I’m proud of Diaz’s performance as mom: Director Nick Cassavetes

June 10th, 2009 - 2:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Cameron Diaz London, June 10 (IANS) Director Nick Cassavetes is all praise for Cameron Diaz for her portrayal of a young mother with a sick daughter in his film “My Sister’s Keeper”. He says her performance brought back memories of health problems he dealt with as a young father.
Contactmusic.com reports that he weathered criticism on the casting of Diaz in the gritty drama “My Sister’s Keeper”, based on the novel of the same name by Jodi Picoult. Cassavetes wants the naysayers to first watch the movie and to cry.

“Yes, she’s never played a mother and she’s playing a mother of three in this movie but that didn’t scare me. I knew she was up for it. I’m more proud of her performance in the film than I am proud of things in my life,” he said.

“When I was a young man, my second daughter was diagnosed with congenital heart disease when she was a week old. When I was young, the world was wide open before me and I was a happy guy. I didn’t know anything about life and this illness of my daughter Sasha was temperance on my soul.

“It was a learning experience. It was something I had to go through and she had to go through and we had to go through together, with her mother and the entire family. Cameron felt like who I was at that time,” he added.

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