Last week it was revealed that Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller finally had the backing in place to move forward on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. At the time, there was no cast attached to the picture, but in a recent interview with MTV Rodriguez confirmed that there are indeed two people from the original film returning: Mickey Rourke (Marv, the gruff and gladiatorial brawler) and Rosario Dawson (Gail, the rope-loving dominatrix). And while those were the only two actors he mentioned by name, he did imply that they'd talked to those from the first film who are already written into the original A Dame to Kill For story, which presumably means at least Elijah Wood (Kevin, the serial cannibal) and Jessica Alba (Nancy, the dancer with a heart of gold) will be returning as well. Also, word has it Michael Madsen and Michelle Rodriguez are also returning.
However, those unsurprising casting nuggets were hardly the most eyebrow-raising part of MTV's chat with the director. In particular, the following bold claim stood out:
MTV: You've said before that you wanted to use three acts again. Is that still the plan?
Rodriguez: Three is a good number. Dramatically, the three-act structure has lasted and is tried and true. I did an anthology before called "Four Rooms," and if you look it up, anthologies are never successful. That's the end of that, I thought. Then I said, "I bet I can do an anthology if it's the same director, and not four, not five, not eight stories. That's too many." Three is a good number. I think two is just weird. Three feels like a dramatic structure, even if they're separate stories. I feels like one, two, three acts and maybe a wrap around. It worked on "Sin City," and that's probably the first anthology that ever worked, that I can think of. So I'm going to stick with that template because, one, I invented it. I can claim it and go, "I'm going to do it again." If it doesn't work, then I'll know that "Sin City" was just a fluke.
Really? Sin City is "probably the first anthology that ever worked"? So films like Creepshow, Twilight Zone: The Movie,Trilogy of Terror, Coffee and Cigarettes, Heavy Metal, Dead of Night, Three... Extremes, and Tales From the Hood were all just fodder to pave the way for the glory of Sin City? Don't get me wrong, I like Sin City quite a bit, but it isn't even the best anthology movie out of that list, yet alone one that uses a template invented by Rodriguez himself.
It's a strange, shortsighted comment to make and reminds me of an equally bizarre claim Rodriguez made a few years ago at SXSW. He was on our own Scott Weinberg's genre panel Directing the Dead (he was there to promote Predators, which he produced), surrounded by other horror directors, when he told a crowd of horror junkies that he'd never actually made a horror movie before. So what's that make From Dusk Till Dawn or The Faculty? Romantic comedies? Have four Spy Kids movies pushed memories of those out of his brain?
Anyways, we do still dig Rodriguez's movies, we just wonder why he keeps saying things that make us wonder if he's really as big a film geek as his movies make him out to be.