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Erin Cummings Talks ‘Bitch Slap’, ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’ & New Projects!

Erin Cummings Talks ‘Bitch Slap’, ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’ & New Projects!

Erin Cummings may not yet be a household name, but with her unbelievable range and dedication to her craft, she is poised to become one of Hollwood’s brightest stars. She made a huge splash in 2009, when a new cult classic film by the name of “Bitch Slap” erupted onto the silver screen. As one of the film’s leading ladies, starring alongside Julia Voth and America Olivo, Cummings provided creative depth to the epic cat-fighting, hair-pulling, go-go dancing, pile-driving, thrill-a-minute fury that allowed the film to kick ass and take names with fans worldwide. Now in 2010, Cummings continues to wield her acting might opposite of actor Andy Whitfield in the critically acclaimed series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, where she plays the pivotal role of Sura, a Thracian princess and wife of Spartacus. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with this woman on the move, to discuss her journey in the entertainment industry, breakthrough performances in ‘Bitch Slap’ and Spartacus: Blood and Sand, as well as her upcoming pilot for ABC’s ‘187 Detroit’. Read on to find out what makes her tick and what the future holds for this multi-faceted artist!

Where did you grow up and how did you decide to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?

Well, I’m an Air Force brat. My dad is a retired colonel in the Air Force, so I moved around quite a bit growing up. I was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and then moved to Omaha, Nebraska, Seoul, Korea Bossier City and then to Huntsville, Texas. Throughout that time, I always loved doing plays and little bits of theater, but when you grow up in a small town, the idea of becoming an actress is quite impossible. I always assumed that you needed to know someone in the business. I did a lot of theater growing up. I loved doing plays and being on stage and creating characters. It was one of those things that I did just for fun. Then I became a Kilgore College Rangerette, which was the first collegiate dance team that was created in East Texas. Then I transferred to the University of North Texas, where I was pursuing a degree in journalism with a specialization in advertising. About one semester before I graduated, I ended up getting spotted by a talent scout while I was doing community theater. At the time, I was doing my internship with some very prestigious advertising agencies in Dallas, when I realized that the thing that I loved the most about the advertising world was being in front of the client and doing the pitch. it was sort of a performance for me. Upon the suggestion of a friend, I began working with an acting coach in Dallas and auditioning for plays. It was through that process that I ended up getting spotted by the talent scout. Nothing really developed from that particular scout meeting but it did put the idea in my head of going to Los Angeles. I came out here to visit and see what the lay of the land was. I met all of these people that were similar to me in not being related to anyone in the business or not necessarily having an “in,” so to speak. They were just people working really hard, going to acting classes and waiting tables. I sat my parents down and said “Immediately after graduation I will be moving to Los Angeles!” So, that is what I did! That was nine years ago in January.

It seems to be working out for you, so I am sure that your parents are pretty happy with your decision!

They are so thrilled! And you know what? My parents have been such a lifeline for me because throughout this whole process. It’s interesting because I don’t come from a family of artists. No one in my family has ever gone off to pursue an artistic endeavor. My dad even told me that he assumed that I would go off to college, graduate and move forward with my life. I think I was driving back from the University of North Texas to Huntsville with my dad, and almost the entire conversation was me explaining to him why I needed to come to Los Angeles and pursue this career. I can be quite persuasive when I want to be! [laughs] He said that he will always remember that conversation because at the beginning of it he was 100% adamant that you did not have my support in this decision and that by the time that we got to Huntsville he was almost as excited about me going to Los Angeles as I was! My parents have been so supportive of my career and they are incredibly proud. They came with me to the premiere of ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’. It was almost more exciting for me to be able to watch them, than to enjoy it for myself! My mom is kind of a “hometown hero” now! [laughs] She works at the hospital and people are always saying to her “Oh! Your the mother of that actress!” She was at Blockbuster the other day and asked the saleswoman for the movie ‘Bitch Slap’. The girl gave her the movie and said “Why do you want this?” because obviously my mom buying a movie called ‘Bitch Slap’ is pretty funny! She told her that I was one of the girls on the cover and the girl flipped out and got really excited. Later that day, one of my mom’s good friends happened to go to the same store later that day to ask for ‘Bitch Slap’ and the girl was very excited. She was going on and on about this girl on the cover being from Huntsville and how her mom came in earlier and how exciting that was. It is really fun for me to hear those stories because for so long my parents have had to endure people saying “God! Is she still out there! How long is she going to do that!” and “When is your daughter going to get a real job?” Here in Los Angeles, people understand that when you have even two lines on a television show, it’s a major accomplishment. You had to beat out about 3000 people just to get those two lines. Where as my parents, they see that on television and are like “God, that’s it? That’s all she did?” Now my parents are able to revel in my success, that has been very exciting for me.

‘Bitch Slap’ is one of your breakout roles. For those not yet familiar with the film what can you tell us about your character and how did you originally get involved with the project?

I always tell people the best way to get to know the characters in ‘Bitch Slap’ is to check out the website, www.bitchslapmovie.com. It is a very well put together website with a fun and interactive page that has all of the character descriptions. The short version is that “Hel” is the mastermind behind the plan in the desert. There is something very secretive about her that we don’t know at the beginning of the movie. By the time the movie finishes, through a series of flashbacks and certain revelations, we find out a lot about her. Who we think she is at the beginning is certainly not who we see at the end. She spends a lot of time throughout the film trying to protect “Trixie” (Julia Voth) from Camero (America Olivo) and tries to make sure that Camero doesn’t end up killing Trixie or that Trixie doesn’t accidentally mouth off to much!

