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Christine Baranski Amused by Her ‘The Good Wife’ Sex Life

With “The Good Wife” back in production for its fourth season, Christine Baranski is enjoying the fact her Diane Lockhart character is carrying on relationships with two men. At least.

“I’ve got two guys so far, but I’m ready for three or four, why not?” asks the actress, dead pan. “I’m a busy woman. I actually got a Twitter question today: ‘You seem to have the most active sex life of anyone on the show.’ That’s pretty damn funny. I love it!”

But seriously, Baranski is understandably proud of the multi-dimensional Diane, whose skills outside the bedroom are at least as formidable as therein. “What I really love? She’s a powerful, well-educated woman, very well-spoken, and she can just go toe to toe with the guys.  Women love that, they love to see it. There are so many powerful women in the world now, running companies, running countries, running the international monetary fund. They know how to talk to guys. They don’t, you know, bend and try to be all cute to try to deal with the guys. It’s a new world, and I love that Diane is totally comfortable with men. She actually likes men. You get the feeling, this is a woman who can sit down and drink scotch with the guys, and talk sports.”

Baranski herself loves to talk sports — she can keep up with any guy on the crew, she says. And nowadays, with her showcase role as the head of Julianna Margulies’ firm on the CBS series, Baranski loves to talk law.

“Why do lawyers get such a bad rap? It’s really hard,” observes the two-time Tony-winning actress. “I have a daughter in law school. I admire people who get through law school. It is really difficult. I often get the script and I think, ‘This is like speaking Arabic. What is this?’ So I learn more and more about the law and about how things work, and I’m happy for that because that’s really fun — when you have a job that actually educates you.”

In fact, Baranski is so convincing, “I’ve had people, heads of law firms, tell me, will you come and talk to my female lawyers about how to do it, because people on juries, they watch television, and they think lawyers should be like Diane Lockhart.”

According to Baranski, when Season 4 kicks off, we’ll find her law firm, Lockhart Gardner, in crisis mode. “We’re in a bad way, so we’re going to have to work our way back up or be liquidated. There’s a lot of layoffs. You know the show is good about reflecting what’s going on in America. We’re still in a recession, and frankly Lockhart Gardner hasn’t been able to bounce back the way they thought it would.”  As they say, stay tuned.

Andy Garcia: Whatever the Economy, Dreams Need to Be Pursued

Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Andy Garcia and Ezra Miller

Andy Garcia had hoped to get his “Hemingway & Fuentes” film starring himself, Anthony Hopkins and Annette Bening, before the cameras this year.  But as of now, he’s still working on getting the financing together for the indie feature he wrote himself and intends to direct, about the possible real-life inspiration for “The Old Man and the Sea.”  Like countless other filmmakers, Garcia’s feeling the effects of the recession.  

 “It is more difficult now to find funding, yes, but that shouldn’t deter the effort,” he says firmly.  “Even though the money situation could be a little tighter than usual, a quality project will eventually attract it.  We can’t be complacent or intimidated by a market condition.  We’re dealing with dreams, and dreams need to be pursued. 

“It took me 16 years to get ‘The Lost City’ made,” he reminds, speaking of his 2005 drama set amid the turmoil of late 1950’s Havana.  “And through all that time, I never lost the dream. 

 “‘City Island’ took three years,” he adds, referring to his acclaimed dramedy of this year.  Garcia plays the corrections officer patriarch of a Bronx family in which every member is keeping secrets — that all begin to unravel.  Julianna Margulies, Alan Arkin, Emily Mortimer and Garcia’s real-life eldest daughter, Dominik, also star.  Garcia is being talked as a dark horse Academy Awards candidate for the feature, written and directed by Raymond De Felitta on which Garcia also served as producer.

According to him, the moviemakers got all their first choices for the cast.  He notes that DeFelitta “wrote a beautiful script, and you always know great actors will be attracted to great material.”

 Garcia has made a habit of going back and forth between big studio movies and small labor-of-love independents.  He says that patter has grown out of creative desires rather than career design.  “You have stories you want to tell, movies that might come your way, that are not bein offered by the studios.  You can’t really control what the studios are going to want you do to, so I don’t really concern myself with them.  I create my own opportunities with stories that move me.”