Anna Paquin ‘incredibly happy’ with seven-word role in The Irishman

Anna Paquin has shut down “endearing” criticism over her seven-word role in The Irishman, insisting she is “incredibly happy” with how the movie turned out.The Oscar winner plays Robert De Niro’s adult daughter Peggy in Martin Scorsese’s Netflix mob dr…

Anna Paquin has shut down “endearing” criticism over her seven-word role in The Irishman, insisting she is “incredibly happy” with how the movie turned out.

The Oscar winner plays Robert De Niro’s adult daughter Peggy in Martin Scorsese’s Netflix mob drama, which attracted criticism from furious fans online over her limited use in the flick.

“I had more lines in the Nativity play I was in when I was seven than Anna Paquin has in The Irishman,” wrote one disgruntled viewer, while another joked, “Teacher says every time Anna Paquin talks in The Irishman, Cats gets a good review.”

However, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the True Blood actress dismissed the backlash, explaining: “It’s very endearing when people think they are fighting a fight on your behalf, but not really necessary. I’m incredibly happy.

“I have such a tiny little role in the film, and I was so excited to get to be a part of it in the first place, and all of this (awards recognition) is just the icing on the cake.”

The 37-year-old went on to admit that, even though she knew the role was small, she had no doubts about signing up for the project.

“I just can’t picture any actor on the planet going, ‘Yeah, I don’t want to work with Martin Scorsese and every single living legend in our field’, ” Paquin quipped.

De Niro previously insisted that he thought his co-star’s portrayal of Peggy was perfect for the film.

“She was very powerful and that’s what it was,” he told USA Today. “Maybe in other scenes, there could’ve been some interaction between Frank and her possibly, but that’s how it was done. She’s terrific and it resonates.”

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Robert De Niro defends Anna Paquin’s few lines in The Irishman

Robert De Niro has defended Anna Paquin’s seven-word role in The Irishman, insisting the actress is “very powerful” despite her few lines.Martin Scorsese’s new film tells the story of former mob boss Frank Sheeran, who claims to have murdered labour un…

Robert De Niro has defended Anna Paquin’s seven-word role in The Irishman, insisting the actress is “very powerful” despite her few lines.

Martin Scorsese’s new film tells the story of former mob boss Frank Sheeran, who claims to have murdered labour union chief Jimmy Hoffa. Hoffa vanished without a trace in 1975 and was declared dead in 1982.

Paquin stars as Peggy Sheeran, the daughter of De Niro’s criminal character, in the epic.

Following Jimmy’s murder, Peggy asks her father: “Why? Why?” When he replies, “Why what?”, she says, “Why haven’t you called Jo?”

Those are the only words Paquin says in the whole film, which many fans have criticised – accusing Scorsese and producers of underusing the Oscar-winning star.

However, in a new interview with USA Today, De Niro insisted he thought Paquin’s portrayal of Peggy was perfect for the film.

“She was very powerful and that’s what it was,” he said. “Maybe in other scenes, there could’ve been some interaction between Frank and her possibly, but that’s how it was done. She’s terrific and it resonates.”

Scorsese previously responded to chatter surrounding the character, who is one of few women in the production, noting he believes she communicates a great deal without dialogue.

“I kept asking (screenwriter) Steve Zaillian if we can layer her in the story,” the filmmaker commented during a Directors Guild event. “I decided that she doesn’t have to say anything. You see your father do something like that, I’m sorry. … You see him crush the guy’s hand like that, other kids maybe, but this kid couldn’t take it. She looks at him. She knows he’s up to something… Anna ultimately was amazing in the looks.”

The Irishman, also starring Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Ray Romano, and Bobby Cannavale, is now showing in select cinemas and on Netflix.

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Anna Paquin shoots down rumours she was ordered to take role in The Irishman

Anna Paquin has stepped in to settle rumours she was “ordered” to take a role in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.The True Blood actress made headlines after it was revealed her character in the mob drama has only six words of dialogue, with film comment…

Anna Paquin has stepped in to settle rumours she was “ordered” to take a role in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.

The True Blood actress made headlines after it was revealed her character in the mob drama has only six words of dialogue, with film commentators claiming she was forced to be a part of the film. However, the 37-year-old has set the record straight by sharing and responding to a tweet from writer Sasha Stone.

“The idea that Scorsese ordered Anna Paquin to be in his movie is hilarious,” Stone wrote on the social media site. “Guys, I hate to break it to you but it doesn’t work that way. Here is how it works: ‘here is a part in the new Scorsese movie that’s pretty important but there’s not a lot of–‘ ‘I’LL TAKE IT!.'”

Anna then quoted the tweet and issued her own response.

“Nope, nobody was doing any ‘ordering’. I auditioned for the privilege of joining the incredible cast of @TheIrishmanFilm and I’m incredibly proud to get to be a part of this film,” Paquin posted.

Paquin stars as Peggy Sheeran, the daughter of Robert De Niro’s criminal character Frank Sheeran, in the epic.

Scorsese previously responded to chatter surrounding the character, who is one of few women in the production, noting he believes she communicates a great deal without dialogue.

“I kept asking (screenwriter) Steve Zaillian if we can layer her in the story,” he said during a Directors Guild event last month. “I decided that she doesn’t have to say anything. You see your father do something like that, I’m sorry. … You see him crush the guy’s hand like that, other kids maybe, but this kid couldn’t take it. She looks at him. She knows he’s up to something… Anna ultimately was amazing in the looks.”

