Starring in two movies getting theatrical releases this fall, Sarah is bound for a lot of press coverage. We at SSO will try to keep you up to date with it.
You know that funny lady Sarah Silverman? Well, yikes!
In the adaptation of Amy Koppelman’s novel “I Smile Back” in theaters Oct. 23, the comedian plays Laney Brooks, a New Jersey housewife and mother whose addictions to alcohol, drugs and promiscuous sex overwhelm her better judgment. Self-obsessed by her self-hatred, Laney has no time or interest for those closest to her. She’s not very receptive to rehab, either.
Should we hate her, though?
“I think people will walk away from this movie having really varying ideas of who this woman is,” Silverman reckons. “They’re going to like or hate or however they feel about this character informed by their own life experiences. People will walk out of it very empathetic or with no empathy at all, ‘She’s an a——hole.’ Her worst fears are realized, pretty much as self-fulfilled prophecies, and do you have compassion for that or not? That depends on you and your experience with depression or addiction.
“Yeesh. Do I sound like an obnoxious actor?” Silverman cracks with a hint of genuine concern in her voice. All Laney’s faults acknowledged, though, the comic is constitutionally incapable of playing a total pill.
“Absolutely, she can be fun,” Silverman notes. “Her addictions worked for her for a long time. A lot of people who are addicts are charming, lovable, super fun people. But it has a shelf life.”
“I Smile Back” does not signal a used-by date for Silverman’s devotion to the funny.
“It’s not something I pursue, but I love trying all sorts of things,” she says of serious acting. “Maybe I’m older and maybe I’ve had a lot of good therapy, but I don’t feel a need to prove that I’m a dramatic actor. It’s an honor to me to be a comedian, that’s who I am at my core. The only reason I want to make a good nest egg is that I want to live out my final years in a really nice nursing home with other comics. I love being part of that club.
“But I also love doing new things, finite things that are challenging,” adds Silverman, who will also be seen as a different kind of mom in the comedy/drama “Ashby” out Sept. 25. “I’ve never had a game plan for my career. I’m just here. I own my apartment and I own my little car and that gives me total freedom, right? I keep my overhead low and I do whatever is interesting.”