What’s open­ing with Sam Cleve­land

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USSIE ac­tor Rose Byrne has been praised for her comedic per­for­mances in movies such as Brides­maids, but for one scene in her new film I Give it a Year, there was no act­ing re­quired.

Byrne con­fesses she is ter­ri­fied of birds, so when it came time to film a scene in which cos­tar Simon Baker re­leases two doves into a room with a ceil­ing fan, her hi­lar­i­ous re­ac­tions are her los­ing it for real.

‘‘That’s real fear on my face,’’ she says.

‘‘I didn’t re­alise how ter­ri­fied I would be (but) I could barely do the scene.

‘‘And what was crazy was Simon Baker was not fazed. I mean, those birds were stand­ing on his head (and) he did not flinch.

‘‘I was jump­ing on the floor. I couldn’t talk. I was cry­ing. I was a wreck.’’

The scene is one of the stand-out mo­ments in I Give it a Year, a new ro­man­tic com­edy from pro­duc­tion com­pany Work­ing Ti­tle, who made Love Ac­tu­ally and Brid­get Jones’s Di­ary.

I Give it a Year was writ­ten and di­rected by Dan Mazer, best known for work­ing with Sacha Baron Co­hen on ev­ery­thing from Da Ali G Show to Bo­rat and Bruno.

Mazer’s aim was to sub­vert the usual cliches that come with your typ­i­cal ro­man­tic come­dies. In par­tic­u­lar, he wanted the au­di­ence to be root­ing for the new­ly­wed cou­ple – up­tight Nat (Byrne) and man-child Josh (Rafe Spall) – to break up rather than stay to­gether. De­spite that, Byrne says it’s ul­ti­mately a ro­man­tic movie.

‘‘It’s about find­ing the right per­son and not just mar­ry­ing be­cause you think you should,’’ she says.

‘‘Ro­man­tic com­edy is such a dif­fi­cult genre be­cause it’s been done end­lessly.’’

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