For me, “Hel” was a great character because I feel like I get to do a little bit of everything. I have the big love scene, I have the big fight scene. She is such an excitingly diverse character to have the arc go from one thing in the beginning to a completely different character in the end. I actually got involved in the movie in the very traditional way of my agent submitting me for the role and me going in and doing an audition. I was sort of their first choice. I was one of the first people who read for the role but of course they continued to read other people but kept coming back to me. That is sort of how that all happened. I ended up going back in for a call back. I was supposed to have read the script and they were just about ready to offer me the role. An assistant had read the script and my agent had told me that the script was unavailable. Of course, as I am sitting there in the waiting room, I overhear the other girls talking about the script! I realize about a minute and a half before I walk into this meeting that I am the only person in the room that has not read the script! I had to think fast and be creative on why I was not prepared. I am not usually that person, typically I am VERY prepared. I basically threw someone under the bus and said “Yeah, my agent screwed up and didn’t get me the script!” I was off the hook for that. It actually worked out in all of ours favors, I think, because it gave the guys the opportunity to explain to me who the other people on the project were,you know, Zoe Bell, William Gregory Lee, Lucy Lawless and Kevin Sorbo. Lucy Lawless and Kevin Sorbo had already agreed to do the film at that point and Michael Hurst, as well. They were able to explain to me, many of the quirky aspects of the film and that helped me to really understand the story that they were trying to tell. There were some actresses that they sent the script to that immediately passed and I think that might have been due to them not knowing that it is supposed to be funny and that it is not supposed to take itself seriously. It is really supposed to be a fun movie that is for pure entertainment. Once I understood that, I was able to go into reading the script with a very open mind. I went home and immediately read the script and they wanted to meet with me again at Brian Peck’s house in the valley. I walked in and the first thing that I said was “My agent knows the address of this house and if I don’t text him in fifteen minutes and tell him I am ok, he’s sending the cops!” [laughs] Which I think pretty much got me my part!

That is when they asked me if I would be willing to dye my hair. I said “Only if I get to be a redhead!” They said “Great! because that is exactly what we wanted you to do.” That is how I went red. Oddly enough, I just went red yesterday again! I just booked a new pilot for ABC called ‘187 Detroit’. They had apparently seen some photos of me online as a redhead and thought that it would be good for the character, so they asked me to dye it red for the part. I have so many photos of me as a redhead and I had to go black for ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’. So many people asked me if I was ever going to go back to red, so I said “I will be whatever color they pay me to be! As long as they pay for the color change, I am more than happy to do whatever they want!” [laughs] It is kind of nice to have a job that forces you to go through these transformations. It’s fun!

Both ‘Bitch Slap’ and ‘Spartacus’ are very action-oriented roles. Did you have to do any special preparation for these roles?

I worked very closely with the stunt coordinator on ‘Bitch Slap’. I was very fortunate to have Zoe Bell, I am sure you know that she is one of the stars of ‘Grindhouse’. She was also Uma Thurman’s stunt double in ‘Kill Bill’ and Lucy Lawless’ stunt double on ‘Zena: Warrior Princess’. She was the stunt coordinator and she really went the distance, as far as America Olivio, Minae Noji and I, we were very prepared and looking more than capable for our roles. My background is as a dancer, which naturally lends itself to being able to understand choreography and body placement. Zoe worked quite extensively with me because it was very important for me to make sure that I was able to be the one in the shot, instead of my stunt double, but that I would learn something. I think that is one of the joys of being an actor is being able to develop a new skill set. When I went on to ‘Spartacus’, it was really funny. the first day I went to the stunt rehearsal with the boys and I think that they thought I was going to be a little ballerina that couldn’t throw a punch! Within the first ten minutes the stunt coordinator, Al Poppleton, looked at me and said “Well, you are gonna save us some money because it looks like we don’t need to hire a stunt double for you!” We worked out that whole fight and fortunately, Rick Jacobson, who directed ‘Bitch Slap’, had been hired to direct the pilot of ‘Spartacus’. He and I had developed a short hand of how we were going to do fight scenes. He knew exactly what I was capable of, exactly how far he could push me and what he could ask of me and that I would be willing to go there. That helped quite a bit. When I was in New Zealand, I had to get my body ready, because not only do I have fight scenes but I have love scenes and I am not necessarily always wearing a lot of clothing on the show. If I am going to portray the part of Spartacus’ wife, this girl has got to look a certain way. Otherwise, people are going to say “Really? He did all that for HER! What’s that all about! ” [laughs] So, I was training with Amanda Foubister over in New Zealand. She was Ms Fitness Australia 2007 and 2008. She was training me and helping me with my nutrition and really getting me in shape. In episode six, there is a shoot where Sura and Spartacus ride off on a horse. Amanda also happens to be a master equestrian who has black hair and blue eyes. They are required by law to hire a horse riding stunt double for you whenever there are horses. I suggested my friend Amanda and they hired her, so that was really great.

You mentioned Rick Jacobson, America Olivo, Julia Voth and others from ‘Bitch Slap’. You have all been out promoting this film for two years.

Yeah, we started in July of 2008 at Comic Con.

It seems like you guys have developed a real bond while working on this project. I imagine that is pretty rare in Hollywood.

Yeah. It is interesting because this movie was always a labor of love and one of those things where we all hopped on board and knew exactly what we were getting into. There were no false expectations that this was going to be a massive studio luxury cruise through publicity. In the beginning, the girls and I would share hotel rooms, get ready together, borrow each other’s jewelry or clothes. We would call each other before red carpets to see what the others where going to be wearing. We helped each other with auditions. When we were in Scandinavia, I had my little flip camera and Julia held the camera and America read with me for an audition that I had to put on tape and send in. So it has been a family that we have developed over the past two years. Julia and I attended America’s premiere for ‘Friday The 13th’ and Julia came over to my house when I had a screening for my episode of ‘Cold Case’. There has been a ton of support that we have given each other over the years.

As far as Rick Jacobson, Eric Gruendemann and Brian Peck are concerned, they have become a part of my extended family in a major way! With Rick, we helped each other get our jobs on ‘Spartacus’. I had worked with Steven DeKnight, who is the show runner, so I was able to talk to Steven about Rick. So when Rob Tapert said “Hey, I have this director in mind…”, Steven already knew who Rick was because they had heard me rave about how great a director he was to work with. On the flip side, when I was up for the part of “Sura”, Rick had already been hired to direct. He was then able to push for me and say “I have worked with this girl. She is going to be great with the fight scenes. She is a publicity machine and she will be great for you guys!” We really helped each other out. I think that as close as we got on ‘Bitch Slap’, that bond was cemented on ‘Spartacus’ because of what we were going through together. There were a lot of positives and some difficult things that we both had to go through. It’s not always easy. He was a really good friend and really there for me during that time. I have become so close to Eric Gruendemann, his wife and his children because they are such incredible people. A lot of times when there is something really good or really bad in my life, Eric Gruendemann, will be one of the first people that I call. He was definitely one of the first five phone calls I made when I booked the pilot for ‘187 Detriot’. He has really taken me under his wing and taught me so much about the industry and given me so much responsibility in taking on projects in relation to ‘Bitch Slap’. Even when I shot the cover of Steppin’ Out Magazine, our location fell through at the last minute, it was Eric who volunteered his house for my photo shoot. We had this entire photo crew walk over his house in Malibu for a day. That was really wonderful. Brian Peck has been such an incredible asset to me. To have someone in my life that has such a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry is amazing. I had him over for dinner the other night and he is really just one of those people that seems to “get it” about everything. He and I have become so incredibly close. Those three guys are people that I will continue to have a good relationship with and I only hope to be so lucky to work with all three of them again, whether it is on ‘Bitch Slap 2’ or some other project.

