A Minute With: Kim Cattrall on Polanski's "Ghost Writer"

Thu Mar 4, 2010 12:49pm EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Best known as sexy cougar Samantha Jones on the "Sex and the City" television show, actress Kim Cattrall switches gears to political player in director Roman Polanski's thriller, "The Ghost Writer."

The movie, which will be shown around the United States on Friday after premiering at last month's Berlin film festival, sees the 53-year-old Cattrall playing the chief of staff, Amelia Bly, to an embattled former British Prime Minister, Adam Lang.

Lang (Pierce Brosnan) hires a man to write his memoir, and the two hole up in a beach house with Lang's wife and Bly where all of them become entangled in a web of mystery surrounding the death of Lang's previous "ghost writer."

Cattrall spoke to Reuters from London, where she is now on stage in a production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives."

Q: How does a key actor in a pop culture phenomenon like "Sex and the City" come to do a Roman Polanski art-house film?

A: "Roman saw me in "Sex and the City" and wanted to meet me. I was in London doing (interviews) for a television movie at the time. I took the train to Paris and had lunch with him. After the meeting, he offered me the part."

Q: Roman Polanski watches "Sex and the City?"

A: "He saw the movie, actually. But he has two fabulous women in his life (wife Emmanuelle Seigner and teenage daughter Morgane) who love the show. They have the DVDs at home."   Continued...

<p>British-Canadian actress Kim Cattrall arrives at the opening ceremony of the 9th Marrakesh International Film Festival December 4, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Jean Blondin</p>