reiane Lane sits in her attorney’s office in Los Angeles as we chat about Zoom. Why she’s here, she doesn’t say, but she’s in a playful mood, as our conversation shifts from Kevin Costner – her co-star in the new movie Let him go – to Rob Lowe, James Gandolfini (she was in the TV movie Truth cinema with him) and Mike Leigh (she is a fan, unfortunately not yet chosen by the veteran British director). “I talk about others to avoid talking about myself!” she laughs, in a way that suggests a mastery in the art of interview diversion.
Lane, 55, may not be famous for Nicole Kidman or Meryl Streep, but she has managed an elegant 40-year career with the company. As a teenager, she worked twice with Francis Ford Coppola The foreigners and Poisson Rumble. She later won an Oscar nomination for infidelity drama Unfaithful. And still later, she played Superman’s foster mother, Martha Kent in Steel man, his second foray into comic book movies after the 2000AD adaptation Judge Dredd (1995).
She’s a born survivor, an actor who remains in demand despite Hollywood’s fickle nature. When we met several years ago, she said to me, “I still live rope by rope in the jungle.” Is this still the case? “Do you think I have a blueprint for the rest of my life, let alone my career?” she says. “It’s the business analogy. Because it’s one thing at a time. It’s a step in life, if you walk, and a night’s sleep at a time. And – luckily in my profession – it’s one job at a time.
The period of isolation induced by Covid was difficult for her. “I don’t get that gratification from mammals that I normally get from working with others,” she says. Worse still, it is to face overachieving moralizers. “That’s the thing about this weird 2020. People are like, ‘What have you done with your isolation? Have you written the great American novel? Have you started painting? Do you speak a new language? Can you cook new foods? What do you have to show for yourselves? People are so obsessed with this mentality, especially in America.
Lane didn’t learn Japanese or how to cook Baked Alaska. She just watched a lot of TV. “Shamelessly and with gratitude because I had a lot to catch up with and that’s my profession,” she says. “I have to be more aware of the young talent coming in and the amazing new directors and shows that people love that I haven’t been able to see. I mean, it’s so. Downton Abbey! Can you imagine I have not seen Downton Abbey. I mean, that’s how I’m behind. I need another decade to catch up. ”
Fortunately, last year she shot Let him go, a clever adaptation of Larry Watson’s 2013 novel that moves from domestic comfort to neo-western terrain. She and Costner play Margaret and George, a longtime married couple from Montana whose son dies in a freak accident. Later, their stepdaughter remarries a bully and he brings her and their grandson back to his homestead in North Dakota, run with an iron fist by her mother (a sizzling Lesley Manville).
As Issuance meets Bloody mom, the film takes an unexpected but satisfying turn belatedly, as the blood feud between the families becomes truly bloody. Lane is extremely proud of the film. “I played a lot of things,” she says, “but what I loved about her was that she is a great mother. In America, Let him go became a hit for sleepers, taking in $ 10 million – impressive, given the difficulty in getting people to the movies amid the pandemic. “We were number one at the box office in the United States,” she says.
Although Lane never wrote, directed or produced in her career, she helped behind the scenes here, bringing the screenplay to Costner, with whom she had worked. Steel man. “Maybe people have easier access to me than Kevin,” she laughs. Costner readily agreed to co-star. “He wanted me to have the best billing. He said, “This is your movie” and he’s so generous like that. This is the real deal. While that’s true – Margaret is the frontman – it’s almost unknown for a male star to be so progressive.
“He’s a real gentleman,” she said. “I mean, this guy has done it all, seen it all, been it all. He is an icon who walks, lives and breathes for a reason. And he has it. So what should he accumulate? Nothing about Kevin is stingy. I can’t really imagine that happening in the ’80s, when Lane started out, I say. “It’s a question of age. It is a grace that comes from having lived. In the 80s, I wouldn’t have worked with people who are normally so nice. They were closer to my age.
To her credit, Lane’s career has evolved gracefully as she ages; she rarely had periods away from the screen. But does she feel Hollywood is still a dated place? “I don’t know anymore, because I’m that age myself,” she said. “I look around and realize that the voting body of these award-winning entities are mostly older people. So what does this tell you? What does it mean? How do you take it into account? Is this something to take into account? Is it a greyhound race? This is where art and commerce collide. So we can analyze it all day. ”
Since we are entering industry chat, has she ever suffered from being paid much less than her male co-stars? “Oh, well, if I ever write a book, it’ll be a chapter in it,” she said cryptically. “And in the meantime, I’m not going to touch that hot potato because I don’t do social media and I don’t really want to join the ranks of the hashtags quoted on topics that can kind of boomerang you, but I will just say, I recognize your question. I have experience on the subject. And I’m grateful to work in an industry that increases his appreciation of women.
If Lane writes an autobiography, there will be stories to tell. She has been married and divorced twice – both times with actors. First Highlander star Christopher Lambert, then Josh Brolin, who ended in 2013. His daughter Eleanor, 27, from her marriage to Lambert, has now started acting. As Lane recently told a reporter, “I’m so glad she waited until she was ready on her own terms because I was turned away.” It refers to her own entry into the company. His father, Burt Lane, was a coach and actor, raising him solo after he divorced Lane’s mother, singer and model Colleen Farrington.
Acting from the age of six, she starred alongside Laurence Olivier in A little romance when she was 13 – “a very intense, very memorable trip”, not least because Olivier declared her the next Grace Kelly. By the time she did The foreigners and Poisson Rumble, she was working with a bunch of teenage A-Listers on hold – Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Nicolas Cage and Rob Lowe. “We were this weird mix of hyper-insecurity, hyper-over-confidence,” she says, “which is totally age-appropriate.”
Lane may not have created multi-million dollar franchises like Cruise and Cage, but she’s been part of the DC Comics universe ever since. Steel man. She’ll be back soon as Martha Kent in Zack Snyder’s edit Justice League, the 2017 superhero ensemble film that was originally completed by Joss Whedon when Snyder was forced to leave the project for personal reasons. Now, after pressure from fans, Snyder has rounded up all the footage he filmed that Whedon threw away, editing them into a four-hour film to be released next year.
“I can’t wait to see him because he’s a much anticipated, fan-driven entity,” Lane says. “I mean, this movie was born on demand, literally. This is another iteration of a movie that has already been released. How strange is that? Has she ever seen it? “No, I can’t wait to see it. Because I barely remember what I originally filmed with Zack. I mean, I can’t wait to see it just because we did different things with Joss. But both [my] the scenes were with Amy Adams [as Superman’s love, Lois Lane] … So I had a great time because it was me and Amy.
Lane is also returning to quarantine for two weeks in Canada to shoot Y: The last man, a post-apocalyptic FX series in which she plays a member of Congress. “There is a pandemic within it!” she says. “Oh my God, life imitating art life imitating art. Finally, back on the set, she will get that “mammal gratification” she wanted. She seems relieved; “The old normal” can still come back. “We will spend this time together,” she said. “Better days are ahead. ”
Let him go is in theaters from December 18th