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Willie and Me Eva HassmanWillie Nelson is probably as responsible for romanticizing Texas in the eyes of the rest of the world as John Wayne movies, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and barbecue. The reach of his music pulled in Eva Hassmann all the way from Germany, where the 51-year-old actor, writer, and director was moved enough by Willie to center her first feature on him.The resulting film, Willie and Me, had its theatrical and video-on-demand debut this week. In it, Hassmann plays Greta, a dissatisfied German housewife who, upon unearthing her copy of Always on My Mind for the first time in years, learns that Willie is playing a farewell show in Las Vegas. From there, the adventure begins—she sells her husband’s Porsche, books a flight, and hits the…

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