Jamie Bell talks working with ‘master’ actress Annette Bening (VIDEO)

Cast members Annette Bening and Jamie Bell arrive for the special screening of ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles November 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

LONDON, Nov 14 — British actor Jamie Bell told Reuters TV felt he was “going to be so exposed” working opposite four-times Oscar-nominated actor Annette Bening on new romance Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

The Billy Elliot Bafta winner called The Kids Are All Right Academy Awards nominee Bening a “master of her craft”, but found that he was treated as her acting equal.

The pair fully supported each other’s decisions throughout filming.

Based on a real-life story, Bell plays Liverpudlian actor Peter Turner, the former lover of Oscar-winning star of The Big Heat, In a Lonely Place and The Bad and the Beautiful, Gloria Grahame (Bening).

Decades after rising to fame in Hollywood, Grahame collapses in a Lancaster Hotel in 1981 while treading the boards in a modest theatre production.

She reaches out to Turner and asks him to take her back to Liverpool and his family home, to the care of his sympathetic mother (Julie Walters).

This brings back memories of Peter and Gloria’s grand affair. Bell said it was important to “render something for them that is at least close or reminiscent to what they actually experienced” when portraying real-life characters and events.

He called Peter “gracious and generous” to trust the story to be told for the big screen. Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is released in UK cinemas on November 17. — Reuters