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Swank reveals her accent challenge

Published 16/01/2011 | 00:26

Hilary Swank reckons her hard work on Conviction has paid off
Hilary Swank reckons her hard work on Conviction has paid off

Hilary Swank has revealed perfecting the Massachusetts accent in Conviction was one of the biggest challenges.

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The two-time Oscar winner spent weeks trying to get single mum-turned-attorney Betty Anne Waters' cadence right in Tony Goldwyn's heart-wrenching drama.

"I'm not very good at getting an accent right away - it takes me a long time, especially because this one's very specific," she admitted.

"For eight weeks, I listened to audio tapes of Betty Anne speaking. I listened to the emotion between the lines of what she was saying - what moved her, what angered her, and that was wonderful to be able to have that amount of time to work," Hilary added.

The 36-year-old, who was also executive producer, worked tirelessly on the film, leaving little time for anything else.

"I worked on this daily - over the Christmas holidays and overnights. It's in my heart, I had to do it. There'll be other Christmases with my family," she said.

The commitment and work paid off, with Hilary winning acclaim, receiving a nomination from the Screen Actors Guild and being tipped to score another Oscar nod.

And the real Betty Anne is amazed by the end result, gushing: "Seeing Hilary play me, I can't explain it. I felt like it was really me. Call it therapy, if you will, but I couldn't stop crying."

:: Conviction is in cinemas now.

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