Gemma Arterton 'couldn't resist playing a talking head'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 March 2015
Gemma Arterton

Gemma Arterton

'The Voices' star Gemma Arterton couldn't resist playing a "talking head in the fridge" in the Marjane Satrapi-directed black comedy film

Gemma Arterton couldn't resist playing a "talking head in the fridge" in 'The Voices'.

The 29-year-old English actress - who's previously starred in 'Quantum of Solace' and 'Clash of the Titans' - says she was drawn to the unusual role of Fiona in the Marjane Satrapi-directed black comedy movie because it marked a stark contrast to the films she'd previously been making.

She explained: "I'd been doing all of these big Hollywood movies and I hadn't really been feeling them.

"I like things that are a bit strange, a bit dark, that make you think. I read this script and just loved it.

"My character, I get to play just a talking head in the fridge. And that for me, was something I thought that I've got to do it."

Arterton explained that although there are some dark themes explored in the movie - which also features Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick - it triggered lots of laughter, too.

She told BBC Radio 1: "[Alfred] Hitchcock said that when people would laugh at his horrors it was the biggest compliment.

"This film is a horror in some aspects, because when you're so awkward and you've got too much emotion, often it comes out in laughter."

The Voices

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • 1h 41min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Marjane Satrapi
  • Written by: Michael R. Perry
  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick

Lonely factory worker Jerry (Reynolds) has regular conversations with his cat and dog, which take an odd turn when he kills a female co-worker. Satrapi's candy-coloured vision perfectly complements Perry's gleefully twisted script, and Reynolds (who voices all the animals) plays a blinder.

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