Annette Bening on the Joy of Watching Warren Beatty's Comeback in 'Rules Don't Apply'

Kevin Polowy
Senior Editor
Yahoo Movies

Rules Don’t Apply is Warren Beatty’s first movie in 15 years. But it also marks the 25th anniversary of Beatty and wife Annette Bening’s first onscreen collaboration. The couple famously met on the set of 1991’s Oscar-nominated Mob drama Bugsy and married the year after its release.

Bening — who has a small role in Rules — had an up-close and personal look at Beatty’s decades-in-the-works passion project, a film he wrote, directed, produced, and also stars in as the eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. “I’m just so happy that he made the film,” Bening told Yahoo Movies during our recent Role Recall interview (watch above). “He got what was in his head and in his heart out on the screen. And to know that my children got to see him do what he does [as an] actor-writer-director-producer.”

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Beatty, who has four children with Bening, is the only person ever to receive Oscar nominations for acting in, writing, directing, and producing the same movie — and he did it twice, for Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Reds (1981).

“He demands so much of himself and everyone around him,” Bening said when asked if it was evident Beatty enjoyed the return fot filmmaking. “It’s not like it’s fun…. It’s a real artistic process for him. He’s very detail-oriented, and he’s very good at what he does.”

Rules Don’t Apply is now in theaters. Look for our full Role Recall interview with Bening next week on Yahoo Movies.