In a career of five decades, Carol Kane has become one of the most famous faces on stage and on screen. From her film roles in Annie Hall or The Princess Bride to the popular television series of the 80s Taxi she continues to dominate both large and small screens and plays in Netflix series The unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt while he is currently performing in The Dead Don & # 39; t The with Bill Murray and Ghost Light with Cary Elwes. On the eve of her 67th birthday the fascinating New Yorker Senior Planet recounts that she has never been so in demand:
Senior Planet: Ghost Light is an entertaining romp about a drama troupe, which gets into trouble after an actor unintentionally unleashes the curse on Shakespeare's Macbeth. Have you ever played on stage in Macbeth?
CAROL: Yes, with Christopher Walken and Joe Papp long ago at the Lincoln Center. I was one of the witches.
Senior Planet: Has anyone pronounced the word "Macbeth" aloud?
CAROL : No, we were all extremely superstitious. I'm not sure if young theater people are still, but back then it was a very powerful superstition and there were all sorts of things you could do to get rid of the curse if you accidentally said it.
Senior Planet : Do you have your own superstition?
CAROL: When I was younger I had many, but I tried to lose most, otherwise it can become a jail when you start to let your superstition guide you. But I still would not say the name of the Scottish piece.
Senior Planet: Ghost Ligh You with your Princess Bride alum Cary Elwes?
CAROL: Yes, Cary is a real doll, so it was a pleasure to play with him again. Strangely enough, we have all remained in contact over the years.
Senior Planet: Have you been in contact with many other co-stars?
CAROL: Definitely. Diane Keaton and I met Annie Hall when we made a movie with our friend Kathryn Grody entitled Harry and Walter Go to New York [1
Senior Planet: Did you enjoy being with your Scrooged Co-star Bill Murray in Jim Jarmusch's Zombie Strip The dead do not die ?
CAROL: Yes. It was a huge treat and Jim is one of the nicest and most creative people around. I think it's great that Jim sums up "the players". I always wanted to be one of them and now it's me. I also worked with Adam [Driver] on Girl . It's nice to work with old friends.
Senior Planet: Are you still in contact with the original cast of Taxi?
CAROL: Those of us who are still alive see each other all the time. We are deeply connected and love each other. Even now Chris Lloyd and his wife have a place in my building and Danny [DeVito] has a place in an old apartment that I had. And Tony [Danza] has a place not far from me and we see Marilu [Henner] when she comes to New York. And Judd [Hirsch] I have not seen so much, but I could work with him soon. I feel like I could have spent the rest of my life in a taxi. And of course we miss Andy [Kaufman] so much.
Senior Planet: You all live close to each other! What is the long-term attraction of New York's Upper West Side for you?
CAROL: I grew up here and enjoy the spirit of New York. New Yorkers are real troops, trudging through rain, snow and heat. I like to live in a mixed community. I can walk on my doorstep and stop amidst an exciting landscape of people and art.
Senior Planet: You must experience a thrill of how busy you are with your career today.
CAROL: There is an ups and downs to stay with you for so long. It's wonderful that life keeps challenging you, but also that you constantly have to deal with your age. It's a challenge to grow old everywhere and for everyone. But it's hard to get old in public, so I psychologically struggle with that. I prefer to get older than the alternative.
Senior Planet: Earlier, the career of an actress was over 40 years old?
CAROL: Yes, and I was one of those whose career dried up at the age of 40. I've had a hard time finding work at this age, but as I grow older and now I'm a character actress, there's always more stuff that people want me to play now. I can not figure it out, but I'm grateful.
Senior Planet: Are you considering retirement?
CAROL: Oh, I think about it every four minutes! Not because I do not want to work, but because I still find it very stressful and put a lot of pressure on myself, so every day I think: What am I doing ?! Why do not I just go away? But I will not do that because I love the community in which I work.
Senior Planet: What is the secret of aging with attitude?
CAROL: I do not know if I have a secret. You get up, get dressed and show up!
Curious about Carol Kane's latest movie? Here's a taste:
GHOST LIGHT TRAILER by John Stimpson on Vimeo.
Giant Pictures will release Ghost Light in June a supernatural comedy 18, 2019 on all digital platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Movies on Demand via local cable providers, as well as DVD across the country. The film will be presented in 4k HDR, if available. Pre-orders are available on iTunes at:
PHOTO CREDIT: Terrence Hayes
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