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Contagion is Contagious – Al Pacino is Courageous – Michael Fassbender & Lots of Sex

Posted on Wednesday, 7th September 2011 @ 09:22 PM by Text Size A | A | A

Ensemble of Stars – Contagion

(Venice, Italy) Steven Soderbergh cast movie stars for CONTAGION so the audience would have familiar faces to hang onto as they are plunged into his fast paced global thriller.

Paltrow – Photo Just Jared

With the ad: NOTHING SPREADS FASTER THAN FEAR, the flick is a realistic view about an unknown, rapidly expanding global virus, caused because the wrong bat met the wrong pig. Just where and how this encounter took place and how to find the antidote as millions of people die is the problem Lawrence Fishburne, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Ehle are assigned to solve. Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Matt Damon’s wife, dies at the beginning of the film, coughing, sweating and foaming at the mouth. Paltrow said it was fun to have the seizures, chomping on a bit of Alka Seltzer to create the foam. At the press conference, when asked if she thought that her character was being punished for cheating on her husband on a layover in Chicago, a feisty Paltrow replied, “If death by violence was the punishment for extra-marital affairs there would be only about three dudes left in this room… maybe less. We are in Italy.”

Al Pacino & Jessica Chastain

Al Pacino is getting rave reviews for his WILDE SALOME effort. He got a standing ovation when he entered the press room. At age 71, he looks great, is still in the game, and was charming and straightforward. He said he didn’t know where he was going with the project for a long time and didn’t know exactly what it was. “It’s not a film. It’s not a documentary. I wanted to make a kind of collage.”

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  • Cat Bauer

    September 9, 2011 09:21 AM


    Until I figure out how to edit a published post, the correct Paltrow quote should be “virus” not “violence.”

    At the press conference, when asked if she thought that her character was being punished for cheating on her husband on a layover in Chicago, a feisty Paltrow replied, “If death by virus was the punishment for extra-marital affairs there would be only about three dudes left in this room… maybe less. We are in Italy.”

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