EVIL DEAD Star Jane Levy Recalls "Crazy" Audition That Landed Her The Lead

You can find 22-year-old Jane Levy on ABC's Suburgatory, but it's her leading role in the remake of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead that has us most excited. Has she even seen the original?

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By nailbiter111 - 5/27/2012


In an interview with Back Stage the young and talented actress describes her audition for Evil Dead as "crazy." She decided to go for broke and based on the results her instinct were right on the money.

“I went in there deciding to go as crazy as I possibly could—why not let it all go? Let’s have an experiment to really let go in an audition. So I was like this lunatic, stomping around and crying and screaming. And immediately after I finished, I got so embarrassed and I practically ran out of the room. And then I was embarrassed that I got embarrassed. I asked my agent to call the casting directors and apologize for my behavior. But it turned out I got the part. I guess they were looking for a crazy person.”


She also reveals her decision to not see the original Evil Dead. Believing that it could have a negative effect upon her future performance.

When I got the script I thought about watching it, but I decided against it so it wouldn’t mess with my head. I would have created all these things that I thought they wanted. I think it was better that I went in not knowing anything.”


Plot - Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.



The Evil Dead will be directed by Fede Alvarez. The film stars Jane Levy (Suburgatory) as Mia; Shiloh Fernandez (Deadgirl, Red Riding Hood) as David; Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers) as Eric; Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) as Olivia and Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker) as Natalie. The film will be released on April 12, 2013.

Source: backstage.com
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LucasMend - 5/27/2012, 1:27 PM
god, she's so damn beautiful
SpiderHyphenMan - 5/27/2012, 1:37 PM
Indeed.
BlindLemonShemp - 5/27/2012, 1:48 PM
not watching the original? then i won't be watching the new one ;)
TonyChu - 5/27/2012, 1:49 PM
Shes fine and all but [frick] this reboot.
kurekurcubic - 5/27/2012, 1:56 PM
what is such a big deal with this movie??
original evil dead films didnt make any money,and i seriously doubt this new one will...
so why dont we all just ignore this shit and look forward to Elysium or something that has quality....
marvel72 - 5/27/2012, 2:02 PM
yup,i would.
MrXer0 - 5/27/2012, 2:04 PM
Damn, she is fine, and Jessica Lucas is in it too, but I think I'll be pass on this one.
Ghostfire - 5/27/2012, 2:05 PM
I confirm Durf's & Tonychu's comment!

@kurekurcubic
The film itself is kick ass and fun. That's why it has such a cult following. Money doesn't mean its a good film. Look at Bayformers and the quality of that film. Tons of money, but a shitty film. I rather see the Evil Dead over the crappy Bayformers any day.

Rodney21a - 5/27/2012, 2:13 PM
Why am I the only one who finds it disturbing that a so called Hollywood actress/starlet has never seen one of the 3 Evil Dead Movies? Hollywood. Its like a person who wants to become a novelist but has Never read a book. That's why so many crappy movies are made because the people making them don't know shit abut film.
GiantNerd0720 - 5/27/2012, 2:22 PM
She's dead sexy.
ronnie42 - 5/27/2012, 2:25 PM
Evil Dead 1 was always meh to me. Its Evil Dead 2,3 that made it a classic because of the comedy mixed with it but Evil Dead was just too much of a generic horror while Evil dead 2,3 were epic.

GiantNerd0720 - 5/27/2012, 2:25 PM
See what I did there? *looks around* eh? eh?

.....I'll just see myself out.
jazzman - 5/27/2012, 2:33 PM
mad sexy
GiantNerd0720 - 5/27/2012, 2:38 PM
@durf lol :)

She's a Mary Jane worth saving.
MrXer0 - 5/27/2012, 2:41 PM
And she doesn't have yellow teeth and a fang
GiantNerd0720 - 5/27/2012, 2:43 PM
@patientXero Lmao. Brutal.
MrXer0 - 5/27/2012, 3:05 PM
@GiantNerd0720 Brutal, yes, but I ain't lying.
Jobu - 5/27/2012, 4:28 PM
My girlfriend made me watch Suburgatory against my will. Now I get a 3/4 chubb everytime I see Jane Levy. Never miss a episode. She is smoking hot and funny. That being said I have heard this is a straight horror movie with no comedy. Not sure if I can see this working.
JoeMomma29 - 5/27/2012, 4:46 PM
Grif and Pedo Bear thinks every movie will fail unless it has Marvel attached to it in some way or another!
JoeMomma29 - 5/27/2012, 5:17 PM
Nathan this is her first movie in all fairness this is a big movie to her. Yes I agree this may be a crappy movie when it is all said and done. But she freakin hot!
DukeAcureds - 5/27/2012, 5:18 PM
I'm so glad. She's the perfect choice to play Ash. She looks just like Brucie. And she's a fan. Perfect.
MrXer0@ Must've been when Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise got a hold of her.
Perfect MJ? Emma Stone. Don't quite know what happened there.
mgeoff88 - 5/27/2012, 6:51 PM
Oh wow... that would be embarrassing, but it worked out in the end though. She is beautiful, but I'm not too interested in watching this reboot/remake.

They should have used Evil Dead 2 and AOD for inspiration. Not the first film.

The first Evil Dead didn't break new ground in the horror genre like the sequels did.
113 - 5/27/2012, 7:59 PM
mini Emma Stone
Oxbow - 5/27/2012, 9:40 PM
I'm surprised at u, CBM.com. I look at this thread and I see not 1 boob pic...has the world turned upside down???
nuck82 - 5/27/2012, 10:40 PM
Shes 22, holy [frick] balls!!!!
SCURVYDOG619 - 5/28/2012, 4:52 AM
Now the big question: Will the Chin be Shemping in this?

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