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Bonham Carter turned down fat suit

Published 24/12/2010 | 08:06

Helena Bonham Carter plays the Queen Mother in The King's Speech
Helena Bonham Carter plays the Queen Mother in The King's Speech

Helena Bonham Carter refused the offer of a fat suit to play the Queen Mother in The King's Speech, so that she could indulge in marshmallows.

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The svelte star, who wears unfitted dresses to play the late wife of King George VI in the award-nominated film, was delighted at not having to stick to a strict Hollywood diet.

Helena told Total Film magazine: "At one point [director Tom Hooper] said 'Shall we put you in a fat suit?'. I said 'Noooooo! I looked as if I was in one anyway but that's just me... I did feel like I could eat quite a lot.

"I didn't have to go on the actresses' diet of eating nothing. I was eating a lot of marshmallows on film."

The 44-year-old actress, who stars alongside Colin Firth, said she hoped she didn't look too much like the Queen Mother we all remember.

She said: "I don't know if I really carried it off.

"We all know her when she was in her nineties and obviously I don't look like her. I hope. Not in a disrespectful way, I mean her later years..."

The Kings Speech is released on January 7.

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