Holly Hunter convincingly played a hard-driving TV producer in the 1987 movie “Broadcast News” — “convincingly” being just about the only way Holly Hunter knows how to play a role. Jane Pauley has our Sunday Profile:
Holly Hunter is only 5-foot-2, but on screen she packs a powerful punch, whether playing a scene-stealing secretary or a detective battling inner demons.
“Even very ordinary people, upon closer examination, can often look extraordinary,” Hunter said. “And I’ve played a lot of everyday kind of people who normally might not have a lens trained on them.”
Hunter digs deep into her characters. Consider “The Piano,” which won her an Oscar in the role of a 19th century woman who is mute.
“There were no words in ‘The Piano,’ but there was a lot of communication with your hands,” said Pauley. “And you made up that language?”
“I hired somebody who was a sign language interpreter. And then we kind of created one that would look good with my hands, and something that I felt comfortable with that would be creative.”