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For theater-trained actress Annette Bening, performing is all about adapting.

After years doing theater productions in San Francisco and New York, Bening suddenly found herself in front of a movie camera.

"When I first started doing movies, it struck me as so bizarre that you would be acting for two minutes at a time -- just walk through a door and scream, whatever those little moments were," Bening said in Sunday's Daily News. "Because I came from that other perspective, where you're doing 45 minutes of acting. I didn't understand it."

After posting film credits including "The Grifters," "Mars Attacks!" "Postcards From the Edge," "Bugsy" and "The Siege," Bening returned to theater work, doing eight performances each week of "Hedda Gabler."

"Slowly over the last 10 years, I've evolved into a film actress, so when I was rehearsing the play I realized I'd forgotten what it was like," Bening said. "It struck me one day in rehearsal -- I was about halfway through the play and I just thought: 'I can't concentrate anymore. Why does this go on so long?' Just emotionally to stay concentrated for that length of time was new to me."

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