Asia - from Minor to Major; FIRST FRIDAY

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Asia - from Minor to Major; FIRST FRIDAY


Byline: BAZ BAMIGBOYE

BY THE time she was nine, Asia Argento had published her first volume of poetry and made her screen debut.

Now 20, she has won one of the most sought-after film roles in recent times. With her high-octane, cultured upbringing - she has appeared in 20 films, been a serial cinema-goer since the age of five, read Moby Dick at six, attended school for only four months out of each year, and her father is a renowned thriller director - you'd expect her to be frightfully precocious.

She is anything but. She is refreshingly genuine and down-to-earth.

Everybody from Drew Barrymore to Julia Ormond and Thandie Newton were considered by ubiquitous New York film czar Harvey Weinstein, of Miramax Films, for the role of society rebel Beatrice in the movie of Andrew Davies's romantic thriller B Monkey.

When we met, Asia was finalising hair and make-up before travelling to Cumbria to join director Michael Radford and co-stars Jared Harris, Rupert Everett and Jonathan Rhys Meyers for the start of a nine-week film shoot.

B Monkey is a dangerous love story with Asia's character involved in car theft, assorted nefarious substances and a bizarre love triangle, until she meets a mild-mannered teacher who discovers her dark secrets. …

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