Helen Mirren in Lorraine slips as she nearly swears at camera during live interview
Dame Helen Mirren was almost at the center of a mortifying gross error on Lorraine when she came dangerously close to swearing live.
The acting legend joined the famed ITV presenter via video call to discuss her role as Dorothy Bunton in the highly anticipated new movie The Duke, which hits cinemas this week.
Dame Helen appears in The Duke, all about a 60-year-old taxi driver who steals Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from London’s National Gallery, alongside fellow actor Jim Broadbent, with her role following on from his many famous appearances in the likes of The Queen, Calendar Girls and Prime Suspect.
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Admitting she wasn’t exactly familiar with the real-life story that inspired her new film, Helen told Lorraine: “It kind of slipped my mind at the time.
“I hadn’t read about it. I was busy doing other stuff I guess. So it surprised me the story and it’s such a lovely, quintessentially British story.”
Lorraie then remarked, “To play all these different roles. To be in that position, it’s like you’re at your peak.”
And that’s when Helen, after speaking lyrically about the big role Dortothy Bunton was to play, came close to swearing when she told Lorraine, “I just want to say how young actors are wonderfully brilliant.
“They were so fun to be around and they helped us old…um…old people, especially me and Jim, with our accents.
“I almost said a word you’re not allowed to say on UK TV!”
Intervening, Lorraine replied, “Don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry – it’s fine”, while Helen added, “I stopped in time!”
She then joked, “I was going to say old farts,” as Lorraine told her, “To be honest, you can say whatever you want. No one will care. You can say whatever you want.”
Helen also spoke of her shock at receiving the Screen Actor’s Guild Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022, saying, “It’s a moment of reflection. It’s like ‘Do I deserve this? How did I get here? Was it luck?
“It’s an interesting moment of speculation.”
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