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The movie, which has the impressive credentials of being produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, and directed by Lasse Hallström (“Chocolat”), concerns an Indian family that opens a restaurant directly across from Madame Mallory’s very fancy French restaurant, an establishment that draws guests in the form of prime ministers, presidents, and other assorted dignitaries.
In this preview, debuting exclusively on Moviefone, Papa Kadam is very angry with Madame Mallory about her insistence that his son, the very talented Hassan, come work in her kitchen. He thinks his son should stay in his kitchen, while she thinks he’s destined for greater things. Both are stubborn, quick-witted, and full of barbs — which is fun to watch. Plus, Mirren’s reaction to Kadam’s delivery or a smile-inducing allusion to her Oscar-winning role is priceless. “Yes, enough of you,” he says. “Always up there like a queen or something.”
“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” complete with sassy Helen Mirren, opens everywhere August 8.
Back on July 12th, Helen attended the The Hundred-Foot Journey Press Conference in Los Angeles. Thanks to my friend Helen we’ve got some HQs to add to the gallery. Enjoy!
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I’ve added some portraits pictures from The Hundred Year Journey promotion of Helen.
Portrait Session > “The Hundred Year Journey” Portraits
Even to Oprah Winfrey, Helen Mirren is kind of a big deal.
The mogul refers to the Oscar winner as “The Helen” and couldn’t think of anyone better-suited to play the starring role in The Hundred-Foot Journey, which hits theaters Aug. 8 and features Mirren as the haughty head of an upscale French restaurant suddenly facing competition from an Indian eatery opening across the street.
“It was [fellow producer] Steven [Spielberg] … who said, ‘I think we should ask Helen.’ I said, ‘The Helen?’ And then we all held our breath to see if you’d say yes,” Winfrey told Mirren while interviewing her for the August issue of O Magazine. “When you did, we sighed and said, ‘Now we have a movie!’ ”
Mirren, 68, has been pivotal to many movies in her nearly 50-year career, most notably in 2006, when she played Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, which earned her an Academy Award.
Helen Mirren met director Taylor Hackford on the set of the 1985 “White Nights.”
The timing wasn’t ideal, she thought — though she has since reconsidered.
“I used to say to Taylor, ‘I wish we’d met earlier on. We’ve missed so much time together.’ And he’d say, ‘We’d never be together now if we met earlier.’ And I think he’s actually right,” she told Oprah Winfrey in O Magazine.
“We were both on a trajectory of work and ambition and, of course, to a certain extent, wanting to resolve ourselves as ourselves.”
Mirren, 68, who married Hackford in 1997, said that prior to meeting him, she was seriously committed to her work. Relationships weren’t nearly as important.
“If I had to go to Africa, it was ‘Bye-bye, I’m off to Africa,’” she recalled. “Then he came into my life, and I started thinking, ‘Maybe it’s time to have a different attitude and to say that my relationship is at least as important as my work.’ To give it the time.”
Of course, her career hardly suffered. In 2007, Mirren won an Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth in “The Queen,” an experience she called “one of those amazing, magical moments that came out of the blue.”
“Years ago, there used to be an ad in England for the lottery that featured an ordinary family going about their life and this big, sparkly finger coming out of the sky and pointing in through the window as if to say, ‘It could be you, winning the lottery.’ I feel that way about the Oscar. It was a big finger that came out of the sky and said, ‘It’s you.’” she said.
“You witness in your life so many talented people who deserve the greatest success but are not getting it for all kinds of reasons. So much of it is hard work, but it’s a lottery as well.”
She turns 69 this summer, looking absurdly fresh-faced and beautiful. The actress told us all about cutting her own hair, drugstore discoveries, and the secret to extraordinary lashes.
REDBOOK: In your new film, The Hundred-Foot Journey, you play Madame Mallory, a celebrated French chef. She’s very fastidious, not a hair out of place. Are you that way too?
Helen Mirren: Oh, God, she’s so not close to me. As a Brit, we’ve always looked at the French and [wondered], Why do they never look untidy? We’ve got a terrific inferiority complex when it comes to them.
RB: Movie characters aside, what’s your beauty routine?
HM: I don’t have one, quite honestly. I don’t really know what a beauty routine is. But I love beauty products, and I’m always trying new ones. One thing I consistently use is Latisse [the prescription lash-growth serum]. It really works, and if your eyelashes look great, you can let a lot of other things be crap.
RB: Ha! So you don’t normally wear makeup, then?
HM: Oh, no, I wear makeup every day. I love putting it on, and I get really into it: a little bit of this here, a little bit of that there… But then I stand back and look in the mirror and it’s awful! So I take it all off because I’ve gotten too anal about it. It’s absolutely true that as you get older, you have to wear less and less makeup. You can get away with naked eyes if you’ve got red lips. Or red lips and sunglasses.