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Demi Moore on the "A" list in the Scarlet Letter


October 15, 1995
Web posted at: 8:45 p.m. EDT

From Correspondent Cynthia Tornquist

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Demi Moore is on Hollywood's "A" list of actors. Moore uses that ability to command a high salary, and to get the opportunities to produce, and to pick and choose her roles. This time she's chosen to play Hester Prynne in "The Scarlet Letter", a role she was quite anxious to do.

A year before being cast by director Roland Joffe to star in "The Scarlet Letter", Demi Moore read Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel and was so moved she planned to hire a writer to adapt it for the screen. She was not the first to do so. "I was aware Roland was developing a script. There was another version also circulating. I was just waiting. Whatever came in first didn't matter to me. I just wanted to do the story," said Moore.

Moore portrays Hester, a young wife who upon her arrival to the New World, falls in love with a handsome minister played by Gary Oldman. When her adulterous affair is exposed, the Puritans attempt, unsuccessfully, to find out her lover's identity.

"I wanted to be Hester Prynne. I aspire to be her and the way in which I could do that was by playing her in the film," said Moore. (80K AIFF sound or 80K WAV sound)

By portraying Hester, Moore hoped to get in touch with the qualities which made the character dynamic. Qualities such as passion, strength and the courage to face adversity. Moore hardly needed a film to do that. The star of such movies as "Ghost", "Indecent Proposal", "A Few Good Men", and "Disclosure", has displayed those traits with her marriage to actor Bruce Willis, her willingness to do nude scenes and her controversial Vanity Fair covers.

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"I look to remove the self-imposed limitations that I have and then secondarily I look to remove the limitations that are placed on me from outside," said Moore.

now & then

Moore's determination to break through Hollywood's boundaries has paid off. She reportedly will earn $12.5 million for her upcoming film "Striptease." Her clout has also her afforded an opportunity to produce her own films, including the soon- to-be-released "Now and Then." The movie is about four 12- year-old best friends, a sort-of "Stand By Me" for girls.

"I didn't have the opportunity to establish that many long- term friendships as these girls do," recalled Moore. "I didn't grow up in one place. I went to my husband's 20-year reunion and there were people he was in kindergarten with, and I have maybe one friend still from when I was actually 12."

But is Demi Moore happy? Most definitely she says.

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