I take it that ‘Bitch Slap 2’ is definitely in the cards then?

Yeah! They are writing it right now! That was always sort of the plan. It was written as a trilogy. The film has such an exciting following. The people who get this movie, get it in a very big way! The people who don’t get this movie… I could give a shit about them. [laughs] For the people who really get this movie and really respond to it, I think that they really want to see a trilogy. They want to see how these characters can come back and get into more ridiculous antics, more fight scenes and probably another water fight! Everyone seemed to love that!

I found the film and the behind-the-scenes documentary very interesting. It was really amazing, the range that you were able to bring to the character.

Thank You.

Is there a type of role that you haven’t played yet that you might like to tackle in the future?

So many! So many! I have always said to myself that I want to be like Philip Seymour Hoffman. I look at his choices and his roles, the way he bounces from theater to film and takes on these different personas. I would love to do a film about Texas. ‘Giant’ with Elizabeth Taylor is one of my favorite movies, I love ‘Urban Cowboy’ and those Texas sort of films, because I am from Texas. I would love to play ‘Medusa’, the superhero. There are all sorts of fun things that I would love to do. I think the biggest thing for me to do is to diversify as much as possible. I would love to do another period piece. Lady McBeth is my all-time favorite role and there is so much left for me to explore in her. I would really love to do that again. I would love to play Sally Bowles in ‘Caberet’. There are so many things. I just don’t want to be one of those people who gets pigeoned-holed in one kind of genre or one style of character. The interesting thing when I look back on the character choices that I have made, whether it is the pin-up model that quit modeling to become a photographer in ‘Cold Case’, or the cat-fighting, lesbian assassin in ‘Bitch Slap’ or the love of Spartacus’ life — these characters are all interesting and strong women, but they are all so vastly different. Even my role coming up in the ABC pilot, ‘187 Detroit’. I play Dr. Cork, the medical examiner, who happens to play roller derby on the side! She is a very intelligent women who has this very quirky, fun and interesting side to her, that will allow me to explore this different type of character. For me, my goal as an actor, is to constantly seek out these new and different roles that will allow me to flex different muscles and explore different aspects or my emotional capabilities.

Having seen much of your work, I have to say that you are doing a great job in showing that amazing range as an actor.

Well, thank you. I appreciate that. I also appreciate the fact that in a film like ‘Bitch Slap’, which some people may think just has a superficial layer and not much depth to it, it was exciting for me to be able to have a character in a movie like that which already has so much written for her. It really allowed me to explore what I had to give and push the character even further. The guys were on board with it. I said “I know this is an exploitation film but in this moment, I feel like she would be very upset to the point of being emotional about it. They said “Yeah, go for that! We want you to explore your range as an actress.” I was talking to Rick and he was telling a me a little bit about the development of ‘Bitch Slap 2’. Apparently, they are going to be incorporating more of my acting range into the script for the sequel. I don’t know what that means, so I am a little nervous! [laughs] Hel was originally written as an ice queen that didn’t have any emotion. I said “That is fine in the beginning but I need to bring her somewhere as an actor. I am not just going to play a role where she is the same in the beginning as she is at the end.” They were excited about that and were excited that I was eager to take it to where they hoped it would go. Now I am excited to see where they want to take Hel for ‘Bitch Slap 2’.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out on a career in the film industry?

Hmmmm. [laughs] That is such a loaded question!

You mentioned diversity…

Yeah, but ya know what, honey? We are talking about the last two years of almost a decade of being in this industry.

Sure.

I have a girlfriend, we are really close, but I only met her about a year and a half ago. I have other friends that I have known for eight or nine years. So she sees the red carpets, the free trips to Vegas, the swag and the fact that I have been working steadily. She sees where I am at this point in my career. She sometimes says jokingly “Man! I am in the wrong industry! That is so cool that you get this and this and this…” or “Oh my God, you are getting paid this amount of money for only this amount of work!” I said “No! I am getting paid this much money for the past decade of my life! For every independent film that I never got paid for because it never saw the light of day. For every student film that I shot that I lost money at my job waiting tables because I had to take time off. For working with people who didn’t know what they were doing on those films who, people who didn’t know their roles, it was ok because I didn’t know what I was doing either. For every black box theater production with three people in the audience who were all comped because they were my best friends. For every megalomaniac director that made your life miserable. For every thousand dollars I put in to my career on head shots, retouching, printing, acting classes and going to London to study Shakespeare with crap props and costumes for my theater productions. All of that, is why I am getting paid what I am getting paid now! Not for the one scene that I am doing for this pilot.

I think that if you are interested in pursuing a career as an actor, I think that you need to tattoo into your brain that it is a marathon, not a sprint. All of these people that said when I first moved out here, “Well, how long are you going to give it?” I never answered that. I always said to myself “As long as it takes. This is my life.” I went into it with the mindset that there would be many years of struggle before I would begin to reap the benefits and the rewards for my hard work and that is exactly what happened. It is true that there are people that come into this business and within a couple of years end up landing on a show or something like that. Look at Julia Voth. She was on five auditions and the fifth one happened to be ‘Bitch Slap’. I worked eight years in my career to get the same size role in that film and all the publicity that went with it. So yeah, there always are gonna be people that come out here and stumble onto some opportunity that puts their career on the fast track. However, that is also like saying that “I want to be a millionaire!” but instead of going to college, getting my degree, starting my own business, developing that company and really making it successful and making your million dollars that way, saying “I am just gonna go play the lottery and hope it works out.” You must make a decision for yourself about what you want in this business. If you want to be famous, start a really funny blog or if you are really desperate and have no soul, go do a reality television show. Be prepared for the fact, especially if you are in your early to mid twenties and you are halfway attractive, you are going to see every halfway attractive person in their mid-twenties on the planet because they are all in Los Angeles! [laughs] There is a major pool of competitiveness there and it may not happen overnight and you have to be willing to put in the hard work and dedication.

