An Interview with Tobin Bell, Star of “Saw III”
BY KEVIN CARR
Tobin Bell plays the sinister villain Jigsaw in the “SAW” series. Bell talks about the upcoming “Saw III” and how things become more intense in this installment. Excepts from the interview follow.
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7M: TELL US ABOUT THE BLOOD ON THE POSTERS.
The theme of blood is a continuous one throughout the SAW legend, and Lion’s Gate had a blood drive with SAW I and SAW II. As a matter of fact, over 4,000 pints of blood were donated in connection with the SAW II blood drive. When they had this idea to take a vial of my own blood and put it in the poster that’s in theaters of Jigsaw, and we were coming up with a way to raise some money for the Red Cross. The way we’ve decided to do it is to put a certain number of posters on auction, and whatever money is raised will go to the American Red Cross. We’re hoping to double that 4,000 pints of blood on the SAW III blood drive.
7M: DO YOU SEE JIGSAW AS A VILLAIN, A HERO OR AN ANTI-HERO?
I try to be very specific in the choices that I make for John Cramer, which is what Jigsaw’s real name is. He doesn’t think of himself as a villain or a hero. He’s just a very committed guy who thinks very specifically. He’s very well read. He’s a scientist. He’s a mechanical engineer who has a lot of gripes about the world, as we all do. One of which is that for hundreds of thousands of years, survival of the fittest was an important concept. And I think he thinks the world is going to hell in a handbasket because it’s become survival of the mediocre. And it bugs him that people don’t appreciate their blessings.