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May 21, 2010

The commodification of tragedy

Toward the end of an extensive interview with Vice magazine, Bret Easton Ellis offers details about his forthcoming collaboration with Gus Van Sant on The Golden Suicides.

The movie is really Jeremy Blake’s journey. We meet him before he even knows Theresa Duncan. I really related to Jeremy, and I love his work, and I kind of fell in love with him. The movie is from his point of view. It’s not from her point of view. It is an incredibly sympathetic portrait of him, and I think of her, too. Part of the problem with the original magazine piece is that it’s kind of gossipy and a little salacious at times, and it concentrates on things that I’m not that interested in. But this is a heartfelt script. If anyone is thinking that I’m doing some kind of, like, “Bret Easton Ellis” take on it, like it’s a satire or stand-up, they are completely wrong. It’s a very heartfelt love story.

Not my take on the story but then I don't know any more about the truth of the matter than does Ellis; his version is at least sympathetic to Theresa for all it makes her out to be a bit crazy (which, in fairness, at least in one sense was my impression).

Here is the revolting part. Sadly, Hollywood will only love when you are dead and beautiful. Yes, Theresa was beautiful, but there was so much more to her beauty than being "hot".

[Vice] That’s where her theories about a Scientologist plot against her come into it.

[Ellis] The Scientologists. And then she began to build this huge narrative as to why she wasn’t successful in the film industry. I’m haunted by it. I don’t know why it resonated with me so much.

You explained it pretty well. It was the relationship that you’d been having, and your experience with The Informers. That could really put you in a place where the Blake-Duncan story would hit you hard.

And they were hot.

They were hot. Yeah.

Literally, this is how it sold with one of the producers, to get financing for it. “Who wants to see a movie about two people who kill themselves?” And then the other producer said, “Well, they were hot.”

Oh, fuck.

And he said, “Really? Well, where’s the pictures of them? Ah. Yeah.”

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 21, 2010 10:14 AM

Comments

"Well, they were hot."

Smashes head into wall.

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 21, 2010 03:07 PM