A Minute With: Tobin Bell of the "Saw" horror films

Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:31pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tobin Bell plays the killer named Jigsaw who ensnares victims in deadly games for the "Saw" horror film franchise that has captivated audiences with the same fervor Jigsaw dedicates to his bloody traps.

"Saw VI," Bell's latest Halloween date with moviegoers, opens on Friday, looking to add to the $665 million in ticket sales the franchise has generated at worldwide box offices since the debut of the first film in 2004.

DVD sales have surpassed 28 million units, and as a result of the films' success, the studio behind the franchise, Lions Gate Entertainment, is now a top horror movie maker.

Bell, 67, got his first break as an actor with a role in the 1988 civil rights drama "Mississippi Burning," but he is best known for playing Jigsaw, a mastermind who forces victims to deal with their own faults and fight to survive.

He spoke to Reuters about what scared him as a child, what inspired him to be an actor and the success of the Saw franchise.

Q: Do you think that Jigsaw has truly noble intentions in some way to get his victims to change for the better, or is he simply using that as a veneer to be cruel?

A: "He's not using anything as a veneer and he's sincere in what he says and what he does. Jigsaw, he doesn't lie. You may not like what he says, or what he does. But he doesn't lie."

Q: Who is the first person in your life you remember, or the first thing, that you ever feared?   Continued...

<p>Actor Tobin Bell, who stars as "Jigsaw", poses as he arrives at a screening for the cast and crew of his film "Saw IV" in Hollywood in this October 23, 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>