Be careful Charlize! Comments like this will lose you the Oscar. Speak your mind only AFTER you’ve won!

Theron Criticizes Death Penalty After ‘Monster’
BERLIN (Reuters) – Hollywood star Charlize Theron criticized the death penalty after the international premiere on Sunday of the film “Monster,” in which she portrays a woman executed for a string of murders.
“I’m not for the death penalty and working on this film didn’t really change anything for me,” Theron told reporters at the Berlin Film Festival. “If anything it made me more aware of how ineffective it is.”
In the low budget film, the South African actress plays homeless prostitute Aileen Wuornos, who committed a series of murders in the United States after killing a man in self defense, an act Theron is better placed to understand than most.
Theron was 15 when her mother shot dead her drunken father after he threatened to shoot his wife and daughter. Playing Wuornos, who was executed in 2002, has earned Theron an Academy Award nomination for best actress.
“I don’t think condemning people who murder and then killing them necessarily sends out the right message,” said Theron, 28. And I have a huge problem with the way these people are used as political pawns.”
Theron, often cast as a glamorous blonde, put on 30 pounds (14 kg) for the role. The actress, whose previous films include “The Legend of Bagger Vance” and “Mighty Joe Young,” said Wuornos had been doomed to lead a tragic life.
“I think her entire life was just like water going down a drain. And it just kept going faster and faster,” she said, adding it was a story that needed to be told.
“We forget that it’s our job is to tell people stories. There’s only so many pretty stories you can do.”
The film’s director, Patty Jenkins, said Wuornos’ tale was an American tragedy that provided a unique insight into how individuals can be corrupted by society.
“So rarely is there a story that lends itself so easily to looking at how a good person can be damaged to the extent that they cross the line and become a killer,” said Jenkins.
“It is a universal story that people are overlooked and left outside until they become capable of committing the same acts that have been done to them.”
A former model, Theron said Robert De Niro’s acting in Martin Scorsese’s 1976 film “Taxi Driver” had a big influence on “Monster.” She said she got so used to her character she even forgot about the ugly false teeth she was wearing for the part.
“I wasn’t even aware until Patty said ‘the crew are all going home tonight saying you have terrible teeth’,” she said.
Monster, which entered the U.S. list of top ten box office films for the first time this week, was one of the highlights of day four of the Berlin festival which is ranked alongside Venice and just behind Cannes as one of the world’s top film fests.