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Through Sunday, BAM is holding a 13-film tribute to Susan Sarandon, showing favorites from “Thelma and Louise” to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” — as well as lesser-known works like “Pretty Baby” and “Light Sleeper.”

Through Sunday, BAM is holding a 13-film tribute to Susan Sarandon, showing favorites from “Thelma and Louise” to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” — as well as lesser-known works like “Pretty Baby” and “Light Sleeper.” Sarandon talked to Metro about the honor.

John Turturro, Paul Schrader and Bob Balaban will appear with you in person for a question-and-answer session. What is the No. 1 question you expect to be asked?

Oh, gosh, I have no idea. None whatsoever. That’s the fun of Q&A’s — it’s always interesting to hear what people come up with. You hear new perspectives, and you think about things you normally wouldn't think about.

What runs through your head when you see yourself 30 years younger on the big screen?

I’ve been honored a number of times for lifetime achievement awards or middle-life achievement awards or whatever, and they always do a film tribute of you. And the longer it goes back, the easier it is to watch because it’s almost not you anymore, you know? It’s not as fresh when you just do something, when you’re so sensitive to faults. You can be more forgiving when you’re looking back 30 years at this young thing you hardly have anything in common with anymore.

Are there any films you’re particularly excited to see?

Well, here’s a secret: Some of these films, I’m hardly in at all. I just wanted Stanley Tucci’s movie to be seen [“Joe Gould's Secret”] as it never really got a chance, and it’s about a specific, interesting time in New York. And “Light Sleeper,” the same thing — it takes place in New York. I was trying to pick films outside of the usual that I felt would be a treat for a New York audience, especially people who go to BAM, which is a very special group.

Valentine’s Day at SPiN

During our conversation, Sarandon wanted to mention the Valentine’s Day special she has going on at SPiN, the ping-pong bar where she’s an investor. “Anyone who comes in with a picture of someone or something they love — which will then be pinned on a display — will get free ping-pong fun,” she says. For more information, go to www.spinyc.com.

 
 
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