It took a paparazzo with an eagle eye to spot Elle Fanning on the New York City street set of her new movie, Three Generations, on Tuesday, because she couldn’t have looked more different. The 16-year-old actress, who is a Miu Miu model and Fashion Week staple, and most recently played an ethereal Princess Aurora in Maleficent, has transformed to play a transgender teenager named Ray who’s transitioning from female to male in the upcoming drama. The film, directed by Gaby Dellal, has some pretty big co-stars for Fanning to play against.
She’s played everything from a crusading nun to a gun-toting road-tripper to a lusty vampire — and yet, even at 67 years old, Susan Sarandon is still finding new on-screen challenges. The Oscar-winner, who plays a booze-swilling grandma in the new Melissa McCarthy film Tammy, spoke with Yahoo Movies about her illustrious résumé, revealing behind-the-scenes stories about five of her most unforgettable roles. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Throngs of Janet wannabes likely have no idea how difficult it was for Sarandon to play the iconic part of Janet, the virgin-turned-vixen. “We never got warm.” Bull Durham (1988) The late Roger Ebert said no one else could have played the memorable minor league baseball groupie, though Sarandon is open about the fact that she was far from the first choice. “I was at the bottom of the list — but everybody else turned it down because they didn’t want to read.” Beyond making the baseball scenes look real, the chemistry between Kevin Costner and his leading lady was supremely important to Bull Durham filmmakers — and she proved she had just that right spark. Thelma and Louise (1991) Sarandon and Geena Davis both received Best Actress nominations for this now-classic road-trip drama — a situation Sarandon calls “very unusual.” It was the fifth time in Oscar history that two actresses from the same film got a dueling nod, starting with Anne Baxter and Bette Davis in All About Eve (1950).
Susan Sarandon plays a grandmother in the new comedy Tammy, but she’s also about to become one in real-life. At last night’s Tammy premiere in Hollywood, Sarandon, 67, brought along her pregnant daughter, 29-year-old actress Eva Amurri Martino and Eva’s husband Kyle Martino, to celebrate the new Melissa McCarthy comedy which opens on Wednesday. For her part, Sarandon looked as sultry as ever in a body-hugging crimson gown.
By Stacey Wilson The fact that the selfie they took at THR's reunion shoot on Thursday, June 19, became a globally trending news item only speaks to the enduring (and rabid) fan base of Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis' game-changing film, Thelma & Louise. The Ridley Scott-directed drama about two Southern women on the run after murdering a rapist shocked audiences — and the business — when it was released in May 1991. The film quickly entered the cultural zeitgeist for its bold and tragic finale, its unapologetic depiction of female subjugation in modern America and -— some may say most importantly — the major-film debut of Brad Pitt, who drawled his way into stardom as J.D., the hustler who steals more than Thelma’s heart. PHOTOS Hollywood’s 100 Favorite Films How did you first get the script for Thelma and Louise? SUSAN SARANDON I got it from my agent, then had a meeting with Ridley Scott.