Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Susan Sarandon Says Daughter's Nuptials Polar Opposite of 'The Big Wedding'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Susan Sarandon Says Daughter's Nuptials Polar Opposite of 'The Big Wedding'

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Sarandon's daughter's wedding hijinks-free


TORONTO - When Oscar winner Susan Sarandon began filming the star-packed ensemble comedy "The Big Wedding," she found herself charting the same path as her character.

"She was catering the wedding and my daughter was getting married, actually, in real life a few months after we finished the film and I was helping her plan it," she said in a telephone interview.

"So I could look at that as something that meant something to me."

The newly released film stars Sarandon as new-agey Bebe, who runs an organic-food catering business and lives with longtime boyfriend Don (Robert De Niro) in the same house he shared with his ex-wife, Ellie (Diane Keaton).

The three are cordial before the wedding of Don and Ellie's adopted son, Alejandro (Ben Barnes), to Missy (Amanda Seyfried).

But things get muddy when Alejandro's conservative biological mother, Madonna (Patricia Rae), flies in from Colombia and Don and Ellie pretend they're still married to appease her religious beliefs.

The cast also includes Robin Williams as the wedding priest, Topher Grace as Ellie and Don's virgin son, and Katherine Heigl as their heartbroken daughter.

So, did the nuptials of Sarandon's daughter, actress Eva Amurri Martino, to ESPN commentator Kyle Martino in Charleston, S.C., have the same level of hijinks depicted in the film?

"I'm very pleased to say no," said the five-time Oscar nominee, who clinched the golden statuette for her leading role in 1995's "Dead Man Walking."

"It was just a delight. It was the most fun I've ever had at a wedding, which was a surprise to me, because I thought since we were giving it, it might be more tense."

The wedding was smaller and "felt like a real gathering of their tribe," added Sarandon.

"I have eight siblings, so we had to cut down on the cousins because he wouldn't have been able to invite anyone, because there are 22 cousins and seven great-grandchildren."

Justin Zackham wrote, directed and produced "The Big Wedding," which was shot in his hometown of Greenwich, Conn.

Sarandon knew Keaton and De Niro prior to filming but had never worked with the fellow Oscar winners. …

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