Todd Haynes’ latest movie, based on Patricia Highsmith’s scandalous 1952 novel The Price of Salt, Carol was locked away in Hollywood’s development closet for 15 years. It’s the story of two women, who fall in love with each other and stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
When Highsmith first published The Price of Salt, she used a fake name to protect herself. We live in very different times, but Hollywood still hasn’t caught up entirely. Last summer’s Love Is Strange, starring Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as a couple, made only $2.3 million at the box office.
Haynes says the focus on gay stories has shifted more to TV.
“In some ways, the event of a gay love story is less surprising every day. But I think love stories are hard to pull off, period. They require external forces that keep the lovers apart.”
Elizabeth Karlsen, who produced “Carol,” says:
“I hope it’s a film for everyone. And certainly when we’ve screened it, we’ve found young and old, male and female, straight and gay, have all responded.”
Just like the diplomatic producer. When Variety asked if this was Blanchett’s first time as a lesbian, Blanchett responded:
“On film — or in real life?”
Really? OK. When asked for more details about whether she’s had past relationships with women, she responded:
“Yes. Many times.”
Like Carol, who never “comes out” Blanchett doesn’t like labels…
“I never thought about it. I don’t think Carol thought about it.”
Carol premieres at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17. To read the full interview, go here.
(Photo, Steven Chee; via Variety)