Jun 28
2021

Earlier today, Helen Mirren was a guest on Good Morning America, dishing on the new ABC series “When Nature Calls” and her return to the “Fast & Furious” franchise. You can watch the full segment above and in the video archive, screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.

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Jun 28
2021

According to Entertainment Weekly, Helen Mirren is officially Fast & Furious royalty. After openly campaigning for a role in the action franchise, the Oscar-winning The Queen actress debuted in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious as, fittingly, Queenie Shaw, the charming criminal mother of Deckard (Jason Statham), Owen (Luke Evans), and Hattie (Vanessa Kirby). She returned in the 2019 spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, but through two outings, Mirren, 75, never got a chance to do the one thing she wanted more than anything else: drive a car. Good news arrived in January, when Fast star and producer Vin Diesel told EW that F9 would finally feature Mirren getting the behind the wheel. “Without giving away any spoilers… You know what, I’m going to give you a spoiler,” he said. “Yes, she gets to drive. It’s so awesome. She gets to drive, and she gets to drive sleek.” Ahead of Mirren’s scene-stealing turn in F9 (in theaters Friday), she strapped into the passenger seat of EW’s BINGE: The Fast Saga to talk about her dream coming true, her unexplainable chemistry with Diesel, and possible casting for Papa Shaw. You can read the complete interview over at Entertainment Weekly.

I had an auntie Queenie. One of my mother’s sisters was called Queenie, which is a very old East End name. It’s nothing to do with the queen, but I thought it was funny to play the Queen and then to be called Queenie. We’re a very different person from a very different background. So I love the fact my auntie Queenie has become a part of the Fast & Furious. She’d be amazed if she knew.

Jun 28
2021

“I was longing to drive,” Helen Mirren has revealed to Jeff Conway at Forbes. “The reason I wanted to be in the Fast & Furious movies so I could drive cars really fast down closed-off streets. For the first two movies, I wasn’t anywhere near a car, so I paid my dues, so now I was allowed to get into the car.” In F9, new in theaters this weekend, Helen gets to do some enjoyable joy riding alongside the film franchise’s top-billed star Vin Diesel, whom Helen gives full credit to for her being a part of these projects. “I suspect really I’m in it because I begged to be in it and Vin is a very kindhearted person,” Helen continues. “I think that’s really the real reason. Sometimes, you have to ask for what you want or what you dream of having. One should have the courage to ask for it. A couple glasses of wine always help.” Even though Helen seems like a natural behind the wheel on-screen, in reality, she has nothing but praise for the skilled professionals behind-the-scenes that make her and the F9 car chase scenes look so good. “I would like to say here that I’m a firm believer there should be an Oscar category for stunt people because the stunt people on films like Fast & Furious and many, many of the other movies that we all enjoy so much in the cinema are down to extraordinary stunt organizers and actors and actresses who do such extraordinary things.” The complete interview can be read at Forbes.

Jun 18
2021

Yesterday, Helen Mirren was a special guest of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – special, because she did the interview right out of her baththub. Besides promoting “Fast & Furious 9”, they talked about Helen confronting a black bear that was trying to sneak onto her porch and the rather familiar story of The Who’s Keith Moon crashing her dressing room during an intermission of 1975’s “Teeth ‘n’ Smiles”. The full segment can be watched below and in the video archive, screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.

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Jun 08
2021

According to this new interview with People Magazine, Helen Mirren is finally living out her dream. The Oscar winner, 75, fulfilled her goal of starring in two previous Fast & Furious movies as the Shaw matriarch Magdalene, but the role didn’t have her sitting behind the wheel. That changes in F9, when Mirren finally gets to drive one of the cars. “I finally did it, yes!” she said to Entertainment Tonight. “And what a car! And what a drive, down The Mall in London! It was the coolest thing ever. But with Vin [Diesel[ next to [me]! Driving him, I mean, that was fantastic! And I do actually know how to do a double declutch. And an amazing car. It was a dream. It was fantastic.” Back in 2017, Mirren made her goal of getting behind the wheel clear. “I’d love to come back. But, guys, I want to drive next time,” Mirren told Entertainment Weekly, PEOPLE, and InStyle at the Toronto International Film Festival. As Mirren previously explained in an interview with BuzzFeed, she practically begged to be included in the film because she was such a fan of the series. “I almost went down on my knees. Not quite. But I went down on my metaphorical knees to Vin [Diesel] and to everyone,” Mirren said at the time. “I always… I just wanted to be in one of those movies.” Speaking to EW about the women of the Fast & Furious franchise, Mirren said one of the things she always loved about the film series is the sense of familial bond. “I think that’s one of the reasons they’re popular films, because that is the one element that everybody all over the world can identify with simply, easily, and directly, so it’s great to see this other level being brought in with the different generations of the family, the fact that family actually goes on through many generations over long periods of time,” she said. “I thought that that was a nice thing to introduce into the storyline.”