|Beauty of Tuscany||
"I was terrified. I was afraid it was going to be this huge kind of big
deal and that once on the set I wouldn't be sure which way to go. It
turned out to be just the opposite. It was just very laid back, and
everyone was very comfortable and warm and loving and nice."
Why made her think it would be such a heavy deal ? "Just because of all the things that I had heard about *Bernardo Bertolucci*! It had been such a big deal for me to get this part ..."
When she first heard she had the part, "I screamed, at the top of my lungs!", she recalls, laughing. "I remember that day as if it were yesterday. I was feeling ... I don't know if "down" is the right word,
Did he or she do most of the talking ?
"He did. I wasn't going to talk my head off. In that situation you think
of that person as being an authority figure, like a teacher or
something. You don't walk into the room and start saying 'I think so
and so, and this and that.'
NOW I would work the room!"
Bertolucci explained who Lucy, the central character, was: a nineteen-year-old American girl who comes to Italy in search of ... "a lot of things about the people around her, about herself. This is the first time that I have ever been able to find that kind of happy medium between myself and a character. Because I understand her, and like her, very much, it was easy for me to be her, and be *with* her constantly."
A self-described "laid back energetic" - "I need excitement! I like to sit on my ass every once in a while for a day but I can't do that all the time" - Tyler is in almost every scene of "Stealing Beauty". As often happens, there comes a point in the making of a film where "ownership" of the character switches from director (Bertolucci) and scriptwriter (American novelist Susan Minot) to the actor that portrays it. "It's true," Tyler says. "They handed you the ball, it's all up to you now." At some point, the actor knows the character better than they do.
|Liv in "Stealing Beauty"|