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Misfits, loners, the suicidal and the haunted—Rebecca Hall gets under all their skins

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AFTER REBECCA HALL finished shooting the final scene of Christine, her new film about the American newsreader Christine Chubbuck, who, in 1974, blew her brains out on live television, she got in the car that had come to take her off the set. The movie, a small, independent production financed with money Hall helped raise, couldn’t afford trailers, and she was still caked in fake blood; she couldn’t shower until she got back home. “I just remember really shaking for a long time, as I washed the blood off myself,” she says. “Being rigged to a machine that pumps blood, and holding a gun and putting it to your head—it’s like your body doesn’t actually know it’s fake. Because, if I’m doing my job correctly, I’ve convinced my brain that it’s real. The adrenaline response is sort of nuts. You sit under the shower for a bit going, ‘What the hell is going on?’”

+ WOMAN ON THE EDGE: Hall is described by the director of her latest film, Christine, as a “risky perfomer.”
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