Susan Sarandon on 'Jeff, Who Lives at Home' directors: they seduced me
Susan Sarandon obviously has her choice in projects, but the actress said that she was "seduced" into joining the cast of "Jeff, Who Lives at Home."
"[The Duplass brothers] seduced me on the first hello on the phone," Sarandon told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a recent interview. "I had read the script and it was so surprising and it made me cry and I loved their connection to their families. I loved the way they worked together, I'd seen 'The Puffy Chair' and 'Cyrus' wasn't out yet. I talked to Marisa [Tomei] and she highly recommended them."
"I thought that the casting, because the guys were already cast, and I thought that they were really good choices for both of the parts, so it seemed like a no-brainer," Sarandon continued. "I've had so much luck in New Orleans with the films I've done there, so that was a plus. They played ping pong too - so that was a sign."
"Jeff, Who Lives at Home" follows a slacker named Jeff (Segel) who lives in his mother's (Susan Sarandon) basement and feels like he might have finally found his destiny when he helps his brother (Ed Helms) track his possibly adulterous wife (Judy Greer).
While Sarandon seems to have found her calling, the Oscar-winner could relate to Jeff's plight of not knowing what his path should be in life.
"Even if you don't believe in a higher power, there's clearly something that happens out of the chaos. My whole life has been totally serendipitous and everything that's been important to me has come out of the blue and oftentimes against the odds," Sarandon told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "And my daughter says, 'You know mom, it doesn't look good on paper' and I go, 'You know what, I'm just going to jump, I'm going to do it.' I don't mean being reckless, but I think you have to give life the benefit of the doubt sometimes because it's got far more imagination than you do."
"In the job that I'm in, intuition, empathy and imagination are the big ones that are the muscles that you use that feel like loving actually - opening yourself up and I think that's why I've been so active in justice issues because your empathy leads you to understand the plight of a mother who can't feed her kids, so you can't just sit home," Sarandon continued.
Jay and Mark Duplass wrote and directed the film. Their previous films include "Cyrus," "Baghead" and "The Puffy Chair."
Though Sarandon seems to have successfully raised her brood, which include two sons Jack and Miles and daughter Eva Amurri, the actress could relate to her character's frustrations in parenting.
"If you're a mom and you're trying to do a good job, you can definitely get to the point where you feel like you've been taken advantage of and abused and worn out - like what is my spawn? What has happened to them? I think if you make something really truthful, that people really do identify to their courage and to their plight and to the circumstances, even if your life is slightly different."
Sarandon will next appear in the sci-fi flick 'Cloud Atlas,' which stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry and is due to hit theaters on May 4, 2012. She will also play Adam Sandler's character's lover and Andy Samberg's character's mother in the comedy 'I Hate You, Dad,' which is set for release on June 15, 2012.
"Jeff, Who Lives at Home" hit theaters on March 16. Watch a trailer below.
Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings).