Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Susan Sarandon loves 'Emmy', Hillary not so much

As a long-time fan of the Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon I always look forward to her latest films. One of her most recent projects was playing Doris Duke in the HBO movie Bernard and Doris. Sarandon received an Emmy-nomination for her performance. Below is an excerpt from the recent interview which the legendary movie star did with ADVOCATE.

Lawrence Ferber writes:
Nominated for 10 Emmy Awards, Bernard and Doris is the little HBO film that could. The $500,000 production imagines a loving, albeit platonic, six-year relationship between late billionaire Doris Duke (an Emmy-nominated Susan Sarandon) and her gay Irish butler, Bernard Lafferty (Ralph Fiennes, Emmy-nominated for his role as well). We caught up with the always outspoken, politically aware Sarandon, who lives in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City with partner Tim Robbins. 
Are you excited about the Emmy nominations? 
Susan Sarandon: All excited! It’s just been something so unforeseen, and the whole spirit in which we undertook the film really was lovely and brave on the part of so many friends who got involved and made such a big difference to make it what it was. For all who took this Kierkegaardian leap of faith and worked for nothing, to have these Emmy nominations come out of nowhere is so sweet, and we’re all so happy. To be able to say at least they got an Emmy nod means a lot to me. My only disappointment is my friend Frankie Diago, who did the sets, didn’t get one. It seemed like a place these people actually lived, and she did a great job with nothing. 
You’ve played quite a few real-life people now. Would you like to play Hillary Clinton in the movie of her life? 
Susan Sarandon: No. I’ve been around her and don’t find her… At this point, to say after what’s happened to her campaign and how they squandered all that money and all the different reasons her campaign fell apart, to blame it on sexism, I find so destructive to every young girl who dreams about making a difference through government. Instead of saying, "Look how far I’ve gotten and you can do it too," and all the positive things she could have done, she’s turned into such a blamer and whiner, as if that was the reason, when clearly she wouldn’t have been in the position she was in if she hadn’t been a woman. If she hadn’t been married to that man and hadn’t had the Democratic machine behind her. To now turn around and say it was sexism I find so dishonorable and really destructive to women all over, young women all over. So I don’t really respect her enough to want to play her, and I find it sad and disappointing. 
Can Obama actually win? 
Susan Sarandon: Why wouldn’t he be able to win?

Read full interview here.