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Dakota Johnson appears to have closed signature tooth gap

Dakota Johnson appears to have undergone dental work to have her signature tooth gap closed.The Fifty Shades of Grey actress is known for having a small space between her upper two front teeth, and in a video for Vanity Fair in 2017, even demonstrated …

Dakota Johnson appears to have undergone dental work to have her signature tooth gap closed.

The Fifty Shades of Grey actress is known for having a small space between her upper two front teeth, and in a video for Vanity Fair in 2017, even demonstrated how she could put various objects into the gap, including toothpicks, a credit card, a cherry stem, a twig and cash.

However, following Dakota’s appearance at The Peanut Butter Falcon premiere in Hollywood last Thursday night, eagle-eyed fans noticed that it looked like she had the gap closed entirely.

A close-up photo of the star smiling at the premiere appears to confirm the speculation, though the 29-year-old has yet to comment on whether or not she had a recent trip to the dentist.

In light of the transformation, a number of Dakota’s fans have taken to Twitter to express their thoughts on her new look.

One user wrote, “Logged on to find out that Dakota Johnson, the only person who should have a gap in their teeth, got rid of hers…,” while another asked, “Is grieving over Dakota Johnson fixing her tooth gap a valid reason to not work?”

Yet, a third commenter showed support for Dakota, and praised: “I just found out Dakota Johnson fixed her tooth gap and I’m kinda sad because that was like her brand but if it makes her feel better I’m all for it u go queen (sic).”

Elsewhere, followers posted video montages in honour of Dakota’s famed tooth gap.

Other celebrities known for having gap teeth include Anna Paquin, Elijah Wood, Lara Stone, Madonna, and even Dakota’s rumoured boyfriend, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

The Peanut Butter Falcon, also starring Shia LaBeouf and Bruce Dern, is slated to open in U.S. cinemas on Friday.

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Anna Paquin studied beekeeping for new role

Anna Paquin conquered her fear of bees for her new movie by actually studying the stingers close-up. The actress plays a bee-keeper in new period film Tell It to the Bees and when she learned director Annabel Jankel was planning to use the real thing …

Anna Paquin conquered her fear of bees for her new movie by actually studying the stingers close-up.

The actress plays a bee-keeper in new period film Tell It to the Bees and when she learned director Annabel Jankel was planning to use the real thing instead of computerised bees, she realised she would have to face her fears.

“I got to learn how to work the beehives,” she tells WENN. “That was intimidating and scary and also exhilarating. In the film you do see my character doing a lot of real live working of and tending to the beehives. We did shoot that, for real, with live bees and with me doing all of it. That was skills I did not previously have that I had to learn and that was really exciting.

“I was terrified of bees but I also didn’t know a lot about them. I didn’t know under what circumstances they will or won’t attack or the hive politics. I didn’t know that they’re particular about weather. I didn’t know what conditions makes them more amenable to being checked or poked around with. Or what you’re looking for when you go into the hive and open it up.

“Ultimately, it’s about protecting the queen, because she lays the egg that will make the next queen, so if you come at the hive incorrectly they send out guard bees to come and get rid of you. If you feel like you’re being chased away, it’s because they’re coming to protect their queen.

“There’s lots of ways you work, approaching from the side as opposed to the front, how much smoke you use because it subdues them a little bit. Loads of stuff that I had no idea about. One of the amazing things about my job is that you get an opportunity to learn new skills that you never normally would have in real life.”

Jankel also hired a “bee whisperer” for the film in an effort to make sure cast and crew were safe.

Peter Hopfgartner used a range of herbs and mixed scents to entice the bees to behave in the way filming demanded, even sleeping next to the hives so they would be accustomed to his presence.

Only one crew member was stung, besides the bee wrangler himself.

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Melissa Leo didn’t hesitate to accept The Parting Glass role

Actress Melissa Leo jumped at the opportunity to reunite with Anna Paquin on new movie The Parting Glass, even though she was warned filmmakers had no money for the project. The movie is actor Stephen Moyer’s directorial debut, and he recruited his wi…

Actress Melissa Leo jumped at the opportunity to reunite with Anna Paquin on new movie The Parting Glass, even though she was warned filmmakers had no money for the project.

The movie is actor Stephen Moyer’s directorial debut, and he recruited his wife Paquin to star in and co-produce the dark drama, about a family struggling to come to terms with the suicide of a sibling.

Together with screenwriter and co-star Denis O’Hare, they managed to use their connections to recruit Leo, Cynthia Nixon, Rhys Ifans, and Ed Asner for the independent film, even though the budget was slim.

Oscar winner Paquin was upfront about the financing when she reached out to Leo, her co-star in a 2004 New York theatre production of Neil LaBute’s The Distance From Here, but that wasn’t of concern to the Frozen River actress – and she didn’t even get to the end of the screenplay before agreeing to join the cast.

“Melissa and I had done an off Broadway play years ago and stayed in touch,” Anna recalled to Variety. “I emailed her the script, told her we had no money. She read a third of it and said, ‘I’m in’.”

Paquin reveals Sex and the City star Cynthia happened to be a friend of O’Hare’s, while Moyer was already pals with Ifans, but scoring industry veteran Asner was a real surprise.

“He was a gift from the gods,” she smiled. “We didn’t have any connection (to him). He read it and it was an immediate yes.”

The topic of mental health is central to the story of The Parting Glass, which is based on O’Hare’s personal experience, and Paquin explains the timeliness of the subject matter was what drew her and Moyer to the project.

“We always wanted this to be part of the de-stigmatisation and discussion of mental health issues by sharing a personal story,” she said. “(If we have open conversations), then perhaps people in their desperate moments might not feel they cannot reach out.”

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