Sara Foster, co-star of the "D.E.B.S." Movie!
The sexy blonde is a former fashion model who briefly hosted the short-lived "Entertainment Tonight" spin-off "ET on MTV." Based on that breakthrough she was cast as the lead femme fatale in the adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel "The Big Bounce" (2003). Sara was born on August 2, 1981. Her father is music producer and songwriter David Foster. Her step-mother is Linda Thompson, Bruce Jenner's ex-wife and previous star of TV's "Hee Haw". Sara Foster is also a successful model. Sara Foster has appeared in campaigns for Guess and Tommy Hilfiger. She is currently hosting "ET on MTV". Sara Foster has blond hair and blue eyes.
Deadly, Evil-Bashing Supervixens ... Dangerous Effeminates Bringing Sassiness ... Double-Edged Beauties Spying. Sure, the secret government organization known as D.E.B.S. actually stands for Discipline, Energy, Beauty, Strength, but any of those other descriptions would fit just as well. On March 25, these teenage girls with short skirts and long guns hit movie theaters in a comedy thriller that promises to speed up pulses in more ways than one. We spoke with two of their top agents, Meagan Good and Sara Foster, to learn about SAT scores, digitally altered undergarments, and why Charlie's Angels had better not step to them.
MTV: So, what exactly are the D.E.B.S.?
Sara Foster: The D.E.B.S. are a fun group of girls who have genuine love for each other, and who are kind of all brought together to fight crime.
Meagan Good: The D.E.B.S. are like the CIA or the FBI, except they come in Catholic [school]girl uniforms and took a test that was hidden in the SATs that helped them, or the powers that be, to realize that we are the perfect cheaters, liars and killers.
MTV: This movie is being described as "Charlie's Angels" with teenage girls.
Good: The whole D.E.B.S. thing kind of reminds me of like "Charlie's Angels" meets "Austin Powers" meets "Bring It On."
MTV: What were your thoughts when you first saw the uniforms?
Good: My character, Max, like, my outfit was totally her because it was the combat boots, it was the skirt that was short, but it wasn't as short as [co-star] Devon [Aoki]'s skirt, and I had the wife-beater. I had to pump up and get a little muscle for it so I could look like a little superhero.
Foster: The first time I saw the outfits, my first thought was "I need a trainer; these skirts are really short." I remember I said to the costumer, to the wardrobe people, "Do you think I could maybe wear some nylons?" But my skirt wasn't as short as some of the others, as Devon's.
MTV: So they had you guys hit the gym pretty hard, then?
Good: Yeah, it was like my first time, really. I'd never really worked out, and so for that role I went [to the gym] for probably about four months and drank protein shakes and everything to put on some weight so I could get some muscle-y arms or muscle-y legs.
MTV: Wearing those tiny skirts, jumping in and out of vehicles and running around, there must have been some pretty revealing outtakes.
Good: Oh yeah. We had a lot of stuff digitally removed.
MTV: So who wins in a fight: the D.E.B.S. or the Angels?
Foster: Oh my God, the D.E.B.S. because those Charlie's Angels, you know, they ... our looks are deceiving. We're a lot tougher than we look. We all might be small, but we have the mental willpower. Not that the Charlie's Angels don't, but I'd say this: There's four of us and three of them. It's us for sure.
Good: I'd say the D.E.B.S., because you haven't seen our best moves yet. We've got "D.E.B.S. II" coming.
MTV: So there's already talk of a sequel? And you'd both be coming back?
Foster: I think our director has a sequel. I know she has it in her head. I think she's in the process of writing it. This movie is coming out, and I think it's the kind of movie that you're going to get it or you don't, and the people that get it are going to go back and see it multiple times. I already know people who have seen it more than once, just kind of going from festival to festival. We're not trying to make "The Godfather" here. We're not trying to cure cancer; we're having fun. The biggest compliment I got was from someone who said, "I literally didn't even realize it — I had a smile on my face from beginning to end." And that's the biggest compliment you can get, you know? If the movie does well then I think there's a good chance to make a sequel.
MTV: What real-life mission would the D.E.B.S. be perfect for?
Foster: I think if anyone could find Bin Laden, it's us. We could just coax him with our — with [Meagan]'s good luck, my charm, be like, "Come on. It's OK. We're not going to tell."
