When I think of Elizabeth Berkley, I think of the blonde being disparaged by Michelle Monaghan at the bar in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Not so much in the sex to hot meals ratio, but in the mode of ‘forget it baby, you missed’. Which, of course, is remarkably shallow; Berkley is one of a thousand struggling working actors, easy to overlook and to dismiss.
And for someone who has to work just to maintain a visible profile, jumping on to something like S. Darko, the wholly unnecessary and (I believe) unwanted Donnie Darko sequel, is probably more a matter of simple economics than anything else. It’s not exactly the go-to project for creative fulfillment. Few people wake up in the morning and think ‘hey, I’ll play second string in a movie no one cares about’, but then the pile of bills threatens to topple and incur serious bodily harm, and the choice is made.
And what the hell, playing “a speed freak-turned-Jesus freak whose sentiments about ridding the world of its exponential sin are rivaled only by her infatuation with her dreamy pastor” [per THR] is probably a lot more fun than appearing on another episode of Law & Order. Yeah, she’s this movie’s Patrick Swayze.
None of which explains why Briana Evigan is in the movie, too.