CraveOnline: I was impressed that the film touches a little bit on Skyscraper. Would you have liked to show more of Anna Nicole Smith’s film career, whether it was To the Limit or Naked Gun 33 1/3?
Agnes Bruckner: Yeah, we actually at one point, Mary, Adam [Goldberg] and I, kind of got together and we wanted to do a little scene from Skyscraper, put together something from the movie. The schedule was so crazy that there was absolutely no time for anything else. It was an insane schedule to begin with so there was no way we could add anything on. It would’ve been really cool. If the film could have been three hours, I think we could have had so many cool moments of her life.
Which scene would you have chosen from Skyscraper?
Oh, man. [Thinks about it.] I don’t even know. There’s so many to choose from. Oh, man. I don’t know.
That was sort of her Die Hard.
Did you see her films as research for this, or had you seen them on your own in the past?
I hadn’t in the past so my mom kind of followed Anna’s career and I remember, I was really young so there was a lot of stuff that I wasn’t really able to watch. I always remembered her image growing up because she was just so larger than life. She was such a character. There’s definitely things that I’ve seen of hers and pictures and interviews and things like that but not until this movie did I really just go online and I got a huge binder sent to me from Lifetime with every single interview, pictures and everything of hers. I did as much research as I could on Anna Nicole.
What was most helpful in the binder?
The interviews and the behind the scenes footage of her was I think the most helpful to me. Just really trying to understand somebody and see where they’re coming from through an interview is pretty difficult but there was so much footage on her that I watched everything, and even the paparazzi footage of her leaving restaurants and walking around was really helpful to see her personality and how much she loves the camera and working with the camera and the attention she got from it and how much she loved it.
If this had been an HBO movie or theatrical, would you have done nudity wearing the prosthetics, because you would have still been essentially covered?
I think so. Nudity is such a tricky thing, especially when it comes to acting, but playing Anna, she was so comfortable with it. She was so comfortable showing her body and being sexy and getting the attention and loving it. It was a big part of her life so I definitely think it would have been a bigger part of the film if we had gone that route, but I think we really pulled off an amazing version of it that didn’t show nudity. We really also wanted to focus on the story and her life as opposed to all about the image of who she was because everybody already knew that.
Certainly she might be best known for the reality show at this point.
Yes, which was so hard to watch for me because in becoming Anna, I kind of fell in love with her as a person. Watching the reality show was really kind of hurtful to me. I took it kind of personally at times because I was like, “Oh, man, I wish I had known her in some way and could’ve taken her away from this horrible, embarrassing moment.” It was really difficult to watch reality show stuff.