"I play kind of the comic relief," Sarandon said of her role as Grandma Lynn in the upcoming production. "She's [a] drinking, hard shooting, smoking [old lady] cutting across all of the pain, pain, pain. Whenever I possibly can blow smoke in someone's face I'm doing it!"
It's a mixture of tones that's indicative of the overall production, Sarandon told MTV, insisting that fans who only know Jackson for Lord of the Rings and King Kong are going to be "surprised."
"I haven't figured out the tone of the movie, I'm still trying to figure out exactly what it is. It's going to be a strange jumble of things," the actress continued. "But Peter Jackson did Heavenly Creatures. It's [a lot] like that."
Don't worry, though, fantasy fans: Sarandon is most excited about the movie's special effects.
"I think that probably the heaven sequences will work better in the film than they did, for me, in the book," she said..