Jennifer Tilly grateful 'Chucky' saved her from 'grandma' roles

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Jennifer Tilly said she is grateful to Don Mancini, creator of the "Chucky" horror film and TV franchise, for allowing her to play the evil bombshell Tiffany for decades.
Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Bullets Over Broadway actress Jennifer Tilly said she is grateful to Don Mancini, creator of the Chucky horror film and TV franchise, for allowing her to play the evil bombshell Tiffany for decades instead of leaving her to audition for traditional "grandma"-type roles.

"I'm making out with men. I'm making out with women. I'm being really mean to small kids. Every once in a while, I kill somebody. I've got the cleavage. I've got the 5-inch-high heels. I love my life!" the 63-year-old actress recently told the crowd at New York Comic Con.

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Chucky -- a contemporary, small-screen follow-up to Mancini's seven movies about the titular demonic doll -- is set to debut Tuesday on Syfy and USA Network.

It will once again feature Tilly as Tiffany, girlfriend of Charles Lee Ray, the deranged murderer who possesses toddler-sized toys and slays the unsuspecting. Deadwood alum Brad Dourif, who has voiced the demonic dolls for more than 30 years, also returns for the TV show.

This time around, the action takes place in Ray's hometown of Hackensack, N.J., where Jake (Zackary Arthur), a middle-school student and aspiring artist, picks up a retro Good Guys doll at a yard sale, and then desperately tries to dump it when misfortune befalls those around him.

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"I wanted to bring the franchise back to its Child's Play roots," Mancini said, referring to the first movie in the series, which premiered in 1988 and followed the misadventures of Chucky and his owner, a young Chicago boy named Andy (Alex Vincent).

"We hadn't focused exclusively or substantially on kids in a while, but having done little kids already, I thought that 14- or 15-year-olds would be super interesting because people [that age] are at a really interesting time in their lives. They are just finding themselves, and I thought introducing Chucky into that mix could be really interesting."

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