There was a lot of talk at Friday's press conference for Jennifer's Body about how it wasn't like other teen horror films -- even though the title character (babe du jour Megan Fox) is a high school queen bee who transforms into a carnivorous demon, snacking on boys and terrorizing her oldest friend Needy (Amanda Seyfried).
Screenwriter Diablo Cody (who won an Oscar for Juno, and was rocking a new platinum pixie haircut) and director Karyn Kusama ( Girlfight) said they wanted the sex to be more realistic and candid than most movie sex, "which always seems so graceful and effortless," Cody said. "These kids had to plan, they had to buy their condoms in advance at Supertarget."
Kusama agreed: "In a lot of horror films, sex is depicted negatively, as if the sex itself is the horror. Whereas with Needy, it's open, awkward, connected, engaged, real. The genre usually suggests that a lot of meaningless sex - whatever meaningless sex might be - leads to murder. We wanted to reverse those tropes."
The biggest difference for Fox, however, was being directed by a woman. "Karyn was much more sensitive to how I was feeling from moment to moment, which I was not used to," she said. "She encouraged us to be beautiful in a real way, as opposed to hair extensions and spray tans. We didn't have to look like an airbrushed Cosmo cover."
And referring to her now-famous booty shot in Transformers 2, the number one movie of 2009 so far, Fox added, "And I didn't have to bend over a bike, which was nice."
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