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Toibin writes in praise of Saoirse
09 Feb 2016 15:03
Colm Tóibín has praised Saoirse Ronan's performance in the big screen adaptation of his novel Brooklyn saying he enjoyed observing the "wonderfully expressive" Oscar nominee at work.
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In a feature piece for New York magazine, entitled Saoirse Ronan's New York, the novelist recalled filming a cameo in the film which saw him dressed in an old suit and cap, lining up in front of Ronan with other immigrants waiting to enter America. While filming was under way, Tóibín said he enjoyed watching the star at work and in between takes.
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"As we waited each time for the scene to be reshot, I observed how funny she was, how ready to be amused even by the smallest thing, how willing to appear ordinary, as though starring in the film were no big deal," he said.
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"But then, when it would come time to work, she would change completely. She would adjust her posture, look around carefully as though deliberately pulling the light in toward her wonderfully expressive face. She created a barrier around herself. There were no more jokes, and there was nothing self-deprecating about her," he added.
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