Madonna is totally a world-famous director now


For some strange reason, Madonna is the May cover girl for Interview Magazine. The interview is conducted by director Gus Van Sant, also for some unknown reason. The complete piece is here, but I’ll just do the highlights. Madge talks about Malawi, and her kids, but mostly she’s trying to front like she and Gus Van Sant are totally directing colleagues. She talks a lot about the movie she directed, Filth and Wisdom, and her upcoming project W.E., which is supposed to be about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, sort of. Here’s more:

Madge on Malawi: “Yeah. I go to Malawi twice a year. It’s where two of my children were adopted from, and I have a lot of projects there that I go and check up on and children who I look after. It’s sort of a commitment that I’ve made to this country and the hundreds of thousands of children there who have been orphaned by AIDS. I made a documentary about it [I Am Because We Are, 2008], and it’s just become part of my life. I’m going to meet with Jeffrey Sachs [the economist]. I’m sure you’ve heard of him. He’s starting a global education initiative, and I’m going to be his Girl Friday, so to speak. We’re going to hold a press conference to talk about the school for girls that I’m building in Malawi. It’s kind of our way of making sure that every kid has a chance to have an education-more specifically girls, but boys as well. Girls, though, in a lot of developing countries don’t have the opportunity to go to school, nor are they encouraged to go to school, so what we’re doing is the beginning of a dream. But I’m going to Malawi for lots of reasons.”

On Jeffrey Sachs (who developed the Millenium Village program): “We’ve been supporting each other for years now. I’ve worked on some Millennium Villages with him. We have two Millennium Village sites in Malawi, and they’re both doing very well. He’s an incredible human being. He’s extremely charismatic. Very well-spoken and charming. He’s one of the few people I know who talks the talk and also walks the walk. He thinks very big. his work is primarily focused on ending poverty, but you know, there are lots of ways to skin the cat. Millennium Villages are an experiment that he has tried all over the world. It costs a certain amount of money, and it takes a certain number of years for them to work, but he’s got it down almost to a science, where for $1.5 million over a five-year period, you can make a series of interconnected villages self-sustainable through education and prepping and diversifying their crops and giving them agricultural tools and medicine and knowledge. Jeffrey has been really supportive of all the work I’ve done in Malawi. So, yeah, we’ll be drinking a gin and tonic and swatting away the mosquitoes down there.

On Sean Penn: Madge agrees with Van Sant that Sean is “amazing” and says, regarding Sean’s work in Haiti, “He’s got a fire under his ass, that’s for sure. A bee in his bonnet.”

On HIV/AIDS and the art community: “I guess it’s just coming from that world in Michigan and the trajectory of my life: after going to New York and being a dancer when the whole AIDS epidemic started and nobody knew what it was. And then suddenly, all these beautiful men around me, people who I loved so dearly, were dying-just one after the next. It was just such a crazy time. And watching the world freak out-the gay community was so ostracized.

Madge isn’t really doing a movie about the Duchess of Windsor after all: “The movie everyone thinks I’m making that’s supposed to be a musical about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. I don’t know why that got in the newspapers. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor are in the movie, but it’s not going to be about them. It’s really about this other woman’s journey, and the duchess is kind of her spiritual guide. It’s set mostly in pre-World War II England-like, 1936 to 1937-and then in New York in 1998. It goes back and forth in time. I use the Sotheby’s auction in 1998 of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s estate as a device to flash backward from.”

On collaboration: “I quite like the idea of collaborating in general. Not only is it lonely to do things on your own creatively, it’s also kind of arrogant. I guess some people are brilliant enough to be brilliant on their own and never doubt anything and come up with fabulous things.”

[From Interview Magazine]

She had more interesting stuff to say about the Windsors, but I didn’t know who would really be interested, so if you do like that stuff, you should definitely read the full article. Now, can I just say a few words about Madge? She doesn’t come across as horrible in this interview, but I’ve finally figured out what her most marked personality trait is – she is ruthlessly narcissistic. Like, she will turn the conversation back on herself so fast, your head will spin. She will literally make anything and everything about Madonna, and only Madonna. It’s totally crazy.




Madonna photos courtesy of Interview Magazine and CoverAwards.

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  1. jenny says:

    r these pics recent? she looks good

  2. lucy2 says:

    Recently photoshopped, maybe. 🙂

    Ruthlessly Narcissistic – should be the title of her next album. Though given her tendency to try to hop on the latest pop star’s fame train, I expect her to be dueting with that Bieber kid any day now.

  3. Ron says:

    You know, if you are going to enter into public life and you make that choice on your own, you have to be at least somewhat narcisscistic. Whether a politician, musician, or actor you have to have an element of look at me look at me to make it happen.

  4. original kate says:

    the eye patch photo is cracking me up. stand & deliver!

