Tobin Bell’s ‘Saw IV’ Jigsaw Journal #7

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, with the release of “Saw IV,” 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: This past weekend, millions of people lined up for “Saw IV.” Now, Bell’s “Saw IV” journal reveals even more about the failed pregnancy that fueled his vendetta with the world at large. The notes reveal details about the baby’s name, never-seen nursery and gravestone. In addition, there are some early ideas on the game that claims the life of Jigsaw’s first victim, Cecil.

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


[infinity symbol] all around edge?

Or little animals “mighty warriors”, around edge of grave stone [an arrow points to Bell’s sketch of what the child’s grave should look like]. Gideon’s Stone.

Matriarchal Elephant
Honey Bee
Monarch Butterfly

Mighty warriors of animal kingdom

[on opposite side of page]: David Hackl notes

Wood dinosaur puzzle
Tricycle in corner

Crib – Wood
Tools on floor
Shavings of wood
Using a dremel on posts

Gideon = “Mighty Warrior” in Hebrew

On walls: Pix of mighty warriors
Monarch Butterfly
Carnivorous plant
Lion, etc.

Maybe “rocking” cradle (wicker)
Gets too busy
Takes away from “Heartbeat Monitor” [refers to an idea for a gift Bell wanted to create for Gideon’s mother, Jill]

Want to work [Bell wanted to actually craft something during the scene] Use tools
To bury the words
Loaded dialogue

MASK – Magician Move.
It’s free Slips into a dowel on arms.
Arm is like tray in a dentist’s chair.
Arm swings around in front.
Spring is on arm – must push arm to release restraints.

Bell explains: “Most of this page has to do with Gideon’s grave. Gideon is the name of John’s unborn child – it means “mighty warrior” in ancient Hebrew. I remember going to [Production Designer] David Hackl, because we wanted to shoot a graveyard scene – and we shot it, but when the film ran long, it was cut. Maybe you’ll see it at some future time. It was a simple, silent moment in front of Gideon’s stone. I e-mailed Hackl and said ’What if we put the mighty warriors of the animal kingdom as decoration on the border of the stone? Like, a matriarchal elephant, a lion, a hawk, a bumblebee? Hackl e-mailed me back. He had been looking for something specific, other than the angels typically used to decorate a child’s stone. I love working with David … he’s always interested, and always looking to fuel his endless creativity. The character of John would have used these same animals to decorate the walls of Gideon’s nursery, had he been born. The final six notes on the page relate to the operating mechanism of Cecil’s chair, the way I would have liked it to work for a strong dramatic emphasis. It was designed a bit differently, however, so we had to scramble for a solution the day we shot. The special effects team pitched in and solved the problem. When you watch this scene in ’Saw IV,’ you’ll see the solution.”