For anyone that doesn’t live in Los Angeles and wants to pursue an acting career, stop fooling yourself. What you are doing does not matter, except for your own personal growth and development. No one in Los Angles will care about any play or film you did unless you are winning a Tony for it on Broadway or unless the film wins the Sundance Film Festival and at the end of the day, you will end up moving to Los Angles anyway! So just pack your bags and get your butt over to LA! [laughs]

Sounds like solid advice. Obviously, you have seen your fair share of interesting times in Hollywood. If you were putting together an autobiography for the future, what would you call it?

Wow! That is a great question. I would call it “Yes, that is a gun in my pocket. And no, I’m not happy to see you.” Although I like to think that by the time I write an autobiography, I’ll be known for more than my ability to pack a pistol and scare the bejesus out of people. Ha!

I think it will be on hell of a read! Thanks for your time, Erin. We look forward to seeing a lot more of you in the future and wish you luck on all your upcoming projects!

Thank you, so much!

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Be sure to follow Erin Cummings on Twitter at @erinlcummings and check out the official site for ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’ at www.starz.com/spartacus!

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Pick of The Week: ‘Bitch Slap’ Unrated Edition

Pick of The Week: ‘Bitch Slap’ Unrated Edition

One of our most anticipated films for 2010 is headed home to roost! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment unleashed Rick Jacobson’s ‘Bitch Slap’ and the Unrated DVD is now in stores!

‘Bitch Slap’ is, without a doubt, the most fun you can have in a movie theater…legally.Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon

Check out the official website for the film at www.bitchslapmovie.com!

Don’t miss Icon Vs. Icon‘s exclusive interviews with two of the films brightest stars, Julia Voth and America Olivo!

Check out the press release about the DVD release below:

Assume the position and prepare to get slapped as bad girls, fervent brawls and slow-motion cat fights explode in the adrenaline-fueled, deliciously over-the-topBitch Slap.

Trixie, Hel and Camero may look good on the outside, but they’re nothing but badass on the inside. When the tempting trio arrive in the desert to retrieve stolen jewels at a ruthless gangster’s hideout, they find themselves competing against an assortment of bizarre criminals – and each other. But what else can one expect from a down-on-her luck stripper, a drug-running killer and a ball-busting businesswoman? Bounding with violence and excess galore, Bitch Slapis a modern throwback to the sensationalistic style of the cult exploitation film genre.

The action flick stars a sexy young cast, including Julia Voth, Erin Cummings and America Olivo, with cameos by Hercules’ Kevin Sorbo and Michael Hurst and Xena’s Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor.

The DVD includes commentary by cast and crew and a behind-the-scenes documentary featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.98.

Special features include:

— Building A Better B-Movie Documentary

— Commentary by Producers Rick Jacobson (Writer/Producer/Director), Eric Gruendemann (Writer/Producer) & Brian Peck (Associate Producer)

— Commentary by Principal Cast: Julia Voth (Trixie), Erin Cummings (Hel) & America Olivo (Camero)


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‘Bitch Slap’ Goes Viral With ‘Bitch Slap Hotties Gone Wild’ Video!

‘Bitch Slap’ Goes Viral With ‘Bitch Slap Hotties Gone Wild’ Video!

bitchslap_l200911131125A brand new viral video for the film which feature leading ladies Erin Cummings, Julia Voth and America Olivo in all there car washing, sun tan lotion applying, pillow fighting glory has hit the web! Get an eyeful of the pipin’ hot action below! We guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!

One of our most anticipated films for 2010 is Rick Jacobson’s Bitch Slap and it is now set for a limited theatrical release starting on January 8th, 2010 and will surely prove to be the most fun you can have in a movie theater…legally.

You can also check out a brand new HD trailer for the film over at Apple.com!

The film also stars Lucy Lawless, Kevin Sorbo, Renee O’Connor and Zoe Bell.

Check out the official website for the film at www.bitchslapmovie.com!

Don’t miss Icon Vs. Icon‘s exclusive interviews with two of the films brightest stars, Julia Voth and America Olivo!

“BITCH SLAP is a post-modern, thinking man’s throwback to the “B” Movie/Exploitation films of the 1950’s – 70’s as well as a loving, sly parody of the same. Inspired by the likes of Dragstrip Girl;, Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill; Kung Fu Nun and the pantheon of Blaxploitation films, BITCH SLAP will mix girls, guns, outrageous action and jaw-dropping visuals with a message… don’t be naughty!

At its core, BITCH SLAP follows three bad girls (a down-and-out stripper, a drug-running killer and a corporate powerbroker) as they arrive at a remote desert hideaway to extort and steal $200 Million in diamonds from a ruthless underworld kingpin. Things quickly spin out of control as allegiances change, truths are revealed, other criminals arrive for the score, the fate of the world hangs in the balance and they are forced to confront a villain much worse than they ever expected… themselves. It’s the ultimate morality tale as, one by one, they realize the whole she-bang was a set-up and one of them may not even be human…

What also makes BITCH SLAP different is a complicated “B” story device that runs throughout the film to illuminate character, backstory and relationship histories not previously revealed. Like the film Memento, these scene flashbacks take place in reverse, so by the end of the film, you have a wholly different take on who these women are and why they are behaving so badly. Bet you never saw THAT in Jailbait Babysitter!”


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Three New Photos From ‘Bitch Slap’ Unleashed!

Three New Photos From ‘Bitch Slap’ Unleashed!

bitchslap_l200911131125One of our most anticipated films for 2010 is Rick Jacobson’s Bitch Slap is now set for a limited theatrical release starting on January 8th, 2010 and will surely prove to be the most fun you can have in a movie theater…legally.

The good folks over at ComingSoon.Net have revealed three new kick ass photos from the film which feature leading ladies Erin Cummings, Julia Voth and America Olivo. Check them out below and swing by ComingSoon.Net to see them in eye-popping hi-res!

You can also check out a brand new HD trailer for the film over at Apple.com!

The film also stars Lucy Lawless, Kevin Sorbo, Renee O’Connor and Zoe Bell.

Check out the official website for the film at www.bitchslapmovie.com!

Don’t miss Icon Vs. Icon‘s exclusive interviews with two of the films brightest stars, Julia Voth and America Olivo!

“BITCH SLAP is a post-modern, thinking man’s throwback to the “B” Movie/Exploitation films of the 1950’s – 70’s as well as a loving, sly parody of the same. Inspired by the likes of Dragstrip Girl;, Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill; Kung Fu Nun and the pantheon of Blaxploitation films, BITCH SLAP will mix girls, guns, outrageous action and jaw-dropping visuals with a message… don’t be naughty!

