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Exclusive: Susan Sarandon On Her Many Roles in 'Cloud Atlas': "I play an Indian man. I hope I don't get in trouble for that."

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire August 24, 2012 at 11:45AM

We aren't the only ones excited to catch Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski siblings independently financed epic "Cloud Atlas" in Toronto where it world premieres early next month. Turns out one of its stars, Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon, is too. "I can't wait to see it," Sarandon told Indiewire yesterday during an interview tied to her supporting turn as a high society housewife in Nicholas Jarecki's financial thriller "Arbitrage," which was at this year's Sundance and opens in theaters next month. "I'm going to Chicago on the 7th to see it for the first time. I've only seen that amazing trailer." READ MORE: Watch: Amazing 6-Minute Trailer For 'Cloud Atlas,' Starring Tom Hanks & Halle Berry For Sarandon, the project marks her second time working with the Wachowski's following their last film, "Speed Racer." Based on David Mitchell's novel, "Cloud Atlas" spans the nineteenth century to a post-apocalytptic future for a tale that shows how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. "They're so full of love, the three of them, for each other and for making film," Sarandon said of Twyker and the Wachowski's. "They wanted to make an epic adult film that's about epic adult ideas. So I pray for them that there are enough ideas and adults to go around, because it's a fabulous experiment in American filmmaking." As evidenced in the six-minute trailer, the film's large cast (that includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent and Hugo Weaving), all don prosthetics to play a myriad of people of different ethnicities and genders. "I play a lot of little parts, nothing like what Halle and Tom are doing throughout the film," Sarandon said. "I play an Indian man. I hope I don't get in trouble for that." Initially, Sarandon said she had reservations about taking the plunge along with her co-stars. "I was kind of scared to jump in there so fast," she admitted. "Everyone was putting on new noses. I never wore contacts before! But then when I got there, it was just the bravest kind of Cirque De Soleil atmosphere. People were just jumping from one trapeze to the next. I thought, yeah, this is what filmmaking should be like -- just a rollicking good time with everyone working way beyond their comfort zone. I'm just really happy to be a part of it." "Cloud Atlas" opens nationwide on October 26. "Arbitrage" hits select theaters September 14. Check back for our upcoming full interview with Sarandon in early September.
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Warner Bros. "Cloud Atlas"

We aren't the only ones excited to catch Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski siblings independently financed epic "Cloud Atlas" in Toronto where it world premieres early next month. Turns out one of its stars, Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon, is too.

"I can't wait to see it," Sarandon told Indiewire yesterday during an interview tied to her supporting turn as a high society housewife in Nicholas Jarecki's financial thriller "Arbitrage," which was at this year's Sundance and opens in theaters next month. "I'm going to Chicago on the 7th to see it for the first time. I've only seen that amazing trailer."

READ MORE: Watch: Amazing 6-Minute Trailer For 'Cloud Atlas,' Starring Tom Hanks & Halle Berry

For Sarandon, the project marks her second time working with the Wachowski's following their last film, "Speed Racer." Based on David Mitchell's novel, "Cloud Atlas" spans the nineteenth century to a post-apocalytptic future for a tale that shows how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future.

"They're so full of love, the three of them, for each other and for making film," Sarandon said of Twyker and the Wachowski's. "They wanted to make an epic adult film that's about epic adult ideas. So I pray for them that there are enough ideas and adults to go around, because it's a fabulous experiment in American filmmaking."

As evidenced in the six-minute trailer, the film's large cast (that includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent and Hugo Weaving), all don prosthetics to play a myriad of people of different ethnicities and genders.

"I play a lot of little parts, nothing like what Halle and Tom are doing throughout the film," Sarandon said. "I play an Indian man. I hope I don't get in trouble for that."

Initially, Sarandon said she had reservations about taking the plunge along with her co-stars. "I was kind of scared to jump in there so fast," she admitted. "Everyone was putting on new noses. I never wore contacts before! But then when I got there, it was just the bravest kind of Cirque De Soleil atmosphere. People were just jumping from one trapeze to the next. I thought, yeah, this is what filmmaking should be like -- just a rollicking good time with everyone working way beyond their comfort zone. I'm just really happy to be a part of it."

"Cloud Atlas" opens nationwide on October 26. "Arbitrage" hits select theaters September 14. Check back for our upcoming full interview with Sarandon in early September.

This article is related to: Toronto International Film Festival, Susan Sarandon, Cloud Atlas