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Mirren’s acting worries

Los Angeles, Aug. 1 (AP): Helen Mirren lowers her voice to a whisper and her eyes take on a devious twinkle as she makes a confession: When she has a really good time making a movie, as she did on The Hundred-Foot Journey, she fears: “Oh my God, is it going to suck?”

Never mind that the 69-year-old Dame of the British Empire who won an Oscar for playing the Queen just said a four-letter word. Mirren also said that when she takes time off work, she worries that she has forgotten how to act altogether.

In The Hundred-Foot Journey, Mirren plays Madame Mallory, a prickly and particular restaurateur who takes overcooked asparagus as a personal affront. Her Michelin-starred restaurant, set in a quaint village that looks like a postcard, is among the most celebrated in France, and Mallory presides unforgivingly over its staff and cuisine. Her chilly demeanour turns icy when an Indian family opens their own restaurant, the colourful Maison Mumbai, right across the street.

Though Mirren was ready for a break after reprising her royal role on the London stage in Peter Morgan’s The Audience, she couldn’t say no to The Hundred-Foot Journey.

Mirren said that when she sees movies or theatre, she feels “blown away” by other actors’ work and fearful of her own ability to execute. “And then maybe (I’ve) got a project coming up, and then I get really nervous because I think, ‘I can’t do that,’” the award-winning actress said.

 
 
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