Madonna knows the "agony and ecstasy of love"
Madonna has had her share of ups and downs in the love department -- and she says that gave her the perfect perspective to direct her film W.E., all about a woman caught in a love affair that would change the course of history.
Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII were the Brad and Angelina of their day -- but instead of leaving Jennifer Aniston, the King of England left the throne to follow his bliss. The controversial couple changed the course of history when Edward abdicated and became fodder for the press for years, a feeling to which someone like W.E. director Madonna can certainly relate.
"I think that there's duality to my point of view in the film 'cause on the one hand you can say I take a slightly cynical point of view about romance," Madonna told MTV News.
"And there's no such thing as perfect love. The idea that we are raised -- certainly women, young girls -- that the knight in shining armor is going to come and sweep you off your feet and take you on his stallion and you're going to ride off in the sunset, well that's really rubbish, isn't it?"
"But an intelligent woman gets sidetracked by that notion, and ultimately I have come to the conclusion that we have to save ourselves," she continued. "That said, I still believe in love, and I am a romantic. I hope you get both of those feelings from the film."
"I certainly know what it feels like to be swept off your feet and to feel a deep love and connection to somebody and also be willing to give up things and make sacrifices," she said. "I also know what it feels like to be scrutinized and be under the constant microscope."
"I certainly can relate to all that. I know the agony and ecstasy of love," she continued. "I feel like I'm in a very qualified position to speak of it and make a film about it. Absolutely, for anyone and anything we love [we make sacrifices]. Love equals sacrifice."
W.E. hits theaters on Feb. 3, 2012.