October 15, 2010 by Post Team
She played the cross-dressing murder victim Brandon Teena in Boys Do not Cry “, the suffragist Alice Paul in” Iron Jawed Angels, educator Erin Gruwell in “Freedom Writers” and aviatrix Amelia Earhart in “Amelia.”
Swank’s latest film continues the tradition. In “Conviction,” opening Friday, the actress describes Betty Anne Waters, a waitress and single mother in rural Massachusetts who became a lawyer to handle the case of his brother (Sam Rockwell) Kenny, who is jailed for a murder he n ‘t commit.
The action begins in 1980 with the murder of Katharina Brow, a waitress who was stabbed in his mobile home and robbed of $ 1800. Kenny Waters was questioned and released. But when two of his ex-girlfriends said he confessed to the murders he was convicted of the crime and sentenced to life without parole.
Betty Anne never thought his brother was guilty. Who are struggling to get him out of prison but without money for lawyers, she promised to earn him a call. But first she had to put in high school, college and finally law school.
“Conviction,” co-star Juliette Lewis, Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, has been compared to “Erin Brockovich” by the Hollywood Reporter, who raved about the narrative lively director Tony Goldwyn and the locomotive Swank emotional a performance.
Swank, 36, believes the film represents some of his finest work.
“Conviction” and “Million Dollar Baby,” they were the best experiences I’ve ever had in my career, “said the actress.
Waters, who has seen the film three times, is a big fan of Swank’s performance.
“I would give it an A +,” she said. “Watching the movie is like watching me on screen.”
For Swank, who plays a real life character represents a particular challenge.
“It’s challenging, especially when the person is still alive,” she said. “You want to do justice to their experiences, especially when there is a story as beautiful as Mary Anne. Betty is my hero in real life.”
In making the film, Hilary Swank and water rose near, but first, Swank was wary of meeting with his alter ego.
“I did not answer him because I did not want to do a parody of (his),” says the actress. “I wanted to understand his heart, and I wanted to understand where his passion and drive and unconditional love for his brother came. So for weeks, I listened to tons of stories she had shared with Tony. ”
Swank anxiety to come face to face with water melted shortly after Sam Rockwell joined the cast.
“When Sam came on board, it was like, ‘I want to meet Betty Anne! I want to meet the family! I want to meet everyone! I said, ‘OK, I’ll go with you, because I thought it would be a great bonding experience for us, playing a brother and a sister, Betty Anne to meet together. So that’s when we were all in a car, Sam and Tony and me, and drove to visit Betty Anne and her family. ”
According to the director Tony Goldwyn, the chemistry between Swank and water was instant. “They really connected,” he said. “I could see immediately that Hilary was able to play the role, she was in her bones.”
Rockwell believes Swank has been specially adapted for water play. “Hilary is so tenacious,” he said. “She is a strong sense of nature. There is a sweetness about her, but she is also very difficult.”
Goldwyn adds, “Both Hilary and Betty Anne started with nothing, and they let their passions drive them. There are many similarities between the two. ”
Swank could indeed relate to water at different levels. As the waters, she dropped out of high school and started working before his 18th birthday. The actress, born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and grew up in a trailer park Bellingham, Washington, made its debut at 9 years old when she played in a school production of “The Jungle Book.”
When she was 13, his parents separated, and Swank and her mother moved to Los Angeles to Swank could pursue a career in showbiz. The couple lived out of their car until the mother Swank could afford to rent an apartment.
After registration at South Pasadena High School, Swank dropped out when she began landing guest appearances on television shows like “Evening Shade” and “Growing Pains.” His career took off in 1994 when she ACED the lead role in “The Next Karate Kid, but only four years later, she felt like a has-been when it was written for” Beverly Hills 90210 “after only 16 episodes.
Later, Swank admitted she briefly considered giving up acting. She recalls thinking: “If I’m not good enough for ’90210, ‘I’m not good enough for anything.”
Less than a year later, however, Swank won the role of career transformation Brandon Teena in Boys Do not Cry. “She has earned and 3,000 for the film, but she won almost every award imaginable, including the Golden Globe and an Oscar. (Later, she won another Oscar for best actress for playing a boxer determined” Million Dollar Baby. “)
“The Academy Awards gave me the opportunity to play roles more as Brandon Teena and Betty Anne Waters,” Swank said. “I mean there is no doubt that, as an actor, my passion lies in playing such characters as Betty Anne. Thus, the Oscars gave me the opportunity to continue to explore areas of human spirit that inspire me. ”
Swank hopes “Conviction” inspires closer to a legal system that allows people without money and muscle to hustle law for crimes they did not commit.
“It’s amazing to me that these things can happen. I mean it leaves me speechless. When you think of Kenny in jail for a murder he did not commit … People live at the moment is that life, now that we’re sitting here, free, talks about it. It is unfathomable, but I hope talking about it can help the situation. Even if it’s a small step, c ‘ is a step. “
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