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Susan Sarandon Talks ‘Three Generations’ and More in New Interview

Susan Sarandon Talks ‘Three Generations’ and More in New Interview

Undoubtedly a film we’d kill to lay eyes on ASAP, and the Weinstein Company’s highest-costing $6M acquisition from Cannes this past May, is much-anticipated “Three Generations” — billing the angelic trifecta of Susan Sarandon as a lesbian grandmother, Naomi Watts as mother, and 17-year-old Elle Fanning as a teenager transitioning from female to male. Directed by Gaby Dellal and featuring supporting roles by Maria Dizzia and Tessa Albertson, we were able to hear more word on the upcoming drama via Sarandon’s quick but wonderful interview with Variety 

Scheduled for a September limited release, Sarandon revealed some precious details about the film in addition to her enlightening thoughts on Hollywood’s treatment of LGBT stories, and playing a lesbian opposite Catherine Deneuve. Between this and Xavier Dolan’s English-language “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” we give no pause in claiming the “Stepmom” star will be taking part in some of the landmark queer movies of the next few years. 

On stepping up as an LGBT ally:

“I started speaking in public in the early days of the AIDS epidemic when there were huge demonstrations that didn’t even find their way into the New York Times. Having lost a lot of very close friends, who were given the message to die in shame somewhere out of sight, that activated me very quickly.”

On Hollywood execs who just don’t get it:

“I think when it will be extraordinary is when you have stories about life or mysteries or science fiction where you have two people of the same gender who are married but that’s not what the story is about[…] If it’s hard for studio executives to imagine themselves having a woman in a lead, they probably need to have some fabulous person write a script that envisions a gay couple married as an afterthought. Hollywood is not political.”

On being Catherine Deneuve’s on-screen lover in “The Hunger”:

“I thought it was an interesting project. Who wouldn’t want to go to bed with Catherine Deneuve? That was a great first experience[…] I started at the top of the food chain for sure.”

On “Three Generations” — which is currently searching for a new title:

“‘Three Generations’ is a story about a family comprised of a lesbian couple that’s been together for a long time. I own the brownstone, and I allow my daughter (played by Naomi Watts) to raise her daughter (Elle Fanning) there. The father has not been present, and the movie opens with a discussion of how Elle can get the hormones necessary to transition before the next school year. In order to that, she has to get the signature of her father[…] All along, my character says, ‘Why can’t she be a normal lesbian?’ But she’s not a lesbian–she’s a boy. Then at some point, I say to Elle, ‘I thought you were too young to know what you wanted. I was just afraid. Now I realize who you are and who I love is not changing. The only thing that’s changing are the details.’ I think what’s extraordinary about adding transgender to all the evolutions is that our coloring box has that many more possibilities. We have that many more crayons to color outside the lines. That’s an exciting thing.”

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