Leigh Whannell

Leigh Whannell

  • Highest Rated: 88% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017)
  • Lowest Rated: 10% Saw 3D (2010)
  • Birthday: Jan 17, 1977
  • Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Born in 1977 and raised in Melbourne, Aussie screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor Leigh Whannell alternated between work as a reporter and assignments as a TV-based movie critic on his native continent prior to his decision to attend film school in the early 2000s. As a production student, Whannell met aspiring director James Wan; the two forged a tight creative bond and quickly devised the premise for a new slasher franchise, Saw, co-authoring the screenplay of the premier installment. The by-now infamous story of Saw concerns the plight of two successful men who black out, regain consciousness, and find themselves chained to rusty pipes in a subterranean bathroom. They are then tortured in unspeakable manners by an evasive predator in clown makeup, known alternately as The Jigsaw Killer and simply Jigsaw. To sell this genre effort, Whannell and Wan followed a marketing strategy identical to the one that Joel and Ethan Coen used to sell their debut, Blood Simple, 20 years prior: the budding filmmakers shot a "trailer" that showcased the film's atmosphere of relentless tension and high-wire suspense to secure a production deal. The gamble paid off; Lionsgate green-lit the project and sent it into production between 2003 and 2004. Meanwhile, Whannell embarked on an acting career; he joined the ensemble cast of 2003's Wachowski Bros. sequel The Matrix Reloaded (as Axel) and assumed the lead role of Adam in Saw. With Wan in the director's chair and Stacey Testro, Peter Block, and Jason Constantine as executive producers, Saw became a massive runaway hit and -- as predicted -- yielded two successful sequels in 2005 and 2006 that further detail the exploits of Jigsaw. The boys scripted the second and third installments, though Wan declined the offer to direct either. Saw II, which debuted in late 2005, has eight people -- instead of the original two -- locked up by the diabolical Jigsaw in a dungeon and attempting to escape. In Saw III, Jigsaw -- now on his deathbed -- instructs his protégé, Amanda (Shawnee Smith), in the ways of evil, ordering her to kidnap and torture a physician and another victim, Jeff (Angus MacFadyen). Mirroring the innumerable A-budget horror franchises that preceded Saw, the first sequel did astonishing box office but was eviscerated by critics, and Saw III echoed this response on both critical and commercial fronts. Meanwhile, instead, of directing Saw II or Saw III, Wan and Whannell set to work on a Saw follow-up, 2007's Dead Silence (aka Shhhh...). The suspenser stars Donnie Wahlberg and supermodel Amber Valletta (Hitch), and concerns a recently widowed young man who returns to his hometown to unearth the shadowy details surrounding his beloved's demise. Universal Pictures slated the release for January 2007.

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87% Upgrade Screenwriter Director 2018
33% Insidious: The Last Key Screenwriter Specs $29.6M 2018
88% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene Actor 2017
45% Cooties Executive Producer Screenwriter Doug 2015
59% Insidious: Chapter 3 Screenwriter Specs Director 2015
87% The Mule Executive Producer 2014
45% Raze Elevator Guard $4K 2014
39% Insidious: Chapter 2 Specs Screenwriter $71.5M 2013
No Score Yet The Pardon Clement Moss $3.4K 2013
66% Insidious Screenwriter Specs $53.8M 2011
10% Saw 3D Executive Producer $45.7M 2010
51% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Jatt $54.5M 2010
No Score Yet Bump Actor 2010
39% Saw VI Executive Producer $27.7M 2009
50% Dying Breed Matt 2009
13% Saw V Executive Producer $56.8M 2008
19% Saw IV Executive Producer $63.3M 2007
21% Death Sentence Spink $9.5M 2007
20% Dead Silence Screenwriter $16.6M 2007
29% Saw III Executive Producer Adam Screenwriter $80.3M 2006
37% Saw II Executive Producer Screenwriter $87.1M 2005
49% Saw Adam Screenwriter $55.2M 2004
No Score Yet Saw (short film) Actor 2003
73% The Matrix Reloaded Axel $281.6M 2003

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No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Mo'Nique Show
2009-2011
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  • 2011

QUOTES FROM Leigh Whannell CHARACTERS

Dr. Lawrence Gordon
I did not cheat on her!!!!
Dr. Lawrence Gordon
I did not cheat on her!
Adam
What do you care what I think anyway?? I don't give a crap if you covered yourself in peanut butter and had a 15-hooker gangbang!!!
Adam
What do you care what I think anyway? I don't give a crap if you covered yourself in peanut butter and had a 15-hooker gang bang!
Adam
I just a-shit ma pants!
Adam
I went back to my shit hole apartment, and woke up in an actual shit hole.
Adam
My last girlfriend was a feminist, vegan punk who broke up with me because she thought I was too angry.
John/Jigsaw
Rise and shine, Adam. You're probably wondering where you are. I'll tell you where you might be. You might be in the room that you die in. Up until now, you've simply sat in the shadows watching others live out their lives. But what do voyeurs see when they look into the mirror? Now I see you as a strange mix of someone angry, yet apathetic. But mostly just pathetic. So are you going to watch yourself die here today, Adam, or do something about it?
Adam
I don't get it.
Adam
Why do you care what I think? I don't care if you covered yourself in peanut butter and had a fifth-teen hooker gang-bang.
Adam
"I wouldn't care if you covered yourself in peanut butter and had a 15-hooker gang bang."
Adam
I don't give a crap if you covered yourself in peanut butter and had a 15 hooker gang bang!
Adam
I went to bed in my shit hole apartment, then I woke up in an actual shit hole.
Adam
I went to bed in my shithole apartment and I woke up in an actual shithole.
Adam
See?! This is what they do to you! They tub you, they drug you, and next thing you now your kidneys are on e-bay!
Adam
Huh? This is what they do man! They kidnap and drug you, before you know it you're lying in a bathtub and your kidneys are on eBay!
Dr. Lawrence Gordon
What's your name?
Adam
My name is Very Fucking Confused; what's your name?
Adam
This the most fun i've had without lube!
Adam
This is the most fun I've had without lubricant!
Adam
I don't give a crap if you covered yourself in peanut butter and had a 15 hooker gang bang!
Adam
I went to bed in my shithole apartment and I woke up in an actual shithole.