Mirren 'grabbed' male Bard role
Dame Helen Mirren says she "grabbed" hold of one of the classic male Shakespearean roles for her new movie The Tempest.
"[Prospero] is a great role, and there are not enough of those for women, so I grabbed one for myself," she explained at the film's Hollywood premiere.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Julie Taymor changed the gender of the sorcerer Prospero into the sorceress Prospera when she found out that the actress would be interested in taking on the role.
"It was fantastic," Dame Helen insisted of the shoot in Hawaii.
"All you want as an actress is a wonderful role, there are not enough great Shakespearean women for women of my age," she explained.
Russell Brand, who plays the jester Trinculo, admitted he'd become particularly enamoured working with one Britain's finest actresses.
"She's so sexy in such an effortless way. I really, really love her," he insisted.
"If I were not a married man, I'd be looking to sleep on her lap every night curled up," he teased.