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Ryder sees reality in 'A Scanner Darkly'

Aug. 11, 2006 at 7:24 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Actress Winona Ryder says the theme of paranoia in the movie, "A Scanner Darkly," based on Philip Dick's novel, has relevance in the United States now.

The author's themes of surveillance, paranoia and fear attracted the Oscar-nominated actress to the film, she said.

"All this stuff is actually happening right now," she said.

Ryder, 34, knew Dick personally through her godfather, Timothy Leary, the 1960s American psychologist and author who came up with the phrase, "question authority."

Based on Dick's life, "A Scanner Darkly" deals with the issue of drug use. Ryder's character may be on cocaine or just faking it, The Independent reported.

"I feel if we were making this movie forever I don't know if we'd ever fully grasp it," Ryder said. "You don't know who's telling the truth, who's working for whom, who's screwing who over."

Ryder and her co-stars -- Keanu Reeves and Robert Downey Jr. -- reduced their fees to work in the science fiction film, which many say is the most faithful adaptation of Dick's work yet.

"Blade Runner," "Total Recall" and "Minority Report" became big-budget blockbusters.

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