The Daily Mail sat down with Helen at last week’s Cannes Film Festival to talk about the common things – beauty and hair, has she or hasn’t she? But the interview also holds some new information on Helen’s upcoming project “The Leisure Seeker”, which will reuinte her with Donald Sutherland, almost 30 years after they played husband and wife in “Bethune: The Making of a Hero”. Here’s Helen’s scoop on her new role:
In fact, I’m about to have my hair cut this short [she mines an inch]. I’m doing a film with Donald Sutherland – a sort of older person’s road movie. I’ve never done that before so I’m kind of looking forward to it. It’ll be exciting.’ Her character has cancer, hence the brutally close crop. There are very few Hollywood stars who would take such a relaxed attitude in an industry in which looks are all. And it’s pure Mirren.
The Tale Of Kitty-In-Boots will be Dame Helen’s first audiobook recording and introduce fans to “a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life” defeating villains. The manuscript was discovered two years ago by Jo Hanks, publisher at Penguin Random House Children’s, when she stumbled across an out-of-print literary history about Potter, which referenced a letter that Potter had sent her publisher back in 1914 mentioning the new tale. A trip to the V&A archive found three unedited manuscripts, two in children’s school notebooks and one typed, along with a rough sketch of Kitty-in-Boots and villain Mr Tod. Miss Kitty and her crime-fighting alter-ego have lain unpublished for over 100 years, but Dame Helen will soon be bringing them to life alongside favourites including Mr Tod, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Ribby and even an “older, slower and portlier” Peter Rabbit. The audiobook will be released on the same day as a new book, The Tale Of Kitty-In-Boots And Other Stories, illustrated by Quentin Blake, on September 1. Narrators for the five other stories are yet to be announced.
Lots of new and additional pictures from yesterday’s premiere of “La Fille Inconnue” and today’s Cinema Against AIDS Gala by amfAR have been added to the photo gallery. Edit: A couple hundred additional pictures from the arrivals, premiere and amfAR gala have been posted. And, in case you have wondered if Helen tripped and fell while taking the steps at the premiere, Mirren told Us Weekly that she was actually preventing a potential catastrophe. “I was doing up someone’s shoelaces because the [man] was standing there with his laces undone,” she explained while at the 2016 amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala on May 19. “I didn’t want him to trip.”
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2016 – 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival – Cinema Against AIDS Gala
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2016 – 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival – “La Fille Inconnue” Premiere
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2016 – 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival – Arrivals
Earlier today, Helen Mirren has arrived at the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival. According to her interview on Lorraine, she was invited by L’Oreal and will represent the brand alongside other international faces of the cosmetic giant. Of course, Helen is no stranger to the festival, having won their Best Actress prize twice, in 1984 for “Cal” and in 1994 for “The Madness of King George”. Today, she has attended the premiere of “La Fille Inconnue”. I’m sure there’s more to come these next days, so check back soon.
This morning, Helen Mirren stopped by on her way to Cannes Film Festival to talk to Lorraine about why she’s going to be playing the Queen once again in a special production of The Audience. The full interview segment as well as screencaptures have been added to the video and photo archives.