Pregnant Mila Kunis Touts 'Third Person' at L.A. Benefit Premiere
Director Paul Haggis said the film took longer to write than "Million Dollar Baby" and "Crash" combined.
A decade ago, Paul Haggis had two exceptionally good years when he wrote screenplays for back-to-back best picture Oscar winners: 2004’s Million Dollar Baby and 2005’s Crash, which he also directed.
At the June 9th West Coast benefit premiere of Sony Classics' Third Person at the Motion Picture Academy’s Pickford Center, Haggis said he spent more time on this film’s script than the two Oscar winners combined.
“It’s a passion piece,” said Haggis, who also directed. “I wanted to write the kind of movie I admired so much from the ’70s. In a way it’s an homage to [Michelangelo] Antonioni and [Jean-Luc] Godard and all those filmmakers who asked more questions than they ever answered.”
Star Mila Kunis, who was looking equally movie-star glamorous and five-and-a-half months pregnant, said it can be “complicated” working with a writer-director, but she did just fine with Haggis.
“Sometimes writers are so married to their characters it’s hard to bring anything of your own,” said the actress, who attended the premiere without fiancé Ashton Kutcher. “But Paul’s the opposite. He hires actors he trusts and helps them with what they bring to the table.”
The premiere, which included a post-screening performance by Moby, raised $50,000 for the work Artists for Peace and Justice does in Haiti.