A storm in a pot­ting shed

Townsville Bulletin - - Who’swho -

AMER­I­CAN

ac­tress Re­nee Zell­weger doesn’t know what all the fuss is over her play­ing Bri­tish women.

Zell­weger cre­ated a stir sev­eral years ago when she landed the cov­eted role of the lonely Lon­don ‘singleton’ Brid­get Jones, adapted fromHe­len Field­ing’s best-sell­ing book Brid­get Jones’s Diary. She fa­mously took speech lessons be­fore land­ing the part, beat­ing a host of Bri­tish ac­tresses.

Now she is play­ing an­other Bri­tish fig­ure in Miss Pot­ter, a biopic of English lit­er­ary phe­nom­e­non Beatrix Pot­ter, whose early 20th cen­tury chil­dren’s books, in­clud­ing The Tale of Peter Rab­bit, re­main best­sellers.

Ac­claimed Bri­tish ac­tors Emily Wat­son and Ewan McGre­gor play mere sup­port­ing roles op­po­site the pe­tite blond Texan, who has earned a Golden Globe award nom­i­na­tion for the role.

But Zell­weger says that com­pared to the fic­tional Brid­get Jones, play­ing Pot­ter, who died in 1943, brought dif­fer­ent ex­pec­ta­tions.

‘‘I guess the dif­fer­ence was there are clearly more peo­ple to dis­ap­point,’’ Zell­weger, 37, told Reuters in an in­ter­view.

‘‘I won’t say that He­len Field­ing didn’t cre­ate a char­ac­ter that was em­braced by Bri­tish cul­ture, but Beatrix was a part of the fi­bre of Bri­tish lit­er­a­ture in a very sub­stan­tial way.’’

Re­nee Zell­weger look­ing good against chintz in aid of

Miss Pot­ter

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