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Madonna Praises Ex-Husbands at Venice Film Festival

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Sep. 2 2011, Published 2:52 p.m. ET

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As Madonna approached the notion of directing her second movie, W.E., she turned to two men who are very familiar with her. That's right, her exes Guy Ritchie and Sean Penn!

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At the Venice Film Festival, the Material Girl thanked Guy and Sean for helping her with the British royal period drama. According to The Huffington Post she explained, "I am and was attracted to very creative people which is why I married Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie, two very talented directors." Madonna added, "They both encouraged me as a director and as a creative person to do what I did, and they were both very supportive."

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Considering the movie is a drama about the would-be King of England, Prince Edward and the American divorcee who he left the throne for,Wallis Simpson, Madonna mentioned she identified with Wallis.

She explained, "I identified with her in that I think it's very common when people become celebrities or public figures or icons that we are often reduced to a soundbite and that you're given a few attributes and then you're not allowed to have anything more than that."

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