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SUSAN SARANDON WANTS 'ROMANCE' NOT WAR

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Aug. 31 2007, Published 6:38 a.m. ET

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I caught up with at the Romance and Cigarettes premiere held at Chelsea West in NYC on August 30.

Wearing a white dress and holding a sensible red cardigan, the stunning star, 60, says “I’m desperate for water,” before an assistant arrives with an ice cold bottle of Poland Spring. After she takes a few sips, she’s ready for OK!

In the movie musical, Susan sings ’s "Take Another Piece of My Heart." She confesses she was nervous and her rendition was “sour vocally.”

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Why do she and , 49, who has been her boyfriend since 1988, make a good couple? “I feel really comfortable with him,” she tells me. “He’s surprising.”

Susan’s next movie, In The Valley of Elah, places her in the role of a mother grieving for her son after the Iraq War. The political passionist says she would never allow their sons Jack, 18, and Miles, 15, to fight. “This war? I wouldn’t want anybody’s son to go off to this war,” she tells me.

Is there another cause that might be worth fighting for? Nah.

“I’m nonviolent, so I have a problem with the myth of redemptive violence,” she says.

Romance and Cigarettes opens September 7.

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