This week on MTV News, MTV News’ Chris Harris and MTV News Radio’s Scott Storch sit down with writer-producer/director Kevin Williamson to discuss the making of the movie Wet Wet Wet.
We talk about the first look at the film, the writing process, the casting, and more.
Also, Kevin’s new documentary about the making and making of Wet Wet: The Movie, Wet Wet Movie.
The Wailing Brat’s original video was an instant hit and became the #1 hit of the summer.
Williamson says he wanted to make a video that would make the movie’s story more relatable and relatable in a way that’s not just about an action movie.
“I want to make it feel like you are watching the movie in real time.
We wanted to give a feeling of being there, and a real story that I think will resonate with a lot of people,” he says.
Williamson tells us that the script was based on the book The Washing Machine by Robert J. Heinlein, and that the original story was very personal and told about a woman who has been raped.
“It’s very personal.
And I don’t know how to put it more simply, it’s the rape that makes her feel a pain that she has never felt before.
And the pain she has is the same pain that drives her to commit a crime,” he explains.
Williamson also says that his initial plan was to direct a full-length feature, but the film turned out to be so good that he ended up working with his brother to make just a handful of short shorts.
“We had been making short films for a while, but we never thought we would be making a feature,” Williamson says.
“There was something really appealing about the idea of doing a short film.”
Williamson and Storches talk about how the story of Wet, Wet was inspired by the book and the experience of having a rape victim in her family.
Williamson’s brother, Aaron, also wrote the script for the film and it was written by the two of them, so there was definitely a shared bond between them.
“Kevin and I, when we started writing the script, we knew we had a movie,” Williamson tells Storche.
“And we were in love with it.”
“I remember when we were doing the research for the script and we were going through the scenes, we would sit and think, ‘Oh my God, this is so beautiful.
This is so interesting.
This has to be a story,'” Williamson says of the process.
“In some ways, it was almost like a dream come true, and it wasn’t until after the movie came out that we actually got to see what it was.”
Williamson tells STH that the trailer for the movie was very different than the original trailer, but he says that the film had a lot to do with the fact that it was filmed in an old-school Hollywood style.
“You don’t want to film this way,” he tells Sturch.
“The whole thing was shot in the same location and set up and shot.
So we were just really lucky that we could make it in a film style that we all loved.”
Williamson also told STH he has a lot in common with fellow ‘Wailing Brats’ songwriter John Mayer, who wrote the song “Wreck” for the Wailing and Wet Wet films.
“Whip it up,” Williamson told Storcha.
“Go crazy, go crazy, get on the floor and scream.”