A Minute With: Milla Jovovich in "Resident Evil"

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By John Gaudiosi

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Actress Milla Jovovich returns to movie theaters with "Resident Evil: Afterlife," the fourth installment of the successful video game-to-film horror franchise -- only this time she is in 3D.

Jovovich, who met her husband director/producer/writer Paul W.S. Anderson on the set of 2002's original "Resident Evil," teams with him again for the latest film in which her character, Alice, helps save survivors of a virus that has ravaged Earth and turned some people into zombies and other creatures.

At the recent Comic-Con pop culture convention in San Diego, the model-turned-actress spoke to Reuters about what makes the "Resident Evil" movies successful and the challenges of kicking zombie butts in 3D.

Q: The "Resident Evil" films have generated over $378 million at global box offices. What is it about these films that have succeeded where so many Hollywood video game adaptations have failed?

A: "'Resident Evil' has always been an independent movie, which I think is very special about it. It's not a studio concoction. We started as a tiny, little European action film, and everybody involved, Paul, myself and Michelle Rodriguez, were into the game. That was the birth of this franchise. It was just people who really love the games, who really love the characters, and love to kick butt and take no prisoners, and girls enjoying taking on these tough parts.

"I think that translates to people. People are smart today. They know when you're lying to them. They know when you're trying to pull one over on them, and we're not trying to pull anything over on anybody. We're just trying to make the best movie we can with the budget we have and have a great time doing it so that people have a great time watching it."

Q: Many action-oriented video games have male heroes, but with the "Resident Evil" and the "Tomb Raider," women have been the strong ones and they've done well as films, too. Why?

A: "It's always great for women to be given strong parts and be believable in them. The fact that we are promoting the fourth film is a real testament to the passion we put into the movies and to the love, and the hard work, and the excitement we have filming them. It's just been such a fun ride.   Continued...

<p>Actress Milla Jovovich attends a news conference to promote her movie "Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D" in Tokyo September 3, 2010. REUTERS/Toru Hanai</p>