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“The Fountain” of publicity.

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"I'm tap-dancing here trying to entertain you."
A friend of ours who attended the Darren Aronofsky talk presented by indieWIRE at the Soho Apple store last week thought the director sounded more than a little uncertain about the upcoming theatrical release of "The Fountain," even breaking its appeal down by demographic for the crowd. Well, fair enough. "The Fountain" was booed at Venice (though beloved at Comic-Con), and it is his passion project. Hence, he’s out gamely peddling it to anyone who’ll sit still with a tape recorder. Notable examples:

Being a geek with Capone at Ain’t It Cool:

DA: You’re Capone, huh?

C: That’s me.

DA: How long have you been writing now?

C: Eight years, actually.

DA: Oh, wow. Congratulations! I went down to the Fantastic Fest. I had a good time.

C: Oh good. That’s right, ‘cause the movie was there, that’s right.

DA: I got to meet Harry, which was very cool. He’s like a rock star, man.

C: At that event, he sure is.

DA: No, not even that, but the way he…the whole look. He’s got the whole look and everything. He’s got it down.

Being a hometown boy for Sara Lieberman at the New York Post:

"I grew up in Coney Island, riding the Cyclone," he says. "And that’s how I want my movies to feel, as if you just rode a roller coaster."

Being an Ivy Leaguer for Pierpaolo Barbieri at the Harvard Crimson:

THC: Your movie is very interdisciplinary: it has biology, philosophy, history, romance… being a Harvard grad, how do you feel about the liberal arts?

DA: Well, that’s a question! I liked it, I enjoyed them during my time at Harvard. Do they still have the Core?

THC: Yes.

DA: Did you have to take Science A, and Science B?

THC: Indeed. So terrible.

Discussing his romance with Rachel Weisz with Paul Cullum at the LA Times:

Not surprisingly, Aronofsky thinks Weisz is "spectacular in the film."

"The way she looks and the way she captures that timelessness, her beauty. What I like about Rachel is her complexity. Like a diamond, there are so many different facets to her."

And with Donna Freydkin at USA Today:

Aronofsky…likens [Weisz] to "a good gumbo or chili — a cauldron of boiling emotions. She’s a very beautiful woman. She’s never had any of that plastic surgery or stuff, and I don’t think she ever would."

Elsewhere, Weisz does a solo interview (left over from Toronto) with Ruthe Stein at the San Francisco Chronicle ("’I love breast feeding,’ Weisz proclaims. ‘There’s such a great connection between my child and me. It also burns 500 calories, which is a nice side effect.’), while Hugh Jackman talks to Devin Faraci at CHUD (he discusses pushing Aronofsky into a pool). And at New York, Michael Idov has a feature on the film from start to stop to start to finish:

"Look, in the last twenty minutes of the movie, I have this Buddha guy floating to a dying star in a bubble. The music, the battle noises, the effects are going crazy. I’m naked.” Darren Aronofsky, the director, is furiously mixing metaphors in a Brighton Beach pizzeria. “All my chips are in the pot. I’m tap-dancing here trying to entertain you… ”

Ah, we wish you well, Mr. Aronofsky. The film opens tomorrow.

Update: Aronofsky also did a long, interesting interview with Tasha Robinson at the Onion AV Club.

+ Capone and Darren Aronofsky discuss THE FOUNTAIN!!! (AICN)
+ Alum Aronofsky Spills a ‘Fountain’ of Advice (Harvard Crimson)
+ Collapsing worlds (LA Times)
+ Weisz, Aronofsky put relationship to work (USA Today)
+ Weisz Takes Plunge Into Sci-Fi Romance (SF Chronicle)
+ Pi in the Sky (New York)
+ Darren Aronofsky (Onion AV Club)

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