Friday, February 15, 2013

Margo Martindale dishes on "August: Osage County"

Margo Martindale, who plays Mattie Fae in the upcoming August: Osage County, was recently interviewed about her participation in the film and interaction with Meryl.  The pertinent sections are as follows:

You’ve been an amazing character actor for years, but you’ve got a big 2013 ahead of you. There’s The Americans, but also Beautiful Creatures and August: Osage County, as Mattie Fae Aiken. Are you excited or nervous or both?

"I’m nervous. August was a wonderful, incredible two months. It will look beautiful. The script is magnificent. The actors are all fabulous. Will it all work? That will be a mystery. I was wildly happy to get that part, and I said to myself, after seeing it on Broadway, “I want to play that in the movie.” Rondi Reed, who played it on stage, I couldn’t have perfected that. There was no need to do it on stage. So I decided to set my sights on the movie."

You’ve worked with Meryl Streep, who plays your sister Violet, a few times in your career. Did that previous experience with her help build your relationship as sisters?

"Tremendously. We spent our off time together. She’s a great, great person. These sisters really lean on each other, and I’ve known Chris Cooper, who plays my husband, since 1981. I love him so much."

 It makes me a little nervous that she said "will it all work?  That will be a mystery."  Yikes.  Although I suppose she doesn't have any way of knowing if despite a great screenplay and cast the editing will pull it all together in a way that makes it a effective, seamless picture.  Can't believe I still won't see this film for like nine months.  

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