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Exclusive: Samuel L. Jackson and Annette Bening talk ‘Mother and Child’

As a filmmaker and storyteller, Rodrigo Garcia offers something to audiences that few others do. Looking strictly at the characters and story of his films, including Nine Lives and the upcoming Mother and Child, he manages to chronicle the lives of characters we seldom see, with uncommon sensitivity; but looking at even his casting choices, he not only recruits unexpected actors for roles, but shows those performers in ways either unusual or completely unfamiliar. Indeed, in Mother and Child, Samuel L. Jackson is but the tip of a vast iceberg of talent – which also includes Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Naomi Watts, and Jimmy Smits – whose characteristic personas are either inverted in the film, or razed outright.

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Hollywood News recently sat down with Garcia to talk about his latest film, a tapestry of stories about women dealing with the prospect of being both mothers and children, often at the same time. Additionally, we chatted with Samuel L. Jackson, Annette Bening, and Kerry Washington, all of whom offered insights into their characters and Garcia’s unconventional creativity.

First up was Jackson, who talked about how his role in the film was a deliberate departure from the forces of nature he typically plays. After talking about the love scene he shares with co-star Naomi Watts, Jackson ruminated on the rewards of working on film of this size as opposed to spectacle-laden blockbusters in which he usually appears.

Finally, we spoke with Bening, who graciously rescued yours truly when I struggled to get my first question out. Explaining how she created a believable sense of mother-daughter chemistry given her character’s simultaneous need for support and standoffish attitude, Bening talked about tackling a tough and sometimes thankless role.

Check out the film’s theatrical trailer below. Mother and Child opens in limited release on May 7, 2010.

About Todd Gilchrist

Todd Gilchrist is a Los Angeles-based film critic and entertainment journalist. Over the past decade he worked at a variety of online and print publications, including the Miami New Times, Filmstew.com, SCI FI Wire, and IGN.com, where he wrote reviews, conducted interviews with actors and filmmakers, and edited Movies, DVD and Music content. He currently works for Cinematical.com among other outlets, and has been a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association since 2005.

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  • April 22, 2010 | Permalink |

    Annette is so talented. I am definitely looking forward to this film. I loved “Nine Lives” so I’m sure this one will be just as great

  • April 22, 2010 | Permalink |

    These video interviews were fantastic. I hadn’t heard of this film before but now I want to see it

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