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WAITING FOR THE RIGHT PART

Following a four-year hiatus from the movies, Rosie Perez wasn't interested in returning to the big screen for a minor role.

So when she was offered the part of a receptionist in "24 Hour Woman," which opens Friday, the 34-year-old actress did some fast talking to persuade director Nancy Savoca to give her a bigger part.

"I said to her: 'I know you think I'm loud because of the press you read, but it's not true. I have the ability to do this -- all I need is the opportunity. . . . I want the lead and I want to produce. Here's my resume,' " Perez recalled for Sunday's Daily News.

"I just got tired of being offered this and that -- I was like, 'I'm better than that,' " she said. "I'm not great but I'm trying to get the opportunity to be great."

In the new movie, Perez -- whose high-pitched Brooklyn voice echoed throughout the 1989 Spike Lee film "Do the Right Thing" -- takes on the role of a "well-rounded, complex" television producer who decides to share her pregnancy with the show's audience.

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