It was during a Toronto Film Festival gathering for Albert Nobbs that I casually mentioned to costar Janet McTeer that her performance as Hubert the house painter is more commanding and magnetic than Glenn Close‘s titular performance. McTeer stiffened and said nothing, and so I shifted over to another topic. It felt impolite on some level to step on Close’s toes.

But now Indiewire‘s Anne Thompson has flat-out said the unmentionable in a headline: “Janet McTeer Talks Stealing Albert Nobbs from Glenn Close.” So I guess the cat is out of the bag now. The only problem is that you can’t really hear McTeer in Thompson’s two YouTube clips.