Costas Mandylor hasn’t been able to say much about Saw. When he joined his costars from Saw IV for interviews, he kept quiet the whole time because he didn’t want to spoil his big secret. He didn’t even come out for Saw V, so Saw VI is really the first time he’s talking about his role in the series.
Costas Mandylor on Saw VI
“I love one thing, the story line, the through line,” Mandylor said. “The main storyline is very plausible because it relates to the real world and how difficult it is for people. It’s to do with medicine and being taken care of. That’s what I liked. I mean, I love everything else about it but it’s just cool to have a story that makes sense that people can relate to.”
So he’s still deflecting Saw VI onto other characters. He won’t give away what Hoffman’s up to in this sequel. “That’s always a bit of a surprise because we get the scripts very late. I’ve never been able to take a script home because I have to go read it in the office. So they keep stuff. The last 20 pages of IV and V I didn’t have. I think maybe V I got right before we shot it but you know what, there are secrets. We’re not allowed to share a lot and I kind of love that because every time I’ve seen the movie, I’ve seen it with an audience and I become an audience. We shoot alternate endings, things like that so it keeps it exciting for me just to see a movie as a moviegoer that I happen to be in and am very proud of and very grateful. But yeah, all the secrecy stuff kind of works for me. We can talk to you generally but we can’t say too much which is kind of cool too because you’ll see the movie and if you like this kind of movie, you’ll be pleasantly surprised hopefully.”
Mandylor has worked with a different director on each of his Saw films. Saw VI’s Kevin Greutart appealed to Mandylor’s sick sense of humor. “He edited all the movies since 1 so he knows every nook and cranny, every frame. It was just easy to trust him and he’s got a great sense of humor. We need to laugh once in a while when we’re there because it gets a little mundane. So he’s got a great eye and Tobin’s seen some of the work that he’s done. I haven’t seen anything but he was great to work with. Tobin said he’s done a great job.”
The holdover from all films remains Tobin Bell, and Mandylor worked with his costar to make the scenes perfect. “Tobin called me once and said, ‘Come to my room. This scene, we’ve got to make it better.’ I went up there and we spent hours together the next day. He really cares. If you know what you’re doing, just on the day you can make little happy adjustments. They give us room to make those adjustments. That’s a luxury.”