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Rodrigo Garcia: There Was an ‘Odd Little Man’ on the Set of ‘Albert Nobbs’ (Video)

The director of the Glenn Close film says his gender-bending star made for a peculiar presence on the set

The strangest thing about being on the set of his film "Albert Nobbs," director Rodrigo Garcia said Monday night, was the "odd little man" who was always there as well.

The curious fellow, he went on to explain, was the film's star, co-writer and producer, Glenn Close. The Oscar-nominated actress had been trying to get the film made for most of three decades, ever since she appeared in a 1982 play as the title character, a woman in early-20th Century Dublin who lives as a man in order to hang onto a job as a butler.

Also read: Glenn Close on 'Albert Nobbs': 'I Was Just Blindsided by the Story'

The film was the first in TheWrap's 2011 Screening Series, which kicked off with a full house for a Landmark Theaters screening and Q&A with Close and Garcia.

Before the Q&A with TheWrap's editor-in-chief, Sharon Waxman, Garcia adjourned to a nearby bookstore to talk about his film. The son of iconic Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Garcia talked about the challenges of taking on a project after a producer/writer/star has already been shepherding it for more than 20 years, and his discussions with Close about how much emotion to show on the face of someone who has spent her entire life trying to be invisible.

TheWrap Screening Series continues on Wednesday with a screening of the black-and-white silent film "The Artist."