Susan Sarandon Quotes and Laura Bush Play

Susan Sarandon quotes Shall We DanceSusan Sarandon in 'Shall We Dance.'

Susan Sarandon quotes, playing Laura Bush

Playbill has reported that Academy Award-winning actress and liberal activist Susan Sarandon will play U.S. First Lady Laura Bush – that's Fahrenheit 9/11 star George W. Bush's wife – in a reading of Tony Kushner's Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, on Oct. 25, '04.

In its exploration of “political morality and moral relativity,” according to the play's press release, Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy presents Laura Bush reading Dostoevsky to the ghosts of Iraqi children dressed in pajamas. For more information, visit the Long Wharf Theatre website.

Susan Sarandon quotes

And here are a couple of recent Susan Sarandon quotes, while taking a break from promoting Peter Chelsom's Shall We Dance:

“I was talking with one of my kids, and he said, 'You're so involved in politics.' I said, 'When you're talking about current events, that's not politics, that's your life. It's easy to dismiss that as politics, but what we're talking about is, you may be drafted depending on who wins this next election, and that's something you should be aware of.'"

“I think I've done just about every role [of that kind]. There are a few more that have been offered to me lately. I think I have cornered that market. Sigourney [Weaver] did [Tadpole] and I thought, 'How did that get by me? I didn't get offered that one?'"

Susan Sarandon quote no. 1, referring to the U.S. presidential election and, indirectly, to the Iraq War: The Toronto Star.

Susan Sarandon quote no. 2, referring to being offered roles of sensual Older Women enmeshed with Younger Men: TV Guide.

'The Exonerated' and 'Romance & Cigarettes'

Next, Susan Sarandon, recently seen in the aforementioned Shall We Dance opposite Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez, is to be featured in Bob Balaban's cable TV movie The Exonerated, based on Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank's real-life-inspired play about several people sentenced to death row after having been wrongfully convicted of murder and other crimes. The Exonerated also features David Brown Jr., Brian Dennehy, Danny Glover, Delroy Lindo, and Aidan Quinn.

Sarandon is also scheduled to appear in John Turturro's musical comedy Romance & Cigarettes, also featuring James Gandolfini, Kate Winslet, Mary-Louise Parker, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale, Barbara Sukowa, Elaine Stritch, Amy Sedaris, and Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter).

Susan Sarandon: Best Actress Oscar winner

A Best Actress Academy Award winner for Tim Robbins' 1995 death-penalty drama Dead Man Walking, Susan Sarandon received four other Oscar nominations:

She lost to, respectively, Katharine Hepburn in On Golden Pond, Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs, Emma Thompson in Howards End, and Jessica Lange in Blue Sky.

Following her four Best Actress Oscar nods from 1991-1995, Susan Sarandon has been totally bypassed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the last (almost) nine years. A dearth of eye-catching roles in popular films is surely part of the problem. (The 1998 box office hit Stepmom, co-starring Julia Roberts and Ed Harris, was an exception to the rule.)


Susan Sarandon Shall We Dance photo: Miramax Films.

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