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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

'Benjamin Button' stars wouldn't change a thing

The deafening screams from the police-controlled crowd meant one thing: Hollywood's golden couple had arrived.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie held hands at times as they walked the off-white carpet at the premiere of Pitt's latest film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The blinding flash of camera lights — from journalists and paparazzi in the streets fired off in rapid motion following the couple's every move.

Pitt, who was being hurried into the theatre chatted about the buzz around the film, which is loosely based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story.

"I think David (Fincher, the director) has created something really, really special here," said Pitt, who was trying to catch up with Jolie and family. "It's certainly unique and unlike anything you've seen before. But it's in the vein of this classic, epic story. This is the first film where an actor gets to start the performance from birth to death; it's a new direction."

Others at the premiere chatted about the film's premise, which follows the life of Button (Pitt) who is born with the appearance and physical limitations of a man in his eighties, but who grows younger as he ages.

Would they change anything about their lives or pasts should they be granted such a fate?

"Not that my life is in any way perfect, but I wouldn't change anything," said co-star Cate Blanchett, who was dressed in a mosaic Alexander McQueen dress. "Because if I change one single thing, I wouldn't have the children I have. I wouldn't have the partner I have. You have to repair and forgive the mistakes that you've made and just try not to repeat them."

Julia Ormond, who plays Blanchett's adult daughter in the movie says that she'd rather take a cue from the movie: live while you can.

"Ultimately what I take away from this movie is to live in the present. I feel like I've been more shaped by my mistakes. It's made me who I am today. And there are a bunch of them I'd probably make again, and I will" said the actress, dressed in Versace. "I know I worried so much about what's going to happen to me and how I'm going to do it. I wish I'd taken a big fat chill pill and had fun."

And likewise Taraji Henson, who stars as Benjamin Button's adoptive mother, says that she wouldn't tweak a thing.

"Every bump in the road, every wall I've run into, it's made me who I am," Henson said. "And I'm happy."

'Benjamin Button' stars wouldn't change a thing


All grown up! 'Harry Potter' star Emma Watson ponders nude roles

Following in the footsteps of her "Harry Potter" counterpart Daniel Radcliffe, 18-year-old Emma Watson says going nude for a role is perfectly OK.

The baby-faced teenager, who has garnered legions of fans for her role as innocent Hermione Granger, admitted this weekend she would go naked for her art.

"Yes. For Bernardo Bertolucci. It ... depends," said the actress, referring to the Italian director.

But she quickly rationalized, "I'm not getting my kit off any time soon, but it is part of my job."

Upon even more reflection in the interview the young star revealed she is aware of the issues her tender age presents.

"I'm at a strange age. I'm not a woman yet, but I'm not a girl any more. "

While she doesn't feel quite like a woman, Watson's certainly dressing the part: The actress stepped out at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Tale of Despereaux" on Sunday looking very much like a grown-up in a semi-sheer dress.

But film companies aren't quite ready to see little Hermoine Granger as a big girl, she says.

"They say, 'Oh, in a couple of years you'll be perfect for this.' I'll be like, yeah, but I want to be studying English then, so it's going to be quite tough to choose between the two,' " she explains.

All grown up! 'Harry Potter' star Emma Watson ponders nude roles