In 1993, Leonard Cohen, the singer-songwriter and poet who was perhaps the world’s greatest interviewee, switched roles to interview Rebecca De Mornay, the gorgeous movie actress who was, for a time, Mr. Cohen’s fiancée. The following excerpt is from From Knowing Rebecca de Mornay Like Only Leonard Cohen Can by Leonard Cohen with William Claxton. Interview magazine. June 1, 1993:
Leonard Cohen: What would you say was your finest moment on the screen?
Rebecca De Mornay: What would you say?
Leonard Cohen: I thought some moments in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle were as fine as anything I’ve seen by you or anyone else, such as the moment where you beat up the bathroom with a shovel. Or was it a plunger?
Rebecca De Mornay: It was a plunger.
Leonard Cohen: I thought that was a rare moment of a woman’s anger onscreen.
Rebecca De Mornay: It’s a very difficult thing for people to accept, seeing women act out anger on the screen. We’re more accustomed to seeing men expressing rage and women crying.