||Lucy Liu may be starring in blockbusters like Chicago and Charlie's Angels nowadays, but she still finds time for the odd cult film in her schedule, like sci-fi thriller Cypher, the latest release from Cube director Vincenzo Natali. She plays the enigmatic Rita, a femme fatale who leads the befuddled Morgan (played by Jeremy Northam) down the path of espionage and double dealings - but whose side is she on?
The Spinning Image (TSI): What is the main idea behind Cypher?
Lucy Liu (LL): It's sort of a computer espionage movie. That's the main idea of it, but I think of it as a love story.
TSI: Describe the character you play in Cypher.
LL: My character, Rita, is sort of a femme fatale character. She comes into this man's life, Morgan Sullivan, and she interrupts his mission and creates more chaos for him.
TSI: Did you and Vincenzo Natali discuss the script?
LL: Vincenzo and I had discussed it. When he came to Los Angeles we had lunch together and I told him that I thought the script was a love story. Most people thought it was this spy movie. That's part of it but it's also a love story
TSI: What did you think of the script at first?
LL: The script was sent to me at 10 or 11 o' clock at night. I read it and I couldn't put it down, it was amazing. Usually you'll get a script at that hour and you'll read the first sixty pages and you'll determine whether or not you're going to do it and I couldn't put it down. When I finished reading I had to go back and re-read it.
TSI: After the huge commercial success of Charlie's Angels, what made you decide to do a much smaller, independent film?
LL: I knew that after Charlie's Angels that I really wanted to do something independent which is what this film offered. Even though this film could have easily been big in terms of budget and everything else, there wasn't a lot of money involved and that actually was very tempting for me because I knew that it was going to be about the work and about the script.
TSI: How did you find working with Vincenzo Natali?
LL: Vincenzo is somebody that I couldn't describe because I have such adoration for him and such respect. I think he's a person that you meet and you just go into this whole mindset, it's almost as if you open a door and there's a maze of different paths and different thoughts and different ideas and different visions. He is to me like gold. Watching him work is like watching gold. Something being turned into gold.
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