She’s very funny, kind of fierce. She swears a lot. As they say in Amer­ica, she has a potty mouth

Rachel Weisz on play­ing Deb­o­rah Lip­stadt, the wo­man who branded au­thor David Irv­ing a holo­caust de­nier

The Herald - Arts - - COVER STORY -

RIGHT now Rachel Weisz is in New York where she lives but she’s think­ing of Ed­in­burgh. Out of her win­dow she can see the Brook­lyn and Man­hat­tan Bridges. If she turns around and looks north the Em­pire State Build­ing is in her eye line. But in her head, though, she is cur­rently walk­ing Ed­in­burgh’s High Street.

“If you’re go­ing down the Royal Mile, on the cob­bled bit – is it still cob­bledy? – there is that sharp bend that goes down on the left and I be­lieve there is still a jacket potato shop there. Do you know it? That’s the best, best place I’ve ever eaten. I dream of those jacket pota­toes with tuna may­on­naise.”

There was a time when Weisz, now a film star and mar­ried to a film star (Daniel Craig, as if I have to tell you), was a reg­u­lar in Ed­in­burgh. Rachel then, you might say. Or Rachel be­fore: be­fore she started turn­ing up in Bri­tish in­die movies and Hol­ly­wood block­busters like The Mummy, be­fore she won an

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