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Charlize Theron Goes to Bat for 'Monster' - January 13, 2004

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Looks like Charlize Theron has had an extreme makeover in reverse.

The characteristically glam actress got all gussied down for her latest role in the movie "Monster."

Theron has appeared in films such as "15 Minutes" and "The Italian Job" in typical Hollywood splendor. But in preparation for the "Monster" gig, evidently she morphed from a real-life catwalk-ready model to a big-screen lesbian plus-sized multiple murderer.

In the flick, Theron takes on the character of Aileen Wuornos, a serial killer who was removed from society via the death penalty in October of 2002. Theron's willingness to accommodate the physical demands of the role and figurative immersion into character are apparently paying off. She's received accolades from every corner and is up for a Golden Globe.

But Theron is also in the running for liberal quote of the month. She recently gave a revealing look at the cockeyed worldview so many folks in the industry embrace.

In discussing the film on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart asked Theron to comment on whether or not Wuornos was "just a vicious psychopath."

Theron responded, "Well, there was a lot of gray in her story ... it's very easy in our society to kind of label people like her. ..."

When Stewart reminded Theron that "she [Wuornos] killed seven people," the actress floated a twisted gem of the left. She said: "No, and I don't want to make excuses for that ... she did horrendous things, terrible things, and we're not trying to justify them or make excuses for them at all. But ... a lot of times the word 'evil' gets misused, or 'crazy' or 'psychopath,' and I think that our human nature is just much more complex than that. And I think it's a cop-out ... an easy thing to say, kind of condemn the person. ..."

In his understated style, Stewart quipped" "She's not evil. She's not crazy. She was, let's say ... pensive."

Call me old school, but I can't help believing that Theron's comments mean that the moral dumbing down of Hollywood has reached critical mass.

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