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I must give Hilary credit for my first English film: Bips

Bipasha Basu credits Hollywood star Hilary Swank for her English film debut, and says that the multiple Oscar-winning actor has promised to watch Singularity at Cannes next year.

hollywood Updated: Jul 04, 2011 17:57 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times

Bipasha Basu’s maiden Hollywood outing, Roland Joffe’s Singularity is no secret. But few are aware that the actor was encouraged to take up the role by multiple Oscar-winning actor Hilary Swank.

"Yes, I must give Hilary some credit for my first English film," laughs Bipasha, who first met Hilary at the 7 Wonders of the World event in Lisbon in 2007, and saw her again at the recently concluded IIFA in Toronto. "Not many know that she encouraged me to do an English movie during our first meeting in Lisbon. And she is happy that I have acted in my first Hollywood film."

In Toronto, the two actors had a great time discussing Bipasha’s Singularity co-star, Josh Harnett, whom Hilary has also worked with. "We had a great chat about him. He became a talking point for us because Hilary and he did The Black Dahlia (2006) together," says the actor.

Hilary also promised Bipasha that she’d watch her film at the Cannes Film Festival next year. "She told me she’d be there and would watch it. And it would be really great to catch up with her again," she smiles. Bipasha admits that she and Hilary didn’t really keep in touch after their introduction. "But meeting again was fantastic and from now on, I think we’ll be in touch more regularly ," says the actor, adding, "We had a nice, informal chat. In fact, we also discussed what’s happening in our respective lives. She also told me about her shift to Los Angeles from New York." She also praised the star, saying, "She has no hang-ups or snootiness about being a Hollywood star. She’s very down-to-earth and also has a great sense of humour."

Hilary SwankAt IIFA, Bipasha also bonded with another Oscar winner—Cuba Gooding Jr. "He is a totally insane and crazy person. Backstage, I just couldn’t stop laughing with him and on stage too." The actor expresses happiness at seeing Hollywood biggies at a Bollywood event. "It was nice to catch up with them. And it’s great to see them at a Bollywood platform. It clearly shows that our film industry is becoming bigger and powerful," says Bips, who has a packed schedule with her new lot of films including Abbas-Mustan’s, Players.

"I am really caught up but I have no reasons to complain. Players is really a big film and I am yet to shoot for a couple of songs. So, life is quite hectic after Dum Maaro Dum, but I love it," she signs off.
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