FACE/OFF star Joan Allen found she was more adept at delivering her lines with a poetic rhythm in the 2004 movie Yes than she had anticipated.

Yes director Sally Potter asked Allen and her fellow cast members to speak mostly in iambic pentameter - a literary term for speaking ten syllable lines with a stress on the second syllable and every other one after that.

And, despite her initial reservations, Allen soon discovered she had a talent for the meticulous speech pattern.

She says, "(Speaking like that) felt very natural. Sally wrote it in such a way that you could do it more deliberately when the emotional moment was right - it would have been more apparent rhythm than at other times.

"The rhymes were for a reason. When you are writing in that form, then it's almost easier to talk about larger ideas."

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