Cinema: Her Silence Is Golden

Samantha Morton steals Woody's latest--without a word

When British actress Samantha Morton got "the Call" from Woody Allen about a possible role, she knew enough to be excited, but not enough to be intimidated. In fact, she hadn't seen any of his movies. And though Morton is--so far--virtually unknown in the U.S., she believed that the audition cut both ways. "I have to decide whether a person is right to direct me," she explains. She knew nothing of the legendary Allen secretiveness: how, for example, he won't let actors see his scripts, just the scenes in which they appear. Morton simply had to read Sweet and Lowdown before...

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