The Human Girls
For the parts of the two female American tourists who are conjoined with Katsuro, Ashley C Williams and Ashlynn Yennie were cast as Lindsay and Jenny.
“The two American actresses were really hard,” Six notes. “I wanted very beautiful and very intelligent and very good actresses, of course...
“We were casting in New York and I made some drawings of the human centipede and a lot of actresses thought I was crazy and didn’t want to work with me.
"A lot of actresses only want to be beautiful and I had to ask those actresses to be mutilated. So they left. But the wonderful Ashley and Ashlynn, they had the balls to play it.”
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) marks Williams’ first lead role in a feature film, the 26-year-old having previously only appeared as a Nelwyn villager in fantasy Willow.
“I met Tom at my first audition for the film,” Williams says. “He wanted to show me a sketch of what the human centipede would look like. Before he showed it to me, I will never forget, he said, ‘Are you easily shocked?’ and I said, ‘Nope!’ So then he showed me the sketch.
“I wasn’t shocked at first but I had never seen anything like that before, I was like. ‘This guy is crazy,’ but he was so sweet and passionate about the story that I became intrigued about the film, and about this crazy man behind the project.”
Yennie is also a film newbie, having only appeared in TV movie Evan And Gareth Are Trying To Get Laid.
“I love the fact that Tom’s work is being compared to Cronenberg’s work,” the actress notes.
“It is very true with this film, beauty is destroyed, human fear is exposed and there is a little infection mixed in. All very close to the genre that Cronenberg has made his own.”
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