Tuesday 17 September 2019

Mirren wasn't keen on first Arthur

Dame Helen Mirren didn't like the original Arthur
Dame Helen Mirren didn't like the original Arthur

Arthur star Dame Helen Mirren has revealed she wasn't a fan of the original film.

The Oscar-winning actress plays long-suffering nanny Hobson alongside Russell Brand's title character in the remake of the 1980s comedy which starred Dudley Moore.

The 65-year-old admitted: "I didn't like it very much. I found I've always been a bit of a feminist and I just found the female role although brilliantly played by Liza Minnelli, just annoying."

She went on: "That sort of enabling, caretaking sort of thing and the fact that she went off to a life of looking after a drunk, I didn't find very funny."

Despite her misgivings about the original film, Dame Helen said the chance to work with Russell was too good to pass up.

"I'm in the film because of Russell, because he invited me to be in the film, but also because I loved him and I wanted to work with him more than anything, more than the movie, more than the script, I just wanted to work with Russell," she explained.

"I knew it was going to be a bit of a challenge for me because it's a world I'm not familiar with, outside of my comfort zone, but I was up for that. I didn't want them to be looking at me like 'Dame Helen Mirren, serious actress' kind of thing.

"I wanted to be treated like everyone else."

:: Arthur is out in cinemas now.

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