The actress, whose credits include Rent, 25th Hour, and Death Proof, was completely at home in the stylized world of Sin City, a place where every cop is dirty and every secret is dirtier. In Miller's black and white city of crooked cops and impossibly grizzled tough guys, no force is more fearsome than the prostitutes of Old Town, a section of the city that has been ceded to the organized femmes fatale who enforce their own law.
Wearing a swooping mohawk, a gleeful sneer, an outlandish dominatrix-style get-up, and stiletto heels, Dawson conveyed the indomitability and sexualization of the Old Town Girls with gusto, whether trading barbs with Clive Owen's Dwight, marshaling the ladies for war, or howling with an automatic in hand.
In an exclusive interview with IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick promoting her upcoming film Trance, directed by Danny Boyle and co-starring James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel, Dawson energetically discussed suiting up as Gail all over again, saying, "It was fantastic. I’m really excited for the film."
Many fans grew frustrated with the long wait since Sin City, but according to Dawson, that eight-year window allows Sin City: A Dame to Kill For to set a new technological and precedent. The new film, she said, would inspire imitators in the same fashion as its predecessor, saying, "I think that it is great that we waited this long to do it because there is all new technology to play with now and it will have us revisiting these characters and this world again in a whole new riveting way just as he did then. I’m wondering what’s going to come out of it when you think of 300 and all this stuff that came out after the first one, what this is going to inspire."
"It’ll be incredible," she promised of the next cinematic adventure in Basin City.
In the first film, Gail played a crucial role in the segment "The Big Fat Kill," in which she both bailed out and was bailed out by Dwight McCarthy, Miller's nominal hero in many of the Dark Horse Sin City comic books. In the title story of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which actually takes place before Sin City, Gail is again instrumental in a tale focused on Dwight, who will be played principally by Josh Brolin this time.
Even in a cast as formidable and eclectic as the one assembled by Rodriguez and Miller for the sequel, Dawson stands out. She's joined by fellow returning series actors like Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Jaime King, and Powers Boothe. New additions, meanwhile, include Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Chung, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Dennis Haysbert, Stacy Keach, Christopher Meloni, and Eva Green as Ava Lord, the eponymous dame to kill for.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For brings Old Town back to screens this October, while Trance opens in limited release on April 5th.