EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: A.GISH OF "BAG OF BONES" (December 2011)
Question: The original Stephen King novel Bag of Bones won the Bram Stoker award for best novel in 1998, and has since gone on to record sales, how much pressure was the crew under to do the source material justice?
Annabeth Gish: I donít think it was really the crewís responsibility for that, I think it was more Mick [Garris] and the writing team who felt that pressure. But the script was so tight once we went to production, that [it was the crew's goal] to be faithful to what we saw on the script pages. There are some differences between the novel and the miniseries, but that was certainly due to the economy of bringing such a large production to the screen.
Question: Over the years, there have been many Stephen King stories put to film, what do you think makes Mr. kingís stories so translatable to the film genre?
Annabeth Gish: HrmÖ Because he always puts character at the heart of his horror. I think there is always a real human struggle within these extravagant, horrific circumstances and itís really just reality stretched to its most dramatic state, I think. What I think Stephen King does so masterfully is [portraying] the human element- and love! Heís really the expert at writing about love, which is probably why all of his horror is soÖ good! *laugh*
Question: Over your career youíve spanned several genres, westerns to sci-fi, comedy to drama. How do you handle the transition from such wildly different genres one project to the next?
Annabeth Gish: Thatís a good question, but I donít think itís possible to answer for me because, as an actor, you just play the truth. Whomever youíre playing and whatever circumstances that theyíre in, whether it be in a horror story or on a spaceship, thatís their truth and as long as youíre being honest and authentic then you can cross any genre.