Helen Mirren Is A Genuis

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    I watched her in "The Queen" tonite...last night. Blew me away. She took a very unsympathetic character (to me) at her most unsympathetic moment and rendered her three dimensional, even appealing.

    I dunno what you Brits feed your actors, but they are some of them just fabulous.


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    Like so many of our truly great actors, Helen Mirren learned her trade through the Royal Shakespeare Company and the West End stage. She won many awards for her role as Queen Elizabeth including, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award.
     
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    I have been her fan for some time...it's the only reason I even watched "The Queen". Her "Prime Suspect" series is wonderful. She's so sexy in that, and so not-sexy in "The Queen". I don't understand how anyone can watch a performance of hers and still think Merle Streep can act.
     
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    Oh. So you got 'Prime Suspect' over there! She won an Emmy Television award as Best Actress for her performance as Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect: The Final Act. She now has four Emmy awards. There were several series Of Prime Suspect. Did you see them all?
     
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    Madeline, if you're a fan of British actors, I suggest you treat yourself this Christmas and buy yourself HBO's Rome. I'm admittedly quite biased because I'm fascinated by ancient history, but it is by far one of my favourite series. But in all honesty, I'm a fan of anything by HBO.

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    She was in the original "Excalibur" which I showed to my classes. I also showed them a recent picture of her. She now has some very unlikely teenage fans. :cool:
     
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    I agree completely with your assessment that Helen Mirren is fabulous AND that she made Queen Elizabeth a fascinating character. I often now find myself offering counter-arguments when people in my family (I have an aunt and some cousins who were just IN LOVE with Diana) discuss how horrible the Royals were to her.

    If you go back and watch (you can YouTube it) the speech the Queen gave regarding Diana and then Helen Mirren's take on it you can see how brilliant she is. It wasn't a mimicing, but rather Mirren truly becoming the Queen.

    I don't think many of our young actresses today have that....gravitas?...I hope some develop it in time.

    P.S. She was smashing in REDS.
     
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    She's a good actress. A genuis? Probably not.... that's Mad-o-lyin's usual exaggeration.
     
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    Colin....hopefully there are episodes of "Prime Suspect" I have not seen. PBS was running them as part of the "Masterpiece Mystery" series here, and they are always scanty.

    Swagger.....Yippie! That looks fabulous! I had not heard a peep about it, so thankies muchly. BTW, if you like ancient history, check out "Rome: Building An Empire" which the History Channel did up. Their best series by far, IMO.

    Gem....thankies for the recommendation. I have not seen "Red" (at first I thought you said "Reds" and posted a hate on Warren Beaty, LOL).

    chanel....good on you! Dunno why we insist the only sexual women among us are under 25....what horseshit. Mirren's sexuality in that series is just so letter-perfect; commitment-phobic and sizzling. It's her obvious intelligence that makes it work.
     
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    What's wrong with Merle Streep as an actress??
     
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