Upon its release, Downloading Nancy was described by critics as morbid, sadomasochistic; an all around downer. But value the film or not, there’s no denying Bello’s fearlessness.
Nancy is a woman so far removed – from herself, her husband, her life – that death appears to be the only answer.
One aspect of Bello’s craft that doesn’t get mentioned enough is how damn funny she can be.
As alcohol lobbyist and self appointed Merchant of Death, Polly Bailey, most of Bello’s scenes in Thank You For Smoking take place at a small restaurant table.
Bello has played her fair share of loathsome women, but Marcia must be the absolute worst.
But that’s more than enough room for her to fully flex her comedic skills.