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Ellen Burstyn Has Been Praised For Her Role In ‘Pieces Of A Woman’



Ellen said: “It was never really my intention to be a movie star. “I always wanted to be as good as I could possibly be.

That kind of goal leads you in a different direction to wanting be a star, which can be a frightful experience. The fact that I’m still working at 88 tells me I did what I wanted to do.”

Ellen stars in ‘Pieces of a Woman’ as Elizabeth Weiss the formidable mother to Martha (Vanessa Kirby) who is grieving after a homebirth goes tragically wrong and she has opened up on a powerful scene in which she persuades Martha to testify in court against the midwife who contributed to the baby’s death through a speech.

Speaking to The Guardian newspaper, she said: “That speech kept growing.

“Before I did my take, Vanessa said, ‘Convince me.’ Because her character had been resistant to the idea of court. I did the speech the way it was and then, just as I finished, I had the realisation that I had not convinced her as needed.

“So I carried on talking, and I did that part about, ‘Speak your truth, tell them how it is for you.’ How I said it, I don’t remember. It just came out of me. I was in the scene, you know? The fiction was the reality at that point. When I got to the end, I felt I had, in fact, made her want to go to court.”

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