Charlize Theron on Aeon Flux

Promoting her new movie North Country, opening October 21, Charlize Theron talked to about her other film coming in December, Aeon Flux. The sci-fi actioner is based on the MTV animated series created by Peter Chung.

She says Aeon Flux is a character of few words. “In many ways, Aeon Flux never speaks. I read the script and I said, ‘I hardly speak in this movie.’ And then I realized what a great opportunity to tell a story with your body and not use words. I was very fascinated by that.”

The Paramount film is set 400 years in the future, when disease has wiped out the majority of the earth’s population except for one walled, protected city-state, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. Aeon is the top operative in the underground ‘Monican’ rebellion – led by The Handler (Frances McDormand). When Aeon is sent on a mission to kill a government leader, she uncovers a world of secrets.

“The issues that film deals with are very strong issues. Issues that I care about our every day life, so that doesn’t make it frivolous to me,” Theron added. “Also, the director, Karyn Kusama, comes from the world of character filmmaking. Never did this genre, I think her films are very complex when it comes to human nature. So I knew it wasn’t going to be frivolous and running out with my t**s hanging out and kicking things, ’cause I’m not good at that. I knew that she would find the core and then, when the script came in, the whole film questions our humanity, which again is what I’m fascinated by.”

Charlize enjoyed performing the physical aspect. “I come from a ballet background; I did ballet for 12 years and I consider that my theater. I told stories with my body for 12 years and then came into this industry. I couldn’t let go of that and it’s still important to me. I really wanted to learn the skills of what Aeon had. I wanted to learn gymnastics; I didn’t want to just be on wires and fake everything. I learned some skills I never thought I would learn.”

Aeon Flux hits theaters on December 2.