MTV: So, Meagan, how did you score the biggest gun in the movie? Did you pay off the prop guy?
Good: Actually, it was kind of pre-thought of, except they didn't expect the person who got Max to be as small as I am, but it actually worked out. In between takes I would use the gun as a weight to build muscles on my arm. When I went to the shooting range to start shooting, they were like, "You know, I think this gun is going to be a little heavy for you. Let's just give you a smaller one." I was like, "No, no, I'll take this one." [It was] actually pretty heavy, but it kind of added to her character, having the whole Napoleon complex.
MTV: These girls are recruited by the government through a secret test built into the SATs. How did you score, back in the day?
Foster: I didn't do that bad, to be honest with you. I was really nervous and I didn't prepare as much as I probably should have. I think I got like a 1,250, which when I was taking the test was pretty normal, but nowadays, you know, it's normal to get a perfect score. It was unbelievable, and now getting a 1,600 is not that odd. It used to be [if] you get a 1,600 you'd be in the newspaper. Now it's like people are getting the perfect scores all around.
Good: I did pretty good. I actually went to home school because I was working on a children's show on Nickelodeon. I did pretty decent, though. We'll leave it at that.
Sara Foster: All-girl, all-action
D.E.B.S. IS AN ALL-GIRL CRIME-FIGHTING SPOOF WITH A LESBIAN TWIST. STACY FARRAR SPEAKS TO DIRECTOR ANGELA ROBINSON.
Angela Robinson is living every budding filmmaker’s dream. A couple of years ago she received a small grant from a women’s film collective to make a short all-girl crime-fighting team spoof with a lesbian twist, which led to a $5m contract with Sony to turn the short into a feature. That feature, D.E.B.S., inspired Walt Disney studios to contract Robinson to direct the $50m Herbie: Fully Loaded, a Lindsay Lohan and Matt Dillon feature due for Australian release in July.
If it sounds like a fairytale, take a moment to consider the quality of D.E.B.S. It’s slick, it has quality actors doing quality acting and it is genuinely funny. Robinson even manages to buy some stunts and good sets with her meagre (for Hollywood) budget.
It’s also the perfect film for queer Charlie’s Angels fans because, as Robinson says, it brings the lesbian subtext so often seen in girls-go-wild movies onto centre stage.
“I totally do that,” she says. “It brings it to the forefront.”
“I really love girl-power action movies but I always wanted the girls to get together with each other as opposed to with the guys. I decided to write my own because I didn’t see it happening in already existing films.”
D.E.B.S. (the letters stand for Discipline Energy Beauty Strength) tells the story of four high school girls who are chosen through a special section of the SAT exam to attend an elite crime-fighting academy.
The four checked skirt-wearing crime-fighting machines are Amy (Sara Foster), Max (Meagan Good), Dominique (Devon Aoki) and Janet (Jill Ritchie). All four have special skills and weaknesses. Amy is perfect but not sure about whether she wants to be an agent, Max is feisty but jealous, Dominique is a beautiful chain-smoking promiscuous French girl and Janet is sweet but dumb.
Their nemesis is young lesbian crime-lord Lucy Diamond (Jordana Brewster of The Fast And The Furious fame). The four D.E.B.S. are assigned to Diamond’s case but things go awry when Amy falls in love with her hot, evil enemy.
Robinson’s 2003 short film version of D.E.B.S. was funded by Power Up, a non-profit organisation made up of gay and straight women who offer financial support for other women in entertainment.
Sony backed the feature on the strength of the short film and feature script, and Robinson was able to assemble a great cast of up-and-coming actors – for example Devon Aoki, the former catwalk model who appeared in 2 Fast 2 Furious – and seasoned professionals like Holland Taylor, who plays the D.E.B.S. Academy headmistress.
“We had a barrage of great people who wanted to be on the project,” Robinson said.
“It was cool because a lot of actresses really responded to the material and thought the parts were lots of fun.”
The film has screened at Sundance Film Festival and the Berlinale in Berlin. It is also scheduled for cinema release in the US in March, which Robinson – who is currently in post-production of Herbie: Fully Loaded – is very excited about.
“I’m really psyched about it. It was a big labour of love and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I can’t wait for it to hit theatres and for big audiences to see it.”