At its core, BITCH SLAP follows three bad girls (a down-and-out stripper, a drug-running killer and a corporate powerbroker) as they arrive at a remote desert hideaway to extort and steal $200 Million in diamonds from a ruthless underworld kingpin. Things quickly spin out of control as allegiances change, truths are revealed, other criminals arrive for the score, the fate of the world hangs in the balance and they are forced to confront a villain much worse than they ever expected… themselves. It’s the ultimate morality tale as, one by one, they realize the whole she-bang was a set-up and one of them may not even be human…

What also makes BITCH SLAP different is a complicated “B” story device that runs throughout the film to illuminate character, backstory and relationship histories not previously revealed. Like the film Memento, these scene flashbacks take place in reverse, so by the end of the film, you have a wholly different take on who these women are and why they are behaving so badly. Bet you never saw THAT in Jailbait Babysitter!”

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The Bombshells of ‘Bitch Slap’: America Olivo Reveals All!

The Bombshells of ‘Bitch Slap’: America Olivo Reveals All!

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An instant cult classic is about to erupt onto the silver screen. You my dear readers, will be some of the first to bear witness to it’s cat-fighting, hair-pulling, go-go dancing, pile-driving, thrill-a-minute power and fury. What is this film of which I speak? It goes by the name ‘Bitch Slap’ and it will soon be kicking ass and taking names all across the pop culture landscape. The film is best described as a post-modern, thinking man’s throwback to the B Movie/Exploitation films of the 1950s – 70s as well as a loving, sly parody of same. ‘Bitch Slap’ mixes hot girls, fast cars, big guns, nasty tongues, outrageous action and jaw-dropping eye candy and there ain’t nothing wrong with that! One of the films lovely leading ladies, America Olivo, recently sat down with Icon Vs. Icon‘s Jason Price to discuss her past, her role and experiences on the set of the soon to be cult classic, and what lies in store for this rising star!

Prepare to be Bitch Slapped…

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America Olivo

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Hidden Hills, California, just a few miles North West of Los Angeles.

When did you decide to pursue a career in film?

I grew up singing and acting simultaneously in community theatre. My mother was an actor and my father was a singer. So I had exposure to both worlds. I loved musical theatre growing up and ended up getting my degree in Opera theatre from Juilliard. So, I always had my feet in both worlds. I was signed with a band called Soluna to Dreamworks Records and after an album and few singles, that turned into a sitcom deal with UPN and Paramount. In 2004, Soluna was developed into a pilot for Paramount with Grammnet, Kelsey Grammer’s company, and dePasse Entertainment. It was then, in front of a live studio audience on my own sitcom with my girls in Soluna that I was invited to take a break from music and join the world of theatre again!

For those not yet familiar with ‘Bitch Slap,’ what can you tell us about it?

Bitch Slap is a loving homage to the exploitation films of the sixties and seventies. It is every adventurous girl’s dream movie to experience. When else do women get to drive muscle cars and motorcycles, fire enormous weapons, and have seven minute fight scenes while still looking sexy? This film pays homage to the exploitation films, giving everything an exploitation film gives an audience, and then some. It has a great plot, hilarious and clever dialogue with rich characters who are much deeper than they initially appear. The film makers were also aware of the kind of film they are making as were we, so the exploitation is done with a wink to the audience. 

How did you first get involved with ‘Bitch Slap’ and what was your initial reaction to the script?

 I didn’t get the script through my agent, but when I first saw the title and realized I’d been asked to meet the Producers and Director in the valley, I was slightly concerned that my career had gone to porn. [laughs] Rick Jacobson, the director, called me after seeing me in his friend’s film, asking if I’d be interested in coming in for Bitch Slap. He and the producers were having a difficult time casting Camero and by pure luck, Rick had screened his friend’s movie, “Circle,” just days before they had to lock the Bitch Slap cast. In ‘Circle,’ I played a feisty South Beach raised Cuban/American princess which couldn’t be farther away from the essence of Camero. However, in that character, Rick saw the seed that became Camero. In that initial phone conversation with Rick, he told me he’d email me the script and asked if I would meet him after I read the first twenty pages. He tried to explain Bitch Slap over the phone, but then gave up and said to read it, and if I got it, great, and to meet him at Brian Peck’s house in an hour. He said if I didn’t get it, then to dismiss the invitation and ignore the fact that he’d ever called. Well, I read those first 20 pages, hopped in the car, and couldn’t get to the meeting place fast enough. I met Brian Peck, Rick Jacobson, and Eric Grundeman that day and I’ve been a part of the Bitch Slap family ever since. 

The film pays homage to classic B-Movies and the exploitation era. How familiar where you with the genres when you started out?

My mother did a bit of this genre in her short lived acting career in the 60s and 70s. So, I was familiar with this genre through her work. I’m a fan of anything my mother does, so yes. I am now more a fan of making this genre of film than watching it.

Discover any good films while researching your parts?

Yes, I was introduced to Russ Meyer through this, so that was a gift!

What can you tell me about your character in the film?

Camero is a street fighting, drug running, orphaned, foul mouthed, man hating, feral creature, but is a loyal and honest friend to anyone who dares get close.  

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Each of you leading ladies play very different roles. What steps did you take to prepare for the roles you would be playing both mentally and physically?

I fell in love with Camero the minute I read the script and enjoyed having her in my skin. She’s like my ball busting best friend who can kick anyone’s ass who does me or my friends wrong. I was drawn to Camero since she touched on a part of me I knew existed, but hadn’t explored. I knew that by playing her, I would be challenged to be tougher and more physical than I’d ever been. She taught me that I am physically and emotionally capable of a lot more than I thought. I learned that I am MUCH stronger than I ever thought, physically, emotionally, and mentally. I also learned that playing a villain is much more fun than playing the hero :) 

How long did you shoot for?

We shot for a few weeks on green screen doing the flashbacks, and a few more weeks out in the desert. 

What has it like to shoot in those extreme conditions?

Strangely, the most difficult time in the shoot for me, was not due to the scorpions, heat, nor dust storms in the desert, it was the water fight scene.  There is something about being hosed down by water of ANY temperature while you’re acclimated to the heat of the desert that feels like Chinese water torture. So, IF there is a Bitch Slap 2, I REALLY hope the water scene doesn’t make a reprise. I also found that Camero was hard to shake off of me. I had to go through a bit of Camero debriefing to snap me out of feeling like I could say and do anything I wanted at any time no matter the consequence or the company. I was a bit of a crass bitch the weeks following the shoot. 

