At 85, the award-winning actor is preparing for her directorial entry and starring in a brand-new film. She talks about Trump, feminism and the accident on The Exorcist set that still leaves a bitter taste
‘It’s terrifying !” Ellen Burstyn isn’t talking about her crusade with a demon in The Exorcist. Nor is she recalling her battle with amphetamine addiction in Requiem for a Dream. Rather, as I sitting there opposite her, she is talking about the current US president.
He has become an inescapable topic, especially in New York where we are, but for the 85 -year-old, his reign has an added sting. Burstyn was not only a vocal supporter of his predecessor but was a visible part of Barack Obama’s campaign.
” I was so happy and satisfied for this country that we finally had were allowed to step over the line into some kind of reasonable stance and then it rebounded route back the other way ,” she says.” But I visualize the Russians did it, don’t you agree ?”
Throughout our speech, Burstyn often asks for my opinion, and then listens with perseverance to what I have to say. We are in her Upper West Side apartment in Manhattan. Filled with diverse embellishes, trifles and furniture signalling a life filled with travel, it seems well-suited to the topic at hand, given that we are here to chat about her new film. The House of Tomorrow stars Burstyn as an idiosyncratic woman who were in a geodesic dome home with her teenage grandson, played by Asa Butterfield. Their lives are led by the teachings of designer and futurist Buckminster Fuller, who, in reality, was close friends with Burstyn.
” The director, Peter Livolsi, cast it to me not knowing I are connected with Mr Fuller in the past ,” Burstyn says.” It was quite by collision .”