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Parker Posey Sad About ‘Painful’ Shape of Indie Film World, Happy About Dishy Role on ‘The Big C’

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 Parker Posey, who gained the title “Queen of the Indies” through her string of popular independent features in the ’90s (“Personal Velocity,” “Best in Show,”
etc.), finds what’s going on in the indie film world today “really hard” and
“really painful.”

That would include moviemaker John Waters’ decision to pull the plug on his
planned “Fruitcake” flick, to which Posey was attached, and his declaration last year that in this economy he was “going to have to do a puppet show.”

“I don’t want to lose the small stories that these independent directors create,” Posey says. “There are so many writers and directors out there who see things that would inspire and enlighten people about what it is to be a human being.”

She did make the forthcoming “Price Check” indie comedy in January, but, she says, “I felt sad at the end of each day. I had a great time working on it — but I couldn’t help thinking, ‘If this was the ’70s, it would be a real budget, and they’d have more than three weeks to do it.’ A lot of movies that get made get thrown together because they’re a certain genre. That’s where we are now.

“I feel like it’s come full circle: [Independent] movies are going back to the
low budget world, but the budgets are even smaller because of digital cameras.
The market is so oversaturated now. Anyone who thought they had something to say could go out and make a movie. But a lot of them didn’t have something to say, and their films aren’t interesting.”

But Posey herself has a lot of interesting things coming up, with projects
including the big-screen “Inside Out” and “Hemingway & Gellhorn.”  She’ll be
showing up starting Monday (Aug. 22) on Laura Linney’s brilliant “The Big C”
Showtime series. Linney’s character’s teenage son (Gabriel Basso) makes a new
friend online, in a chat space for kids of parents who have cancer. She turns
out to be a full-grown woman — Posey — who dresses, talks and acts like a
teenage slacker.

“Poppy is not your average girl next door,” Posey says of her character. “She’s
got some issues. I like her. She’s got a big heart — and she’s got a lot that
she’s covering up that comes out. I think she’s stuck at the age of 15. I want
to be like her when I’m 70 and still have all that youthful energy and sense of
play. It’s like Ruth Gordon in ‘Harold & Maude.’ I love that. Everybody’s got
their pain and sadness. How do we keep alive? How do we keep going?”

Posey says she happened to run into Laura Linney (who has a well-deserved Emmy nomination for her performance on “The Big C” as maverick cancer patient Cathy) on the streets of New York City one winter day.

“It was, you know, two New York actors, all bundled up in the cold, talking,”
Posey recalls. “I told her I’m a fan of the show, and she said, ‘You should come
on some time.'”

Not long afterward, the “Big C” producers were wondering who to cast for the
character of Poppy, and the idea of getting someone like Parker Posey came up.  “Then they said, ‘Why not get her?'”