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Oscar Watch: Janet McTeer Talks Gender-Bending Albert Nobbs and Glenn Close

Oscar Watch: Janet McTeer Talks Gender-Bending Albert Nobbs and Glenn Close

Janet McTeer didn’t mean to steal the gender-bender drama “Albert Nobbs” from its writer-producer-star, Glenn Close, who developed and willed the $8-million period film into being. But McTeer does, partly because the tall powerful stage actress (Oscar-nominated for “Tumbleweeds”) has the showier part as free-wheeling house painter Hubert. Actors will recognize the degree of difficulty for the diminutive Close, whose character is locked in a 30-year prison, passing as a man in 19th century Dublin. While Nobbs is closed in, lonely and isolated, hiding behind a mask, frightened of any disturbance in her world, Hubert owns the physicality and freedom of a man–and lives with a woman. My video interview with McTeer is below.

Here’s an “Albert Nobbs” review round-up; I also interviewed Close here and Mia Wasikowska here. The movie will open limited on December 31 in advance of a wider January release.

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