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By John McAfee
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Marcia Gay Harden
Out behind a small farmhouse on a Long Island country road sits an old gray barn where a tormented artist dripped paint off brushes, sticks _ even turkey basters _ onto canvasses spread out on a wooden floor. Besides making quite a mess of things, leaving splash marks everywhere, Jackson Pollock also created some of the 20th century's greatest masterpieces.
After almost dying — or rather, thinking he was dying — of tropical pneumonia during a family vacation in the Dominican Republic, author A.J. Jacobs decided to write his next book about his attempt "to become as healthy as humanly possible."
The murder trial of American college student Amanda Knox is recreated in a television movie that had the actors debating her innocence or guilt.
"I personally found an opportunity playing her mom to find reasons to question that she wasn't guilty, to believe fiercely in her," Harden said. "It was very difficult not to stand behind a position as the character."
Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, who plays Knox's mother, Edda Mellas, said Knox's innocence or guilt was a daily topic among the cast.