  5. lrm says:

    yea,that is what i thought when i read these excerpts-god,she’s all about herself,and so full of herself.
    true,you need that to some extent to be in the biz,but honestly,she is over the top,and i cannot take her seriously. triteness smacks of insincere in art and life, IMO. You can see/smell/feel it (insincerity) in the air,whether a painting or a non profit charity,and it does,for me,take away some validity. Just me.
    “Jeffrey Sachs,I’m sure you’ve heard of him”. probably said with her pseudo english accent,just that one line.

    Anyway,like all these big think tank people are ‘on it’?
    Half the time,no,most of the time,historically,development work has f’cked things up more than it’s helped. Oops,turns out we were wrong bc we didn’t think about X Y and Z factors [Usually related to the local culture or environment,b/c you know,why bother to ask people what they actually need,when you’ve got a ‘developmental expert or economist from harvard’ calling the shots? ]
    In truth,it’s not rocket science,most of the time. And this sachs guy is part of the whole UN new world free love deal.

    If anyone wants a fascinating read: it’s old by a few decades,but still relevant and compelling,see Graham Hancock’s Lords of Poverty. It’s probably at your library. Easy to read and eye opening.

  6. gamblea says:

    Too much photoshop.

  7. Juice in LA says:

    Funny, I tuned in to the horrific “Marriage Ref” when she was on with Larry David and Tracy Morgan and thought she was relatively un-egotistical. I actually thought she came off well… so I wonder how much “crafting” goes on in these articles to make her seem like she acts as thought she is holier than thou?

    I’m not saying I have any idea about how big her ego truly is, I am just saying, the print could be manipulated or fabricated- but its hard for a evil diva to hide that side of it on an unscripted television show.

  8. danielle says:

    She does look good here – looks like she did years ago. And she’s always been ruthlessly narccisistic – for some reason in annoyed me less years ago. I guess she seemed funnier then.

  9. Trillion says:

    Nothing demonstrates the depth of her narcissism like her eulogy for Micheal Jackson, which consisted of comparing herself to him. Seems like you’d try to minimize the use of “I” and “me” in a situation like that, but not Madonna. I don’t like the way she tries to sound intellectual. It really irks me that she says “I quite like…” That said, she does look good here.

  10. I should be working says:

    I like the first pic, with the imprint of the fishnets in her flesh. That looks cool to me. On her upcoming projects: whatever. Does ANYONE care?

  11. Toni says:

    Dear Madonna, keep desperately trying to stay relevant because you are OLD news.

  12. cake says:

    Dear Madonna, Angelina together with Jeffrey Sachs, started the 1st ever millenium village in Asia and it’s in Cambodia. Madonna is doing good things but you can’t but help see how it’s always me, what I’m doing etc. Angelina seems alot more modest and humble in her endeavors while Madonna is about press conferences with the whole village following her around.

  13. Confuzzle says:

    Ooooo she’s a pirate! ARGH!

  14. jover says:

    Does Madge dress like the first pic when she visits the kids in Malawi. Now that would get a lot of coverage. It’s fascinating that she’s not actually doing much but talking like she’s a whirlwind of creativity – these celebs can spin their turds into gold nuggets. Gotta love them for that as long as you don’t take it too seriously.

  15. Maritza says:

    Black and white photos does her wonders.

  16. freckles says:

    Lol, I guess they (only partially) photoshopped out the waist of those black fishnets in the first one… you can still see the ghost of them. She looks gorgeous in these pics, I have to commend the photoshoppers 🙂

  17. ziggy says:

    Ron, you are 100% correct! Narcissism comes with the territory, and we as the public continue to feed it by watching their movies, tv shows, buying their music and alas, visiting and commenting on these websites! I for one, find celebrities fascinating!

  18. MJ says:

    “Not only is it lonely to do things on your own creatively, it’s also kind of arrogant.”

    If you do a little research, you will find that she has said several times in past interviews that she DOESN’T enjoy collaborating on projects, especially music. Interesting.

  19. Milan says:

    Why are people hating on Madge so much. Each year the tabloids pick a female star to pick on and some deserve it…cough, goopie, cough. In my opinion Madonna has earned the right to be narcisistic, wouldn’t you be if you accomplished as much as her. It’s not easy to stay relevant for 30 years, especially as fans loyalty tends to be as fleeting as a paid whore’s moan.

  20. Luci says:

    does anyone find funny that they left the pantyhose marks uneditted?
    the pictures are great!! old school madonna

  21. guesty says:

    definitely old school madonna…loved her then…love love these pics.

  22. Wiley says:

    Actually, I don’t Madonna much because out here in the real world we NEVER hear of her or about her. Radio stations haven’t played her music for 20 years, she’s never in our newspapers or on our nightly news, and she just doesn’t exist anymore! She puts out albums and her OLD fans get all excited about the music for a while but it disappears as fast as she puts it out and none of it will ever become a “Golden Oldie” so when she’s done, she’ll be done forever. She’s become an attention whore for profit just like the Kardashians.

  23. pumak says:

    a lotta lotta photoshopa!