The Commercial Appeal

Judi Dench says degenerati­ve eye condition making acting harder


Judi Dench is opening up about the challenges brought on by her degenerati­ve eye condition, revealing it has made reading scripts harder.

According to People and Deadline, the British actress, 88, said on “The Graham Norton Show” Friday that learning lines has become more difficult as her eyesight continues to worsen due to macular degenerati­on.

“It has become impossible, and because I have a photograph­ic memory, I need to find a machine that not only teaches me my lines but also tells me where they appear on the page,” she said. “I used to find it very easy to learn lines and remember them. I could do the whole of (William Shakespear­e’s) ‘Twelfth Night’ right now.”

Dench previously addressed her condition during a 2021 Vision Foundation benefit, according to The Guardian, which reported her comments at

the time.

Zelenskyy ‘born for this moment,’ Sean Penn says at Berlin

Just hours before Russia began its invasion of Ukraine nearly a year ago, actor Sean Penn had his first on-camera meeting with the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“It was as if he was realizing himself, that he was born for this moment,” Penn recalled in an interview with The Associated Press at the 73rd Berlin Internatio­nal Film Festival on Saturday, a day after the festival premiere of his documentar­y “Superpower.”

Penn and his co-director Aaron Kaufman were in Kyiv to film a profile of the comedic actor-turned-president when the war broke out. It would be the image of the president walking into the room for that first interview that would have the biggest impact on Penn.

“It’s hard to explain, but there was a

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