Zoe Saldana Defends 8 Bedeviling Differences Between NBC's 'Rosemary's Baby' and the Movie
Zoe Saldana in 'Rosemary's Baby' (Roger Do Minh/NBC)
The "Avatar" actress, 35, takes on the title character — the one made famous by Mia Farrow in Roman Polanski's 1968 film — in the retelling of the novel by Ira Levin in a two-part miniseries on NBC, helmed by another Polish director, Agnieszka Holland. Saldana is also taking a producer role behind the scenes, along with her two sisters.
In other words, she has a lot riding on the TV event's success. But that's not keeping the star from taking a relaxed, self-deprecating approach to talking about the film, as Yahoo TV learned over tea at the Plaza Hotel in New York City this week.
With four hours to tell the story — as opposed to the two hours and 15 minutes of the original film — the new "Rosemary's Baby" has plenty of changes. Still, Saldana had no problem defending eight of the biggest.
1. This version happens in Paris, as opposed to New York City.
"It was a compilation of many things: To create distance between Roman Polanski's movie because we really wanted to let people know that we were doing a retelling of the novel, not a remake of his movie. He did it so wonderfully well and it should never ever be duplicated. Paris is sort of an extra character in this project and also a mother city … where it is the epicenter of sophistication and elegance but also darkness because of his aesthetics and its history. Agnieszka really showcased that a great deal throughout the series."
Shooting 'Rosemary's Baby' in Paris (Roger Do Minh/NBC)
2. Polanski's film had quite a bit of blood and nudity — this version has network television standards to answer to.
"We all had a feeling that NBC, just by greenlighting this project and having it air on their network. It's so kooky — literally on Mother's Day? I thought it was a risk they were taking so we knew they were going to give us a certain amount of freedom. What they would tell Agnieszka is just shoot how you would be shooting this and then we'll pull back in the editing room. She was very surprised that they only had her do minor changes. Nothing severe."