Sarah Polley puts a "Splice" in Hollywood career

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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A few years ago, actress Sarah Polley became a bonafide filmmaker, walking Oscars' red carpet with her 2006 directing debut "Away From Her," which earned her a best adapted screenplay nomination.

With that kind of success, one might think the former child star, now 31 years-old, would give up life in front of the camera and take a permanent seat in a director's chair, but Polley has a mind of her own. She wants both.

On Friday, she stars in sci-fi horror thriller "Splice," portraying a scientist in a human engineering experiment run amok. It is her first major movie acting role since the success of low-budget Alzheimer's drama "Away From Her." And working on the film was a chance for Polley to take a break and follow someone else's lead, she said, before returning to directing.

"It was great to abdicate control over everything," she told Reuters in a recent interview.

In "Splice," Polley takes the part of Elsa, who teams with another scientist, played by Adrien Brody, to splice human DNA and create a being that is both human and beast.

Dren possesses some human features but also has hoofs and a tail, and as the movie unfolds, Dren grows other appendages and shows abilities that inevitably lead to big trouble.

The scientists' dream of creating a superhuman being, as represented by Dren, slowly becomes a nightmare and they have to either contain it or kill it.

"The film explores what would happen if science was totally unregulated and two people could go into a back room and do whatever they wanted," Polley said. "Elsa is almost insane with her vision and ambition, and I'm not like that at all. To play someone who is driven like that was fascinating. She's probably the most interesting character I have ever played as a woman."   Continued...

 
<p>Actress Sarah Polley who stars in the upcoming movie "Splice" poses for a portrait in Hollywood, California May 22, 2010. A few years ago, actress Sarah Polley became a bonafide filmmaker, walking Oscars' red carpet with her 2006 directing debut "Away From Her," which earned her a best adapted screenplay nomination. On Friday, she stars in sci-fi horror thriller "Splice," portraying a scientist in a human engineering experiment run amok. Picture taken May 22, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>