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by Chris Harnick | Fri., Mar. 14, 2014 12:00 PM
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So you've seen the Veronica Mars movie. It's time to talk. This is your warning, we're going to talk spoilers. Seriously, last chance.
A long time ago, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) was a teenage private eye. Now she's an adult private eye with a law degree! Bam! At the end of the movie, Veronica gave up her good life in New York City to return home to Neptune and its oh-so-seedy underbelly after clearing Logan (Jason Dohring) of murder charges and putting away the real bad guy(s).
There's more than one scene that left us gasping (and maybe crying), so we took to the people behind the movie to get details and discuss what's next.
Veronica Mars Forever? Would Kristen Bell be OK if Veronica Mars was her defining role? "Yeah, of course," Bell told E! News. "I mean, it's a little weird when people say ‘Veronica' on the street, but I understand why they do it. Yeah, it doesn't bother me. I'm proud that this role defined my career."
In fact, a part of Veronica will always be part of Bell, she said.
"My nerves were high jumping back into it, but within 10 minutes I realized she lives in my skin for some reason," Bell said. "There's something magical about playing this part and I love it."
While there haven't been official talks of resuming the franchise past the movie, the two book series and the digital "spinoff," everybody involved with the project seems more than ready to return to Mars.
"I think the show works best as a TV show," Enrico Colantoni told E! News. "Not best, but do you know what I mean? So many wonderful gems, can you really do in an hour and a half? Ehhh. It's fantastic, it's a great movie, but I want more. A 13-episode arc on Netflix every season, that's what I'm sort of putting out there."
Series creator Rob Thomas, on the other hand, said he'd take calls if Amazon and Netflix were interested in bringing the beloved show back to life as a streaming series, but also has his eye on more big screen adventures. "I would totally be happy being like the poor man's Bond franchise," Thomas said. "If we could do well enough to warrant one of these every two or three years. I mean, it is a sort of series that lends itself to a new adventure every once in a while."
Veronica and Logan's Bridge Drive: Set to Sufjan Stevens' "Chicago," this scene just hit home, right Marshmallows? Veronica is back. Logan is back. They're together. All the feels.
"People ask me sometimes do I ever write for music. I do," director and co-writer Thomas told E! News. "That song was one I wrote into the movie. It's probably the only one actually in the script. I knew that would be the piece…I have loved the song. I knew the verse I wanted to use. [He] just talks about a place he loves and is drawn back to as opposed to a person…anyway, I probably thought too long and hard about that, but that song was one I wanted for a long time."
Jason Dohring left much of the broody behind when he returned to the role of newly reformed bad boy Logan Echolls.
"This bad boy is sort of in my acting veins. I just love to do that sort of role, especially after doing 60 hours or so of television with one character," Dohring said. "You kind of just get it. There's something about Rob's writing that just feels natural. As soon as I read, ‘Veronica,' I just lost my breath, it just starts coming back right away."
And his favorite part is probably your favorite part too. "I just enjoyed the scenes with Kristen, just the intimate conversations that took place in the film," he said. "I really feel like I'm creating something with her, it's really nice."
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Piz + Ira Glass = BFFs: The Veronica Mars movie featured a bevy of cameos from the likes of Justin Long, Dax Shepard, James Franco and Max Greenfield. But there was one that really got the cast jazzed: This American Life's Ira Glass.
"I'm telling you, of all the cameos in the film—there are some big ones—that was the one everybody was the most excited about," Chris Lowell told us. "When he showed up on set, everybody—it was the same day they had Franco on set—no one gave a s--t about Franco. [Ira Glass] rolls in, everyone was like doing their makeup and all nervous and asking for photos. It was kind of awesome."
The Return of the Kanes: Celeste Kane (Lisa Thornhill) made a surprise appearance and shoots one of the original castmembers. Say what?!
"It's sort of weird, there are weird moments in the movie where…like the San Diego detective she talked to could've been anyone, but let's make it Leo! Weevil could've been shot by anyone in the town, but isn't it more fun if it's Celeste Kane?" Thomas told us. "When we started the movie, I wanted what Veronica worked for in New York—the great job, the good life, the good boyfriend, in my head when I first conceived it I thought, 'Maybe she has some great NYC boyfriend,' but it felt more fun if it was Piz."
In a perfect world, Thomas would've had more of the Kane family in the film.
"Oh, I would've loved it. As a matter of fact, one of things, had we had more time, I wanted an in-credit dream sequence with Amanda [Seyfried] and Teddy Dunn, like a brother-and-sister thing and Veronica wakes from a dream," he said. "I would've loved to have gotten some pop of them in the movie."
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Closure: In the show, Veronica often found herself in dangerous situations. In the first season finale, her father came to her aide. In the second, Logan. But in the movie, during the climax when Veronica faced an armed man, she didn't rely on a helping hand for a man. This woman, who is known for standing up for herself with her words, took her safety into her own hands.
"Rob has always written this wonderful paradox in Veronica, a vulnerability and confidence, which I think so many people can relate to, but he's also given her this unbelievable fighter's spirit that, normally when it's not the climax of a movie, she uses in the sense of her snark and her sass," Bell said. "That's her, not only her armor, but her weapon, against the bad guys. I love that Veronica can fend for herself, I think that's a really great thing to encourage in females. No one is saying you have to fight, but if the time comes, you can fight for yourself."
If this movie doesn't yield anything else besides this one-time big screen romp, then that's fine by Papa Mars himself.
"I'm such a big fan of Friday Night Lights, right? But recently I finally understood their [the fans] pain when Veronica Mars was canceled prematurely because if Friday Night Lights hadn't ended the way it did, it would've ended at the fourth season and it would've left my devastated. Like an emotional sort of breakdown because that show affected me emotionally," Colantoni told us. "These guys are going to get closure. These guys have been in pain and they've been suffering for seven years and they're going to get closure with this movie. That's the greatest thing that I could possibly have experienced on this ride, is to give them that."
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