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Shooting 'Annihilation' Was An ”Insane” Experience, According to Jennifer Jason Leigh [TCA 2018]

Shooting 'Annihilation' Was An ”Insane” Experience, According to Jennifer Jason Leigh [TCA 2018]
From Slashfilm - January 7, 2018

Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh was on a Television Critics Association panel for her upcoming Showtime series Patrick Melrose (watch the trailer here). After the panel, we were able to speak to her about the upcoming Alex Garland film Annihilation. She could not talk about her character but described the experience of filming in The Shimmer.

Find out what Jennifer Jason Leigh had to say about the making of Annihilation below.

For those unaware of Annihilation, the film is based on the first novel in Jeff Vandermeers Southern Reach trilogy. Natalie Portman stars as a biologist who enters The Shimmer with a group of female soldiersand scientists (including Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tessa Thompson) to find out what her husband contracted there on a previous mission. What they discover is a mystery to science with frightening animal hybrids appearing out of nowhere. To get a better idea of what the movie is like, you can watch the trailer. But Leigh was happy to talk about the time she spent on set.

It was an insane experience but really fun and great group of women, Leigh said. We were in these forests behind Pinewood with these heavy, heavy guns and heavy, heavy backpacks. The trailer is like a half a mile away so wed all stay under this one tent. Pretty much everyone but me was vegan so we were subsisting on oat crackers, nuts, raisins and things.

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