Susan Sarandon--one of the three witches in the just-opened "Witches of Eastwick"--purposely timed a trip to Italy to coincide with this weekend's opening.
Why? While Sarandon says she's "very pleased" with director George Miller's version of John Updike's novel about modern-day witchery in a small New England town, she wasn't so pleased with the experience of making the film.
"It's (the experience) really made me a different person. . . . It's hardened me," Sarandon explained, adding, "But it was also an eye-opening experience, and in this sense it's been a valuable lesson."
She referred to the "betrayal" she said she felt at being given the role of a sexually frustrated cellist after initially being assured she would play what she saw as the more central role (a carefree, fun-loving, man-loving sculptress), which later went to Cher.