Cloud Atlas gang ponders hopes for next lives
BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) - Tom Hanks wants to be one of the Wright brothers in his next life. Halle Berry and Ben Whishaw would like to come back in feline form. Susan Sarandon wants to remain a woman, and she'd like a great set of singing pipes.
The stars of Cloud Atlas - along with British author David Mitchell, who wrote the novel that inspired the genre-bending epic about souls returning and intertwining over the centuries - shared their beliefs and disbeliefs about reincarnation as the film heads to United States (US) cinemas on Friday.
Hanks himself doesn't buy into reincarnation, while Berry, Whishaw, Mitchell, Sarandon and co-stars Hugo Weaving and Jim Sturgess either believe or at least think it's possible that souls come back for an encore.
"I think there's far too many reincarnated Cleopatras to buy into the notion that the exact person comes back as someone else," Sarandon said. "But I do believe that this energy which can't be destroyed when a person dies, where does that go?"