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Mark Rylance in 'Bridge of Spies' (Photo: DreamWorks Studios)

British actor Mark Rylance gives an outstanding turn with his portrayal of a Russian spy operating in the U.S. in Steven Spielberg’s new Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies.

When the actor is asked how he rates working with Spielberg, he responds: “Oh terrible, absolutely terrible, the lowest of the low!”

He is, of course, joking because he holds the American director in very high esteem. “Steven makes it look very easy, and you feel everything’s possible on set. You don’t feel he’s ever in a panic, and you feel he’s very present and open and enthusiastic about what’s happening,” says the actor.

Rylance felt Steven Spielberg gave him room to portray his character. “I never felt he was trying to shoehorn me into some plan he had. I felt he was very curious about where I was and what I had to bring to it,” he says.

Mark Rylance seems to have got it just right. He’s best known for his stage work, but Bridge of Spies may change all that because he’s the breakout star of the film.

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By Tom Brook