Is V any good? Star delivers verdict
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