By Charles Webb
In 2004's "Sin City," Nancy was the one shining beacon of light and hope in the otherwise hopeless and corrupt town. But when we see the character at the start of the sequel, "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," Jessica Alba's character is in a dark place - and she only gets darker.
Speaking with MTV News during an L.A. junket for the film, Alba shared her thoughts on donning the chaps of Basin City's favorite exotic dancer for the first time in 10 years - and where Nancy's head is at the start of the Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller-directed sequel.
"She starts off in the beginning of the film as this crazy, sad drunk," Alba explained. Set some time after the events of the first movie's "That Yellow Bastard" segment, "Nancy's Last Dance" sees Alba's character still wracked with grief over the death of disgraced hero cop John Hartigan (Bruce Willis), whose murder she blames on the powerful, corrupt and sadistic Senator Roark (Powers Booth).
Angry, cynical, and hopelessly alone, this Nancy is a far cry from the girl who was ready to run away with Hartigan at the end of the first film - something Alba says drew her back to the role.
"Really [it's] just playing someone completely different to the first one," Alba continued.
What that means in "A Dame to Kill For" is a version of Nancy that's just as dangerous as some of the other bruisers and killers in Sin City, including returning characters Dwight (Josh Brolin, taking over for Clive Own in the first film), Gail (Rosario Dawson), and Marv (Mickey Rourke).
"I mean, it's nice to play a character that you loved," Alba added. "And I really loved Nancy in the first film. I wanted her to evolve, and I wanted her to be different, and I wanted to bring something else to the table. It was really fun to play that, to do that in this movie."
"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" will be in theaters on August 22.