With Resident Evil: Afterlife now on DVD, Computerandvideogames spoke to Milla Jovovich about the movie franchise and whether there was any fan backlash about her playing a non-video game character in four (and counting) movie adaptations.
Oh yeah, there are, like, 15 people in the world that spend all day really hating me. Like horrifically hating me with a passion. They're always writing. I tell them: "Why don't you just write a script?" But if you ask one hardcore fan about something, they'd disagree with that hardcore fan over there. Another hardcore fan might think the hunters should have been in the movie. And what are the hunters? They're big frogs. There are a lot of characters in the Resident Evil games that are not very photogenic.
You can't please everybody and hardcore fans are hardcore fans and you're never going to please them, no matter how many oversized frogs or giant bees you put in.
Jovovich admitted she initially wanted to play Jill Valentine until writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson used inane logic to talk her out of it.
He said: "Yeah, but people don't know who Jill Valentine is. Only a small group of people play this game and there's a potentially huge audience out there. But if we have to talk about the history of Jill, there's such a storyline for those characters - you don't want to get stuck having to use Capcom's storylines."
Capcom changes a VP and suddenly the storyline changes. So he needed to create a character that was a bit more like the audience. The innocent coming into this who they can relate to without needing to know her history.
Logic says Anderson also could have Valentine in much the same way as Alice, but that's only logic. Plus, how would fans react to Anderson's treatment of Valentine if he turned the character into a super-powered bad-ass? Instead, made Alice into a super-heroinne, only to deny her powers in the fourth installment. Jovovich wasn't pleased.
Not at all. It was a huge fight. I was like: "I want my superpowers! How dare you take them away from me!" Paul said: "Trust me, where do we have to go if all she does is psychic-blast everything. You need to start fighting again like a real person." So I was like: "Okay, fine. As long as I'm still a badass."
Don't worry, Milla. Those powers could return in Resident Evil 5.