Burstyn talked to Vulture about her friendship with “Bucky,” filming her favorite scene of her career opposite Jared Leto, and the impending fall of the patriarchy, in Hollywood and elsewhere.
What’s the most fun you’ve ever had on a film set?
Requiem for a Dream.
What was your favorite day of Requiem for a Dream?
There’s a scene with Jared Leto where he realizes I’m a drug addict. It’s a very well-written scene and difficult to pull off, so it was a singular day, but I felt good afterwards. I rehearsed it and at a particular moment I felt something rise in me that I didn’t know was there, and I went, “Oh, that’s interesting.” It had to do with age. I say, “I’m old,” and I hadn’t really known that I had any feeling about that, but there it was, and I thought, “Oh, I can use that.” So I just told Darren [Aronofsky] that I only wanted to do that once. I didn’t want to rehearse it, and I didn’t want to shoot [Jared’s] close-up first. I wanted to just do it once, and I did, and it’s what’s in the film. It’s a good moment. I see it on the internet, Facebook — people replay it.
She’s the goddamn BEST.