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America Olivo & Erin Cummings

There is no shortage of action in the film. Rick Jacobson has said that the film contains the self-proclaimed “Greatest Chick Fight In Cinema.” What can you tell us about that and what was it like working with Zoe Bell?

Working with Rick Jacobson was inspiring! As painful as the shoot was at times, with the heat and the schedule and the physicality, there was no one that was suffering more than Rick. He was on his feet the whole shoot with the heaviest piece of equipment on his shoulder, insisting on contorting his body in any way to get the shot he wanted. Through welts, blood, and blisters on his shoulder from both filming AND directing the film, he stayed calm and pleasant to work with. Also, we were in the UGLIEST of conditions with dirt and wind and sweat all around and he was still able to make every shot beautiful regardless of the challenges of our environment. He is a true alchemist, turning everything he films to gold. I felt comfortable that no matter how horrible the conditions got in the desert, that I was in great hands. He has a beautiful way of making everyone feel great on set and inspiring great work from everyone rather than forcing it. Such a pleasure! 

Eric Grundeman is the hardest working human being I know. He is inspiring to watch work, when we see him! He’s always running around the city doing a million things. I receive emails from him at 3am and again at 5am, so I have NO idea when he sleeps. My hat is off to Eric, Rick, and Brian Peck for following through with the Bitch Slap dream. To do a Bitch Slap level movie on their own with no studio holding their hand through this experience is a feat not many dare attempt in Hollywood. It wasn’t because they didn’t have interested studios offering assistance either, but because they had a vision they wanted to see through to the end without the restrictions the many cooks in the kitchen can bring on a set. They stuck to their guns and made this fabulous creation from start to finish ON THEIR OWN with no one breathing on their necks telling them who to cast, what to rewrite and what the demographic wants. This is a true original creation made by artists. It’s so rare to be a part of something that is fresh, new, truly original, and completely untainted.

What can you tell us about the stunts in the film?

Stunts? Holy cow. I nailed myself with just about every weapon I picked up. I was one lumpy, bruised, cut up, and pissed off Camero by the end of that film. There is more real blood, sweat, and dirt in that movie than fake, I promise you that. I enjoyed filming the fight scenes the most. Anytime I got to work with Zoe and Sabine (Varnes) with stunts was a real treat. I learned so much from them and became so much stronger through watching and studying them.

The flashbacks were fun since they were so stylized and allowed us a lot of room to be bigger than life. We worked a lot on green screen, which meant a lot of work with imaginary yo-yos and motorcycle stunts that would be impossible to manage in real life. It was like being an animated character in a cartoon world. It was a blast!

Like any good action film, ‘Bitch Slap’ has a love scene. What can you tell us about that and was it a difficult scene to shoot?

Love scenes are difficult, they’re fun!

What do you think separates ‘Bitch Slap’ from recent exploitation films like ‘Grindhouse’?

Bitch Slap is Grindhouse gone wild.

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What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

The biggest challenge for me was just working in the elements. I found sand in places I didn’t know it could go! Definitely wasn’t glamorous, and by the end we looked like we just crawled out of a pigpen. But when I see the film, it’s gritty but still so beautiful… that is brilliant film making!

We had an amazing cast. Everyone was amazing and deserves to be recognized. Ron Melendez (who plays Dept. Fuchs) and I have a very tender scene at one point in the film, which is one of my favorite scenes. William Gregory Lee plays “Hot Wire” and he was amazing. I was almost afraid to go up to him on set cause he was so into it. And his sidekick “Kinki,” played by Minae Noji, is absolutely hilarious. They made an amazing team!

With so many strong women and larger than life characters in the film, which is your favorite?

Oh, everyone was spectacular, but I think Kinki is my favorite. Minae did a fabulous job!

It seems all of you developed a pretty tight bond from working on this film and you’re very supportive of each other. What has that been like?

Lucy (Lawless) and Renee (O’Connor) were hilarious! I loved seeing them in such a different role from what they’re used to. They are brilliant comedians. Lucy helped me with some of the comedic beats of that scene. It’s always a pleasure to learn from great actors. The same goes for working with Michael (Hurst). It was like a master class everyday on set with him.

The great thing about this film is that it features such a strong female cast. Who were some of the actresses that have inspired you over the years?

I love that Angelina Jolie is taking men’s action roles away from them. Hee hee!

You all have been able to soak in your fair share of comic cons and horror conventions in the last few months, in promoting the film. What has that experience and how have fans been reacting to the trailer for ‘Bitch Slap’?

I do a lot of conventions and the hype around Bitch Slap is SOOO fun to watch. 

Doing so many conventions, I would imagine that you sign quite a few posters. Do you have a catch phrase that you like to use when signing?

I write “Camero says, “Hands up, and pants down.” It’s not from the film, however. There are buttons with the greatest catch phrases already on them. I had to think of something different.

I hear that there was a lot of great documentary-style, behind the scenes footage shot during the making of the movie. What can you tell us about that?

I can’t wait to see what Daniel Cieplinski did with the Behind the Scenes film. I hear it’s an epic film in itself!

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Erin Cummings & America Olivo

I understand that you were able to put your vocal talents to work in the film. How did that come about?

Yes, I noticed that the stripper scene when reading script called for a slutty version of Schubert’s “Ave Maria.” With my degree in Opera Theatre from Juilliard, there’s nothing more exciting than the opportunity to funk out a classical song. So, one night after filming, my friend, Kyle Mac, and I knocked it out in 6 hours in the studio. Eric Grundeman also took to a song that my friend John Baxter wrote and I performed, called “Summer.” That appears over the beach scene. 

Have you been able to see the film in a completed state yet? If so, what did you think of the finished product?

Yes, I was able to attend a screening of the two hour directors cut just a few weeks ago. It was brilliant! It took me back to the feelings I had making the film. I was achy and exhausted by the end of watching it!

Plans for a theatrical release? When can we look forward to seeing the film on the big screen?

We are going to Cannes in a few weeks to present the film and we will hear shortly after our presentation what the plans are for its release.

Any word if we might see you preserved in action figure form?

One of my life’s goals is to have an action figure modeled after a character I play! That would be brilliant! I hope Camero makes the collectibles! 

