Rebecca Hall rolls dice with movie ‘Lay The Favorite’

British actress Rebecca Hall spent a year convincing director Stephen Frears she should star in his new film, playing the comedic role of a free-spirited, seemingly ditzy Florida stripper aspiring to make it as a cocktail waitress in Vegas. But she had two big problems: one, she never performed in a role like it before, and two, Frears was looking for an actress who was exactly the opposite of Hall. Her gamble appears to have paid off, however. Reviews of ‘Lay the Favorite’ following its Sundance Film Festival premiere on Sunday have been mixed, but Hall has earned much praise.