Our Favorite Bad Girl

A lot of people question Eva Mendes’s choices in films. Last year,  I had a chance to ask her directly how she feels about her body of work (with the emphasis on the body), which primarily consists of the following: the girlfriend, the wife, the other woman, and, as of today, the hooker. Her response more than satisfied me: “There’s 80 percent really bad material out there,” she said over scallops and pizza in L.A. “But there’s great material as well. Maybe it’s not the most exciting character in the world, yet I’m working with a fantastic director or an amazing co-star. And sometimes you have to literally go, ‘These are the films that are out there. Do I want to not work this fall, or do I want to take one of these jobs?’ Maybe it’s not a dream job, but it’s an experience, and I’m in it for the experiences.”

She certainly has worked with some kick-ass people, everyone from Will Smith, to Denzel Washington to Robert Duvall. And Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, which opens today, will be her second time working with Nicolas Cage (the first was Ghost Rider in ’07). In Bad Liutenant, directed by the legendary Werner Herzog, Cage plays a good cop gone bad to Mendes's hooker with a heart of gold.

So to all the haters I say: let he who is in a position to turn down work cast the first stone.

And to La Dolce Evita: You keep workin’ and we’ll keep watchin’.

About the film:

In Werner Herzog’s new film, Nicolas Cage plays a rogue detective who is as devoted to his job as he is at scoring drugs — while playing fast and loose with the law. He wields his badge as often as he wields his gun in order to get his way. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina he becomes a high-functioning addict who is a deeply intuitive, fearless detective reigning over the beautiful ruins of New Orleans with authority and abandon. Complicating his tumultuous life is the prostitute he loves (played by Eva Mendes). Together they descend into their own world marked by desire, compulsion, and conscience. The result is a singular masterpiece of filmmaking: equally sad and manically humorous.

Check out the trailer below: