They’re com­ing

Is V any good? Star de­liv­ers ver­dict

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I T RANKS as one of the most piv­otal, gut-churn­ing mo­ments on TV. Jane Badler, as Vis­i­tor leader and ‘‘ lizard woman’’ Diana in the 1983 mini-se­ries,

V, cre­ated a huge stir when she wrapped her hand around the swollen belly of a gi­ant ro­dent, then ca­su­ally chowed down on the an­i­mal as if it were just a light snack.

V, and Badler fans, will no doubt be pleased to hear she’s ne­go­ti­at­ing a role in the se­ries re­make of V, which stars Morena Bac­carin in the role of se­duc­tive alien, Anna.

The hype driv­ing Badler’s likely ap­pear­ance in the re­make has been in­spired by her ap­pear­ance on the in­ter­net se­ries, The Jace Hall Show (Hall, the show’s host, is also the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of V).

Badler, in a scripted seg­ment where she’s au­di­tion­ing for a role in the re­make, tries to im­press Hall by dan­gling, then drop­ping, a mouse into her mouth.

Badler, a New Yorker who lives in Mel­bourne, says the scene was dif­fi­cult to shoot. ‘‘ They had the guy from

The Ma­trix there to do the spe­cial ef­fects ... it looks ex­actly like I’m eat­ing a mouse,’’ Badler says.

‘‘ I still had to bring it down to my face and it was a bit weird when it started do­ing things on my face. It was pretty bad. When I did Mis­sion

Im­pos­si­ble I had to dance with a boa con­stric­tor around me and now I have a pho­bia. I drank a lot of vodka be­fore I did that. But it’s all part of be­ing an ac­tor. You do things you never thought you could do.’’

Speak­ing on the set of V, Bac­carin winces when the sub­ject of rat-swal­low­ing is raised.

She’s dread­ing the day she’ll read in a script that her char­ac­ter, Vis­i­tor leader Anna, has her up-close mo­ment with a ro­dent.

The 30-year-old Brazil­ianAmer­i­can says: ‘‘ I’d rather not think about that, un­til I have to do that, if that comes up.

‘‘ I don’t want to pre­pare my­self by eat­ing some ro­dents in ad­vance.’’

In the first episode of V, Anna and her Vis­i­tor (V) al­lies breeze across the sky in their space­ship, cast­ing a shadow over Earth. Anna’s is the first face hu­mans see.

It’s an ar­rest­ing, spinet­in­gling scene — peo­ple stop­ping dead in their tracks, faces point­ing sky­ward, with a look of ter­ror in their eyes.

But the charis­matic Anna cap­tures peo­ple’s imagination by of­fer­ing friend­ship, some­thing that clearly will not last. Asked if she mod­elled Anna on any­one, Bac­carin of­fers US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

‘‘ I am not call­ing him an alien, I think he’s great,’’ Bac­carin ex­plains.

‘‘ Right now, a lot of the fo­cus is on him to be per­fect and to res­cue us from this crap that we’ve got­ten our­selves into.’’

I still had to bring it down to my face and it was a bit weird when it started do­ing things

on my face

THE ORIG­I­NAL LIZARD WOMAN JANE BADLER

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