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Susan Sarandon was an open book for the Daily Beast this week in a wide-ranging interview. The Oscar winner went into details about her relationship with David Bowie and her drug use. She even discussed Woody Allen and relationships between older men and younger women.
The interview begins with Sarandon discussing the Burning Man Music Festival, which she found “fabulous” last year. She couldn’t go this year because her daughter is having a baby.
“The art was amazing,” she said of last year’s festival. “You’ll find fantastical stuff like four-story women, and when the light comes up, a half-naked woman with a parasol. Despite the fact that there was more of a police presence there, it was a lot of fun and I’d definitely go back.”
Later, Sarandon, 67, admitted to using mushrooms and other drugs, noting that she was a friend of Timothy Leary’s.
“My attitude about marijuana or anything is, ‘Don’t be stoned if you have to pretend you’re not,’ so I’d never do drugs if I was taking care of my kids,” she said.
Since she is promoting The Last of Robin Hood, in which Kevin Kline plays the ageing Errol Flynn, who had an affair with a teen played by Dakota Fanning, Sarandon was asked about past flings. She revealed that she did sleep with David Bowie once. The two made The Hunger together in 1983 and the affair was around that time.
“Yeah. He’s worth idolizing. He’s extraordinary. That was a really interesting period,” she said.
“I wasn’t supposed to have kids, and I’m the oldest of nine and had mothered all of them, so I wasn’t ever in a mode to where I was looking to settle down and raise a family, so that definitely changes the gene pool you’re dipping into,” she continued. “But Bowie’s just a really interesting person, and so bright. He’s a talent, and a painter, and… he’s great.”
The Tammy actress said that she is much more bothered by violence in films than May-December romances and relationships between older men and younger women. Considering one is portrayed in Allen’s new movie Magic in the Moonlight, between Emma Stone and Colin Firth, she noted, “I have issues with Woody Allen... but that’s another story. But that’s always been accepted in films, that guys are with younger women.”
The Last of Robin Hood opens on Aug. 29. Here’s the trailer:
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