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(2008)

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To prepare for her role, Jessica Alba took violin lessons for six months, which she started while filming Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007). She also learned basic Braille.
Jessica Alba spent several weeks at the New Mexico Commission for the Blind (NMCB) where she underwent a course with a specialized instructor, to better prepare for her role. She also spent a lot of time observing and hanging out with Jessica Bachicha, a blind soprano singer.
Jessica Alba declared that while she had been wanting to do a horror thriller for a long time, she did not want to do a slasher where each character dies in a more outrageous and bloody way, whereas she found this film to be elegant and very well-written, and her character, Sydney, to be elaborate and very interesting, thus enabling her to stretch her acting abilities.
While filming at the University of British Columbia, Jessica Alba would often mess up her lines and, upon doing so, would systematically scream the "F" word at the top of her lungs. Eventually, the annoyed crew started echoing her screams throughout the building.
Just like the original The Eye (2002), the story takes its source from a real event, that of a young woman who committed suicide shortly after undergoing a cornea transplant, though she seemed to be living a perfectly normal and healthy life.
Jessica Alba particularly liked the fact that, according to her, the film is scary in a different, more subtle way than most other films in the genre, since "the audience is never sure if [her] character really is seeing things or if she's just losing her mind."
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Jessica Alba was known as Obi-Wan on set.
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Co-directors Xavier Palud and David Moreau liked the fact they "could really work on what was not obviously supernatural" and that "there were great opportunities to play with the audience's minds, to show them things that they couldn't determine were real."
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Jessica Alba was shocked at how much co-directors Xavier Palud and David Moreau smoked, but was impressed by their creativity and taste in food.
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At one point, Renée Zellweger was cast as the lead.
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Directors Xavier Palud and David Moreau's second feature film and first American film. They were offered the job thanks to the success of their French horror film Them (2006).
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Xavier Palud and David Moreau chose to direct this film over The Last House on the Left (2009), which ended up being directed by Dennis Iliadis.
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Despite shooting the entire movie in New Mexico, approximately 1/3 of the movie was re-shot in Vancouver.
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