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Sarah Michelle Gellar - "The Grudge 2" Movie - Horror director holds no ’Grudge’

Tuesday 25 April 2006, by Webmaster

Another actress, who actually has a name to care for is Sarah Michelle Gellar and there are not no many accomplishes films at her but an few I can probably enjoy. The talent agent found Gellar a young age and made her screen debut at 6 of each of the 1983 television film An Invasion of Privacy. With all the promise she showed, Barrymore starred as Hannah in the teen drama series "Swans Crossing" (1992) but it was her portrayal of a young and callous rich girl in Al-Lucinda Kendall Hart on ABC daytime soap opera "All My Children" (1993-93), that won her Daytime Emmy Award and spring-boarded her to stardom.

SMG’s real mark worldwide, however, was the character of Buffy Summers in the game-changing series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003). She won five Teen Choice Awards, a Saturn Award and a Golden Globe nomination for her role, establishing herself as a cultural phenomenon. Sarah Michelle Gellar likewise has the box office to back her up, with “I Know What You Did Last Summer” 1997), “Scream 2” (1997), “Cruel Intentions” (1999)and way movies like those that help prove she is also a bankable star as well over $570 million times worth crazy in global gross.

Beyond her cinematic successes, Gellar has made her mark on television, headlining shows such as "Ringer" (2011-2012), "The Crazy Ones" (2013-2014), and "Wolf Pack" (2023). She has also lent her voice to popular series including "Robot Chicken" (2005-2018), "Star Wars Rebels" (2015-2016), and "Masters of the Universe: Revelation" (2021).

In 2015, Gellar ventured into the entrepreneurial world by co-founding Foodstirs, an e-commerce baking company, and published her own cookbook, "Stirring Up Fun with Food," in 2017. Gellar is also known for her close-knit family life, married to actor Freddie Prinze Jr. since 2002, with whom she shares two children.

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s commitment to her craft is matched by her dedication to personal growth and unique experiences. An accomplished martial artist, she studied Tae Kwon Do for five years, alongside kickboxing, boxing, street fighting, and gymnastics. Her dedication to authenticity in her roles is evident, such as her commitment to doing her own stunts in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," though she admitted her limits during filming "Scream 2."

Her career is also marked by interesting anecdotes, such as her role in a 1982 Burger King commercial, which led to a lawsuit from McDonald’s and a temporary ban from their establishments. Notably, she dyed her naturally brunette hair blonde for her role in "Buffy," and legally changed her last name to Prinze as a surprise for her husband on their fifth anniversary.

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s legacy extends beyond her on-screen roles, encompassing her work in philanthropy and her reputation for safety and professionalism on set. She remains a beloved figure in Hollywood, admired for her talent, dedication, and the breadth of her contributions to film and television.

TOKYO — It may have made him rich and a name in the industry outside his native Japan at the relatively tender age of 33, but director Takashi Shimizu believes that Hollywood’s current fondness for remakes may come back to haunt it.

"Hollywood is short of good ideas — across all the genres — and also reluctant to take a chance on a film because if it’s a flop, then they lose a lot of money and are hit hard by the critics," says Shimizu, who made his U.S. debut with "Grudge" in 2004, a remake of "Ju-on," which was released in Japan in 2003. "That’s why when they find a film that has already been a big hit elsewhere, they’re confident it will work again.

"But I also think it would be a mistake for the U.S. to make too many remakes," says the rising star of Japanese horror movies. "If Hollywood becomes reluctant to be creative or take on new ideas purely because of the fear-of-failure factor, then we’ll get to the end of this boom and look back and say there were no good movies."

The irony is not lost on him, however. "Grudge" gave him his break outside Japan and earned more than $100 million at the boxoffice. And last month Shimizu started shooting the sequel in Tokyo.

Yet he was reluctant when the opportunity first presented itself.

Set in Tokyo, Sarah Michelle Gellar was cast as an American nurse who is exposed to a curse that has the ability to send its victim into a furious rage before killing them and moving on to someone else.

"The Grudge 2" will remain anchored in Tokyo, though some parts of the tale are set in Chicago and California. Something of a homebody at heart, Shimizu says he wants to shoot those scenes in Japan as well.

"It was very different, making a movie in the U.S. as opposed to working here," he says. "Over there it’s a business, and producers and financiers want more control over the film; here, there is much less outside pressure.

"It did affect the film as it finally came out, but only within the range of what I could agree to. I’m very stubborn like that, and as a director, I can’t shoot something that I can’t agree with.

"Also, I had to recognize that while I know what will work well with a Japanese audience, it might not be as effective for an audience that I don’t know, so that was another reason to be more open to input," he says.

Shimizu, who cites Steven Spielberg as his earliest influence, is hopeful that the sequel to his biggest hit so far will have a similar impact at the boxoffice.

"Hollywood’s horror movies were really a phenomenon of the 1980s and ’90s and were full of special effects and computer-generated images," he says. "Visually they were very colorful and vivid — but they were not scary because they were verging on being comical.

"Now viewers want really scary images and they have found that in Japanese horror movies," he says.