Saturday, May 9, 2009
Elisabeth Shue on Leaving Las Vegas (A Moon in the Gutter Video Upload)
Some things just take me back, like the weather reports that are flashing on the screen during this interview with Elisabeth Shue from almost fifteen years ago...All these years since I first fell in love with it, I continue to find solace in Mike Figgis' extraordinary Leaving Las Vegas, a film that for several years helped pull me out of one spiritual crisis after another.
My favorite part of the film continues to be Elisabeth's Shue's soul searing performance as Sera, a role that she should have an Oscar for. Rewatching this charming interview with Shue I am struck by how she belongs to a group of actors ranging from Zoe Tamerlis to Irene Jacob who weren't given the proper roles after life altering performances. It's borderline tragic but, regardless of whether Elisabeth Shue ever gets another role completely worthy of her, I will always be grateful for her turn as Sera in Leaving Las Vegas. It scarred me the way few others have, and it'll never leave me. I'm really glad I was able to hold onto this clip...