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THE MOVIE: P2

THE STARS:
Rachel Nichols • Wes Bentley
DIRECTOR: Franck Khalfoun

Danger from behind THE CONCEPT:
On Christmas Eve, Angela (Nichols), an ambitious young executive, works late before leaving for her family’s holiday party. But when she reaches her car on level P2 in the parking garage it mysteriously won’t start. Thomas (Bentley), a friendly security guard, offers her help and then invites her to share a small Christmas dinner he’s preparing in the parking office, the problem is the invitation is not optional. Angela must now find a way to escape from Thomas before he kills her.

U.S. RELEASE: November 9 2007, Nationwide
• Rated: R

THE COMMENTS:

In production thoughts

RACHEL NICHOLS:

“The moral of this movie is don’t work late, go home early, or have a chaperone! I love thrillers, and the thrillers that work best for me are the ones where I’m sitting in the theatre, watching, feeling safe, but thinking, ‘That could happen to me.’ That’s what I want people to think when they see the movie.’”

WES BENTLEY:
P2 is so original, it avoids cliché, and in this genre it’s so easy to go cliché. Franck did a great job creating an environment. It was a tough shoot though. We were all very type-A personalities and all had great visions. They clashed, but at the same time it created something beautiful.”

NICHOLS:
“There is a little Sigourney Weaver [in Angela]. There’s a little Jodie Foster in there from Silence of the Lambs, there’s definitely some Jennifer Garner in there; all my favorite butt-kicking, really cool heroines. At times, when I was the most out of my mind because of the [shooting] schedule, I feel I had good role models, as far as actresses that I respect, to turn to.”

BENTLEY on if he would describe Thomas as evil:
“I believe there is good and evil in the world. I think there are evil people. A Human being can’t be the definition of evil, but they certainly can do evil things which, in turn, can be defined as ‘you’re an evil bastard.’ So I think Thomas was an evil bastard definitely.”

NICHOLS on the biggest physical demands of the film:
“Definitely running on the concrete [in bare feet] was hard, just because of the amount of times that we had to do it. Believe it or not, the scene where Thomas is behind me, wrestling with me, was difficult. Wes and I were both sore the next day. Literally, I had to thrash as much as possible, and we did that over and over because you’ve got to get it right. So, that was really demanding. And then, there were a couple of other times where, out of fatigue, I bit the dust and really hurt myself, so that was physically demanding as well, but not intentional.”

BENTLEY:
“Between ‘action’ and ‘cut’ is my time. It’s my time to play and everything else is down time, and that’s definitely for fun. Rachel and I got close during the filming. Between scenes, especially since she had to deal with such grueling conditions, she needed that and I hoped to be that.”

NICHOLS:
“The thing that got me through [the shoot] was Wes because we were in this together, and we’re the only two actors in the film for the most part, and to do something that had these extraordinarily high suspense, tension, painful emotional scenes, I needed someone that I could trust when I was at work. So Wes and I spent a lot of time together, and if I hadn’t had an actor that I got along with so well, I think it would have been a terrible, painful process.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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