Actress Sarah Paulson signed on for new movie Glass without reading the script, even though her role was originally written for a man.
The Ocean’s 8 star joins Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller, the follow-up to his movies Unbreakable and Split. She plays a psychiatrist tasked with treating patients who believe they are superheroes.
Director Shyamalan initially wrote the part with a male in mind, but he ended up offering the gig to Paulson – and she didn’t hesitate to accept.
“I went in and took it from that man! I don’t know who that man was, but I’m sorry to you!” she joked on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America about portraying Dr. Ellie Staple.
“I think not much of the dialogue changed, which was great, because they didn’t try to soften her or feminise her in any way, they just kept her authority and her strength, which was really cool,” she added.
Sarah also didn’t think too much about what her role would entail before taking on the job, because she was more interested in the opportunity offered to her.
“I said yes without reading the script, which could be crazy,” she admitted, “but I basically do that with (anthology TV series) American Horror Story every year and never know what the character’s going to be, so it’s sort of in my blood at this point to just go, ‘Yeah, I wanna work with M. Night Shyamalan and Sam (Jackson) and all these people’. So I think it was a good dice roll.”
Glass is released in cinemas across America this weekend (beg18Jan19).
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