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September 30 2002

Darkness Falls... aka Don't Peek, aka The Tooth Fairy. This is the sort of thing Emma Caulfield considers a step UP from playing a demon on Buffy?

[ edited by ZachsMind on 2002-10-01 02:10 ]

It's the story of a man who defends his girlfriend (played by Caulfield) and her kid brother against "an evil nocturnal fairy" allegedly based off the Tooth Fairy myth. And Caulfield is under the impression this will lead to a series of films (about what? The easter bunny? The great pumpkin?). However, Greg of Upcoming Movies is under the impression this film will go straight to video and then be forgotten. Caulfield needs two things. 1) a new agent and 2) her head examined. Your thoughts?

Do you write for TWOP?

I'm going to take a wait and see approach.
This one's priceless. An interview with Caulfield in Fangoria. And we quote: Im not coming back. I want to do other things with my career. Howd you like to do the same thing every day for five years?
I could think of worse things one could do every day for five years than sit reading a script or nibbling at the caterer's table while waiting for this week's director to call for you to say five lines of dialogue in front of a camera, then stand around and be bored while the lighting guys keep insisting they almost have it right, then pretend to really honestly enjoy hugging a fellow actor for the one thousand two hundred and seventy-fifth time, then learn the writers want you to change your hair color. Again... What the heck is she complaining about? It's a steady paycheck, for cryin' out loud. Heck, put me in a dress! I'LL take her job. Sheesh.

...what's a TWOP?
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Most actors crave variety. Doing the same thing day in, day out, no matter how fun the role is, is going to get stifling after a while. People who stay in a television job because it's a "steady paycheck" are not real actors. They're entertainers.

I applaud Caulfield's decision. She stuck around for as long as she wanted to, and now that it's less than fulfilling for her, she's leaving. I'd much rather see her do that than stick around and (pardon my phrasing) go through the motions.
she really does need an opportunity to branch out. anya's written one-dimensionally on purpose, which means if the character does change, it'll be in teeny increments. that's gotta suck. i could see her craving career change with such a character.

reminds me of her performance in "the body." just heartbreaking. so sweet, sad and confused.
ZachsMind:

TWOP = television withhout pity

patricking:

her performance in "the body" was what made the episode so powerful...had she not been there, it wouldn't have worked as well
What does it matter how good her preformances are if BtVS continues to get perpetually snubbed of its due credit? How is she supposed to live without mainstream credit for her work?

Coincidently, I was just watching "The Body" and the point I am most likely to get emotionally caught up in and cry at the very powerful "are they going to cut the body open?" scene:

...
Anya: Am I supposed to be changing my clothes a lot? Is that the helpful thing to do?
Xander: Guys...
Willow: The way you act...
Anya: But nobody will tell me.
Willow: Because its not okay for you to be asking these things.
Anya: But I don't understand. I don't understand how this all happens, how we go through this. I mean I knew her and then she's... there's just a body. And I don't understand why she just can't get back in it and not be dead... anymore. It's stupid, and mortal, and stupid. And Xander is crying and not talking and I was having fruit punch and I thought, well, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch, ever. And she'll never have eggs or yawn of brush her hair, not ever and no one will explain to me why."

I also noticed that every time I watch "The Body" that it has less and less effect on me but I really don't want this to be so.
I agree, Zeppo. That entire episode is sad, of course. However, the one moment where I find myself almost tearing up every time is when Anya's innocence shines through. Though she's existed for a thousand years, she's never truly lived. She has caused loss in others but never actually felt it herself, assumedly because being given demonic abilities shielded her from emotional experience. She was cold-hearted. So in that moment when she's trying to understand the loss of Joyce, we see that facade of hers breaking down. It helps to explain what she's going through now, and how things are going to change for her in the future. I think it's really a shame Caulfield's thinking about leaving the show now, because it's quite evident to me that this season is when Anyanka is going to become the most interesting.

I mean think about it. Here's a character who spent a millenium fulfilling the wishes of scorned women. Then she found herself in their shoes, scorned by a man. However, where she once saw it all as black & white and all men as pure evil, now she can't see them that way because Xander didn't leave her out of evil. His reasons for leaving her are much more involved and complex. We're seeing through Anya's eyes that life is not black & white. This is starting to dawn on her and quite frankly I would think portraying a character like that would be quite fascinating.

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