WATCH: Dame Helen Mirren Plays Juliet For 10 Seconds

Dame Helen Mirren (Pic: BBC)

Dame Helen Mirren (Pic: BBC)

Last night, the BBC’s current affairs show Newsnight interviewed Dame Helen Mirren for her thoughts about the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare (which, as we discussed yesterday, is around about now).

During the conversation, in which she also revealed a cunning plan to get teenagers to appreciate the Bard of Avon using reverse psychology, she also expressed disappointment that she had never had the chance to play young Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.

But not only that, she sometimes practices the lines to herself, mournfully, and can recall them at a moment’s notice.

Look:

Of course, if what she says about Shakespeare plays being translatable into all manner of situations, surely a romance between the elderly and overlooked grandparents of two rival families could still work? I mean the balcony scenes might have to be a little less athletic, but it’s worth pursuing…

See more: 
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Helen Mirren’s Advice For Young Actors: “Don’t Be Up Your Own Bum”
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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

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