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You know there's something incredibly special about an Australian
girl who can spend two hours fooling you into believing she's
an American boy.
Probably the highest-profile of Rhiana's works so far, and
the one that put her "on the map" for many of her
fans, Pitch Black is a science fiction movie centered
around a group of people who survive a space ship crash, only
to discover that their troubles are just beginning. The convicted
murderer who was being transported on board has escaped from
his confinement, they have almost no food or water, and then
the worst news of all comes: voracious monsters infest the
planet they've crashed on, held at bay only by the almost-perpetual
daylight... but night is about to fall.
Rhiana's character, Jack, is a young teenage runaway who
spends most of the movie masquerading as a boy. She becomes
infatuated with the film's anti-hero, convicted murderer
Richard B. Riddick, emulating his appearance and behavior
as the film progresses.
Rhiana's performance in the film received uniformly good
reviews, even with reviewers who disliked the movie, many
of them mentioning the humanizing influence Jack had upon
Riddick, the adroit way she avoided becoming a Ripley
clone even after she shaved her head, and the authenticity
of the masquerade, which fooled many reviewers and most filmgoers
up until the moment the secret of her gender was revealed.
In fact, originally, Jack was written as a girl named Audrey.
The decision to have her masquerade as a boy, and use a boy's
name, came so late in the production time-line that the novelization
had already been turned in; Frank Lauria's descriptions of
Audrey appear to be based upon Rhiana's appearance before
shooting began, matching the way she looked when she portrayed
Mercia in her prior film, 15 Amore.
Rhiana herself proved to be a huge trouper on the Pitch
Black set, with Vin Diesel later referring to her as
"the most easy-going person on the set." Her American
accent was so authentic that Vin actually asked her what
part of the States she hailed from, and Twohy assumed she'd
already had dialect training before her arrival. Several
of her costars were also awed by the nonchalant way that
she shaved off her long blonde mane for the role -- few
thirteen-year-old girls, especially trained models, have
the guts to take that kind of step.
"Jack" swiftly became one of the most popular characters
from the film, for its fans, which has left many of those
fans baffled and angered by the studio's decision not to cast
Rhiana in the sequel. "Kyra," the character who
apparently is an extension of Jack, was played by another
actress, despite loud and furious protests within the fan
While many gave the sequel a chance, and some even enjoyed
it, for most of us there will only ever be one legitimate
Jack... Rhiana's. She, after all, was the one who made us
love a character that, in less adept hands, would have been
"just another annoying horror movie kid." For many
of us, Kyra will never be Jack, at all, unless
Rhiana plays her.
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