Helen Mirren supports Italy’s vaccination effort with ‘La Vacinada’ video
Oscar winner Helen Mirren helps COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Italy by appearing in a side-splitting video titled ‘La Vacinada’, shot with top comedian Checco Zalone, which went viral, totaling over 2.7 million views.
In the video, Mirren is gardening on a roadside in southern Italy, when Zalone, playing a Spaniard, stops to ask for directions and notices a mark on her arm where she had her jab.
He then enters the song as a passionate love story follows which sees the couple dance in a lemon orchard, enjoy a game of pétanque, knit and play cards together.
The chorus of the song refers to the stung status of Mirren’s character with the chorus: “I love dancing with you, O’Vacinada; face to face with this vaccinated old maid.
Zalone also sings: “I don’t care if your ankles are a little swollen… Your movements are so smooth and sensual that it looks like your femur is original.
Mirren, 75, has been widely praised in Italy both for promoting the country’s vaccination campaign and also for being willing to poke fun at herself in doing so, although there were grunts on social media that “La Vacinada” may be considered offensive to women in a way the actress may not have known when it was shot.
Those grunts included comments that Zalone’s references to Mirren’s aging body could be interpreted as bodily disgrace.
Mirren responded on Thursday by issuing a statement to Italian news agency ANSA in which she said: “I am excited that my admired friend and colleague Checco Zalone has asked me to appear with him in a video for promote the vaccination campaign. ”
“To work with a man of such elegance and genius is truly an honor and I am very happy that there has been such a strong response to our work.”
Zalone’s comedies consistently break Italian box office records. Its most recent hit is the immigration-themed comedy “Tolo Tolo,” which in 2020 grossed the country $ 62 million. His 2016 film “Quo Vado” grossed $ 70 million, which is Italy’s all-time highest turnover for a local photo.
After a slow start, Italy’s vaccination program is now gaining traction and has reached its goal of 500,000 COVID-19 vaccinations per day, with around 22% of the population having now received at least one vaccine.