Bonham Carter's toddler inspiration
Published 25/02/2010 | 17:00
Alice In Wonderland star Helena Bonham Carter has revealed the inspiration for her tyrannical character The Red Queen came from her two-year-old daughter, Nell.
The 43-year-old actress told how she based her role in the new 3-D movie, directed by her husband Tim Burton, on her bossy toddler.
Helena explained: "I thought well she's a toddler, because she's got the big head, she's a tyrant - a toddler tyrant, toddlers are tyrants."
She went on: "The no sympathy for any other living creature - that's our toddler in fact. No empathy, just commands. She just bosses us around - dictatorship. No please, no thank you. 'Mummy come here' 'Mummy go' 'Mummy! Watch telly.'
"An another toddler quality - it's all about me, it's all about her, never considers us, ask, ask, ask. So the toddler thing was a big inspiration."
Burton's interpretation of Lewis Caroll's books, which sees a 19-year-old Alice return to Wonderland to find it under the rule of the Red Queen, is a Disney production rated PG, but has the director's usually dark twist to the tale.
However, the cast insist their children were delighted by the adventure.
Johnny Depp, who stars as The Mad Hatter and is father to 10-year-old Lily-Rose and seven-year-old Jack with girlfriend Vanessa Paradis, said: "My kids actually saw the film, because I send them out there on the frontlines. They saw it and loved it and went crazy for it, quoting things from it and thought it was amazing - loved every character, and weren't freaked out by it at all."