Dianna Agron Tentative for Parents to See 'Family'
By Robert Pace
Dianna Agron's new film is entitled The Family, but it is by no means intended to be a family film, not just because of its mobster theme but also for its sexuality. The latter has Agron hesitant for her parents to watch the R-rated film.
In the film, which is based on the novel Malavita (translates from Italian as "mob" or "underworld") written by French author Tonino Benacquista, follows a family, led by former mobster "Giovanni Manzoni" (Robert De Niro), who is relocated with his family to a small town in France and has his name changed to "Fred Blake" after he betrays the mob.
As the daughter of a mafia boss, Agron's character inherits her father's explosive personality and propensity for violent behavior. While she violently chastises a boy who tries to advance on her too quickly in the video above, she eventually falls for someone.
"I think that's Belle's one thing that she wants more than anything is to find a boy and have that fairytale romance 'cause then she doesn't have to go about the family business anymore, as much as she loves her family," the 27-year-old actress said.
Belle's quest to find romance culminates with some steamy scenes, which Agron isn't quite sure she wants her own family to watch.
"That was interesting filming those scenes," Agron said with an abashed smirk. "I don't know if I want my parents seeing that. It's going to be weird."
While Agron has been acting in films for half a dozen years now, The Family serves as her first major role in a blockbuster film. She was targeted by director Luc Besson, who envisioned her in the role.
Besson wasn't the only one who had his casting dream fulfilled. He has said that Malavita author Tonino Benacquista envisioned De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer ("Maggie Blake") in the roles of The Family's parents.
"I've always wanted to work with [Robert] for obvious reasons," said Pfeiffer, who has twice starred in the same film with De Niro but had no joint scenes with him. "...When this [script] was sent to me, I was like, 'We better have some scenes in this one!'... Not only did we have scenes, it was so wonderfully written and I love the relationship between our characters."
Watch the video above for the full interviews with the cast of The Family, which is in theaters September 13.