April 22nd, 2011
10:14 AM ET
She may play one of the first-ever reality TV stars in HBO's upcoming "Cinema Verite," but Diane Lane insists she is not a fan of the genre.
"I will have shows that I watch, but not reality shows. There are too many channels and only so many minutes to live," Lane, who plays Pat Loud, the mother of the family profiled in the 1973 PBS docu-series "An American Family," tells Vulture. "And ever since Princess Diana and Dodi were being following by the paparazzi, before the tragic end of their lives, I decided I didn’t want to put any weight on that side of the scale in terms of my attention."
Lane never met Diana but Dodi al-Fayed was a friend of the family, and the couple's tragic death following a car chase in Paris made her view reality shows differently.
"When that happened, I just felt that it was the same thrust, this avid viewership, this insatiability and voyeurism," she says. "And it sort of goes the same way with the reality shows."
The actress tried to get a similar message across with her 2008 thriller "Untraceable."
"It was an attempt at a moral fable, about a killer with an agenda, with a moral point," she explains. "The more people watch him [kill people over the Internet], the faster people get killed. He’s pointing the finger at society and saying that because of our base appetites, this is what is happening. It sounds silly, but there is something to it. I do think we are accountable for what we turn our eyes to."
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