Demi Moore found two strong roles for women in 'Mortal Thoughts'

On movies

April 17, 1991|By Lou Cedrone

Demi Moore isn't about to let her pregnancy stop her from promoting her new film, but then she has a special interest in it. She not only stars in it, she also co-produced along with executive producers Taylor Hackford and Stuart Benjamin.

She looked great. While Kitty Kelly was talking to the press upstairs (at the Ritz Carlton in New York), Moore, her husband Bruce Willis and director Alan Rudolph were talking to the press on the second floor.

Moore may have the clearest skin God ever gave an actress. She may also have one of the most interesting haircuts a stylist ever gave an actress.

''It's what is left from my most recent film,'' she said. ''I was blond in that one, and when I finished the film, cut it very short. Now, I'm letting it grow back.''

The ends were reddish and sticking straight out, but on Moore, it looked good.

''Mortal Thoughts'' is the film she is promoting. In it, she and Glenne Headly are good friends who are questioned by the police when Headley's husband is found murdered. Willis plays Headley's husband.

This is the first time Moore has acted as producer, and she seems to have enjoyed the experience. ''You have a lot more responsibility,'' she said. ''You are more than a hired hand. You have a vested interest. You also have a vision of the movie as well as seeing it through.

''You help put all the elements together, and, of course, you have to scrape up enough money to make it happen. Actually, most of your duties are geared toward gaining a little more time and a little more money.

''They also can't tell you that you can't go to the dailies, but there's something about involving yourself this much,'' she said. ''The greater the stake, the greater the reward.''

So why this particular script?

''Well, this one has two especially strong female characters, and their relationship was very interesting to me. We got very involved with the people. I was carried away. It was refreshing to be surprised. So few good scripts come your way, and I didn't want to pass it up. It was compelling. I felt I was reading a novel when I read the script.

''I also saw it as a possible showcase. There are so few good roles available, and there are so many really good actresses. If you wait for a role that will expand your career, I could wait a long time.''

So how did husband Willis become involved?

''Well, as partners, we ask each other to read scripts all the time, and as I became more and more involved with this one, I suggested he read it. He did, and when he read the role of the husband, he said, 'Hey, I should play this guy.'

''It was nice,'' said Moore, ''considering that we have never actually worked together. It was really an ideal situation for him. It also gave him a chance to do a different kind of role. It was great way for us to work together. It was good for us on a lot of levels.''

She and he have a scene in which she must slap him around. ''I'm glad it was Bruce and not someone else,'' she said. ''It's much more comforting. We have a built-in trust and can set boundaries. We were able to take the scene to a level we couldn't with others.''

Alan Rudolph directed. He replaced the original director, one of the co-authors of the script. Moore wouldn't say why the first man left. She would only admit that she made the decision with others. While she regrets having to let the man go, she shares that burden with the others.

''I don't enjoy that part of it,'' she said, ''but he's working, and I wouldn't want to say anything more about it.''

Moore's last film was ''Ghost,'' one of the biggest money makers of all time. ''I wish,'' she said, ''that I had been given money for each time I have been asked if knew the film was going to be as successful as it was. Of course, we knew it was going to be a good movie. It was nice that it touched so many people and gave them a good feeling, but who knew?

'' 'Ghost' did give me more opportunity to choose, but the assumption that every studio is sending me scripts is not exactly so. It really isn't that way. Doing a successful movie changes things for the better, but it isn't the end-all or the fixer.''

So what's next?

''Well, next,'' she said, ''is the baby, then I will reflect, regroup and figure out what I want to do.''

''Mortal Thoughts'' opens here Friday.

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