Thursday, 6 January 2022

"Maureen Lipman attacks casting of Helen Mirren as former Israeli PM Golda Meir"

From The Guardian:

Maureen Lipman has criticised the casting of Helen Mirren as Golda Meir in a forthcoming film about the former Israeli prime minister, saying that the character’s ugliness is “integral”.

She added: “I’m sure [Mirren] will be marvellous, but it would be like Gal Gadot or Natalie Portman being cast as Angela Merkel. You just couldn’t even go there.”

9 comments:

DCBain said...

And her opinion is worth the same as anyone else's-very little!

Bayard said...

It's almost like casting an English actor to play Gandhi.

Lola said...

Isn't this 'beauty-ist'? Or maybe 'ugly-ist'. The remark is bound to offend someone and maybe not 'comply' with Equalities Act etc.

Sigh

Mark Wadsworth said...

DCB, correct.

B, to be fair, Ben K had an English mum and Indian Dad. Which is why he was allowed to play Gandhi. And Lenin.

L, yes, it is ugly-ist. I await my just punishment.

decnine said...

I'm glad I don't have a cat in that fight.

Bayard said...

Mark, there was a boy at school with me who had an English mum and an Indian dad. He said it was hard to tell which pair of his grandparents were more horrified at the marriage.

Mark Wadsworth said...

B, that is one of the many upsides to mixed-race marriages. If we are still allowed to say mixed-race?

Bayard said...

Mark, upside? They had to go and live in Africa.

Mark Wadsworth said...

B, now that is sad.