What upcoming projects can we look for you in?

I just finished a film called Neighbor to be released in 2010. I have a cameo in Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen. I did a webisode series called Peas in a Pod. I’m producing a pilot about a celebrity chef and event coordinator called “Amanda Marr’s Los Angeles,” and I’m releasing my first single as a soloist called “Deja Vu.” Also, I’m on the cover the June Playboy and there are 6 pages inside talking about Bitch Slap, so check that out if you’re interested!  I can also be seen traveling around doing the genre conventions appearing with the Friday the 13th cast. Oh, and I’m getting married in Lake Como, Italy on July 5th to my fiance, Christian Campbell. That’s about it for right now.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out on a career in the film industry?

 Advice for the film industry? Well, my mother did not want me to be in the industry, but was supportive of any career path I chose.  She knew how difficult it was for her and how challenging the life is. So, when I was young and felt ill, begging to miss school, she’d constantly challenge my commitment to the arts by saying, “Well, if you had a show to go to, you wouldn’t be able to be sick. The show must go on. So, if you don’t go to school, I’m assuming you don’t have what it takes to be a performer!” It’s that die hard, “Show must go on” attitude that gets me through tough days on set in the business to this day. I thank her for that.

Thanks, America! 

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“If you only plan on seeing one film this year that is chock-full of crazy characters, bodacious babes and more action than you can shake a stick at, make it this one!” – Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon

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The Bombshells Of ‘Bitch Slap’ – Julia Voth Talks About Her Explosive Breakout Role!

The Bombshells Of ‘Bitch Slap’ – Julia Voth Talks About Her Explosive Breakout Role!

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An instant cult classic is about to erupt onto the silver screen. You my dear readers, will be some of the first to bear witness to it’s cat-fighting, hair-pulling, go-go dancing, pile-driving, thrill-a-minute power and fury. What is this film of which I speak? It goes by the name ‘Bitch Slap’ and it will soon be kicking ass and taking names all across the pop culture landscape. The film is best described as a post-modern, thinking man’s throwback to the B Movie/Exploitation films of the 1950s – 70s as well as a loving, sly parody of same. ‘Bitch Slap’ mixes hot girls, fast cars, big guns, nasty tongues, outrageous action and jaw-dropping eye candy and there ain’t nothing wrong with that! One of the films lovely leading ladies, Julia Voth, recently sat down with Icon Vs. Icon‘s Jason Price to discuss her past, her explosive big screen debut in and what is in store for her very bright future.

Prepare to be Bitch Slapped…
 

Where did you grow up?

I grew up on a grain farm in the heart of the prairies in Saskatchewan, Canada. At one point our nearest neighbor was 2 miles away. It was such a wonderful way to grow up. I go back as often as I can.

When did you decide to pursue a career in film?

Acting/performing was always something I wanted to do. As a child I’d always be playing around with the family camera, making up skits and plays. I always got this thrill out of it, and I knew that was where I was supposed to be.

For those not yet familiar with ‘Bitch Slap,’ what can you tell us about it?

Bitch Slap is a loving homage to the 50’s-70’s exploitation films. We like to describe it as a thinking man’s exploitation film. And it’s just that, it has all the elements we love, hot women, big guns, fast cars, actions of all kinds… But it takes it one step further by having a very smart script, filled with deep full characters, and a really kick ass plot.

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Julia Voth is "Trixie"

I had just moved to LA to pursue acting and only signed with my agent a few weeks prior. ‘Bitch Slap’ was my 5th theatrical audition I had ever gone on. I read for them and I got the callback. I knew from the beginning I really wanted to play Trixie.

When your agent hands you the script for ‘Bitch Slap’, what is your initial
reaction, sight unseen?

First reaction… ‘Bitch Slap’? What kind of movie it this again? I was a little skeptical at first. But I only got to the 20th page of the script when I called my agent back and told him to do whatever it took to get me in. I knew I had to be part of this!

The film pays homage to classic B-Movies and the exploitation era. How
familiar where you with the genres when you started out?

Honestly I wasn’t so familiar with this genre of movies. But as I did research, I definitely become a fan. It is unapologetic and in your face, and I may be biased, but ‘Bitch Slap’ is definitely my favorite exploitation movie… ever!

Discover any good films while researching your parts?

I did find a few good ones; ‘Faster Kill Kill Pussycat’ is great.
Also, and this one is kind of different from ‘Bitch Slap,’ but ‘A Clock Work Orange’ is a classic.

What can you tell me about your characters in the film?

My character Trixie, she is a down-on-her-luck stripper with a heart of gold. She is sweet and endearing, but is still very smart. She knows what she needs and knows how to get it.

Each of you leading ladies play very different roles. What steps did you take to prepare for the roles you would be playing both mentally and physically?

Going into this I knew I would be put in situations I had never been in before. This was my 1st real acting job ever. So I studied very hard, read all the books, spent hours with my coach. But in the end it really comes down to your will and drive to create something spectacular. I believed in myself and have an amazing family who believed in me too. You have to find that strength in yourself to carry a character like this in some of the situations and conditions we did.

How long did you shoot for?

We started in mid-March last year. We had two weeks on green screen here in LA, and then moved to the Mojave Desert for four more weeks.

Speaking of the Mojave, what was it like to shoot in those conditions?

The desert is an interesting place to film a movie. The environment and light, it turned out beautiful, I knew it would. It was nice for about two hours in the early afternoon, other then that is a freezing in the morning, and 40 mph winds in the afternoon. The challenge was to deliver your lines and give a great performance while having your hair blow into your face, sticking to your lip-gloss and glycerin, and having makeup run in every few minutes to wipe the sand out of your teeth. And trying not to look cold when it’s freezing and you have goosebumps all over your arms while wearing a next-to-nothing dress. But all of that considered… I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

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Julia Voth on the set of 'Bitch Slap'

They are both amazing people whom I respect immensely. I don’t think I could have had a more supportive, encouraging team around me. Rick and Eric from day one made me feel comfortable and that really there are no mistakes. They gave us the freedom to do what we wanted with our characters and to take them on this journey with us.

There is no shortage of action in the film. Rick Jacobson has said that the
film contains the self-proclaimed “Greatest Chick Fight In Cinema.” What can you tell us about that and what was it like working with Zoe Bell?

Zoe Bell is a Goddess with a mean right hook. She is the mastermind behind the “Greatest Chick Fight in Cinema history”. It definitely lives up to its name. I said it before and I’ll say it again, Zoe can fake punch me in the face any day.

