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Robin Tunney Cherishes Her latest Character Driven Film
by Thom Fowler

Robin Tunney, who is starring in Finn Taylor’s, Cherish, opposite Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother Where Art Thou) has insecurities as an actress and resorted to begging to win the role over more commanding actresses. After a string of action films, she was getting hungry for something more. She stuck it out and got an interesting character role and the chance to work opposite Tim Blake Nelson – a man she calls a “brainiac genius”, “supportive” and “giving” as an actor. Tunney plays Zoe, an awkward young woman who unwittingly kills a cop in a drunk driving accident and is sentenced to home imprisonment while awaiting trial and is thus, unable to find the man who is responsible.

“People are into films for the spectacle of it all and it is really hard to compete with exploding buildings. Doing [Vertical Limit] I’d go a month and not speak, just do heavy breathing. And that’s totally cool, that’s what that genre is. People jumping out of their seats, that’s what that film was for. But as an actor I was feeling desperate to find something that was completely character driven.”

“Over a period of a year, I didn’t have very many meetings over scripts and I read this one and I really liked it. At the time there was an offer out to a famous actress and I thought, 'She won’t do it, the budget is less then what she gets paid', but then I got to page thirty and though, 'she just might do this.' So I started harassing Finn on the phone."

“I live in New York and I offered to fly myself out but I think he felt guilty, I was just kind of pathetically begging. It doesn’t matter where you put me, I won’t complain, I don’t care how much I get paid, I’ll bring my own wigs, I have really nice wigs. It was a really long waiting period to the point where the day they called to say that I got it I sent my husband down to the corner store to get a bottle of scotch. I was like, "I can’t wait anymore, I know its going to be no."

“And then I got it. And then I got really scared and thought I might have forgotten how to act and I had to carry it. You fight and you fight and you fight and once its given to you I thought, “Oh my god, If the movie stinks its my fault.” And then I got scared and insecure.”

You should be careful what you ask for, especially if you say, “I don’t care where you put me.” But she’s a trooper.

“They put me up in a converted garage and it didn’t have any windows. Over the phone, they called it a Japanese tea house but it was really a converted garage. And all these college girls from Berkeley who lived in the front house were like , “Oh my god, it’s the chick from the Craft. What are you doing living in the garage? It SUCKS!”

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originally posted: 06/05/02 17:16:26
last updated: 06/06/02 16:15:27
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