Kate Burton Plays Climber's Mom in New Film Based on "Between a Rock and a Hard Place"
By Kenneth Jones
Kate Burton, currently playing famed American actress Katharine Cornell in Lincoln Center Theater's The Grand Manner, will appear in "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle's new film, "127 Hours."
"James Franco is the star and I play his mother," Burton told Playbill.com. "It's a very small part but a very interesting part [and was an] incredible experience."
Burton said she loves stretching her muscles in multiple media: stage, film, TV. "I do, I love going back and forth. I shot '127 Hours' up until three days before I started work [on The Grand Manner]. It's really amazing to go from being on a film set in Moab, Utah, and then four days later to be at Lincoln Center. I feel very blessed that I get to do all these different kinds of things and I love it. Once the play ends, I hope for some film stuff and TV stuff in the future. I have a few things…but nothing's materialized yet."
The new film, "127 Hours," is based on rock climber Aron Ralston's memoir, "Between a Rock and a Hard Place," the true story about the young man being trapped between rocks for 127 hours and resorting to cutting his own arm off.
Burton said, "I can only imagine [the film 's] gonna be pretty amazing. I play his mom, and his actual mother, Donna Ralston, has become a friend of mine. She's coming to see the show this weekend! But we spent some incredible time [filming it]. James Franco plays Aron, and Treat Williams and I play his parents. We were in Utah — well, Treat lives there, in Park City — we were there, off and on, for about six weeks shooting. Amazing experience, and Danny Boyle, to work with Danny Boyle is like a dream come true for me."
Also in the can for Burton: the film "Remember Me," starring Robert Pattinson and Pierce Brosnan. She plays Brosnan's executive assistant.
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