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Charlize’s Monster女魔头莎莉·赛隆

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Charlize’s Monster女魔头莎莉·赛隆 2004/05/14 18:12  视听英语Ladder AI杂志


The South African actress overcame a troubled childhood on her road to success





  In Monster, Charlize Theron plays Aileen Wuornos, a woman facing the dea th penalty for murdering seven men. It seemed like a strange and dark role for such a beautiful, young actress to take. But Charlize is no stranger to violence: when she was 15 years old, she watched her mother shoot down her father.


  “My father and my uncle drank before they came home,”she remembered.“He phoned and warned us he was on his way home.”


  “Nature gives you instincts and, that day, I knew something was going to happen.”Charlize’s mother locked the door, but her father had a gun and shot through the lock.“He threatened to kill all of us,”she said. Instead, her mother picked up her own gun and shot him.


  “I wish I could change it, but I can’t. I would have done the same as my mother if it were my daughter. You think something like this will not happen to you, but it does.”


  The memory of that night must have stayed with Charlize as she transformed herself into Wuornos. She did extensive research on her subject but was unable to interview Wuornos: she was executed days before filming began. The process was not only mental: she also had to put on 12 kilograms, and a makeup artist turned her nearly flawless face into a mask of tragedy.


  In part, her motivation was to prove herself as a serious actress:“I think it’s a bit like climbing Mount Everest,”she said.“Why do people do that? I think in life we want to challenge ourselves to see what we are capable of. How far can I push myself?”


  She pushed herself far enough to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance. And in her acceptance speech, she had a message for her mother:“You’ve sacrificed so much for me to be able to make my dreams come true. There are no words to describe how much I love you.”


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