have wardrobe all the same, otherwise the three colors won't work.' I don't know why I didn't think about this before. But all of a sudden, this is what seemed off. The wardrobe would have f*cked everything up. It would have made a circus out of it. I had to tell my poor costume designer, 'Yeah, remember all the stuff I asked you to buy?' Bring everything back, buy everything the same color."



Alexander has a sense of humor about her battles with the studio. "I told you someone's going to get me in trouble. I'm going to answer this politically correct. You know what, look, I wasn't the first choice for this film. I think probably some of the more conservative money people said, 'No, no, we want the other guy, the old one who's done fifty movies. ' And then it ended up with me. I liked that on this project nobody ever said, 'She's a female film maker.' Not the executive, not [producer] Gale [Ann Hurd], nobody ever said that. They just said, 'She's the right film maker.' The people I actually really had to deal with day to day, not the chairmen, I didn't know anyway, and I think, f*ck, that's great."

She also had to convince her lead actor to follow her on this crusade. "His agent passed twice to me, and rightly so. I get it, and he called me and said, 'No, I don't want him to be in something like that.' To this day I believe had we not been at the same agency, this would have never happened. I threatened them that I'd leave if I don't get on the phone with Ray and then I threatened him as well. But I also said, 'Listen, you're going to have a baby and it's going to want an action figure.' I pulled everything out. I think I did more car selling on this movie than I ever did. I talked everybody into it."

Punisher: War Zone is now in theaters.

For stills, posters, trailers, review and more movie info, go to the Punisher: War Zone Movie Page.


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