I posted an excerpt from my review of “Robot & Frank” last week, but I also had a chance to sit down for a chat with two of the film’s stars, Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon, before it premiered. As always, our conversation turned to a few of the actors’ other projects — past and future — as well as some other interesting topics.
Given Sarandon’s willingness to speak her mind when it comes to important social and political issues, I asked her where she stood on robots’ rights — a subject that comes up a few times during the movie.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
“This robot doesn’t seem to want to be considered human and doesn’t expect certain rights, but we’re programming more and more intelligence into them and they will probably have a union at some point when they get in everybody’s homes,” she said. “I’m definitely very lucky to have a job that pays me the way it does and to be able to pay for my kids’ education and health care, but I don’t need to have billions of dollars to feel okay. And I think it’s a stronger society when we do spread things around.”
“Even in ‘Harry Potter,’ I was definitely down for that house elf,” she laughed. “He was fabulous and I felt very strongly about elves’ rights and stuff like that. It just makes for a happier place if everyone’s feeling good about themselves. No matter if they’re metallic or elves, let everybody feel like they’re being respected.”
You can read the rest of the article at IFC.com. And if you get a chance to see “Robot & Frank,” make sure to do so. It’s one of my favorite films of the year.