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By James Whittington, Monday 21st November 2011
Horror Channel is celebrating the controversial side of cinema with Season Of The Banned, a selection of movies that tested the BBFC to the limit. So we thought it would be cool to chat to the cast of The Human Centipede 2 which was banned in the UK earlier this year and has only been released after a selection of cuts were made. Here we talk to rising star Katherine Templar about her role in the movie and her plans for the future.
HC: Are you a big fan of horror cinema?
KT: When I was a child I simply couldn't watch horror. I had a worryingly overactive imagination. In fact I still do! It was only later that I started watching horror and was instantly hooked to the genre. There is nothing better than being curled up on the sofa watching some Old School horror like The Evil Dead. Though I'm awful to watch horror in the cinema with. I wind myself up into a state of hysteria! I even now quite often have to sleep with the lights on. And I still strongly believe that a zombie attack is very possible...
HC: Had you seen the original movie? If so, what were you initial thoughts after seeing it?
KT: Part of the audition phase was to sit through a screening of the first film. Not everyone made it through to the end! I was pretty blown away. It's rare these days to see a film which really disturbs you. It hits nerves you didn't even know were there and that's an incredible achievement. I saw the first one and wanted in.
HC: Can you tell us about your role in HC2?
KT: I play a heavily pregnant mother who Martin (the killer) happens to stumble across and like the look of. Rachel (my character) goes on quite a journey! Lets just say my final scene (sadly in the UK cut by the BBFC) was described by one critic as 'the most tasteless scene in cinematic history.' Which I'm rather proud of and as my brother says is going to make for interesting read for this years Templar family Christmas card...
HC: Did you have to audition?
KT: Yes I had a series of meets and screen tests with Tom and the producers. I do hope somewhere the footage is still about as the sight of myself running around in an empty room with a lone plastic chair (representing a warehouse and car) howling and screaming whilst re-enacting the most horrific and traumatic chase scene I've ever heard of would definitely make for some quality DVD extras. I am pleased to say I threw myself into it 100% and it obviously paid off!
HC: What were your first thoughts on the script? Did its tone and content make you think twice about accepting the role?
KT: There was definitely a moment when I received the script when I did think, wow, this really is pushing it as far as it can go. Tom was right when he said he would make the first one look like 'my little pony'. But that's also an exciting feeling as a character, to pull something so extreme off. Obviously the script was confidential so we couldn't talk to people about it so I ended up asking my mother for advice. She is nearly 70. She was brilliant she said 'its just a story dear, I think it sounds like fun, if people get upset then at least you know you've made an impact.' So that and the fact that Tom Six is just such a fun, inspiring person to be around made me think that for better or for worse this is going to make waves and I wanted to be a part of that.
HC: The film is very dark in tone to say the least, what was the atmosphere like on set?
KT: Whilst the sight of the warehouse floor still makes me shudder as it was as cold, hard and wet as it looks, I have never laughed so much on a film set. Tom is like the Willy Wonka of gore. He creates a wonderland of horror really allowing actors to play and go to extremes. The cast became like family, a very twisted family. All on a closed set for weeks on end, looking a complete state, taking breaks to have a cup of tea or occasionally a cup of sh*t (which was made of melted chocolate, ginger nuts and condensed milk) - so wrong yet so tasty! The whole crew was great, it became a giant playground of disturbed gore with a crazy and wonderful director (worryingly) in charge!
HC: How did you react when you heard that it had been banned?
KT: I was obviously disappointed. It really is a film pushing boundaries and that's an exciting thing. It's also a film which deserves to be seen in the cinema. On the other hand it puts it along side some of the greatest films of all time: Clockwork Orange etc. Which is historical and shows the power the film has. Tom set out to disturb people and he really did!
HC: What are your thoughts on censorship?
KT: I thought it was a poor reflection on how the BBFC views society. I believe people should be able to make their own mind up. It's very clear what the film is about. It's patronising to think that the governing bodies don't trust people to make the right decision to watch it or not. And as my mother rightly said, it is just a story. On the other hand it shows the amazing power of stories which is always inspiring as an actor.
HC: Does the BBFC still have an important role to play?
KT: Of course, I do believe that it is an important organisation in terms of the ratings it gives people. Children as mature as they might feel are more easily influenced by what they see and hear and have less life experience to make judgements from. It’s a process of growing up and learning from the world around you. So I do generally agree that some films should have age restrictions. However, I think you need to trust adults and society and I think banning a film is censoring art and freedom of expression and that's a dangerous road to go down.
HC: So what projects are you working on at the moment?
KT: I have just been working on a very punchy theatre/dance and film piece called Quartet with an incredible director Suba Das at the Old Vic Tunnels - which we are still now further developing for 2012. I have been doing some Shakespeare (just to mix things up a bit!) and then am back to film in the New Year. All in all its exciting times!
HC: Katherine Templar, thank you very much.
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