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Susan Sarandon on Hillary vs. Bernie, Obama & smoking pot with Snoop

Larry King NowMay 06 '16

The legendary Susan Sarandon is as candid as ever with Larry, discussing the legacy of her iconic film 'Thelma and Louise,' the fight for gender equality in Hollywood, and her grievances with Hillary Clinton and President Obama. Plus, Susan opens up about saying goodbye to her friend and former lover David Bowie and her experience smoking pot with Snoop Dogg.


*Posted Online on Ora.TV on May 6th 2016:

“Now that it's the anniversary everyone keeps dragging us out there and shooting us in convertibles. We keep shooting for different magazines or whatever.” —Susan Sarandon on keeping up with her ‘Thelma and Louise’ co-star Geena Davis and the film’s signature legacy.

“We thought we were making a cowboy movie with women in trucks. You know, in the vein of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.’ It was great to be able to work with another woman and to be able to be empowered. But we were pretty shocked when, I don't know if you remember, but there was a big backlash against it when it came out. A lot of people felt we were condoning suicide and it was too violent and we were killing people. Clearly it disturbed some people, which meant it was clearly having an effect, but it certainly wasn't made as a feminist statement. It was made as a 'You get what you settle for’ in that sense.” —Susan Sarandon on the unexpected backlash ‘Thelma and Louise’ received and the misconception she and her co-star, Geena Davis, shared prior to filming.

“When he taunts the husband- I think it's in a stairwell- that's when I thought this guy was really interesting. He put a little something extra in there that wasn't in the script and he's very confident. What's interesting about Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp and some of the guys who are really gorgeous is that you really have to view their careers more as character actors. They have done a lot of parts that aren't just about charming sexy guy and I think that those guys are really interesting.”—Susan Sarandon on working with Brad Pitt in his breakout role.

“Of course I am for gender equality, but of course in our business it's hard to say people who have the same job should get paid the same amount because nothing about who gets paid more is fair.You know what I'm saying?Even who gets cast, so I don't know. If you have a lead that's Tom Cruise and a woman who is new, should they get the same amount? You're not going to convince anyone in the market that that's true.” —Susan Sarandon on gender equality and the difficulties of arguing for equal pay especially in Hollywood.

“The thing was, I was in D.C. in college in the early seventies and end of the sixties. I mean, in those days if you turned on the TV you saw what was going on. It's not like it is now. It wasn't corporately owned—thank you President Clinton for getting rid of all the regulations—and so, you saw when the south was being integrated and you saw Vietnam. You couldn't ignore it. You knew what was happening. I think the kids now are better informed because of the internet but you didn't need half a brain to be against the Vietnam war. I think I just held onto it when some other people didn't.Most people I get involved with don't have a voice and so I don't tell people what to think or do, but give them information that people aren't getting.” —Susan Sarandon on why she became political.

I think it's a miracle that we actually have someone who has not taken a cent from Big Pharma or Monsanto or fracking or Wall Street. So the fact that he has been so clean. Our paths have crossed many times way back when because he has been that guy who has that authentic moral core that is so consistent. He always speaks out whether it's a trade agreement or the war before it's fashionable like gay rights or whatever and when I was asking questions about going into Iraq - and I had a really hard, hard time with a lot of harassment and death threats - he stood up and made that speech. That now if you look at it, it's just so clear and so right on and so brave that I just fell to my knees and I was weeping because I had been so isolated and shunned at that time - so he had me at that. So when he told me he was running I called them and said ‘I'm in.’” —Susan Sarandon on why she supports Bernie Sanders.

“So many things can happen- she could have health issues, she could not get the nomination. He's doing really well. He's a miracle that he's even in this! And you know that he's been to the Pope so maybe there's another miracle that’s going to happen. Even more of a miracle. What's important is that people now are now saying we do deserve health care and we deserve education. I went around the country and it's been so moving to see people want to take a chance and be involved and are saying ‘Wait a minute! For the amount of money we pay and the richest country in the world, how little we’re getting bang for our buck.’” —Susan Sarandon on why Bernie Sanders still has a chance of snagging the democratic nomination and witnessing his campaign effect awareness and involvement across the nation.

“I am sometimes not that confident. I just keep really pushing through and sometimes I feel very motivated by pushing myself, but I don't feel that confident. Sundays are hard for me for some reason. I got all the vulnerable on Sunday.” —Susan Sarandon on being asked about her natural confidence.