The divine Helen Mirren has been the best for [checks to see how old she is] 70 years now. To paraphrase Iggy Pop, she’s a street-walking cougar who confirms that Hollywood ageism is “f*cking outrageous,” wants to play the villain in Furious 8, and is offended when hackers don’t want her nude photos, with a heart full of napalm. Also, she’s a pretty damn good actress, which is how I imagine she introduces herself. “Helen Mirren, damn good actress.”
Mirren recently spoke with another damn good actor, Alan Cumming, for an episode of his Remember That Time series, and dropped a bombshell: Say goodbye to these. Mirren has retired from on-screen nudity, telling Cumming, “That’s the good thing about getting older. You don’t have to do that sort of thing anymore.” It didn’t use to be such a big deal, she said, noting that, “I was doing nude scenes [from] the first moment I started doing movies. It was the era.”
And now TV’s biggest show is doing things that would make Caligula blush.
“When I did Caligula it was ‘shock horror,’ ‘triple X,’ ‘only in porn cinemas’ – now Game of Thrones is on at 8 o’clock at night, and it is exactly what I did in Caligula. Basically every scene is sex, upfront. (Via)
As for her hundred-foot journeys? “Now my pleasure pillows are purely for my husband,” Mirren said. Lucky bloke.
(Via Vanity Fair)