Multi-hyphenate Clark Gregg didn’t have a lot of money for his adaptation of Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke, opening this week, but that’s OK — his cast was more than game to throw themselves into the somewhat spartan, briskly paced shoot.
“I’ve been able — once in a while, quite thankfully — to go do a big Disney movie and make some dosh, but then you’re faced with something like this, which is interesting and a little warped and strange,” says Anjelica Huston, who plays Sam Rockwell’s memory-stricken, institutionalized mother, Ida, in the movie. “And I brought my own wig to this show, a wig that I wore in a thing called Family Pictures, over 20 years ago. So I brought that wig into the mix for the older character, but we didn’t have any money to go out and have wigs made. My hairdresser on the movie had this wig that she was going to use on my stunt double for some of the younger stuff with my character, but we had no look for me as a younger person. Ida is kind of a mistress of disguise, so I slapped on the stunt girl’s wig, which was some vinyl thing that was bought on a corner in New Jersey, and it was like, ‘Yeah, that kind of works.’ It’s weird, you’re not quite sure if that’s her hair. But for me it kind of works for the part. We weren’t spending thousands of dollars, as one usually does in these movies, but… you don’t necessarily have to have a lot of money to throw at something in order for it to be good or convincing. And I always like scrapping things together a little bit.” For more information on the film, click here.