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Char­l­ize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Liv­ingston Ja­son Reit­man M

Writer Di­ablo Cody con­denses the ex­tremes of moth­er­hood into an in­tense and hu­mor­ous script. This film also has some won­der­fully un­pre­dictable twists.

We’re around the same age, and ev­ery five years or so we make a movie that mir­rors where we are in our lives and what’s on our minds. De­spite the fact that we’re com­ing from dif­fer­ent places, in­evitably what she writes echoes things that I’m feel­ing.

Q: How are the three films con­nected?

A: The grow­ing sto­ry­line of these films is ‘When do you feel grown up?’. What is the mo­ment that you sud­denly think: ‘I am at the right place and time in my life?’ And so far, that has been ‘never’ (laughs)... is about grow­ing up too soon. is about grow­ing up too late. And this one is kind of this mo­ment where you re­alise, as a par­ent, ‘I’ve closed the door on a part of my life and I need to ac­tu­ally say good­bye to my younger self’.

For what­ever rea­son, we’re both in­ter­ested in this as a con­cept, and she ar­tic­u­lates it so well. I pre­sume it will just keep go­ing.

Q: You had Char­l­ize in mind from the get-go?

A: From the sec­ond I read it. ‘OK, this is Char­l­ize’. The only ques­tion was, ‘Who is Tully?’ I knew Mackenzie and she felt like the per­fect match.

Q: What do you like most about Char­l­ize on screen?

A: There’s al­ways some­thing strangely ac­ces­si­ble about Char­l­ize on screen. Which is un­usual be­cause she’s six feet tall, she’s ab­so­lutely stun­ning, and our con­cept of her is as a ‘movie star’.

For what­ever rea­son though, un­like many movie stars and par­tic­u­larly beau­ti­ful ones, there’s some­thing very ac­ces­si­ble about her.

We’ve made two movies to­gether now and they are both about very nor­mal hu­man flaws. Her abil­ity to reach that has never been a ques­tion.

And the au­di­ence’s abil­ity to con­nect with her re­la­tion­ship with those flaws has al­ways been there, too.

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