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Parker says she prefers stage to film

Parker says she prefers stage to film
Actress Mary-Louise Parker attends the CBS, CW and Showtime press tour party in Los Angeles on July 18, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Reece). . | License Photo

NEW YORK, May 22 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Mary Louise Parker told More magazine she would rather star in the play version of a work as opposed to the film adaptation.

Asked how she feels when other actresses are hired to star in movie incarnations of plays she headlined, Parker told the magazine, "I feel like I do all the work in these plays, and then …"

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"Well, if I had to pick, I'd pick the play," she continued. "When theater is right, it's transporting; a thousand people are in the room and you're making it happen and they're helping you make it happen. That's a bigger experience than having 50 people standing around a camera and you're acting for a minute and a half and they're going to edit it."

The star of TV's "Weeds" admitted The New York Times's unflattering review of her recent performance in "Hedda Gabler" felt like "a physical assault."

"It was really hard -- that has never happened to me in a play before," the Tony- and Emmy-winning actress said. " I know when something's bad; I've been in things that are bad. It's certainly not that bad if you have people standing up at the end and cheering."

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