‘Feud’ stars Susan Sarandon & Jessica Lange on recreating ‘Baby Jane’: ‘It was soul-sucking’ [WATCH]

“It was soul-sucking, totally,” said Susan Sarandon, perhaps only half-joking, about the process of recreating scenes from the classic film “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” for the FX limited series “Feud: Bette and Joan,” which is focused on the making of that film. Sarandon and co-star Jessica Lange talked to Entertainment Weekly’s Jess Cagle about the process (watch it above).

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Sarandon and Lange play legendary actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, respectively, who notoriously feuded with one another while making “Baby Jane,” so making “Feud” required them to reproduce some of the most recognizable and iconic scenes in cinema history. “You had a visual to study over and over again, and that made it so much easier than you would think,” Lange explained. “You would just take it beat by beat: where the breath came, where the head moved, the gestures, the sound of the voice, the rhythm, the music of it. It was painstaking, but that’s not the most difficult part.”

Sarandon added, “It was a very different kind of talent. It’s like people who dub somebody else in a different language. They’re not really living it, it’s a very technical thing, so it was a whole other set of skills you probably won’t ever have to use again … You’re not inhabiting it as much as you are recreating it.”

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