Sharon Stone is openly political, so when she’s appearing in a film about the assassination of Robert Kennedy one would expect it to have a lot to say. But she plays a hairdresser in the salon of the Ambassador Hotel, and though she witnesses many of her customer’s dealing with political situations, her biggest problem is relating to her husband.
Interview: Sharon Stone on Bobby
“Politics should be a human-interest story,” said Stone. “When Emilio [Estevez] called about this movie, I was just so knocked out by the script and by his dedication to making this movie. I felt so lucky that the part he offered me was the part of the lady who runs the beauty shop and gets to interact with all these different characters and had such humanity.”
Perhaps Stone’s character embodies some of Kennedy’s political inklings. “Bobby Kennedy had such great humanity and really engaged himself with the people of the country and the people of the world. During his campaign he went to South Africa, he traveled, he met people, he really understood that he was a world citizen, and so, for me I believe my character had such a feeling of pride and was so touched by him because she saw his humanity. And when the people came into her place of business it was an international place of business. They came and went through her salon from all over the world. Not just all over the city, not just her regular clients. And they talked to her about their problems and their issues. She was someone who was addressing the world. So, when she saw him, I think she saw him as a person who touched and saw the people that she touched and she felt like ‘this is a real person.’ A real person who saw the same people that she touched and saw. And I felt like, ‘You know, she saw a real bullsh*tter when she saw one and saw a real person when she saw one.’ And that was why it was so moving when she saw him and was so heartbreaking when she saw him get gunned down.”
Sharon Stone and William H. Macy in Bobby
Stone’s character faces an adulterous husband, and there is little hope for reconciliation. Though set in the 1950s, that story never gets old. “I think we've come to a time when people have forgotten that character has comes from standing through difficult times and that when you agree to stand by somebody, a relationship grows and becomes richer and deeper when you grow through people's failures. Not just their successes. So often now, people just turn their back and walk away when someone fails or changes and really that good relationships, relationships that are rich and textured and alive are the relationships that are built on acceptance and learning. You accept and learn when people fail. Those are the relationships that have quality and dignity and growth. I think if we could learn anything, it would be that.”
Bobby opens to theatres this Friday, November 17th.
For the poster, trailer, synopsis and more movie info, go to the Bobby Movie Page.
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