Dame Helen Mirren refused to kill anyone in action movie role, because she hates films with random killing
The veteran actress doesn't enjoy watching films containing random killing
Thursday 20 June 2013
Screen star Dame Helen Mirren insisted she would not kill anyone in her latest action movie role - because she hates films with random killing.
The Oscar-winning actress said she only wanted to be seen to "partially disable" people when her assassin character Victoria goes on a shooting spree in forthcoming title RED 2.
But Mirren, 67, told Reader's Digest magazine that she was "fighting a losing battle" with her demands to persuade the director to avoid the killing of innocent bystanders.
She said: "I have this big sequence where I walk into an embassy and start shooting. I kept saying to the director, 'I will not shoot to kill. I want it to be very clear that I'm not killing people. Please, make it very clear'.
"So Victoria's only partially disabling them. I do get terribly upset when I see films where people are just randomly shot. I think they all have families to go to, children at home, you know.
"Victoria's a trained assassin, but isn't random - it's very carefully done. That sort of arbitrary killing with automatic weapons is just not her style."
Mirren won an Oscar for her leading role in The Queen and revived her portrayal of the monarch in stage hit The Audience over the past few months.
She said she also used her powers of persuasion to ensure an "innocent" driver did not lose his life in a car chase in RED 2.
At one stage she said a lorry is seen rolling over as a result of the chase.
"I said, 'What about the driver of that lorry? He's an innocent bystander. I can't be in a sequencewhere they're driving along just randomly killing innocent people," she explained.
"So they made it quite apparent in the sequence that the lorry lands the right way up. I was fighting a bit of a losing battle, but I was trying my best."
She also said her partying days are long behind her. "I think that I'd love to still walk on the wild side, but I'm just too tired. I want to go home, I want to be in bed by 10.30pm."
:: The full interview appears in the July edition of Reader's Digest, out on Tuesday.
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
Lucy, film review: Scarlett Johansson will blow your mind in Luc Besson's complex thriller
Miley Cyrus concert banned on morality grounds in the Dominican Republic
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
American film board gives gay film Love Is Strange R-rating despite no sex or violence
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians