Lili Taylor: ‘I knew Harvey Weinstein was a pig. I didn’t know he was a rapist’ | Hadley Freeman – on August 3, 2020 at 9:30 am

The much-loved star of Mystic Pizza, Say Anything and I Shot Andy Warhol discusses acting, alcoholism, friendship and the SCUM manifestoLili Taylor is one of those rare actors who makes whatever project she is in feel classier, no matter how small her part. (The few other actors who manage that, since you ask, are Parker Posey, Alfre Woodard, Kathryn Hahn and Chris Cooper.) She would always rather take an interesting minor role over a bland major one, and she then plays it with such punch and personality that she nearly steals the show. In 1989’s Say Anything, she took what could have been a thankless side role – John Cusack’s platonic best friend – and made it the joyful moral centre of the film. In Six Feet Under she darkened the mood yet further when she turned up in the second series as the fretful and furtive Lisa. Only occasionally has a starring role good enough to deserve her come along, such as her extraordinary turn as Valerie Solanas in 1996’s I Shot Andy Warhol, a biopic of the woman who wrote the infamous SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) manifesto and very nearly killed Warhol in 1968.“Solanas was only [mentioned] in two books, no one could handle her. So [director] Mary Harron did all this research, and that was really cool, from a feminist perspective and from a historical perspective. We may not like this woman, but we need to look at this woman,” Taylor says. “That was one of my favourite [jobs], but it was also hard because it set the bar so high. I had to realise that it wasn’t personal when that kind of role didn’t come around again.” Continue reading…

The much-loved star of Mystic Pizza, Say Anything and I Shot Andy Warhol discusses acting, alcoholism, friendship and the SCUM manifesto

Lili Taylor is one of those rare actors who makes whatever project she is in feel classier, no matter how small her part. (The few other actors who manage that, since you ask, are Parker Posey, Alfre Woodard, Kathryn Hahn and Chris Cooper.) She would always rather take an interesting minor role over a bland major one, and she then plays it with such punch and personality that she nearly steals the show. In 1989’s Say Anything, she took what could have been a thankless side role – John Cusack’s platonic best friend – and made it the joyful moral centre of the film. In Six Feet Under she darkened the mood yet further when she turned up in the second series as the fretful and furtive Lisa. Only occasionally has a starring role good enough to deserve her come along, such as her extraordinary turn as Valerie Solanas in 1996’s I Shot Andy Warhol, a biopic of the woman who wrote the infamous SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) manifesto and very nearly killed Warhol in 1968.

“Solanas was only [mentioned] in two books, no one could handle her. So [director] Mary Harron did all this research, and that was really cool, from a feminist perspective and from a historical perspective. We may not like this woman, but we need to look at this woman,” Taylor says. “That was one of my favourite [jobs], but it was also hard because it set the bar so high. I had to realise that it wasn’t personal when that kind of role didn’t come around again.”

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