Acclaimed actress Jacqueline Bisset's new film The Sleepy Time Gal debuting Friday on the Sundance Channel took more than two years of on-and-off shooting to finish. Instead of being annoyed at the time consuming process, though, she feels it helped her get closer to her terminally-ill character.
"I was able to get perspective on different times of her life," the 57-year-old tells TV Guide Online. "I was able to work physically on myself to get some of my energy back for the 'well' parts and then lose it for the 'tired' parts.
"What was great about it," Bisset adds, "was that each time we started to work, I felt really fresh, rather than get worn out on the shoot and [feel] harassed by the production to hurry up and shoot, shoot, shoot. Which so often happens. We had these intense little periods where we'd arrive and attack [a specific] section. I liked it."
What she is
miffed about is losing a favorite Sleep
scene to the cutting room floor, due to a technical problem. It featured her having an irate face off with a bus driver. "I was a bitch, basically," boasts Bisset, a frequent portrayer of Biblical heroines. "We weren't able to use the scene and I was really upset because I wanted to play a disagreeable person. It is so fun to be this nasty; I am never allowed to play [those parts]."