Interview: Ashlynn Yennie Talks The Joys Of Making "The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)"

Interview: Ashlynn Yennie Talks The Joys Of Making "The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)"

Your mom isn’t in the minority, either. When people watch the Human Centipede movies, they either laugh hysterically, sit there in a state of shock, or cringe and hold back vomit. What do you think the appropriate response to these movies is?
All of those people laughing? That’s the movie that Tom wanted to make. With the second one, he really just wanted to shock people, honestly. When the first one came out, so many people said that it didn’t show enough, and it was slow, and they didn’t get to see enough of the actual human centipede. They wanted more gore, specifically the horror fans. So when Tom approached me about doing the second one, it was before the first one had even come out in theaters, and he said, “It’s going to be really dirty, Ashlynn! It’s going to be really gross!” And I love Tom, and I just trust him completely. I’m just crazy enough to be OK with it all. [Laughs.]

So he was just like, “Yeah, I’m just gonna shock people. I’m going to show everything. It’s going be like a makeshift centipede, with staples and duct tape.” I was like, “Awesome, I can’t wait to shoot it!” [Laughs.] Also, Tom has a really sick sense of humor; he’s really, really funny, and to him, these films are really funny. The concept is just so far out there. Some people take it way too seriously; they’re looking for hidden meanings behind things, and they’re looking for things that just aren’t there.

The first one, I think, is more serious because Tom wanted to introduce the concept to people, and the second one is meant to shock people, and I think the third one will tie them both together in some way.

What’s the craziest, or most ridiculous, bullshit theory you’ve heard?
Well, one guy in Texas was interviewing Tom and I, and he started talking about the spiritual meaning behind the second movie. [Laughs.] Tom and I stopped him and said, “Wait, hold on… Are we talking about the same movie? There’s no spiritual meaning behind this film, whatsoever.” People like that are just trying to make something out of it that makes no sense. It’s a lot of stuff like that, where you look at people and say, “You know, it’s just meant for entertainment value—it’s just a movie.” That’s what people have to remember.

The concept behind The Human Centipede II is really clever, with the obsessed fan who takes his love of the first movie to the point of creating his own centipede without any medical experience. Hopefully you haven’t met anyone as dangerously insane as Martin, but does the character remind you of any crazy Human Centipede fans in particular?
Oh, yeah! Overall, the fans who’ve embraced the film are amazing. The horror fans, in particular, are wonderful people. I was kind of thrown into the genre, and they’ve embraced the film open-heartedly, and they’re so ecstatic about it. But there are always those very few characters who take it a bit too far. There have been a couple instances where the guy becomes a little too obsessive with you. It’s so easy to stalk people nowadays, with Facebook and Twitter, and all of us involved in the first movie have experienced that with one or two people, but it’s been the same people for all of us.

But I haven’t encountered anything as extreme as kidnapping or someone wanting to sew my ass to somebody. [Laughs.]

Well, thank heavens for that. You mentioned earlier that you have complete trust in Tom Six as a director, and that seems to be key here. You’ve certainly earned a great deal of respect and admiration around these parts, particularly for how brave and all-in you are in these movies. You take such a big leap of faith by doing the things you do in these Human Centipede films. Is there ever a part of you, though, that worries about how it will come across?
When I signed on to do the first one, there’s definitely that scary moment where… We didn’t know how big it was gonna get—we had no idea. It was this very small independent film, and it could have been nothing. Or it could have been a lot of things. You can get pegged as this kind of actress, so when I say that I trust Tom, I trust him completely that he’s not gonna embarrass me or make me look bad, because he doesn’t want to make bad films. He doesn’t want to do something that doesn’t work for him, as well.

He has your best interests at heart; he wants to see you succeed. When I did the first one, I thought, “Oh, this is so cool, I get to do this crazy horror film—I just hope I get some good footage from it.” That’s all that I was really hoping for, and then it turned into the phenomenon that is The Human Centipede. It’s this monster that’s bigger than all of us. People are getting tattoos, there are cat toys, and Beavis & Butt-Head and South Park are acknowledging it—you can’t buy publicity like that. You can’t ask for that.

When Tom asked me to be in the second one, there was a lot of trust that I had to put into the decision. There were a couple of phone calls back and forth, where I’d say, “But do I really have to do that?” And he was like, “Yes, Ashlynn, you have to do it! It’ll be great.” And all I could say was, “OK, but promise me that you won’t make me look bad.” And he promised that. Then I was like, “So you’re going to make me shit in someone’s mouth… This is insane!” [Laughs.] That’s the one part of the movie that I didn’t want to do, and I had multiple conversations with him about how it wasn’t important that I needed to do it. And was like, “No, you have to do it! You’re the front! You have to do it first!”

In the end, The Human Centipede will be a part of me forever. It’s always going to be something that I’m associated with, which I’m OK with. It’s really cool, I think, to be able to say, “Yeah, I was a part of The Human Centipede,” even if I don’t do anything else for the rest of my life. I’d rather be a part of this little crazy piece of history. We made a film that shocked people, and then we made a second one and he’s making a third one. It’s pretty awesome.

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