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Tobin Bell Hasn’t Seen Spiral, but is Glad Saw is in the Minds of People

Actor Tobin Bell is best known for his depiction of Jigsaw/John Kramer in Saw. While promoting his latest film, A Father’s Legacy, ComingSoon asked Bell about his thoughts on the Saw series returning with Spiral: From the Book of Saw.

“I have not seen Spiral, but I know I know what a talented and imaginative guy that Chris Rock is,” Bell explained. “So I can’t imagine that it doesn’t open a sort of a window into another kind of window. My understanding is it’s not really a Saw film, it’s kind of in the Saw universe. Having not seen it, I can’t really comment on it, except that anything that keeps Saw in the minds of people, and God knows the fans out there are incredibly dedicated to that franchise, will only focus attention on it. So Spiral is in the rearview now and we’ll see what happens moving forward.”

Bell also told ComingSoon that no matter what kind of character he plays in a film, he approaches them the same way.

“I approach every role that I play, whether he’s as you call it a villainous character or this one, the same way,” said Bell. “You want to know who am I? Aware of what do I want, when do I want it, how am I going to get it? I ask a lot of questions and I start answering those questions, and then those open up more questions. You never have answered all the questions by the time the camera rolls, but hopefully, you’ve answered enough of them so that you can play the character without going completely insane and feeling like a fake actor. I always want to be as grounded and believable, credible as if it were happening for the first time, every scene, when in fact it might be the 30th take whatever. Actors portray the human condition and no matter what the situation is, whether they’re in jeopardy or whether they’re causing jeopardy, whether they’re on the run, whether they’re loving or supporting, it’s all a question of doing your homework.”

A Father’s Legacy is now in theaters.




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