D.E.B.S. screens as part of the Mardi Gras Film Festival on Saturday 26 February from 7:30pm at the Palace Academy Twin Cinema, Oxford St, Paddington. The Festival runs until Thursday 3 March.
Discipline Energy Beauty Strength
D.E.B.S. opens with quick-fire scene-setting narration by Gravelly Voiceover Man that makes you think you’re watching a trailer; it explains that D.E.B.S. (an acronym for Discipline, Energy, Beauty and Strength) is an underground organisation of secret agents that recruits elite young women through the use of a test hidden in the S.A.T. exam. The current top squad includes “perfect score girl” Amy (Sara Foster), tough-talking group leader Max (Meagan Goode), ditzy goodie-goodie Janet (Jill Ritchie) and chain-smoking French sex-fiend Dominique (Devon Aoki, from < ahref= review_1621.html>2 Fast 2 Furious).
The squad (kitted out in regulation skimpy schoolgirl outfits which include ultra-short plaid skirts) are assigned to stake out Evil Mastermind Lucy Diamond (Jordana Brewster) after the academy discovers she is due to meet a Russian assassin named Ninotchka (Jessica Cauffiel). However, it turns out that Lucy is actually on a blind date and when Amy comes face-to-face with Lucy during a shoot-out, she finds herself more than a little flustered…
Robinson directs with a snappy sense of pace and the colourful production values are impressive, particularly given the film’s relatively low budget. The tone is appropriately campy and tongue-in-cheek but the film is careful enough to keep a straight face throughout and never resorts to mugging or cheap gags.
As a result, it’s frequently very funny and there are lots of nice throwaway jokes, such as Lucy’s inexplicable grudge against Australia, which she once “tried to drown”.
Acting Extremely Good
The acting is extremely good. Sara Foster makes an appealing lead and there’s surprisingly strong chemistry between her and Jordana Brewster (who’s very reminiscent of a young Demi Moore).
Jill Ritchie (who was also in the original short) gets most of the good lines (“Perfect score? Perfect whore, more like”) and there’s also good work from Devon Aoki and Holland Taylor as the school’s headmistress. Also notable is Jimmi Simpson as Lucy’s sidekick, who provides quality comic support and will doubtless go on to bigger things, as he has a bit of a Christian Slater thing going on.
In short, this is a likeable, well made, frequently hilarious flick that has obvious cult potential. It will inevitably draw comparisons to Charlie’s Angels, but it’s a lot more original than that makes it sound, largely because it treats its central relationship seriously and ends up being pleasingly subversive as a result. Highly recommended.
Meet Sara Foster
Where you’ve seen her:
This leggy blonde has modeled for Tommy Hilfiger and Guess?; had a brief hosting gig on the short-lived ET on MTV, and now hopes to steal the Hollywood limelight in the much-hyped crime caper The Big Bounce.
“I don’t even get approached that often. Every girl gets hit on, but I don’t get hit on in any crazy ways. Usually what I get is, ‘Hi. I’m a producer.’ But then I’m always like, ‘Oh…good for you.’”
“When I was 19, I bought all this lingerie, put it on, and waited for my boyfriend to come home. I was so excited. But when he showed up, he was like, ‘Oh, those are nice. What’s for dinner?’”
Welcome to the jungle:
“I like a man to be a man. And I’m more than willing to be the girl. I totally believe in ‘Me Tarzan, you Jane.’”
Del Toro Set To Marry?
Actor Benicio Del Toro is finally ready to settle down with new girlfriend, model and actress Sara Foster, according to pals. The Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas star has been linked to a string of Hollywood beauties, including Alicia Silverstone and Scarlett Johansson, yet never came close to marrying - until now. Friends say the 37-year-old is smitten with his new belle, the 23-year-old daughter of Hollywood composer David Foster. A pal says, "He's head over heels in love with her. They will probably get married." A friend adds of Foster, who has previously been romantically linked to Leonardo DiCaprio, "She's sweet and definitely a party girl. But she's calmed down a lot recently."
