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Akerman relishes the challenging roles

Malin Akerman, the instant fanboy sensation as Laura Jupiter/Silk Spectre II in <em>Watchmen</em>, is nothing if not diverse.

Malin Akerman, the instant fanboy sensation as Laura Jupiter/Silk Spectre II in Watchmen, is nothing if not diverse.


She is replacing Lindsay Lohan in Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story, and she recently appeared as a cancer patient in Happythankyoumoreplease.


Now, Akerman plays news photo editor Robin Comley in the fact-based drama, The Bang Bang Club, set during the final days of apartheid in South Africa.


Playing Comley gave Akerman the chance to try something new. Her job was to stay calm and keep her team of combat photographers on track as the nation came apart at the seams.


It was a role Akerman found challenging, difficult and — on one occasion — chilling.


She and co-star Ryan Phillippe were filming in a township shack where deadly attacks had occurred. Akerman told writer director Steven Silver she had to leave.


“It was just this was a real moment. I asked Robin how she could handle it. She said 'We can. This is all you can do. I was cool as a cucumber; I had to keep it together for everybody.'


"I told her she was my hero. I would have gone a different way with it."

 
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