Now she's stretching the barriers. She's got a made-for-TV movie on the way called Temple Grandin, starring alongside Julia Ormond, David Strathairn, and Catherine O'Hara, which will air on HBO on February 6. (We mentioned here back in '08.) But the big shock -- she plays a famous autistic woman. Temple Grandin grew up in the Northeast, got a Ph.D. in animal science, is now an advocate for autism, a bestselling author, a strong voice in the world of animal welfare (she designed curved corrals for animals led to slaughter), and the inventor of the hug machine, which you may have heard about.
Watching Danes as Grandin in the new trailer, which you can see after the jump ... I don't know. She's certainly trying to embody Grandin's unique presence, but it looks too mimicked and forced. (But maybe that's just because of the scenes they chose?) After the trailer you can see a long talk with Grandin for comparison. (It's an hour, but head to about the 9-10 minute mark to hear her talk about her talk about her favorite movies.)
What do you think of Danes' attempt to portray a woman with autism?