Se7en is one of the greatest thrillers of all time, and one of those rare movies, like The Silence of the Lambs before it, that is loved by people who don't normally like horror movies. Se7en never gets old, and while re-watching this epic classic, I started wondering what the Se7en victims looked like when they're not part of a grisly Deadly Sins death scene, and whether we'd seen them in other movies before. Check it out!
Note: Although the movie is called Se7en, you'll note there's only five victims listed here. If you've seen the movie, you'll know why.
Actor: Bob Mack
Role: Gluttony Victim, trapped in a disgusting shack full of cockroaches, forcibly fed until his insides rupture.
Mack was around 480lb when Se7en was shot, joking to EW about his role, "The camera adds 300 pounds." Describing his part, he said:
''I went and did a reading with the casting director, but I didn’t act dead or anything. I was told the character was a very heavy guy facedown in spaghetti. Brad Pitt flicked the roaches off me between takes.''
Other work: Fat Bastard stand-in — The Spy Who Shagged Me.
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Actor: Gene Borkan
Role: Greed Victim Eli Gould. In a Merchant of Venice style scene, Gould is forced to cut a pound of his own flesh from his body, making him bleed to death.
''I didn’t know I’d be lying there dead. Fincher wanted me to be naked, and I said, 'I’ll be naked if you’re naked. Otherwise, you don’t get that.' I insisted on closing the set, because one too many people said I was having a bad hair day. When I found out what was happening, right there and then I renegotiated...The best part was getting more money.''
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Actor: Michael Reid MacKay
Role: Sloth Victim. Victor, a drug-pushing child molester is starved, chained to a bed, until he is totally emaciated.
MacKay commented on the role:
''It was a fast audition. They said, ‘You can stand up, sit up, or lie down, because you’re supposed to be dead... They called and asked if I could lose a little more weight. I didn’t. I’m 98 pounds. It was a totally emotional scene — the last take I was breathing very hard and crying. It was real heavy-duty.''
The Sloth scene is so applicable to everyday life:
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Actor: Cat Mueller
Role: The Lust Victim, a hooker killed by penetration with a bladed dildo.
Mueller was a set decorator rather than an actress, so the Lust Victim is the only role she's portrayed on screen (we don't even really get a clear look at her on screen). Still, it sounds like she had fun on set, including 'being naked in front of Brad Pitt':
"Fincher’s assistant said, ‘Cat, we’ve got this small part. You have the personality for it and definitely the body.’ I said, ‘What is it?’ and she said, ‘A dead hooker. Fincher tied me to the bed, gagged me, and poured refrigerated blood on me. I lay there for six hours… Lust on call, here."
Actor: Heidi Schanz
Role: Pride Victim. Unlike the other victims, Pride is given a choice — John Doe mutilates her face by cutting off her nose, offering her two options: call for help or kill herself. Unable to live with her disfigurement, she opts for the latter.
Schanz discussed playing the part, particularly director David Fincher's enthusiasm for her gory scene:
"My nose was taped to one side, and then my face was wrapped with gauze. I was in a negligee in bed, doused with blood…I said, 'David, you’re enjoying this way too much,' and he said, 'I have demons you can’t even imagine.'"
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What was your favorite scene in Se7en?