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O’Connor Plays Robot ‘mom’ in ‘A.I’

July 6, 2001

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Frances O’Connor plays the ``mother″ to David, a robot boy programmed to love, in Steven Spielberg’s new film, ``A.I. Artificial Intelligence.″

The robot boy, played by Haley Joel Osment, is placed with O’Connor and her husband (Sam Robards), whose real son is in cryonic freeze because of an incurable disease. The experiment fails, and David is abandoned.

O’Connor, whose previous films include 1999′s ``Mansfield Park,″ doesn’t believe there will be robots like David any time soon.

``I don’t think we’ll ever get to the point where we’ll re-create people to that level because, I mean we might, but it won’t be for a very long time,″ she told reporters.

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