There's been some speculation that Kristen Stewart would be perfect in the Anastasia role in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, but it doesn't sound like anything Kristen is interested in. In fact, if Kristen has her way, she will next play a suicidal girl who is in love with her own father. The character, Peyton Loftis, is in the book Lie Down in Darkness, and KStew is dying to play her.
She told Elle magazine:
I want to play Peyton more than anything I can possibly taste or touch in my life. I want to play her so bad.
She also told the mag she would love to play the murderous prostitute mother in East of Eden. "She's a psychopathic, evil c**t! I haven't done that yet," enthused KStew.
Kristen is absolutely right to want to play characters who are as far from Twilight's Bella Swan as possible. If she wants a long acting career, which presumably she does, it is imperative that she not get typecast. Although Kristen has been an actress since she was a child (I'm most familiar with her from Panic Room) and she no doubt has a broad range, the fact is, Hollywood has a very short memory. You can bet that Kristen is right now drowning in scripts with parts that are close to what Bella was. And since Anastasia Steele is based on the Bella character, to play her would be career suicide. Especially if the movie turns out to be a hit, she will never get away from the Bella-like roles.
KStew needs to go as evil, as psychopathic, as crazy as possible. She needs to do a character like Charlize Theron's in Monster. Right now, it's not about getting her fans to follow her to the next movie, or even to win an Oscar (though that would be nice!), it's about proving to everyone (i.e. Hollywood studio executives and directors) that she's got the acting chops to play a wide array of characters. This is Acting Career 101.
Plus, I imagine she wants to be challenged, as most of us do at our jobs. I personally think she will make a great evil character. She's got a deadly pout that will really come in handy for it.
Should Kristen next play evil characters?
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