News culture “I almost quit the movie”: Milla Jovovich could have left ‘Resident Evil’ because of the arrival of Michelle Rodriguez
The least we can say is that the Resident Evil films by Paul WS Anderson did not necessarily convince fans of the Capcom series. What they don’t necessarily know is that the arrival of Michelle Rodriguez (Fast and Furious) created tension on the set of the first film…
With six films and $1.23 billion in total revenue, Paul WS Anderson’s Resident Evil films are commercial successes. These films, which move away from the plots of the games while drawing inspiration from scenes and protagonists known to fans of the saga, are mainly interested in the character played by Milla Jovovich, Alice. As pointed out Espinof, it could have happened otherwise since the arrival of Michelle Rodriguez upset the script of the film. According to Milla Jovovich, the actress we know today for her antics in Fast & Furious could have stolen the show.
I almost quit the movie. I was shooting something else and Paul had hired Michelle Rodriguez to play Rain. She had just come out of the movie ‘Girlfight’ and there was some excitement around the Oscars. (…) Paul rewrote the script for her. (…) She got all the big action scenes and became the new Alice, turning my Alice into a sidekick”. Jovovich mile
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If the rewrites are normal to adapt to the actors finally selected, it is rarer that a secondary character finally becomes the protagonist of a work between two versions of the scenario. Milla Jovovich explains that she threatened to leave the project if Paul WS Anderson did not find a satisfactory solution for his role.
Paul came over that afternoon and we literally sat for three hours going through the script page by page. He said to me: “what do you mean? It hasn’t changed that much”. And I said to him: “why not start with the first page?” And I would point fingers whenever I felt like my best scenes had been taken away from me. This is how our relationship began. Jovovich mile
We know that Milla Jovovich managed to change the director’s mind. Not only is Alice indeed the character of the entire Resident Evil film saga, but in addition, the heroine gains powers, each more mind-blowing than the other over the course of the episodes. As a reminder, the director and the actress have been married since 2009.