In the film Smokin Aces Alicia plays an assassin named Georgia Sykes, one of several hit men (or in this case, hit-woman) on the trail of Piven’s character. Keys has received much praise from her co-stars in the film; Ryan Reynolds said Keys has “natural” acting ability as he was surprised she had not starred in movies before. She talks to Moviehole about the film.
What a way for you to make your Hollywood movie debut - as a contract killer.
AK: I think there was no better way to do it.
What did you think when the director Joe Carnahan said ‘Alicia, we want you to play Georgia Sykes, an assassin?’
AK: He said ‘Alicia, we don’t want you to play one of those soft, female roles where you are a love interest. Georgia will be amazing, she’s powerful,
she’s a badass.’ I read the script and really understood what the role of Georgia would be and was onboard.
Had you seen Joe’s breakthrough film, Narc, and did that also influence your decision to take the role?
AK: Definitely. I saw Narc and loved it. Visually, I just knew Smokin’ Aces would be insane. Personally, growing up and witnessing the theatre and having great respect for the art of acting, it was important for me not to play a character who is a piano-playing singer. Or any type of singer. I really wanted to be totally different and completely take myself out of my comfort zone and go into a new head-space and new person.
You certainly achieved that with Georgia.
AK: I sure did. [Laughs.]
And how about Georgia’s costume, with the short shorts, boots and fishnet stockings. We’re not used to seeing you dressed like that. Did you get to keep the costume and will we see you wear it to the Grammy’s next year?
AK: [Laughs.] No, I didn’t get to keep it. I left it with production. I think they’ll have a better time with it.