What can you tell us about the stunts in the film?

All I can say is it is nothing like you’ve ever seen before.

There are also a lot of CGI effects in the film. What was it like working in an environment like that?

Working on the green screen is very different than working on a normal set. You are usually reading to a piece of tape or someone far off set, but it’s the challenge that makes it really fun. I’ve seen the final product and it is out of this world. They have created these complex worlds around us, it’s really amazing. It has this ‘Sin City’ meets ‘300’ vibe.

Like any good action film, ‘Bitch Slap’ has a love scene. What can you tell us about that and was it a difficult scene to shoot?

Yes, ‘Bitch Slap’ has action of ALL kinds. I actually had love scenes with both America and Erin in the film. The one with Erin was quite a bit more intense. Naturally I was a bit nervous, but we talked about it before hand, rented “The L Word” for a little research. In the end we basically just decided to go for it, nothing was off limits. We wanted men and women alike to watch our scene and think “Holy S*#T that was the best thing I’ve ever seen!”

What do you think separates ‘Bitch Slap’ from recent exploitation films like ‘Grindhouse’?

I think ‘Bitch Slap’ is more authentic to the classic exploitation films.
It’s real, it’s raw, and it’s very well done. Like I said before, it has all the elements of a great exploitation film, with the added bonus of a smart and fun script.

What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

The biggest challenge for me was just working in the elements. I found sand in places I didn’t know it could go! Definitely wasn’t glamorous, and by the end we looked like we just crawled out of a pigpen. But when I see the film, it’s gritty but still so beautiful… that is brilliant film making.

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Julia Voth

We had an amazing cast. Everyone was amazing and deserves to be recognized. Ron Melendez (who plays Dept. Fuchs) and I have a very tender scene at one point in the film, which is one of my favorite scenes. William Gregory Lee plays “Hot Wire” and he was amazing. I was almost afraid to go up to him on set cause he was so into it. And his sidekick “Kinki,” played by Minae Noji, is absolutely hilarious. They made an amazing team.

With so many strong women and larger than life characters in the film, which is your favorite?

Trixie of course! She was since the first time I read the script. And the 1st time I was in costume, I was hooked. There is so much more to her than meets the eye.

It seems all of you developed a pretty tight bond from working on this film
and you’re very supportive of each other. What has that been like?

Both Erin and America are incredible human beings. I learned so much from them on set. When you are working in such close quarters for 6 weeks you definitely get to know each other very well. I know actresses say this all the time, but for us it really is true. We grew so close on set. And since then, with all the promo we’ve been doing, even closer. I truly feel I have real friends in both of them, and that is a hard thing to find in LA never mind in a fellow actress.

The great thing about this film is that it features such a strong female
cast. Who were some of the actresses that have inspired you over the years?

That is a great question. I have always admired strong, independent women; on a personal level my mother is one of them. Other actresses who inspire me are Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, Julianne Moore… the list goes on. I love it when women stand up with no apologies.

You all have been able to soak in your fair share of comic cons and horror
conventions in the last few months, in promoting the film. What has that
experience and how have fans been reacting to the trailer for ‘Bitch Slap’?

Last year was my 1st time at Comic-Con, I was blown away by the sheer amount of people there, and all dressed up! Erin, America and I had a blast walking around and passing out our poster and buttons. The response from the people was overwhelming. Everyone was embracing it, and asking for our pictures. I can’t wait to go back this year!

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Trixie (Julia Voth) and Hel (Erin Cummings)

I love the artwork as well; actually I have my big Trixie poster hanging in the middle of my room, its take up almost the whole wall… I love it! Well I have a few catch phrases I like, one of my favorites of my own is “What!? I like my pouty puss”. You’ll have to watch the movie to find out when/where I say that one!

I hear that there was a lot of great documentary-style, behind the scenes
footage shot during the making of the movie. What can you tell us about
that?

There is a nearly two hour behind the scenes documentary film of the making of ‘Bitch Slap.’ Daniel Cieplinski was behind the camera and rolling every step of the way, from the hairdressers, to the desert, to fight rehearsal. I can’t wait to see it; it’s going to be brilliant!

Have you been able to see the film in a completed state yet? If so, what did you think of the finished product?

Yes! We just had our first cast and crew screening last week! It was amazing! It blew my expectations. I knew it would be good, and I guess I could be a little biased, but it was CRAZY good. The best movie I have seen in a long time. I am SO proud if it. I want to see it again, like right now!

Plans for a theatrical release? When can we look forward to seeing the film
on the big screen?

Rick Jacobson and Eric Gruendemann are in the process of showing it to distributors as we speak. They stuck to their guns and made the movie they wanted to make, and now that it is done, there is a bidding war going on. We are all very optimistic for a theatrical release!

Any word if we might see you preserved in action figure form?

That would be amazing! We need more strong female action heroines!

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Julia Voth, America Olivo and Erin Cummings

You obviously have believed in the project since Day 1, looking back on it
what are your fondest memories of it?

My fondest memory from ‘Bitch Slap’ is just the freedom I felt on set. I had this amazing character in front of me and I was able to bring her to life and play around with her. Not to mention there was a group of people with so much belief and trust in me. It was really the greatest feeling.

What upcoming projects can we look for you in?

I am currently filming the first season for the highly anticipated new show for MTV called “The Phone.” From the mind of Executive Producer Justin Timberlake, The Phone is breaking down the walls of conventional reality TV, combining what’s real and what’s not in an intense race against time. It premieres April 21st, 2009. You won’t want to miss it! Unfortunately I can’t say anymore, but definitely check it out!

What advice would you give to someone just starting out on a career in the
film industry?

My advice being so new to it myself, is to have an absolutely blinding faith in yourself. Work hard and take criticisms as a positive, not a negative, learn from it. Do at least one thing everyday that will take you one step closer to your goals. And have a support system around you, family, good agents, managers, and friends who will be there for you when this business gets you down, because it will. You have to learn to get up and keep on going.

Anything else that you would like to add?

I just want to thank all the fans and people who have been so supportive of us. From the bottom of my heart… Thank you! This has been a dream come true for me.

Be prepared… You have officially just been Slapped!!!

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Check out the trailer for ‘Bitch Slap’ at the Official Website for the file at this location >

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“If you only plan on seeing one film this year that is chock-full of crazy characters, bodacious babes and more action than you can shake a stick at, make it this one!” – Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon

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