The subject first came up when discussing voiceover work. Tilly said, “I’m doing the sequel to Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky and I play a doll. That was my first experience with voiceover and Brad Dourif and I were in a room and he’s a great actor. We were facing each other and they rigged it up that we could talk at the same time, so we did a lot of overlapping and ad libbing and there’s a scene where the Tiffany doll dies and we’re both staring at each other with tears streaming down our cheeks. I don't know if we really needed to act that hard for that movie, but we did. Years later, we went back and did the voices for the sequel, and I found that I was bothered by having another actor in the room. I was like, “I wish Brad would quit talking so I could do my lines” because you develop a technique. You get on a role, you do the role eight, nine, 10 times and you just do it until you’re happy which is very liberating and really fun.
Now you’re going to play yourself, Jennifer Tilly?
Yeah, it’s a very silly script. I play the doll, the little homicidal doll, and then I also play myself, Jennifer Tilly international star of film.
What is it like to work with doll with your voice?
Actually, I recorded the Tiffany voice and it’s fun because I have a lot of input so I say derogatory things about myself. There’s actually a scene where I’m on the phone, where Jennifer’s on the phone and Tiffany’s on the phone pretending to be me and Tiffany keeps piping in and saying things. And I think that my assistant is making fun of me, so I say, ‘Stop it’ and she says, ‘Stop what?’ and I say, ‘Stop imitating me. I don’t sound like that’ and then Tiffany says, ‘Yes, you do.’ So it’s really confusing.
And this is about the production of the last film?
Yeah, then it takes off from there. I get artificially impregnated with Chucky’s seed. Billy Boyd plays the voice of the son and John Waters plays a pervy paparazzi and somebody named Redman plays a director. He plays a director of this biblical epic. Redman the rapper, yeah. He says it just came to him. God told him to make a movie about the bible. So I’m auditioning to be the virgin Mary in the biblical epic.
Redman as himself?
Yes, he’s playing Redman, himself, but he’s branching out.
Why did it take so long to get this going?
It’s funny because Don [Mancini]’s been trying to get this script off the ground for years and years and years, and finally Universal created - - it’s called Rogue films. You know they have different banners? Well, they had Focus film and we were going to be a Focus film but then I guess they thought it would be bad for Focus Films because that’s for classy indie fare. So they created an offshoot of Focus Films called Rogue films which was for movies they’re too embarrassed to release under the Focus banner. So we’re the very first Rogue film. I’m so happy. This is actually the original script that he wrote, because they were trying to make him change a lot of things. It’s going to be really funny. And he’s got a really great cinematographer and editor. Pino Donaggio is doing the soundtrack.
Would you do a third Chucky?
I think so. Actually the end of the movie, I’m still Jennifer Tilly, am still alive in some form. Don’s probably going to kill me because I think I’m probably giving away too much. I don’t even know if I’m supposed to say I get artificially inseminated by the Chucky doll.
How do you prepare for playing yourself?
Well, one of the things I was trying to do is lose some weight, because I’m really lazy, you guys might know. Most of the times when I get a part, I play character parts so I go well, this character has a sedentary lifestyle. She’s a little bit over the hill, her better days are behind. I always do things like that. But when you’re playing yourself, you can’t say hey, there’s Jennifer Tilly, she’s fat. So I was trying to lose some weight but the problem is when I go on a diet, I get really hungry. I’m not hungry until I say okay, from now on, only lean meat and steamed vegetables. All of a sudden I’m craving fattening food. So just in case, when I was recording the Tiffany doll, just in case I didn’t lose any weight, I put in some references to that. So Don took one look at me and he started putting in jokes about how I’m trying to diet and I won’t let my assistant eat because I have no will power.