South African beauty Charlize Theron is in Venice promoting her latest flick entitled, “The Burning Plain.” Theron stars as a troubled Oregon restaurant manager who is forced to confront her past when a mysterious visitor arrives from Mexico, and Kim Basinger, who appears in flashbacks as Sylvia’s mother at a pivotal moment in her young life.
This is director Guillermo Arriaga’s directorial debut but is no stranger to Holllywood. Arriaga was the screenwriter for “21 Grams” and “Babel.”
Theron, who also worked as a producer on the film, said there was a list of actresses to play the Gina role, but that they were thrilled to get Basinger.
“She’s amazing,” Theron said. “There is something about Kim. There’s a strength with her leftover vulnerability from her 20s that’s just unbelievably beautiful to watch. There are moments on the screen when she’s shaking, her entire body is shaking for real. You couldn’t act that.”