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Theron and Cronenberg travel under the surface

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“Warner Bros., I tip my hat to you for having the balls to make this movie,” star Charlize Theron said Tuesday evening during a Q&A with helmer Niki Caro and moderator Pete Hammond.

Theron was effusive in praise of her plucky character, Josey Aimes, a role inspired by a miner who took legal action to put an end to the wandering hands and reproachful remarks she and her female co-workers routinely encountered on the job. Aimes “risked everything she had for the good of everyone else.”

Thesp also proved her own bravery, particularly in working with her pre-pubescent co-stars. “I had never worked with kids before, and I was petrified that I would somehow screw them up.”

Apparently, all such fears were for naught. For her birthday, her onscreen children (Thomas Curtis and Elle Peterson) planned a surprise party for Theron mom based on interviews they had read in magazines. Noting she took solace in the islands, they papered her room in Club Med posters. Potato chips, Theron’s snack of choice on the “Monster” set, were served in epic proportions.

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

The pic is about violence, but it was the graphic sex scenes that raised hands at the film’s Q&A sesh.

Helmer David Cronenberg said he “thought it was interesting to show a couple that had been married for 20 years and have two children. You just don’t see that in movies anymore. You see adolescent sex and after that there’s no sex. But really, the most interesting sex is way after adolescence, and I was determined to show that. … I’ve been married for 30 years.”

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