Diane Lane Interview - Secretariat
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Diane Lane: "I did, and because they are horses and not actors I can name them. It was Longshot. I think he was just into it. He was calm and he allowed me to be sweet with him. And you know it's that thing, actors are so insecure they need to be liked in their profession, right? Imagine with 1,200 pounds - you really, really need to be liked and so he either was a great actor and acted like he liked me or we really had a bonding moment. I'm not sure."
Can you remember your first experience with a horse?
Diane Lane: "My rocking horse was Pegasus, that's all I can tell you. And my first paintings when I was a kid - I'm a painter - were of horses. I actually won a contest where Bloomingdales made a rug out of my drawing, and it was a drawing of a horse so there you go. I was eight; it was a proud moment."
Is there added pressure when you're playing someone real instead of a fictional character?
Diane Lane: "Oh, most definitely. I wanted to do right by her and make her proud. I mean she's so proud anyway, but can you imagine screwing it up in the movie of her life? That would not be all right. No, she's a great woman in every sense of the word great. I got the call last week that she was pleased, and that meant the world to me. We've since spent a little time together doing interviews and it's a big sigh of relief for me, you know?"
What was the most important thing she told you that you needed to get right about the story?
Diane Lane: "Well the first adjective she used was to be beautiful, and I found that so enduring. I really did, because she's charming and she knows how to charm."
What do you think it was about her female touch that made Secretariat win the Triple Crown?
Diane Lane: "Well, I think there is something to be said for a mother's calling forth the greatness of their offspring. And she was part of that with Secretariat. Certainly Lucien Laurin, beautifully played by John Malkovich in this film, he was the horse trainer - no doubt about it - and it takes a village. But I'm sure she was a very proud mama with this baby."
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