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During the press tour for Tarsem Singh’s 2000 film The Cell, actor Vince Vaughn admitted that he thought he had signed on for an avant-garde perfume ad.
During the filming of the 2000 film The Cell, director Tarsem Singh made judicious use of juxtaposition, the pairing of unlikely visual elements for a striking or unsettling effect. Singh comments that this particular combination of an underwear-clad Jennifer Lopez offering her cat some milk, followed by a corpse emerging from what is ostensibly a milk bath was designed to create a sense of “sexual terror” in the viewer.
Jennifer is a sex symbol, and milk is traditionally wholesome, so I wanted to counteract this traditionally sexy image with something horrifying. It unsettles the viewer, and hopefully will scare a few people off of milk.
Singh is noted to be outspoken about his particular strain of lactose intolerance.
Actress Musetta Vander (pictured here, centre), despite playing the role of Sindel in 1997’s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (in which she spoke the infamous “worst line in cinematic history”), recalls her scenes with Jennifer Lopez in 2000’s The Cell as the “most embarrassing moment of [her] career.” Vander explains:
She (Lopez) just refused to chew the scenery. She acted “naturalistically.” UGH! Can you imagine? All those realistic emotions and thoughts. It was so trite.
When Vander’s own subdued performance was investigated, crew members from The Cell recall that the actress was secretly being given a daily dose of tranquilizers in an attempt to “get her to dial it back.” Vander attempted an unsuccessful lawsuit in 2002.
Academy Award-winning costume designer Eiko Ishioka recently came forward to address the controversies surrounding the costumes from Tarsem Singh’s 2000 film, The Cell. Ishioka is quoted as saying
Jennifer Lopez’s costume is the exact same as the armour that Gary Oldman wore in 1992’s Dracula (for which Ishioka was also the costume designer). Not similar, or the same design, but the exact same pieces. It didn’t have to be let out or anything like you would expect. Jenny has a very masculine figure and Gary is very feminine, so it was easy.
When reached for comment, Lopez declined to comment but Oldman seemed to take the comments in stride, stating that he could confirm that he “ha[d] it going on.” Reporters could not dissuade Mr. Oldman from performing a lusty rendition of the popular Black Eyed Peas song “My Humps,” which he insisted was”thematically relevant.”