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Kate Winslet fought to keep her belly and wrinkles in ‘Mare of Easttown’

Kate Winslet objected to her 'belly' being retouched in a sex scene.


Audra Schroeder

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Posted on Jun 1, 2021   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 12:42 pm CDT

Limited series Mare of Easttown ended its buzzed-about first season on Sunday night, after a kerfuffle over Stephen King’s “spoiler” tweet and the tried-and-true HBO Max crash.

Much of the show’s praise went to Kate Winslet for her portrayal of vaping, beer-swigging, no-nonsense detective Mare Sheehan, who became a relatable if enigmatic figure. In a New York Times interview posted after the finale, Winslet said she “loved her marks and her scars and her faults and her flaws and the fact that she has no off switch, no stop button.”

Winslet also revealed that when director Craig Zobel promised to cut “a bulgy bit of belly” from her sex scene with Guy Pearce, she responded: “Don’t you dare!” She also objected to promo photos that removed the lines from around her eyes.

“She’s a fully functioning, flawed woman with a body and a face that moves in a way that is synonymous with her age and her life and where she comes from,” Winslet told the Times. “I think we’re starved of that a bit.”

Both Zobel and series creator/writer Brad Ingelsby have noted that while the series was always intended to be one season, they might be open to another season—if the story is good enough.

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*First Published: Jun 1, 2021, 11:16 am CDT