Jan. 21, 2012 | 1:01 p.m.

Kate Beckinsale: ‘Underworld’ role was a ‘personal experiment’

It’s difficult to reconcile Kate Beckinsale, the slender, silky-voiced actress leaning gracefully on a coral chaise at the Montage Hotel, with Selene, the cold-faced vampire woman who blasts hot metal into the bodies of her werewolf enemies in “Underworld: Awakening.” In the film, which hit theaters Friday, Selene punches through somebody’s torso. In the Beverly Hills hotel on a recent January evening, Beckinsale absently tucks a soft curl behind her ear as she talks about diving into the vampires-versus-werewolves franchise for the third time. She emanates femininity. That’s how directors saw her a decade ago, when the “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Pearl Harbor” actress was turned down for parts because she appeared too innocent and soft. “I’d had some feedback from casting directors kind of saying, ‘We don’t know if we really want to see her for this part, […]
July 27, 2008 | 2:51 a.m.

Comic-Con: Bill Nighy proud that he has been “a zombie, a vampire and a squid” on screen

“This is madness, I love it,” Bill Nighy said as he wandered around at his first Comic-Con to promote “Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans,” the prequel in the supernatural franchise that is due next year. “I saw a fellow with a stake through his chest and blood splattered on his shirt, a woman dressed as a hunchback, a Terminator, some super-heroes…God bless them all.” The British actor was delighted to hear that some fans were also prowling the venue in the tentacles of Davy Jones, his cursed and maurading mariner from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. “I feel quite at home here. I’ve been a zombie, a vampire and a squid,” he said, referring to roles in “Shaun of the Dead,” “Underworld” and “Pirates.” “All considered,” he told me backstage, “I’m quite legitimate here at Comic-Con.” Nighy is […]
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