Tobin Bell’s ‘Saw IV’ Jigsaw Journal #3

During a career portraying some 75 film and TV characters, actor Tobin Bell has kept extensive journals detailing the on and off-camera minutiae in every one of his characters’ lives. While some might see this as obsessive; to Bell, it’s simply the proper way to do his job. Now, on the eve of this month’s “Saw IV” release, the star of the highest-grossing horror franchise of all time is revealing his Jigsaw journals for the first time, exclusively to MTV.
TODAY’S ENTRY: From Bell’s “Saw II” journal, a powerful speech that was discussed with director Darren Lynn Bousman, but ultimately never shot.

Click here to see the actual entry, hand-written by “Jigsaw.” Translation and commentary from Bell follow.

(Boxed in at top of page): “…Furthermore, detective, the average life expectancy in 1906 – less than 100 years ago – was 47 years. 14% of people had bathtubs, 8% had telephones, and there were 144 miles of paved roads in this country. The average hourly wage was 22 cents, and the annual income was between $200 and $400 a year. Those people knew what it meant to struggle; they appreciated their blessings.”

Bell explains: “Some stuff I helped create did make it into the film … like the reference to ’Darwin’s trip to the Galapagos,’ and this would have further illustrated [’Saw’ writer] Leigh Whannell’s mentions of ’survival of the fittest’. This journal excerpt would have been a continuation of the Galapagos speech that Jigsaw delivered to Detective Matthews … I thought the facts in it were interesting – and they’re all true.”