Richard Livsey caught up with “Snakes On a Plane” actress Agam Darshi and spoke with her in an interview for his new online entertainment magazine. Here are a few excerpts from the time he spent talking with her.
Richard Livsey (RL): Many people are scared of snakes, what are your thoughts on these slithery creatures?
Agam Darshi (AD): I’ve never had any problems with snakes. I’ve always found them pretty fascinating. I think if I had to work with spiders though, that would be entirely different.
RL: Did they use real snakes on the set?
AD: There were about 400 snakes on hand. And I worked with CGI, and real snakes. The CGI snake was of course created after they got the shots. But in the final scene, they placed a large yellow snake, about the width of my arm, and about 4 feet long, on the seat in front of me. They did the shot three times, and each time the snake slithered on to my lap and behind my back. I don’t have any problems looking at snakes, but it’s different when it’s slithering on you! I was supposed to act dead, but my heart was pounding and I never felt more alive!
RL: Some people are not going to go see this movie because they donâ€™t get it. If you could speak to these people what would you say?
AD: Don’t take it so seriously. It’s a fun summer movie. It’s not meant for critics. It’s meant to go to in the dead of summer when you just want to go on a wild ride, and not think too much about it. And hey –Samuel is in it!
RL: Speaking of, ever since Jungle Fever, and especially after Pulp Fiction burst onto the scene, Samuel L. Jackson has become a major player in Hollywood. What are your thoughts on the star of Snakes On A Plane?
AD: I think he’s great. When I first saw Pulp Fiction I was pretty young and I didn’t get it. I saw it again a few years back and it blew me away. I then understood why people love him. He’s so intense and a great actor. Someday I will work with him again, and in a much larger role.
RL: There’s a cool shot of you in the previews. How stoked were you to learn that you were featured in the movieâ€™s trailer?
AD: I was thrilled! My mom phoned me, while watching Access Hollywood, and told me. It’s been playing on the TV all the time.
RL: If you had to make a choice, would it be a comedy or drama? Not necessarily to work in, but to watch and enjoy?
AD: I really love drama. I love human struggle. I think struggle makes the good stuff in life so much better. I love characters that are flawed, or have to overcome challenges that they are faced with. I really enjoy comedy as well. One of the things I want to do before I die, is stand-up.
You can read the entire interview with Agam Darshi HERE……and catch her this fall in “American Venus” and “Deck The Halls” starring Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick and Kristin Davis.