Diane Lane has played all sorts of roles over a career of three decades plus, but a superhero’s mother is a new one for her.
And not just any superhero, but the one in the eyes of many. The star of such films as “Unfaithful,” “Under the Tuscan Sun” and “Secretariat” is revving up to play Martha Kent in “Watchmen” director Zack Snyder‘s movie reboot of the Superman saga, soon to go into production for a projected late-2012 release with Henry Cavill in the central role.
“It’s daunting, but in a very healthy way,” Lane tells Zap2it of tackling the iconic part played most recently on the CW series “Smallville” by Annette O’Toole. “It’s like a dare. I have heard and read many people say, ‘Do what scares you. Don’t run from it, run toward it.’ I am delighted to be challenged with the opportunity.
“Zack Snyder said wonderful things in the press release, and I was like, ‘Well, it’s like he threw down the white glove. Now I have to bend down and pick it up.’ It’s wonderful, though. He’s a visionary, and he’ll create his own version. I find that very refreshing. People love to talk about things, and this will definitely be something to talk about.”
Lane hopes that also pertains to her project that will debut much sooner: “Cinema Verite,” an HBO drama about the making of the groundbreaking 1970s PBS documentary series “An American Family” … arguably the first reality show. She plays matriarch Pat Loud opposite Tim Robbins’ Bill Loud in the movie that premieres Saturday, April 23, and also stars “The Sopranos” veteran James Gandolfini.
The film gives Lane — the wife of actor Josh Brolin (“True Grit”) — the sort of role she never could have envisioned for herself when she made her screen debut in “A Little Romance” in 1979. Having been a child star, she’s fascinated by the intensified factors that young celebrities must deal with today.
“My publicist recently said, ‘The media never sleeps,’ and it’s true,” Lane reflects. “It’s a 24-hour game now. I remember watching an actress I adore, maybe 15 years old, and remembering being her age. I thought, ‘I don’t think I could have pulled off then what is being asked of her.’
“It’s fascinating, this next generation. They’ve got quite a task ahead of them, in terms of the multitasking that is implied. It’s a different ocean to surf, and I’m grateful that I got to learn on the job and stay on my little surfboard.”