Getting in the ‘Spirit’ at premiere

Frank Miller film opens in L.A.

HOLLYWOOD — It was as much about comicbooks as it was about cinema when “The Spirit” preemed Dec. 17 at the Chinese Theater.

“Most movies based on comicbooks are interpretations,” said Lionsgate production prexy Michael Paseornek. “This is shot in the way you read a comicbook with all the impact and power.”

After-party was across the street at the Roosevelt Hotel where producer Deborah Del Prete said director Frank Miller would rather draw than tell the actors what he wanted done on set. “This is a comicbook movie where the visual art is up on the screen,” she said. “The stylized look is so key.”

Speaking for the thesps, Samuel L. Jackson said his main goal while filming was to make Miller laugh. “He told me I could play it as large as I wanted,” Jackson said. “After that I was going for Vincent Price as Dr. Phibes.”

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