INTERVIEWS: Kate Beckinsale on Aviator
Underworld star Kate Beckinsale gave ComingSoon.net an update on the currently in production Aviator. Martin Scorsese directs the film about the story of aviation pioneer Howard Hughes, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Beckinsale portrays Ava Gardner, which was great for research but does put some pressure on her. "It gives you a lot of material, in terms of research, but it also gives you a terrible responsibility to an actual person that you really hope you can pull off. It's like doing a sort of action genre movie. There are so many people who are furious that I did not turn into a bat when I jumped out of the building. They get very passionate about that. God only knows what the Ava Gardner fans are going to say. I'm going to get stoned to death. And I bumped into Cate Blanchett - she is playing Katherine Hepburn in the movie. We were both saying, 'Oh my God, it's awful isn't it? Just wanting to do justice to this person that people feel very personally connected to.'"
What does she think so far about how DiCaprio is playing Hughes? "Great, I mean I think he is a genius. I think he is amazing. I've been doing a lot of scenes toward the end of the movie where he's really breaking down. He's extraordinary." Beckinsale added that the film doesn't expose anything really that wasn't known yet. "No, it's very much you see that he's asking her to marry him all the time. They are good friends. She is very supportive to him once he's sick. She tells him, 'You are a bit too crazy for me.'"
Asked where she's been filming the Warner Bros. biopic, she says that "the Montreal part is finished. I've got some more to do in L.A. in October."