Talk about suspension of disbelief! In Woody Allen's Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Helen Hunt plays a woman brainwashed by a nightclub mesmerist into falling in love with the 65-year-old auteur. Farfetched as the comedy's premise may be, it's still enough to make a gal think twice about the power of posthypnotic suggestion.
"I do believe in it," Hunt admits, "and I've never gone under. I'm curious but not curious enough to be hypnotized." Chuckling, she adds: "I would watch you be hypnotized, happily. But I'm not dying to give a total stranger control of my mind. Call me crazy!"
Indeed, Hunt felt it best to keep her wits about her on the Scorpion set, considering the horror stories she'd heard about Allen, her eccentric director and co-star. "You hear rumors that he doesn't talk to you," she says. "So I thought, 'Alright, I won't talk to him either!' [But] he talks to you plenty, and gives you clear direction and total support for creating the [character] that you imagine she should be.
"In your head, a little bit, is [the fact] that he has fired actors and replaced them," Hunt continues. "So you think, 'I'm going to make her the person I think she should be, and go down swinging. If they bring in another actress, then they do.' So when you get past week two or three, you feel pretty good, like you've cleared some hurdle and maybe you're in the movie to stay!"