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JENNIFER SALT ON SISTERS WITH CHARLES DURNING

Jennifer Salt and Charles Durning in SISTERS
You and Charles Durning investigate Margot Kidder's apartment in Brian De Palma's SISTERS... What was it like working with Charles Durning? 

Charles was truly fun to work with. He was such a funny guy. How he got anything done is a miracle to me. We worked a great deal together in SISTERS and other projects, and I still think he and I had a great time during those days. We actually became good friends after that.
Jennifer Salt as Grace Collier
Your character, Grace Collier, is a journalist who witnesses... or thinks he may have witnessed... a murder and she stops at nothing to prove it...  And the strength and independence of your character was very ahead of its time being that she is a strong and confident woman in a so-called man’s world...  

So who did you draw from, or, what woman or women in your life inspired you when preparing for this role? 

The character development for “Grace Collier” came partially from myself and partially from Margot and Brian. Basically Brian was trying to get more confidence and determination built into my interpretation of Grace.

Brian once said, "Try being a total bitch here and see if that works." Well it worked I guess. But no it wasn't based on anyone I knew of. I figured I could pull off being a bitch if I wanted to.

I once told Brian "Try holding off till I'm having my period then I'll be as big of a bitch as you want me to be. It will be easy."
Charles Durning fulfilling the bizarre ending of SISTERS
The ending of SISTERS baffles the mind... Charles Durning on the telephone line watching a couch and a cow, it's so random and odd... What's with this?

I remember when I saw the film for the first time thinking "WTH kind of rip-off ending is this anyway?" I don't understand it either. If you find out, let me know :)
REST IN PEACE CHARLES DURNING
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  1. Well darn it, Durning died too?!?

    RIP Charles.

    Two great ones, dead.

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  2. Intruiging interview James! Jennifer you tell great stories. Durning will be missed.

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  3. Thanks James. (And for the record, Larch (Durning) is waiting to see who picks up the couch, and presumably the body inside, as a clue to who was responsible for the murder.)

    Cheers, Roger

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