The hidden depths of Sasha Grey

Posted by · 8:31 am · May 24th, 2009

Sasha GreyI absolutely love this. It would appear that porn star Sasha Grey and highbrow film critic Glenn Kenny have more in common than just their mutual appearances in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience.” As this Rotten Tomatoes interview proves, Grey’s own cinematic taste is discerning, to say the least.

Asked to name her five favorite films, she rattles off a decidedly impressive — not to mention catholic — array of titles: Werner Herzog’s “Stroszek,” Catherine Breillat’s “Fat Girl,” John Cassavetes’ “A Woman Under the Influence,” John Carpenter’s “Escape from New York” and Jean-Luc Godard’s “Pierrot le Fou.”

The latter auteur is apparently something of an inspiration; Grey almost adopted the name of Godard muse Anna Karina as her stage moniker. Who knew? Here’s Grey on “Pierrot le Fou”:

To me, it’s just a very romantic story. It’s the ultimate, “let’s just drop everything and run away together” movie; the way the story was told was so unique. There’s one scene in particular where Anna Karina is on the beach, and she rolls over and she just says, “F— me.” To put that in a film in that time period — you just didn’t expect that to come out of her mouth. It’s titillating, I guess you could say.

Interesting to hear that Grey has a very different idea of what is “titillating” onscreen than what she actually practices. The lady continues to surprise.




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  • 1 5-24-2009 at 9:54 am

    aaron said...

    in every interview i’ve read w/ her she references at least one love/interest of mine, whether it’s cassavetes or black metal or even sartre. i’d love to put her in a film and have her play against type–say, a social-climbing sorority girl or a satire of the Manic Pixie Dreamgirl.

  • 2 5-24-2009 at 10:01 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Or perhaps as Frank Sinatra?

  • 3 5-24-2009 at 10:24 am

    Bill said...

    I’ve seen her interviewed. She’s not actually intelligent, but lists films like these as if to prove she is. A bit of a poser.

    Frank Sinatra. Haha. I’m pretty sure the leading candidates for the role at the moment are Jamie Foxx, Orson Welles, the baby at the end of Knocked Up, and Stephen Hawking.

  • 4 5-24-2009 at 10:43 am

    tony rock said...

    and you can tell if she’s intelligent or not from an interview…how? presumptuous arent we?

  • 5 5-24-2009 at 10:52 am

    Bill said...

    You can almost always tell if someone is intelligent from an interview. Poise and diction go a long way.

  • 6 5-24-2009 at 10:58 am

    aaron said...

    good for you, bill. you can see what no one else can. i’ve seen her interviewed, too–dozens of times, actually, and she does not seem like a “poser” at all to me. anyway, who is she trying to appeal to? the sizable crowd who watch ass2mouth between servings of the rules of the game and aguirre, wrath of god? (i haven’t even, like, seen those movies, i just totally named them because i’m a poser, lol.)

  • 7 5-24-2009 at 11:00 am

    aaron said...

    “You can almost always tell if someone is intelligent from an interview. Poise and diction go a long way.”

    all right, nevermind. you win.

  • 8 5-24-2009 at 12:03 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Ugh. “Pierrot le Fou” is just more incoherent Godard babble.

    And I don’t even remember that quote in the film.

  • 9 5-25-2009 at 7:39 am

    The World said...

    let just say…sasha grey is always full of surprises in her roles…

  • 10 5-28-2009 at 2:15 pm

    text-to-screen said...

    Looking forward to more of her movies! Potential to be a great actress

  • 11 11-04-2010 at 9:08 pm

    diss said...

    Bill, actually, the word is “poseur”. And I find it fairly difficult to beleive that your “poise and diction” comment isn’t just an attempt at trolling… to be talking about a quality like “intelligence”, and then letting us all know that your main criteria for this intangible quality are two intrinsically superficial attributes.

    Come on… you were kidding, right?