Actress Susan Sarandon has called it splits with her much-younger boyfriend, Jonathan Bricklin, because she was sick of filming a reality show that he was said to be enthusiastic about continuing, according to a report by the Page Six column of The New York Post Wednesday.
The 68-year-old Sarandon, best known for her starring roles in the now-iconic 1991 film Thelma and Louise as well as in the 1975 cult-classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, met the 37-year-old Bricklin while on a vacation in Chile about five years ago. Bricklin is the heir to an automobile fortune from his father, independent auto manufacturer and importer Malcolm Bricklin — who at age 75 is only seven years older than Sarandon.
Sarandon has been involved in a string of high-profile romances throughout her career, starting with actor Chris Sarandon — most famous for his role as Al Pacino’s transgendered wife in another 1975 cinema classic, Dog Day Afternoon. After her first marriage broke up, Queens, New York, native Susan Tomalin kept the surname “Sarandon” and has used it professionally ever since.
She has been romantically involved with rock star David Bowie, French art-film director Louis Malle, and Italian director Franco Amurri with whom she had a daughter, Eva Amurri, who appeared in the Showtime series Californication, among other TV roles.
Sarandon’s longest-standing relationship was with actor Tim Robbins, with whom she was together from 1988 to 2009. Though never marrying, the couple parented two sons.
Sarandon took up with Bricklin soon after her split with Robbins, but now, according to Page Six, the inter-generational romance has ended due to a reality show helmed by Super Size Me filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.
The online show Connected involved Spurlock giving cameras to six prominent New York couples and allowing them to film their own daily lives. But while Bricklin was excited about the project, Sarandon quickly grew weary of the apparent privacy invasion, telling Bricklin, “You’re a cast member. I’m not,” according to a source who spoke to Page Six.
Sarandon had earlier asserted that she and Bricklin were “not an ordinary couple,” and that the two did not actually live together.
Susan Sarandon said that her attraction to the much younger Bricklin, the founder of a trendy New York nightspot where celebrities and members of the city’s fashion elite gather to play ping pong, was based on his “soul.” But that attraction appears to have cooled now that Bricklin has become the latest in the Bull Durham star’s series of romantic splits.
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