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Patrick Wilson and Lin Shaye team up again for ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’

Patrick Wilson and Lin Shaye at the Soho Beach House for 'Insidious 2'
Patrick Wilson and Lin Shaye at the Soho Beach House for 'Insidious 2'
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Creeped out over Friday the 13th? Has Hollywood got a movie for you.

Insidious: Chapter 2, a sequel to 2010’s duly named Insidious, reunites us with the troubled Lambert family, who basically tackle it all: dark forces, a haunted house, possession and ghosts galore — one in particular, an evil-dead bride with a hellish secret. Two of the movie’s stars recently visited the Soho Beach House: Patrick Wilson, who plays the tortured patriarch; Josh Lambert; and Lin Shaye, whose calming character, supernatural expert Elise, is brought back from the beyond to help out.

Patrick, you were recently in “The Conjuring,” a scary movie also from director James Wan. You’ve really changed genres since, say, you played the hapless boyfriend in “The Switch.” Is this where you want to be now?

PW: I guess that’s what it’s all about. Your first goal as an actor is, ‘Can you make enough money so you don’t have to do another job?’ Then it’s, ‘Can you carve out a career that’s varied to keep yourself active and moving forward?’ That’s why we get into it: to play different characters and see different sides of yourself. When you start out in this business, and you’re fortunate enough, you build relationships. It only takes one somebody that sees you in a totally different light. That was James.’

How does “Insidious” differ from other ghost stories?

PW: With all respect, I think it’s more outlandish, the way it embarks on so much theatricality. I remember seeing The Exorcist type movies that are more like The Conjuring. Then there’s the Nightmare on Elm Streets. It’s a guy in a fedora with a burnt face and gloves with knives and a striped sweater [Freddy Krueger]. Anywhere else that would be completely ridiculous, but somehow you’re caught up in this garish person that both scares and excites you and even makes some people laugh. I think we toe that line really well in this movie. I like the heightened, grotesque makeup of the ghost. It’s bold, not a creepy apparition we’ve done in post [production].

Lin, you were so hysterical as Cameron Diaz’s overly tan, pruney roommate Magda in “There’s Something About Mary.” How did you come to play someone so serious?

LS: James had seen in me in a little cult movie called Dead End [2003]. He’d always been a fan and already done Saw. He sent me the Insidious script. I got into bed to read it and it creeped me out so much I literally tiptoed downstairs, put it in my closet and closed the door, then tiptoed back upstairs. What a great opportunity, because most people think of me for the comedy.

“Mary” is still big with South Floridians since it was filmed here. Do you think there would ever be a sequel?’

LS: Never, never, never. It was a perfect movie. Though I remember it was one of those where you thought, ‘Is this going to work?’ Cameron took me aside after we threw the dog out the window and asked me, ‘Is this funny?’

Was it fun to play Magda?

LS: It was. I remember the scene when I had to show my [sagging] breasts. It took about seven hours of makeup. They put them on a leotard, so it was like a prosthetic on my chest. Seamless, since they weren’t adhered to my body. At the end of the day, I threw the whole thing in the garbage. Then I thought, ‘You know, I ought to hang onto those. They’re probably worth more than my house.’ Somebody’s going to put those in the Smithsonian!

Madeleine Marr

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