Role as society reject among cannibals 'terrifying', Suki Waterhouse says

Tue Sep 6, 2016 11:46am EDT
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By Agnieszka Flak

VENICE (Reuters) - Playing a society reject who tries to survive in a desert wasteland after having her limbs cut off by cannibals was a terrifying experience, British model-turned-actress Suki Waterhouse said at the Venice film festival on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old actress landed her first major role with "The Bad Batch", which premieres in Venice and is one of 20 U.S. and international movies competing for the coveted Golden Lion that will be announced on Saturday.

"I was absolutely terrified and I stayed terrified throughout the whole thing," Waterhouse told a press conference ahead of the movie's official premiere.

Shooting in the desert and portraying a character with a prosthetic leg and without an arm was a challenge both physically and mentally, said the actress, who has modeled for fashion house Burberry.

"I'm a girl from London who's been in a different industry, and I was suddenly like kaplonked in the salt and sea."

Writer and director Ana Lily Amirpour described her second feature film as a "action-adventure-fairytale" that explores the lives of people on the margins of society and the limits of survival and human understanding.

"I guess it is a love letter to something American. I do love America. The things I love, though, I don't really think are perfect," Amirpour said.

Amirpour said the movie was shot in the Californian desert and she spent a year visiting a local community called Slab City, whose inhabitants, living in trailers and off the grid, eventually became extras on the set.   Continued...

Actress Suki Waterhouse attends the photocall for the movie "The Bad Batch" at the 73rd Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy September 6, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi