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Best known for horror sequels, she has radically reinvented herself in her latest role: an alcoholic teacher who vomits in class

Straight off the bat, I tell Mary Elizabeth Winstead that she looks like crap in her new film. Those crushed eyes squinting out of a waxy face, the hair like oil-slick seaweed, the rag-doll posture. She takes it rather well. "This was not the movie where you wanted to be spending hours in makeup," she says. Or minutes, come to that. The film is Smashed and the smashee in question is Kate, a Los Angeles primary school teacher failing miserably to keep her alcoholism under wraps. In the first scene, she wets the bed. Dozing beside her is her husband (played by Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul); he is also an alcoholic, which explains why his response to waking up in her urine is very much in the "Oh, »

- Ryan Gilbey

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