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Monday 21 April 2014

Rampling: We wooed Byrne for role

Charlotte Rampling and Barnaby Southcombe were desperate to get Gabriel Byrne for their film

Charlotte Rampling has revealed she and her director son Barnaby Southcombe "wooed" Gabriel Byrne to star in new film I, Anna.

The Irish actor plays Bernie, a detective and the love interest of Charlotte's character in the movie, about a divorcee who becomes involved in a murder investigation after a man she meets at a singles' night is killed.

"We wooed Gabriel to do this film because I knew Gabriel was the absolutely perfect person to play Bernie," Charlotte said.

Charlotte joked that she and Barnaby instigated a "mother and son heist" to get Gabriel to sign up.

"I was going to New York to do something, a film I was there for a few days for. He'd had the script and he'd said, 'Well I don't know, I'm very busy, I love Charlotte but I don't know', and I said 'Look, I'm going to be there' and we found out through Gabriel's agent he was going to be there just that day.

"I said 'Barnaby, get on a plane' so Barnaby got on a plane and we literally caught Gabriel - he was at the Mercer Hotel and he was leaving the next day and I was just in there for two days. Barnaby came in especially, and we just 'whoosh', we grabbed each other. And then we didn't have the film, we didn't have the production, we didn't have the money, but it just gelled then."

Charlotte said she could see similarities between herself and her character.

"There's a lot of Anna in the character that I am. There's many different phases in my life that could almost be parallel to certain parts of Anna, that Barnaby has seen as a child or an adolescent. You see different states of mind, different states of being that your mother can go through, maybe not understanding or asking, but you absorb it," she added.

:: I, Anna is released on Friday December 7.

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