Olivia Thirlby Says She Kicks "Major Butt" in Pete Travis' Dredd Adaptation
02.20.12 by BJSprecher
Just because director Pete Travis' (Vantage Point, Endgame) new sci-fi movie, Dredd, is named for Joseph Dredd, the stone-faced comic book law-dog who first appeared way back in the pages of 2000 A.D. #2 (March 1977), that doesn't mean that title actor Karl Urban will be the only one laying down the law in the movie. Actress Olivia Thirlby (Juno, The Darkest Hour) will also be playing one of the "Judges" that patrol the mean streets of the dystopic futuristic city of Mega City One and act as police, judge, jury and executioner all rolled into one. In a recent interview with CraveOnline, Thirlby revealed that she got to "kick major butt" in Dredd as Judge Cassandra Anderson, a telepathic rookie who pairs up with Dredd to learn the ropes, even performing some of the character's face-kicking, neck-breaking moves herself.
I kick major butt in Dredd.I get to kill people. I break a guy’s neck by roundhouse kicking him in the face. It was me, I did it. I learned how to roundhouse kick. I also do it with my hands cuffed behind my back so it’s pretty cool I have to say. Yeah, leather body suit, blonde hair, the whole thing.
Comic book fans will be happy to learn that Thirlby prepared for playing Judge Anderson by reading comic books.
[Anderson] actually got her own little spinoff [comic book] because she has psychic abilities. That was kind of my prep for the character although she was written by several different people, so depending on what comic you read, her persona is very different. Sometimes she’s very sassy, she’s got a lot of one-liners, she’s very cool. Sometimes she’s a lot more tortured. She’s had some dark things happen to her so sometimes she can be a very tortured person.
Though she wouldn't comment on Judge Anderson's helmet, or lack thereof — as crazy as it may sound to you non-comic book readers out there, the issue of whether or not Dredd will take off his helmet in the movie is a big deal to die-hard fans of the character — Thirlby did let slip that [SPOILER ALERT!] Anderson will survive and hopefully show up in a sequel.
It would be a dream to be able to play Anderson again because I really am quite fond of her.
Dredd was written by Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) and produced by Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire). Lena Heady (300) also stars.