Del Toro Paid $5 Million for Defunct Film
Oscar-winning actor Benicio Del Toro was reportedly paid $5 million to star in now-defunct film Tru Blu. Last month Universal Studios cancelled the Del Toro and Denzel Washington-starring biopic of infamous 1970s drug dealer Frank Lucas. Only weeks before it was cancelled, Training Day movie maker Antoine Fuqua was fired as director and is now considering filing a law suit against the studios. According to American gossip columnist Ted Casablanca, Del Toro had already accepted the millions to play detective Richie Roberts, when the movie was unexpectedly pulled from pre-production. A source says, "Benicio got paid 5 million bucks to get fired from Tru Blu and he's been putting on the pounds ever since. What's ironic, is that the producers were paying for him to train and get in shape because he was really at his heaviest." Despite his increasing waistline, Del Toro's alleged new love, actress Sara Foster is happy with the extra weight. The source adds, "He'd grab junk food whenever he could. And now it's worse than ever. But Sara doesn't seem to mind."
Sara Foster of "The Big Bounce"
A relatively fresh, but very beautiful, face graces the film "The Big Bounce," the heist comedy based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. Sara Foster, who had previously only appeared in model shoots and MTV's "ET on MTV," makes her feature film debut as Nancy Hayes. In the movie, Nancy plays love interest to Jack Ryan (Owen Wilson). Nancy - a stunning knockout blonde - has something up her sleeve when she convinces Jack into hatching a scheme in order to steal $250,000 from Ray Ritchie (Gary Sinese,) a real estate tycoon she is having an affair with.
Below is what Sara had to say about the movie and working with Owen Wilson.
Q: What was it like to be a female with all this testosterone around you?
SARA: Um, it was awesome! It was fun to be the only girl with all these awesome men. It was great. It might have been a little bit easier in the beginning if I had have had [more females] cause Bebe Neuwirth didn't really come in towards the end, so I was doing most of the heavy lifting for us females.
Q: How easy does Owen Wilson make it for you to work with?
SARA: He makes it so easy. He makes you look good. If you're mediocre, he makes you look good. If you look good, he makes you look great. He brings it out in you. I don't know what it is, but he's so charming and funny and easy to work with. He's going to make a great director someday because he does that and he was really helpful.
Q: Did you read the book before you began filming?
SARA: I hadn't read the book and I hadn't seen the movie because they made the film with Ryan O'Neal years back. I thought about it and I said "OK, I want to rent the movie and I want to read the book." But then I thought that I didn't want to, because I wanted to create Nancy from the very beginning. I didn't want any preconceived notions or any of that. I didn't want it to conflict with how I wanted to develop her.
Q: How much freedom did you have in developing your character Nancy?
SARA: I had a good amount and Owen helped me with that actually. A lot of the stuff you saw was improv. There were a few scenes that they actually kept were just us doing a little outline in the morning and then [going] with it. Everyone was really open to my ideas and my opinions, which I wasn't sure would be the case. So, we kind of developed her as we went.
Q: Is doing your first feature film a little daunting for you? You were a model and did a little TV...
SARA: Nothing compared to this. Daunting is a good word. (Laughs) That's kind of the word I've been using. It was surreal and daunting. I don't even know how to explain it. When you walk onto a set for your first film, and Morgan Freeman's in his chair and Owen Wilson is in that chair...everyone on the set has won some sort of crazy award in their life. I didn't know how people were going to react to me. People couldn't have been more open and generous.
Q: Who ended up impressing you the most?
SARA: I was most nervous to meet Morgan and that was only because I hadn't met him before arriving in Hawaii. I spent a little bit of time with Owen before we arrived [in Hawaii]. In preproduction, we spent a little bit of time together. Owen, I worked with the most. A majority of my scenes were with him and I'm the president of his fan club, to say the least.
Q: Was it a scary thing to begin modeling at 16?
SARA: Modeling's strange because it is all about "this." People say it's all about your personality but it's not. This is definitely more for me - acting. I can't really sit still. In modeling, I get yelled at a lot, like "Stop moving!"
Q: Tell us a little bit about your upcoming movie "D.E.B.S."
SARA: "D.E.B.S." is crazy. People are going to come out of it saying that it felt like a little bit of a "Charlie's Angels" spoof. It's a group of girls who become part of a secret society. They take a secret test, which is in the back of the S.A.T. and it measures your ability to lie, cheat, steal and my character has the perfect score. We're out to catch this diamond thief, played by Jordana Brewster, who is a wonderful actress. Michael Clarke Duncan is also our ringleader. We're all in schoolgirl uniforms so it's very funny.