Actress talks forthcoming projects at Taormina festival in Italy
TAORMINA, Sicily — Pamela Anderson at 46, has plans for a new chapter in her career, starting with her role in Werner Herzog’s next film “Vernon God Little,” the former “Baywatch” star said at the Taormina Film Festival in Italy, where she received a prize for her charitable work with the Pamela Anderson Foundation.
In “Vernon God Little,” which is an adaptation of Australian writer DBC Pierre’s Booker Prize-winning coming-of-age novel, Anderson will play “the mother of young boy who is accused of being personally responsible for killing a bunch of kids in his classroom,” she said speaking for the first time about this previously announced role. It’s her first with an auteur.
Russell Brand will play a charming, yet unscrupulous TV reporter who manipulates the situation. Mike Tyson has a cameo as an ax murderer. Pic, which will shoot in Mexico and the U.S., is being produced by Katya Eichinger and Stefan Arndt of X-Filme.
“Herzog contacted me saying he’s always wanted to work with me,” said Anderson, who does not have an agent. “He told me he doesn’t want me to prepare for the role at all. He wants me to just go there and put myself in his hands. He said: ‘I promise: your performance will be incredible.’ Werner Herzog is going to give me acting lessons. I’m so lucky!”
There are also two TV projects, both in very early stages, on Anderson’s agenda. One with Nick Cassavetes, the other with “Burlesque” director Steve Antin.
Cassavetes wants Anderson to play “an ex-adult entertainment star who is now trying to have a family,” she said. “I think it’s a great role for me to play, I could possibly draw from something (in myself).” The skein is being shopped to HBO.
The role for the Antin project is that of a “madam.” The show is set in the ’70s. “It’s actually the true story of a young boy who has befriended this woman and who helps recruit people for her,” Anderson said.
She is also creating a show for Las Vegas with David LaChapelle. “It’s going to be kind of like a high school play based on my life. It will be very underground, gritty; not too glitz and glamor.”
And then Anderson has another Vegas show in the works, which might be touring, with choreographer Robyn Antin, the creator of pop girl group and dance ensemble the Pussycat Dolls.
“It’s going to have lots of glitz and glamor; lots of glitter and fun, bold stuff, and dancing,” she said.
Anderson mused that when she was younger she missed plenty of opportunities to work with great directors and just focused on “Baywatch,” and then she had kids whom she did “not want to be away from for any length of time.”
But now she really wants to “get into a more artistic career.”
“It just seems like this new chapter. I’m in a much better place, my kids are grown, I feel really healthy. I’m going to have a busy couple of next years,” Anderson said, speaking during an onstage conversation at the fest.
Asked by an audience member how important her breasts had been in been in her career so far, she quipped: “My boobs have had the career; I’m just tagging along.”
The 60th edition of the Sicilian festival dedicated to mainstream and genre movies ends June 21.