Marisa Tomei 'really regrets' making the transition into playing mothers
Marisa Tomei will participate in the Independent Spirit Awards on February 8, 2020. (Photo by David Crotty / Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
The star of the King of Staten Island, Marisa Tomei, says she "regrets" the decision to play mother roles on the big screen.
The 55-year-old Oscar winner told Collider that she wanted to be able to play other types of characters, including a film Noir Femme Fatale and a Screwball Romcom lead.
She portrays the mother of Pete Davidson's arrested development 20 - something in The King of Staten Island - and Aunt May in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Tomei said she was "persuaded" to take on parenting roles, but wished she hadn't chosen that path.
"I am very sorry to have chosen this path and I am very sorry to have started it," she said.
Marisa Tomei and Pete Davidson in "The King of Staten Island". (Photo credit: Mary Cybulski / Universal)
Tomei added: “I think every actor and actress has many dimensions. If the scope of what is written and done is narrow and you want to keep working, do what you can.
"I mean, I do. I tried it. It may not have been the right way, but I'm trying to make the best of it. "
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Tomei said there are many roles she would like to play other than being the mother of a male protagonist, including a "femme fatale" in a noir.
She added: "I still think there are other aspects of romantic comedies. I really love her, but you really know it at screwball level.
"There are so many, many - as wide as women, there are so many roles."
Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei will attend the premiere of "Spider-Man: Homecoming" on June 28, 2017. (Photo by Todd Williamson / Getty Images)
The King of Staten Island focuses on the way Davidson's character reacts to her mother, who is with a fireman, seven years after her father - himself a fireman - died at work.
Supporting roles are filled by Bill Burr, Steve Buscemi, Bel Powley and Maude Apatow.
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Universal had prepared the film for a theatrical release before the corona virus pandemic, but has now decided to release it as the latest example of the premium video-on-demand model.
As of today, the King of Staten Island can be rented at home.
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