For Diane Kruger and ‘The Host” co-stars, alien eyes a pain in the iris
BY CINDY PEARLMAN March 21, 2013 8:32PM
Updated: March 22, 2013 5:05PM
LOS ANGELES — Every inch of Diane Kruger has been measured for movie roles, but this was ridiculous.
“You’ve heard of made-to-order dresses? As a creature, I needed made-to-measure contact lenses,”says Kruger,
The actress plays the Seeker in the film adaptation of “The Host,” the sci-fi novel by “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer. In this world, human bodies are being inhabited by aliens that have arrived to take us over, fix our environment and end wars.
The giveaway is their aqua eyes, glowing with a halo. Thus the lenses.
“You can’t see in the contacts,” Kruger says. “People would come up from the side and you just couldn’t see them. At night, you couldn’t see anything.
“It actually helped with the performance. These aliens walk in a strange way and have this laser vision. When your real world is blurred, it’s easier to act strange.”
Co-star Saoirse Ronan was no fan either. “I hated those contacts,” Ronan moans. “I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to act because I couldn’t see. I guess it was a lot cheaper than putting rings in our eyes digitally afterwards.”
Kruger, 36, laughs at the ironies of alien life on earth.
“All of the aliens wear only white outfits, so apparently aliens have figured out how to do laundry,” says the “National Treasure” and “Inglourious Basterds” star. “They also drive shiny chrome Lotus cars that never seem to get a spot on them.”
The German-born Kruger was excited about working with Meyer, one of the film’s producers.
“I really liked ‘Twilight.’ It appeals into my inner teenager,” she says. “I thought it would be really cool to be part of the Stephenie Meyer cool kids club.”
Meyer was a presence on the set. “She has an opinionated view of the characters, but she’s not a control freak,” Kruger says. “She just wants to make sure that you don’t play it one-note. Meanwhile, Andrew [Niccol, the director] has a very precise idea of what things should look like. He could do 18 takes to move a piece of paper.”
Next for Kruger is an FX series, “The Bridge,” about U.S.-Mexican border wars, and an Abe Lincoln film produced by Terrence Malick.
“I play Lincoln’s stepmother when he’s a little boy of 6 and after his mom died,” Kruger says. “She was the one who convinced his dad he should go to school and gave him his first books.
“It’s a simple movie. No makeup. No contacts. I was in heaven.”
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