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Emma Thompson Says Audrey Hepburn Can't Sing and Act

August 09, 2010 08:21:50 GMT

Tapped to play in a reworking of the 1964 musical where Audrey Hepburn played Eliza Doolittle, Emma Thompson says she couldn't stand Hepburn's 'twee' portrayal.


Emma Thompson Says Audrey Hepburn Can't Sing and Act
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Emma Thompson can't wait to see Audrey Hepburn replaced in a remake of "My Fair Lady" - because she's convinced the star couldn't sing or act. Thompson is currently drafting a screenplay for the upcoming reworking of the 1964 musical in which Hepburn played Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle.

And the Brit plans to give her script a feminist makeover - because she couldn't stand Hepburn's "twee" portrayal of such an "extraordinary role". She says, "I was thrilled to be asked to do it because, having a look at it, I thought that there needs to be a new version. I'm not hugely fond of the film. I find Audrey Hepburn fantastically twee."

"Twee is whimsy without wit. It's mimsy-mumsy sweetness without any kind of bite. And that's not for me. She can't sing and she can't really act, I'm afraid. I'm sure she was a delightful woman - and perhaps if I had known her I would have enjoyed her acting more, but I don't and I didn't, so that's all there is to it, really."

"It was (costumer) Cecil Beaton's designs and (Hepburn's co-star) Rex Harrison that gave it its extraordinary quality. I don't do Audrey Hepburn. I think that she's a guy thing... It's high time that the extraordinary role of Eliza was reinterpreted, because it's a very fantastic part for a woman."

An Education star Carey Mulligan has been tipped to take on the role of Doolittle.


 




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posted by Amy on Mar 14, 2011
I agree with Thompson to a point. Hepburn always looked great but she never bought her as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. The role should have gone to someone who could sing.
posted by what? on Aug 15, 2010
she's only got somewhere the last couple of years and they really took the piss making a sequel to Nanny McPhee when the first one was bad enough. Does she honestly think that she is going to be a bigger icon than Audrey Hepburn always will be? well she certainly won't as Audrey Hepburn was beautiful and has class
posted by horselover on Aug 14, 2010
Emma Thompson is a little too full of herself. I wonder if she will ever be the icon that Audrey Hepburn was...probably not. She's a guy thing? That was a stupid, ignorant remark. I will watch any movie she(Audrey) ever made, to bad I can't say that about you!
posted by Hooch on Aug 12, 2010
I think her comments are rude and unnecessary. If she wants to do a remake, fine. If she does better than Audrey fine also but she doesn't need to badmouth Ms. Hepburn along the way. You'd never catch Audrey Hepburn badmouthing anybody. She had too much class.
posted by Rockamama on Aug 10, 2010
I never saw the appeal of Audrey Hepburn. I found her to appear weak and needy. I love Emma Thompson for her honesty.
posted by CHB on Aug 10, 2010
Emerson said it (in Fable, says the squirrel to the mountain): "Talents differ: All is well and wisely put. If I cannot carry forests on my back, neither can you crack a nut." Maybe Audrey didn't have Emma's acting ability (but see Two for the Road, Robin & Marian, etc.), but Emma's whole body doesn't have the charm & charisma of Audrey's neck. Consider how many modern actresses have tried to emulate/re-make Audrey; no one comes close. I doubt that Emma can dance like Audrey (who had ballet training) & I'd give a nickel to know whether Emma can sing. BTW, Emma's desire to re-write MFL isn't a fair knock on Audrey. Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Lowe wrote MFL in the mid-50's for the London/Broadway musical theatre, and they thought that to be successful they had to turn Shaw's Pygmalion into a love story with a happy ending. Today, perhaps Emma's right that there's an audience for an MFL that is truer to the Shaw play. Talents differ -- and so do Times.
posted by dino on Aug 10, 2010
Audrey may have been a twee, but Emma is a TWAT.
posted by Susan B. on Aug 09, 2010
Emma Thompson is a talentless pig dyke from the island of nothing that breeds talentless pig dykes. The star was bought or given, but never for any talent that was never displayed. And an ugly pig at that. And, pig dyke island trolls shouldn't be calling themselves Captain America.

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