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Julia Stiles talks The Bell Jar

JuliaStiles.jpgJulia Stiles is turning from the Bourne franchise she's been starring in to turn to something a little more literate, something a little more intellectual. She's starring in The Bell Jar, the novel from the author and poet, Sylvia Plath.

We already heard about the news and the new film, but now she's been talking about the story, one that is regarded as quite depressing, and turning that thought around a little.

"I don't think so. I don't think it's depressing at all. It is ABOUT depression… I think that Sylvia Plath writes with such awesome, beautiful, vivid imagery that is so perfect for film, that it's kind of a joy. I wouldn't have spent this much time trying to set up the movie if I didn't love it…

…I think that a lot of people think Sylvia Plath as being this dark, brooding soul because of her history, her biography overshadows her writing."

Since much of the The Bell Jar and its imagery takes place inside the head of the main character Esther Greenwood, Julia Stiles has said that it would lend itself well to having some animation in the film. She suggests, in the article on MTV Movies Blog, that Tim Burton's Big Fish is a similar visual style to how The Bell Jar could turn out.

Stiles has a bit of a mixed career, dipping in and out of mainstream Hollywood, something that has meant that some people haven't really experienced her true ability on screen. I think finally, with such a well respected author providing the basis for the film's story, we might get the chance to see something very special from her.



What impresses me most about that interview is her frightfulness into the material. She's obviously intimately familiar with it and, most importantly, interpreting it for herself. With that lone interview she's proven that she's much more than just a pretty face.


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