September 2nd, 2011
12:50 PM ET
In a curious show of affection for her ex-husbands, Madonna has publicly thanked Guy Ritchie and Sean Penn for their help with her second directorial effort, “W.E.”
Madge expressed her gratitude in a press conference at the Venice International Film Festival, reports The Huffington Post.
"I am and was attracted to very creative people which is why I married Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie, two very talented directors," Madge said of her film industry exes. "They both encouraged me as a director and as a creative person to do what I did, and they were both very supportive."
While she’s gotten good reviews for her acting in movies like “Evita” and “Desperately Seeking Susan,” Madonna’s directorial debut, “Filth and Wisdom,” was a wash.
And so far, British royal period drama "W.E." isn’t faring any better. Despite help from Penn and Ritchie, "W.E." is eliciting scathing reviews at the film fest, reports MTV.
Critics “slammed the garbled narrative structure, cheesy dialogue and directorial trickery that seemed to serve no other purpose than Madonna's look-at-me self-servitude.”
“W.E.” hits theaters in December.
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