Portland native Anna Kendrick originally nervous about new movie role

Posted Oct. 09, 2011, at 9:23 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 09, 2011, at 10:26 a.m.
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PORTLAND, Maine — Portland’s Anna Kendrick says her Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for “Up in the Air” with George Clooney led to more offers. She says the challenge was to find something different.

She found something different in her latest film, “50/50,” a comedy about cancer, in which she plays a young, inexperienced therapist whose patient is told he has a 50-50 chance of survival. Based on a true story, the film was written by cancer survivor Will Reiser.

Kendrick tells the Portland Press Herald that the idea of a comedy about cancer made her nervous until she saw the script.

She has two more movies in 2012, a religious comedy “Rapturepalooza” with Craig Robinson and a police drama, “End of Watch,” with Jake Gyllenhaal.

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