Susan Sarandon and Richard Gere in "Arbitrage"
Updated: October 10, 2012 6:15AM
She’s an Oscar-winning actress, an activist and a ping-pong entrepreneur, but one title Susan Sarandon has yet to claim is author.
“I did write a book about a very funny raccoon,” the 66-year-old role model reveals. “A friend of mine took it to his publisher and said I had to make it right. My raccoon died. I guess that doesn’t play.
“I might finish that raccoon book. Otherwise, I don’t know enough to give other people wisdom.”
She’s pretty knowing in “Arbitrage” (opening Friday), the story of a billionaire hedge fund magnate (Richard Gere) trying to conceal his fraudulent acts from his wife (Sarandon).
“I’m always a sucker for someone who is passionate about a project,” says Sarandon about writer-director Nicholas Jarecki. “Directors get beaten down with some regularity. The upside of a first-time director like this one is that they care so much about the project.”
Playing opposite Gere was a thrill. “I’ve known Richard forever,” she says. “Our real-life friendship made this relationship in the film really resonate.”
Her character wants to just go away with her husband and enjoy life. “She says, ‘How much money do we really need? Let’s just take off and have fun.’
“When you get to be in your 50s and you manage to be with someone for so long, you can say, ‘Our life is not authentic anymore. Let’s work through this. Let’s have some fun and see who we are now.’ But people don’t always have the skill set to do it.”
Does she think men and women approach middle age in different ways?
“For women if you have children, you’ve invested a lot into that project — whether you work in the house or outside of the house. A lot of your persona is that as a mother. When you raise these kids and they turn out to be people you want to have dinner with, then that will get you through.
“Let’s face it, men have more vanity,” says Sarandon, single since her breakup with Tim Robbins in 2009. “They’re a lot more insecure. They very often feel very outside the family. Men will look for validation and verification in a lot of other areas that are stupid.”
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