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THE MOVIE: Under the Tuscan Sun

Diane Lane • Raoul Bova • Lindsay Duncan
DIRECTOR: /writer Audrey Wells

Italian joy THE CONCEPT:
Frances Mayes (Lane), newly divorced, agrees to take a 10 day trip to Italy, where she impulsively buys a run-down villa and plunges into a brand new life.

U.S. RELEASE: September 26 2003, Nationwide • Rated: PG-13


“Diane Lane was my first choice because I knew I was going to deliberately make an emotional movie, and I think that is a risky and difficult thing to do. I knew that I was going to take a wounded character and bring her to some kind of healing, and that that needed to be really grounded in authentic emotion and not just portrayed factiously, and Diane is that kind of actress.”

DIANE LANE on the male characters in the movie:
“I really like the fact that you get to see different versions of men through the perspective of the woman. We have a loyal husband who could have taken advantage of my character’s emotional insecurity, but didn’t. We have the guys who are available in that fabulously forward Italian way. Then you have Raoul’s character, which I think is interesting because that stereotype is dealt with as a stereotype within the film.”

: “Raoul is a superstar in Italy. Just walking down the street with him in Rome is a surreal experience. The public goes nuts at the mere sight of him. And yet, despite his celebrity, he is nearly ego-less as an actor. He’s a pure and instinctual performer, who exudes easy confidence and charisma. He was extremely well matched with Diane.”

“My love scene with Diane was very different from the one in Unfaithful. It’s a very innocent sex scene. The love scene is always very difficult to shoot, because you have all the crew around you, looking at you. Then when you’re kissing someone, they say, ‘Don’t put your hand on my shoulder because you’re touching my hair.’ And you have to be very romantic. How can you enjoy the love scene?”

LANE on being vulnerable in the movie:
“I think I learned a lot from Adrian Lyne on Unfaithful, because his big mantra to me as the actress was to be vulnerable. He wanted me to be as vulnerable as I could be because frankly I was the bad guy. I’m the unfaithful one. It was a big hurdle.”

: “The road back from personal catastrophe is full of peril. It can be inspiring, a little crazed, and like all painful things, darkly funny. I wanted to look at this journey with attention and humor.”

“We were shooting a scene and the sun was going down and we had to rush, and Diane was helping the crew move the lights. That was very impressive to me. I never would have expected that from a Hollywood star.”

“This is a woman’s story, a woman wrote it, a woman directed it and it’s about this woman, and I am a woman playing that woman, so it’s full circle. A lot of estrogen was going on, which was very welcoming after Unfaithful.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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