Resident Evil's Milla Jovovich almost quit after Michelle Rodriguez rewrite

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Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil movie franchise, starring Milla Jovovich as the kickass Alice, ended its 14-year run when Resident Evil: The Final Chapter bowed in movie theaters last year.

But did you know that Jovovich almost left the project before the cameras had even started rolling on the first Resident Evil movie (2002)? That’s what the actress revealed in a recent interview, and she explains why. While speaking to the good folks at Inverse, the Resident Evil star said that she almost quit the film (which is the best one of the bunch, IMHO) because of Michelle Rodriguez’s character, Rain. Here’s the relevant excerpt from the lengthy interview:

“I almost quit the movie. I was shooting something else, and Paul had hired Michelle Rodriguez to play Rain. And she had just come off Girlfight and there was Oscar buzz. She was very hot at that moment, and my hotness had sort of been already four years old by that point. So Paul rewrote the script for her. It pretty much made my character “the girl,” and Rain was “the guy.” She got all of my big action scenes, and she became like Alice. And then Alice became this tag-along.

I didn’t get the new draft until I was leaving to go to Germany from Canada, where I was working. I ended up reading the script on the plane, so by the time I landed in Berlin, I was livid. I got to the hotel and said, “We have to have to a big talk or I’m going to be on a flight tomorrow morning.”

So Paul ended up coming over that evening and we literally sat for three hours and went through the script, page by page. He was like, “What do you mean? This didn’t change that much?” So I was like, “OK, why don’t we start with page one?” I pointed out every time I felt like my great scenes were taken away. That was how we started our relationship.”

There you have it. Following that, Anderson and Jovovich began dating, got married and had two kids, while Alice went on to kick some zombie @$$ in a total of six movies. What do you think about Milla Jovovich’s reasons for almost quitting Resident Evil?

(Inverse via EW)

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