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Anne Hathaway 'One Day' casting like Bridget Jones, says director

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Lone Scherfig at the 'One Day' premiere at Westfield

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One Day director Lone Scherfig has admitted that she had concerns about casting Anne Hathaway in the big-screen adaptation of David Nicholls's best-selling novel.

The Danish filmmaker, who was also behind Carey Mulligan's Oscar-nominated breakthrough An Education, compared American Hathaway playing English character Emma to Renée Zellweger's role as Bridget Jones.

She told Digital Spy: "I've been thinking about Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones, I don't know how many times!

"There's something about that... there's less admiration for Americans trying to play Brits than the other way around. There's something really sympathetic about [Brits] being protective about your characters and your literature."

Anne Hathaway at the 'One Day' premiere at Westfield
Scherfig noted that Hathaway's role in Becoming Jane had already prepared her for taking on the part of Yorkshire girl Emma Morley.

"Anne had already played Jane Austen so it was not something she'd never tried... the things that she would contribute to the project with all her qualifications and her warmth, that makes up for the fact that her nationality is not quite right," she explained.

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