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    Default Audrey Hepburn was twee, mumsy and really couldn't act says Emma Thompson

    'Audrey Hepburn was twee, mumsy and really couldn't act': Emma Thompson's scathing appraisal of My Fair Lady star | Mail Online

    She may be considered a screen and style icon, but Audrey Hepburn doesn't have a fan in Emma Thompson.

    The Nanny McPhee star has describe the Old Hollywood actress as 'mumsy' and 'twee'.

    The Oscar-winner's cutting remarks are published on the day she is honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    In interviews with both The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety, the 51-year-old says the My Fair Lady star was not 'a very good actress.'

    Thompson - who is writing a new movie version of the hit musical - says she wasn't a big fan of the 1964 film that starred Hepburn and Rex Harrison.

    'I'm not hugely fond of the film,' she says. 'I find Audrey Hepburn fantastically twee.'

    When asked by The Hollywood Reporter what 'twee' means, Thompson says: 'Twee is whimsy without wit. It is 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.'

    Hepburn - who died in 1993 - has long been considered a Hollywood icon.

    The Breakfast at Tiffany's actress won an Oscar for her starring role in the 1953 film, Roman Holiday.

    She also played Eliza Doolittle in the 1964 movie version of My Fair Lady.

    But the actress's voice was dubbed over and she is not heard singing the musical's most classic songs such as I Could Have Danced All Night and The Rain in Spain.

    The voice of American singer Marni Nixon is heard instead.

    Thompson says she is 'thrilled' to be writing a new version of the musical but she admits she doesn't like the original movie and prefers Pygmalion - the George Bernard Shaw play upon which My Fair Lady was based.

    In an interview with Daily Variety, she says: 'I find it chocolate-boxy, clunky and deeply theatrical.

    'I don't think that it's a film. It's the theatre piece put onto film.

    'It was Cecil Beaton's designs and Rex Harrison that gave it its extraordinary quality.

    'I don't do Audrey Hepburn. I think that she's a guy thing.

    'I'm sure she was this charming lady, but I didn't think she was a very good actress.

    'It's high time that the extraordinary role of Eliza was reinterpreted because it's a very fantastic part for a woman.'

    Thompson also doesn't like the way Eliza Doolittle was portrayed in the film, a part she hopes Brit actress Carey Mulligan will play.

    It is the story of a working class flower seller who is taken in by posh phonetics professor, Henry Higgins.

    Higgins bets he can train her to speak in an upper-class accent in a bid to pass her off as a lady in society circles.

    Thompson says: 'The central relationship between Eliza and Higgins is a fascinating one.'

    She calls him 'dysfunctional' and even accuses Doolittle's father, dustman Alfred as selling his daughter into slavery.

    'He's more brutal,' says Thompson who admits to being a feminist.

    'It's a very terrible thing he does, selling his daughter into sexual slavery for a fiver.

    'I suppose my cheekiness is in saying: 'This is a very serious story about the usage of women at a particular time in our history.

    'And it's still going on today'.

    'Yes, OK, it's a wonderful musical, but let's also look at what it's really saying about the world.'

    Thompson also admits that fans of the 1964 Oscar-winning film may not like the new version.

    'Fans of the original won't want another one to be made - and honestly, one has to just cope with that,' she says.


    '[The original is] incredibly long. The audience can expect less songs.'

    Thompson also speaks about her battle with depression in the interviews.

    After doing a 'big performance' she says: 'I have to go and be sponged down in a darkened room for a couple of weeks.

    'I do have a lot of weakness.'

    One thing she does love is writing. Thompson reveals that her biggest inspiration for the Nanny McPhee films is Westerns.

    Likening the British nanny to Clint Eastwood, she says: 'The stories are kind of based on Westerns that I grew up watching with my father - everything from High Chaparral to The Virginian. Stuff like that.

    'There's something in Nanny McPhee that I imbibed from Clint Eastwood and his ilk. Nanny is sort of Shane, really.

    'She's this mysterious stranger who rides in from out of town, changes everything using rather unorthodox methods to resolve conflict and then must leave.

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    Well Miss Emma can go suck a bowl of hot dicks.
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    I'm going to have to agree with her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    I'm going to have to agree with her.

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    Hepburn wasn't really an acting heavyweight.

    I like her, but her talent was sort of limited.
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    i love audrey hepburn in many other roles but i hate 'my fair lady'. hate the songs, hate the performance, just the whole thing is horribly overrated and i never got the appeal.
    and yes, she didn't have a lot of range, acting wise.
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    Yeah, I think Audrey Hepburn is darling but she's not a particularly good actress. Thompson is right and I have to appreciate her willingness to say it aloud ... also, anyone willing to call someone twee is a win in my book.

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    Do people really think Hepburn was some amazing actress? Is it because she was so pretty? I didn't like Marilyn Monroe's acting very much either. Like, she wasn't as bad at it, but the whole whispery ditzy persona was annoying. Just like Audrey's cutesy wide-eyed free spirit act got old fast. Whatever, they were both hot as hell.
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    Emma negated her whole comments but then stating that she wanted piece of wood Carey Mulligan to play Eliza.
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    Emma can fuck off.

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    why rag about a woman who is dead? Just tacky if you ask me.

    I always liked Emma, I'm going to have to rethink that.

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    What the hell does twee mean? I am not familiar with that term.

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    While I agree with her, what's the point of saying it out loud if you're an actress yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janet296 View Post
    What the hell does twee mean? I am not familiar with that term.
    It is something that bitch-ass actresses who should keep their damn mouths shut say when they are trying to put-down their actress/icon/forerunner/ betters, but it just backfires and makes them look like the rude, overrated bitchholes, grasping for publicity and going all 'attention whore' on us, that they actually are.

    *just a touch of an Audrey fantard here..can you tell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janet296 View Post
    What the hell does twee mean? I am not familiar with that term.
    When asked by The Hollywood Reporter what 'twee' means, Thompson says: 'Twee is whimsy without wit. It is mimsy-mumsy sweetness without any kind of bite. And that's not for me.
    Sweet but a nit wit.

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